Our curriculum is built on an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Subjects such as language arts, math, science, social studies and Judaic studies are integrated and emanate from a central concept or theme. We develop our most powerful themes from the Jewish and American holidays, family, community and nature. During the year, additional themes emerge which reflect the interests of the class. The cognitive, physical, social, emotional, spiritual and creative domains of child development are the cornerstones of curriculum planning at the KinderGan Preschool.
We encourage the children to develop self-motivation, active investigational skills through questioning, exploring and observing, and the thinking and problem solving abilities needed to thrive in a world of challenge and competition. Children are surrounded with books, literacy experiences and exposure to the alphabet to prepare them for pre-reading and the reading that follows.
We encourage each child to work and play with others, to develop language communication skills, to respect the rights and privacy of their peers and most of all to develop feelings of kindness, courtesy, helpfulness and acceptance.
Children are provided constant opportunities to develop their gross and fine motor skills, to develop finger strength and dexterity, and arm-eye and body coordination.
Children are encouraged to develop a positive self-concept, to understand the difference between right and wrong and to develop responsibility. They are encouraged to recognize that people are different and to be accepting of others and we help them learn and practice appropriate ways to respond to others and to express their feelings constructively.
Integrating tradition and Jewish Pride:
Our children eagerly anticipate holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover and understand how to meaningfully and joyfully participate in each holiday. In addition, each holiday becomes an opportunity for new scientific and cultural experiences and discoveries. For example, during Chanukah, when it is traditional to light a Menorah in the home, the children learn about fire safety, firefighters and how they help our communities. This pattern follows our curriculum throughout the year and provides the children with experiences that give them pride in their tradition.