Hazel and I were invited to visit the new iGrow nursery school that opened in the northern suburbs of Bloemfontein recently. I anticipated that it would be a fun outing, but my expectations were exceeded beyond measure!
When asked to describe it to my husband, a few words popped into my head.
Different. Organic. In its’ own league.
A few activities we participated in during the course of the morning included:
- Explore a nature table with a magnifying glass (floral leaves, butterflies, sand etc.)
- Matching different colour leaves to their parent green swatch
- Playing with (mostly wooden) toys
- Climbing the tree house
- Enjoying a unique playground (see pics of the slides and tunnels!)
And how refreshing it was to enjoy a delicious, wholesome, raw-food based meal!
I didn’t need much further convincing that, when Hazel is ready for school, this is the type of place I would want to send her to!
Their educational approach is strongly inspired by Maria Montessori and Reggio Emelia. iGrow believes that young children learn best from their experiences, that is why they strive to ensure a stimulating and content rich learning environment. They expose the children to a variety of materials and activities so that they may discover the world, create and express themselves.
Coffee appreciation at a young age! Well done my sweetie!
I also like the fact that the school has a homey atmosphere. It makes me feel at ease to know that Hazel will be in a safe environment, where she won’t get trampled on or be overlooked. The teachers were also very kind and made a good first impression.
P.S. How amazing is this tree house? I think we need to start working on one for our home!
If this resonates with you and your child, visit their website (love this by the way!) to get information regarding fees, times, enrollment, parents etc.
18 months – 5 years
English and Afrikaans – bilingual environment
162 Waverley Road, Dan Pienaar, Bloemfontein
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