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Early Childhood Department

Our Early Childhood Department, under the leadership of Morah Divsha Tollinsky, services children from Nursery through Kindergarten. In partnership with trained early teachers, psychologists and administrators, a robust curriculum has been designed to meet the needs all of students - both their educational as well as social emotional needs.

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• Social/Emotional
o Negotiating play
o Move from Parallel play to Cooperative play
o Learn to work as a community
o Understand that being kind to your friends is most important

• Movement
o Body awareness
o Yoga
o Use indoor and outdoor play spaces for free play

• Music
o Special Morah Keli time once a week
o Additional in class learning through song

• Literacy
o Expanded vocabulary
o Literacy rich environment
o Answer questions about a story
o Retell a story
o Recognize friend’s names and the letters in their name

• Math
o Identify shapes
o Compare sizes of objects
o Introduction to the language of math
o Count to ten
o Understand far, near, most and fewest
o Play matching games

• Science
o Explore nature
o Learn about animals
o Beginning exploration of the five senses
o Integrated science into the themes of the week
o Weekly cooking and baking

• Hebrew Immersion
o Early exposure to Hebrew songs and games
o Family names in Hebrew (mother, father, brother, sister)
o Important words that are associated with the Jewish holidays

• Jewish/Torah
o Connection with and love for Israel
o Discussing and learning about the weekly Torah portions as well as the upcoming Jewish holidays


• Social/emotional
o Build relationships with others
o Gain the ability to understand and regulate emotions and express feelings in an appropriate way
o Build on their sense of self in relation to others
o Learn to compromise
o Social play (make believe and pretend play)
o Collaborate with friends to create a scene with story lines

• Literacy
o Understand that what they say can be written and read
o Letter/sound recognition of the letters in the alphabet
o Ability to identify the initial consonant sound in a word
o Ability to copy words
o Recognize familiar printed words
o Ability to make a prediction
o Develop oral language
o Develop early writing skills
o Acquaint children with written text – through a print-rich environment, books, poems, and signs…

• Math
o Ability to name written numbers
o Begin to understand ideas about measurement
o Count from 1 to 20, but not perfectly
o Ability to follow a sequence or pattern
o Learn to solve easy problems
o Sort by size, color, and other aspects
o Know the names of the penny, nickel and dime.
o Calendar math

• Science
o Show curiosity about nature
o Experiment and explore
o Talk about discoveries
o Hands-on exploration integrated into the themes in the classroom

• Hebrew Immersion
o Learn Hebrew songs
o Play games in Hebrew
o Learn to respond to simple questions in Hebrew
o Learn about the Jewish holidays in Hebrew
o Follow classroom directions in Hebrew

• Jewish/Torah
o Learn Israeli culture through art and dance
o Experience the weekly Torah portions through art, music, and drama
o Learn the Jewish holidays in a more in depth setting


• Social/Emotional
o Play with peers in a peaceful and positive way
o Follow classroom rules and adult requests
o Ability to regulate emotions and behaviors in most situations
o Ability to deal with situations without becoming angry or frustrated
o Ability to work cooperatively in a group setting

• Literacy
o Recognize letters and their sounds
o Understand that letters make words and words make sentences
o Develop a familiarity and comfort level with all types of print
o Understand that a story has a beginning, middle, and end
o Understand that writing is a means of communication to allow for self-expression
o Begin to approximate conventional spelling using the word wall and other classroom resources

• Math
o Develop critical thinking skills
o Develop one to one correspondence
o Understand that numerals are symbols that represent quantity
o Recognize patterns in the world around us
o Ability to describe and name 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes
o Ability to put objects in order by attributes
o Ability to do simple measurement – both by weight and by length.
o Ability to solve simple arithmetic problems using manipulatives

• Science
o Develop a growing curiosity and interest in the living things that make up their world.
o Observe and describe the properties of trees and leaves in the schoolyard.
o Compare structures and behaviors of different animals.
o Handle animals carefully, and participate in the care and feeding of classroom animals.
o Use drawings and oral language to describe observations.

• Hebrew Immersion
o Develop an ability to take learned Hebrew vocabulary and create short sentences
o Begin to answer the teacher’s questions in short Hebrew responses
o Develop a greater comfort with the Hebrew language when learning about Jewish holidays

• Jewish/Torah
o Develop a strong connection to Israel through Israeli pen pals and imaginary classroom trips
o Develop a familiarity with Jewish holidays and customs
o Amass an appropriate knowledge of Torah stories

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