The S.M.I.L.E.S. Environment is an environment of engagement and security; of nurturing and exploration. It prepares the brain for optimal growth and anticipates the future development of the 3 Minds.
The acronym S.M.I.L.E.S. stands for: Sensory, Motor (Music and Movement), Intellectual, Linguistic, Emotional and Social. It is a principle which acknowledges that brains, in their formative stages, need all aspects of mind stimulated simultaneously – and that all activities (even the most mundane) contain the potential for providing experiences that engage all of the S.M.I.L.E.S. elements.
By constantly focussing on the creation of S.M.I.L.E.S. activities (or the expansion of existing ones to encompass the S.M.I.L.E.S. philosophy), the MindChamps teacher or ‘educarer’ becomes a potent source of age-appropriate stimulation for a mind hungry for the building-blocks of intellect.
THE BAMBOO METAPHOR
The symbol of MindChamps PreSchool is the bamboo plant, one of the most successful plants in the world, because of the ‘preparation’ it goes through underneath the ground, before the extent of its development is apparent.
A bamboo plant spreads by first extending roots and tendrils beneath the soil, giving the plant a firm hold on the essentials of water and nutrition – and an extensive physical foundation to sustain the mature plant – before the first shoots appear the surface. Once it begins to ‘shoot’ however, it does so quickly and efficiently, because all the required elements are in place. The mature bamboo plant is resistant to almost all natural threats in its environment because it is flexible and every element of its structure support every other.
The lesson of the bamboo can be applied to great effect when developing foundation programmes for young learners. MindChamps PreSchool introduces and carefully nurtures ‘foundation’ skills and strategies designed to create a cumulative effect, gradually developing competence in all key areas of development.
CORE ACADEMIC & ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMES
CORE ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES
MindChamps Reading & Writing™ (Natural Literacy™)
Fun with Language™
Love for Chinese Language™
Creativity & Theatrical Strategies™
Music for the Mind™