Why do we teach?
By Kindergarten Teacher Irma Nel
We often hear that teaching is a chosen calling. A calling that we at St Martin's Kindergarten strive to undertake.
Teaching is like an invitation to build relationships. All children need to feel that their world is a safe place, where people will care about them, where their needs for support, respect and friendship will be met.
Teaching is exhilarating. The unique atmosphere at St Martin's Kindergarten encourages one to partake with love and imagination. The importance of building strong and lasting relationships cannot be emphasized enough. To teach at St Martin's is both a joy and immensely entertaining. We do have structure during our school day, so that our little ones can get used to a daily routine, but our curriculum allows for learning through sensory play and exploration. Children think they are playing, but they are actually learning.
Children need to develop their gross motor and fine motor skills. Outdoor Play creates opportunities to explore, manipulate, experiment, push their limits, shout, sing, and do creative activities. Our little children learn about their environment and about the world by being actively involved. A very basic example would be to play in the sandpit. They discover that a stick can stand in the sand. They learn about Maths and Science. Our children measure sand, pour water, discover that ice melts quickly on a hot day and when food colouring is added to the melted ice, it changes colour and becomes a medium to use to paint a colourful picture.
Our precious Kindergarten children learn to push their own limits and discover how high they can climb or how high they can swing. We teach them about the weather. Outdoor Play is essential for children to release pent-up energy. We have noticed that playing outside enables children to exercise and enjoy the fresh air and to run, climb, swing, jump, roll, shout, make a mess and just have fun, without feeling restricted.
This year has been challenging and most rewarding! Challenges bring renewed commitment, introspection, enthusiasm and vigour. The setting where the Church, St Martin's Home and St Martin's Kindergarten is situated is absolutely idyllic. The farm animals, nourishing vegetation and the stunning view of the mountains contribute to improve the children's psychological and physical well-being. We are so grateful and fortunate that it was never really necessary to confine ourselves and the little children in our care to severe restrictions. We do however follow a strict covid protocol.
The best preparation for growing up is to have a full and enjoyable childhood.
Thank you for your continued support and love!