Children in our Pre-K program explore these concepts, but are not required to master them before entering Kindergarten. Children learn these concepts at their own pace. Children are taught with hands-on materials, songs, and games. They are assessed by observation and work samples.  
 

Math

  • Numerals  

  • Counting objects

  • One-to-one correspondence of objects

  • Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size

  • Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC

  • Sizes: small, medium, large

  • Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle

  • Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.

  • Same and Different

  • More, Less, Same

  • Time: Day and Night

  • Money: Explore through games, songs, and pretend play

  • Estimating various theme related objects

Literacy
  • Exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds

  • Recognize, spell, write first name

  • Hold a pencil, marker, crayon correctly

  • Retell familiar stories

  • Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences

  • Answer questions about stories

  • Repeat simple nursery rhymes and fingerplays

  • Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up

  • Build new vocabulary

  • Build listening skills

  • Strengthen visual discrimination

  • Sequencing

  • Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos, etc.

  Science

  • Explore science tools: magnets, prisms, magnifying glasses, etc.

  • Experience the world through nature walks, gardening, and other explorations

  • Observe insect life

  • Observe plant growth

  • Observe weather and plant life during each season

  • Measure and mix ingredients in cooking activities

  • Identify basic colors and explore color mixing

  •  Make observational drawings and dictation

  •  Explore the world with the five senses

  •  Investigate animals, the homes they live in, the food they eat 

Creative Arts

  • Explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, sculpture, weaving, collage, etc.

  • Use a variety of art materials: crayons, tempera paint, watercolor paint, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, art chalk, clay

  •  Experiment with mixing paint colors

  • Sing traditional songs and songs that enhance the curriculum

  • Participate in movement songs and dances

  • Use scarves, rhythm sticks, and bean bags to practice rhythms

  • Use a variety of children's instruments

  • Participate in dramatic play

  • Dramatize familiar stories

  • Act out the movements and sounds of animals

Social Skills

  • Practice problem-solving skills in social situations

  • Work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects

  • Share classroom materials with the group

  • Practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, table manners

  • Communicate his/her needs

  • Take care of his/her own basic needs: clean up, fasten clothing, use tissue as needed, etc.

  • State personal information: first and last name, age, school name, city, state, country

  • Explore types of work and workers

  • Explore modes of transportation

  • Participate in projects to help others in need 

Jewish Traditions and Holidays
  • Imbuing children a love and joy for Jewish tradition
  • Hebrew songs
  • Hebrew Alphabet  
  • Jewish Values, customs and history made relevant and meaningful
 Health/Safety
  • We promote hand washing on arrival, after toileting and before eating food. 

  • We sanitize tables several times a day. 

  • We have first aid kit on playground.

Classroom Schedule

9:00         Work/Play Centers  

10:00        Learning Circle

10:30        Learning Centers 

11:00        Special Instructor (Music, PE, Woodworking etc)

11:30        Tefilla 

12:00        Outdoor Play 

1:00          Lunch

1:30          Learning Circle

1:45          Group Activity

2:30          Outdoor Play 

3:00          Dismissal