The kindergarten program is designed to incorporate both structured and unstructured learning opportunities to maximize academic and social growth. Our low teacher: student ratio allows differentiation in all content areas while incorporating student interests. We implement a curriculum where students participate in a combination of large and small group hands-on activities to learn concepts and skills. Through collaborative learning, students master concepts by learning from both the teacher and each other. Interdisciplinary instruction allows students to better understand concepts by experiencing the ideas through more than one subject. Experiencing the concepts through more than one perspective enhances students’ learning. Reading and literacy are taught using Scott Foresman’s Reading Street. To best cater to our students’ learning needs, we teach reading and writing through phonics and phoneme work, journal writing, one-on-one student to teacher reading instruction, small group reading centers, and sight word study.
Math is taught through Scott Foresman’s EnvisionMath program. This program develops conceptual understanding through daily problem-based interactive learning and step-by-step visual learning. These strategies deepen conceptual understanding by making meaningful connections for students and delivering strong, sequential visual/verbal connections in every lesson.
Science is taught through literature and hands-on experiments. Science concepts are incorporated into our weekly theme so that children better understand how the world works and have authentic situations that support their curiosity, language, math and literacy skills. Science experiments follow the Scientific Method. Students are given a problem, they gather information, form a hypothesis, test the hypothesis and draw conclusions.
We approach our lessons with children through Jewish lenses. Our strong love and respect for Judaism are communicated through our actions, celebrations, intergenerational connections, traditions, and learning experiences. Beyond customs, rituals and holidays, we seek to imbue our classroom with a depth of Jewish values every day. Jewish values are incorporated daily and include Hebrew language classes and our weekly Shabbat celebration.
Kindergarten children must be five years old by August 15.