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Preschool activities

Throughout the day, children are engaged in the following activities:

GROUP ATTENDANCE/CALENDAR:
The children gather together at circle time as we greet all our classmates. Our goal is to become a school family as we “check in” with one another. We begin early math readiness skills through our discussions about the day, month and year during calendar time.

SHOW AND TELL/SHARING:
The children are assigned a day each week for the entire school year. They are encouraged to bring an item from home to show and share with the class or something special they have made. The teacher or students will ask questions about their selection. It is through show and tell that children acquire expanded language skills and the class, as a whole, gains valuable listening skills as well. Your children will also begin to build self-confidence and self esteem as they share their unique selections.

FREE PLAY:
Play is a vehicle of growth for the young child. During free play, children learn to interact with each other and play cooperatively. Playtime affords a child the opportunity to share, think and to problem solve. Play is hard work for the 2, 3 and 4 year olds. A variety of toys in the classroom encourages children to use their wonderful imaginations and build upon their creative, dramatic play while developing their gross and fine motor skills.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
Our students participate in outdoor and indoor activities. During gym time the children enjoy developing their large motor skills, further developing the eye/hand coordination and eye/foot coordination. 

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT:
Music is the universal language in our classrooms! Our classrooms are equipped with musical instruments and opportunities for children to explore rhythm and song. The Early Childhood music selection includes CDs of popular children’s songs, classical music, modern pop, show tunes, instrumental, Hebrew and holiday music. The children in The Kinder Gan Preschool often participate in a parade using rhythm instruments as we march throughout our school! Your children will learn many, many songs during the course of the year.

ARTS AND CRAFTS:
The children will have an opportunity to explore their creativity using a variety of art media. Paints (including tempera, watercolors and biocolors), markers, crayons, colored pencils, tape, glue, scissors, glitter and felt are a few of the myriad of materials the children will experiment with in the classroom. It is important to remember that it is the process not the finished product that matters! We want your children to feel proud of their creations!

SHABBAT IMA & ABBA:
Preparing and celebrating Shabbat is a special time within the Early Childhood department. The children welcome Shabbat by singing the blessings over the candles, reciting the Kiddush-blessing over the wine (grape juice) and singing the motzee-prayer for eating bread over the Challah. Every child will have an opportunity to be a Shabbat Ima or Abba and bring a Kosher treat for the entire class.

THE SHABBAT BOX:
Each Shabbat a child will be given a Shabbat Box to take home for the weekend. The box contains two Challahs, a candlestick and candle, head coverings and a journal. The families are asked to use this Box and to then write their comments about Shabbat in the Journal. The Box should be returned to our school on the following Monday.

TORAH PORTION OF THE WEEK:
The weekly Torah portion read in the synagogue is retold in story and play form throughout the week.

MITZVOT:
A child learns the importance of performing good deeds and Jewish traditions. We will seek to cultivate an appreciation for the divinely ordained observances and traditions that have been the backbone of Jewish society and culture for more than three millennia.  Tzedakah Activity – An important part of our program at our school is to develop an awareness and commitment to share with others who are less fortunate. 

HOLIDAYS:
Children will celebrate Jewish and National holidays with crafts, songs, plays, stories and much more. Each holiday is turned into a special educational experience and becomes a meaningful part of your child’s life.

FIELD TRIPS:
Various field trips and excursions are made throughout the year to enrich the school program.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES: 

We will welcome interesting visitors to our programs, such as doctors, police  officers, fire prevention professionals, musicians, artists, members of the clergy, and a variety of other interesting individuals, who will talk with the preschool children about their professional interests or hobbies. Please inform the staff if you know of such a person since the children will really enjoy their participation in our programs.


 

 


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