Under The Tipuana Tree

Dominated by a much loved tipuana tree and an adventure jungle gym, the Roosevelt Pre Primary School playground is always busy with lively activities, song, dance and play. Established in 1953, the RPPS playground echoes with generations of laughter, with many children playing games in the same place their parents once did. RPPS welcomes children from the greater Melville, Linden, Roosevelt Park, Northcliff, Emmarentia, Greenside and Blairgowrie districts and prepares them for formal schooling, both public and private, in these areas.
Well established with professionally qualified teachers and dedicated staff, RPPS offers an enriched, dynamic, holistic programme that meets the needs of the child. Play comes first and through years of experience Roosevelt Pre Primary has perfected the balance between creative free play and stimulating directed growth. The teachers’ dedication and commitment is evident in the number of confident, creative, caring children RPPS ushers into the formal education system.
At the heart of the school’s ethos is the unwavering belief that to grow into confident, self-empowered, responsible people, children need to be loved for whom they are and experience kindness, integrity, honesty, openness, respect and affirmation. In line with their motto ‘learning through play’ RPPS aims to nurture confidence, self-discovery, independence, and creativity in each of their children, in an environment that engenders tolerance, respect and happiness, and ensures the wellbeing and safety of the children.
Roosevelt Pre Primary view learning as a partnership between parents, teachers and school as a whole and encourage and value parent participation. Every year parents are actively involved in school events like the Eco Walk, Heritage Day celebrations, Family Picnic, Grandparent’s Day and Domestic Worker’s Day.
Roosevelt Pre Primary has been an integral part of the community and has always played a role in taking part and supporting the community, teaching the children to do so as well. Teachers participate in community work including training new teachers, accommodating students in internships and sponsoring scholarships for children without means to attend the school.

Link Between Good Nutrition & Learning for Children

Good nutrition promotes not only physical growth and health, but also cognitive development, helping children learn from infancy through adolescence and beyond.

Cognitive development includes remembering, problem solving and decision-making. Children perform their intellectual best when they have the winning combination of healthy, balanced meals and daily physical activity.

First Years

Proper nutrition begins in the mother’s womb. The foods the mother eats helps the baby develop physically and mentally. An undernourished baby may suffer from irreversible brain damage, including learning disabilities and mental retardation. Iron deficiency in infancy may also cause permanent brain damage and learning and behavior problems. Drinking too much cow’s milk puts toddlers at risk for iron deficiency. Toddlers should have no more than 24 oz. of cow’s milk a day, cites KidsHealth. Malnutrition in the child’s first years of life may also affect the child’s physical health for the rest of his life, leading to chronic absences in school.

School Years

A balanced diet helps children perform better academically. A hungry child may have problems paying attention and thinking. This is why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast of whole grains, low-fat protein, low-fat dairy and fruits and vegetables improves children’s concentration, creative thinking, alertness, problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination. Meals provide brain fuel. A 1996 study by the Hebrew University found that children who ate breakfast at school performed better on standardized tests than children who ate earlier at home, or did not eat breakfast at all.

No one food acts as a “super” food, magically boosting the brain to optimal performance, but different foods aid learning in different ways. Foods containing iron, such as spinach, beans or cereal, help transport oxygen to the brain. A child with an iron deficiency may have trouble concentrating. Protein–found in meats, dairy, eggs and beans–aids in alertness and motivation. Foods high in B vitamins, such as enriched grains, bananas, fish and dairy products, help the brain’s memory. B vitamin deficiency may result in memory problems and confusion.

Promoting Good Nutrition

Children learn food habits at home, beginning in their first years. Promote good nutrition by offering a variety of healthy foods, and leading by example, eating healthy foods in proportion and staying physically active. Serve a healthy breakfast and pack a healthy lunch, but don’t force a child to clean her plate, which may teach her to eat past feeling full. Make meal time a family gathering. Children who eat family meals are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and less likely to drink or smoke, cites KidsHealth. Additionally, a 1994 “Reader’s Digest” poll found that high school seniors who frequently shared meals with their families had higher scholastic scores than their peers who did not.
Read more: Livestrong.com – Link between good nutrition & learning for children


Love language #2: Words of affirmation

The second love language is words of affirmation

Some children feel their greatest sense of love in expressions that affirm them.In communicating love, words are powerful. Words of affection and endearment, words of praise and encouragement, words that give positive guidance all say  “I care about you.” Such words nurture the child’s inner sense of worth and security. Even though such words are quickly said, they are not soon forgotten. A child reaps the benefits of affirming words for life.

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