Pre-Kindergarten

This program nurtures the children’s love for learning, social skills and their interest in exploring the world around them. Developmentally appropriate activities encourage the deepening of children’s cognitive skills, especially literacy and numeracy development. Pre-Kindergarten children enjoy an introduction to Hebrew using puppets, games, stories, and music.  Other special projects include science, cooking, group games, library, music, and outdoor physical activities.

Language & Literacy

  • -Listens to stories read aloud and responds to story content questions asked
  • -Begins to distinguish fact from fiction
  • -Makes predictions from pictures and titles
  • -Story sequencing
  • -Basic familiarity with characters, events, plots, and story resolution
  • -Differentiates sounds that are the same and different
  • -Exposure to rhymes and poems
  • -Discriminates separate syllables in words
  • -Increases vocabulary through everyday communication
  • -Engages in conversations with adults and children
  • -Uses language to pretend or create
  • -Identifies upper case alphabet
  • -Shares books and engages in pretend reading with other children
  • -Connects information and events in books to real life experiences
  • -Demonstrates proper pencil grip
  • -Exposure to correct letter formation
  • -Begins to dictate words, phrases and sentences to an adult recording on paper
  • -Exposure to left to right writing/reading pattern

 

Math Skills

  • -Counts to at least 20 and identify numbers to 10
  • -Arranges sets of objects in one-to-one correspondence
  • -Counts objects using one-to-one correspondence
  • -Begins to understand concept of part and whole using real objects
  • -Begins to identify ordinal numbers
  • -Associates numeral name with set of objects
  • -Begins to understand concept of currency
  • -Begins to understand concept of estimation
  • -Spontaneously recognizes and identifies patterns in the environment
  • -Matches like objects
  • -Sorts objects using one characteristic
  • -Classifies objects using more than one characteristic
  • -Sorts and classifies objects using self-selected criteria
  • -Explains sorting or classifying strategy
  • -Participates in simple graphing activities
  • -Recognizes, describes and compares basic geometric shapes
  • -Exposure to measuring the volume of objects
  • -Measures and compares the weight of objects

 

Science

  • -Asks questions about objects, events in the environment
  • -Uses senses to observe and classify and learn about objects
  • -Uses language to describe observation
  • -Uses simple equipment to experiment, observe and increase understanding
  • -Participates in activities related to preserving the environment
  • -Investigates, compares and contrasts seasonal changes in the environment
  • -Discovers through observations that weather can change from day to day

 

Social Studies

  • -Begins to understand family structures and roles
  • -Participates in classroom jobs and contributes to the classroom community
  • -Aware of family and community celebrations and events
  • -Identifies similarities and differences among people

 

Social Skills

  • -Demonstrates knowledge of personal information
  • -Develops personal preferences
  • -Shows interest in learning new concepts and trying new experiences
  • -Cooperation
  • -Assertiveness
  • -Responsibility
  • -Empathy
  • -Self-control
  • -Manners
  • -Motor Skills
  • -Develops coordination and balance
  • -Coordinates movements top perform tasks
  • -Participates in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that increase strength, endurance, and flexibility
  • -Performs fine-motor tasks that require small-muscle strength and control
  • -Uses eye-hand coordination to perform fine-motor tasks
  • -Exhibits manual coordination

 

Judaic Studies

  • -Listens to stories about Jewish life
  • -Sings songs related to Shabbat and the holidays
  • -Shabbat and holidays, experienced through all the senses
  • -Engages in multi-sensory activities to deepen understanding of Jewish symbols    and stories
  • -Practices Jewish rituals related to Shabbat and holidays
  • -Engages in dramatic play with Judaic ritual objects
  • -Simple Hebrew vocabulary, including games and songs
  • -Appropriate Brachot (blessings) related to Shabbat and holidays

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