Free Play OUTDOORS
Set in a conservancy of 1000 square m nature reserve, with impala, bushbuck, duiker, blesbok, monkeys, bush pig, mongoose, porcupine, reptiles and insect life of all kinds, bird life galore, river and forest as well as open veld and our own ponies and arena, Animalia Learning Center is the perfect place for free play and exploration. Inside our perimeter the learners collaborate in constructing natural jungle gyms and play areas like tree houses, swings and climbing walls for their use. A Mountain Bike track is also evolving.These constructions grow and get added to as we grow and play, shaping our environment with responsibility and co-ownership. The Umhlatuzana river, a shallow stream flowing through our property and the rest of the Madwala Conservancy, has natural clay deposits for mud, clay art and general fun activities, as well as ideal picnic spots and recreational areas.
FREE PLAY INDOORS
Indoor play range from Lego, building blocks, cooking, jamming on musical instruments, board games and card games to Creative free style art, reading, creative writing, online gaming and coding as well as desktop music programming. We facilitate these sessions informally and learners acquire skills from their peers and with some guidance from us where applicable. Learners’ interests and personal purpose in life come to its own, in its own time, as they explore and try out the various options on their adventures that weave through these various learning areas available to them.
Daily movement and focused warm up exercises for body, mind and spirit are part of the structured program, followed by online and offline academics. Outside experts offer such extra murals as Rope Skipping, Art and Craft (including Ceramics, Sculpture, Woodwork, Metalwork, Design and Photography), Creative Writing, Horse Riding and related equine skills like natural horsemanship, Music, Movement, Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation, etc. as part of our daily activities. We are part of Water Explorers and do various projects related to water conservation.
These activities change and flow throughout the year as per the requirements of learners. Suggestions and add-on’s are welcome! Learners keen on more traditional and competitive sports join any of the numerous clubs in and around our area. Remedial Teaching is also available where specific learning areas and individual learners require such.
Online Learning is a fun, modern way of engaging learners in the more formal side of learning. It is like a buffet menu, where each child selects the courses, subjects, pace and levels that are relevant to them. It also allows for individual interests to be nurtured, and opens the learning process to be self-directed and self-paced to a large extent. The center offers an accredited online learning curriculum, hosted by THINK DIGITAL COLLEGE at https://thinkdigitalcollege.co.za/ for CAPS and Cambridge from Grade R – 12. The curriculum needs to be bought directly from THINK DIGITAL. Other programs are also available, such as GED Online for matrics at http://onlineged.co.za/ and BRAINLINE at https://www.brainline.com/ for the IEB syllabus.
Lots of additional learning happens too, where we go offline to make virtual lessons more tactile via play.