Our Pre-K Program
(Must turn 4 by October 1 of the school year)
The focus in our Pre-K class is on developing reading and math readiness skills while continuing to enhance the social and emotional well-being of your child. By the end of the year, children will be ready to enter Kindergarten, complete with a love for learning and a strong Jewish identity. They will have learned to be kind and caring human beings who view the world through Jewish values.
Children may attend 4 or 5 days (your choice of days) from 9:00am to 12:30pm and can stay for extended day (12:30 to 2:30pm). Early drop-off (8:00am) and after care (2:30 to 5:00pm; 4:00 pm on Fridays) are also available. There is a short state-mandated rest period in which rest mats are provided; children may choose to bring their own small blankets.
How Our Program Works
Our early childhood education programs are tailored to provide the best learning experience for your child. We have amazing veteran teachers with a strong commitment to our program and years of experience with children of all backgrounds, strengths, and challenges. Our school designs programs based on a collection of strong early childhood developmental philosophies such as Piaget, Montessori, and Reggio-Emilia with an added foundation rooted in Jewish values and traditions. We teach children how to be kind and caring people by developing the social skills to do so.
Each classroom provides a dramatic play center, science center, block center, fine motor games/toys center, and an art center. Children have opportunities to investigate fine motor activities, arts & crafts, science tables, block construction, writing centers, and literature centers.
Sample Daily Schedule
9:00: School begins with a morning class meeting followed by opportunities to explore classroom centers focused on topics and themes of the week
10:30: Children cleanup to have a snack and a table-chat
11:00: Group meeting including storytime, singing and class discussion
11:30 Indoor/outdoor playtime
12:00 Lunch followed by dismissal for children leaving at 12:30 PM
Children staying for extended day have short playtime and restorative rest/relaxation period
1:30 Afternoon enrichment class
2:15 Outdoor play
Our Program features
- Age-appropriate reading readiness curriculum
- STEAM curriculum
- Loose parts classroom
- Free choice activities
- Art exploration
- Dramatic play
- Children’s garden
- Learning centers
- Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
- Writing Center
- Judaic learning and holiday celebrations
- Weekly Shabbat program
- Hartshorn Arboretum nature program
- Travelin’ Tumblers
- Afternoon enrichment classes: Art Explorations/Move & Groove/Construction Zone/Super Science/Yoga