We believe that young children learn best by doing. Our classrooms are divided into learning centers with dynamic, experiential activities for children to explore, collaborate with their peers, and actively construct knowledge about our world. Individually and in groups, the children develop their understanding of simple concepts and use them to grasp more complex ideas. With young children, there is a broad range of developmentally appropriate acquisition of skills. This is reflected in the differentiation, overlap, and expansion of curriculum in the nursery, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten classes.
Play is the medium through which children explore and learn about themselves and others. Our classrooms are filled with engaging materials, such as blocks, sand, play- dough, costumes and paint. The students joyfully and imaginatively express themselves, share discoveries, and build upon their learning. We kindle children's curiosity and encourage them to ask questions, take risks in learning, make choices, and solve problems. We also support the children's social skills and their emerging independence. Our curriculum is built on an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Subjects such as language arts, social studies, Hebrew, math, and science are woven together. We draw our most powerful themes from Jewish and American holidays, family and community, and nature. During the year, additional topics emerge which reflect the interests of a class. In this way, we combine cultural identity, fields of knowledge, and an expanded view of the world.