Preschool (age 4 by September 1)
Classroom hours 9:00 am — 1:00 pM
Four days a week attendance for core hours required.
Our daily schedule is as follows
allowing for some flexibility.
- 9:00: Arrival time
- 10:30: Meeting
(calendar, open discussions, music/movement and stories)
- 11:00: Group Activities
- 11:30: Outside Time
- 12:30: Lunch Time
- 1:00: Dismissal
Transition to Rest Time/ Extra Activities
Goals and Themes in Parparim
Social/Emotional – Our class has been learning what it means to be kind to one another through practicing Mitzvot. The children are learning about empathy and caring for others.
Encouraging cooperative play helps to develop the children’s team building skills as they learn to work together. Teachers reinforce all the positive acts of kindness by verbalizing the kind act and then visually displaying the kind act on our “rainbow mitzvah wall” for all to see. The children really enjoy watching the kindness rainbow grow throughout the year and they can recognize the kind acts of their peers.
Literacy and Numeracy are always accessible in the room through books, fun games and activities. During calendar time children develop an understanding to move from left to right while counting and reading the days of the week. Our classroom has a wonderful writing center supplied with plenty of paper, envelopes, and writing implements to encourage pre-writing skills. The children have taken advantage of the available clipboards placed strategically around the room and used them in the dramatic play center to “take orders” in their restaurant. Others have used them to “keep score” during a bowling game or to make a list of some kind. The children are exposed to other ways of communicating such as simple sign language which is incorporated into some songs we enjoy and also through picture writing when we learned about the Native Americans. The class took on a reading challenge in the month of March in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. This was a great opportunity for a school and home connection as the children read books at home and filled out a circle shape to bring back to school which was then placed on the board to be filled.
Hibernation/Nature – is fun year-long theme we enjoy that also has an important home/school connection component. The children are introduced to our class Bear (this year the suggestions ranged from Lunchbox to the eventual winner, Casey). After the voting, the adventures begin! The bear travels home with each child for a visit along with a journal to write or draw in. This activity stretches the lessons through the year as we learn about animal homes, seasons, hibernation and having respect for nature