The preschool years are a special time in the life of young children. During this period they begin to trust others outside the family. They gain independence and self-control, and learn to take initiative and assert themselves in socially acceptable ways. At the same time, they become keen observers of their world and experiment with their surroundings to find out what happens when they interact with other peoples and handle and maneuver objects and materials.
Preschoolers use thousands of words and complex phrases and sentences to communicate. As they learn to understand others and express their ideas more effectively, their environment becomes larger and richer. In addition preschoolers are changing physically-growing and gaining strength, agility and coordination.
Social/emotional development during the preschool years is about socialization-the process by which children learn the values and behaviors accepted by society. It is also about becoming a competent and confident person and achieving a sense of self-knowing oneself and relating to other people-both children and adults. It is about taking responsibility for self and others-following rules and routines, respecting others,and taking initiative. It is about behaving in a pro social way-showing empathy and getting along in the world, for example by sharing and taking turns.
At JECC Beit Blumi there are 3 components to our curriculum;
Integrated Curriculum: Integrating mathematics, linguistics, sciences, Judaics, etc.
Spiraling Curriculum: Information and skills connected to and built upon previously learned material. Concepts introduced are continually reviewed and revisited.
Emergent Curriculum: Our curriculum allows children to pursue their own interests and fascinations in subjects.
Children in the EC3 program explore the following concepts, but are not required to master them before entering Pre-K. Children learn these concepts at their own pace. Children are taught with hands-on materials, songs, and games. They are assessed by observation and work samples.
One-to-one correspondence of objects
Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size
Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC
Sizes: small, medium, large
Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle
Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.
Same and Different
More, Less, Same
Time: Day and Night
Exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds
Recognize, spell, write first name
Hold a pencil, marker, crayon correctly
Retell familiar stories
Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences
Answer questions about stories
Repeat simple nursery rhymes and finger plays
Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up
Build new vocabulary
Build listening skills
Strengthen visual discrimination
Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos, etc.
Explore science tools: magnets, magnifying glasses, etc.
Experience the world through nature walks, gardening, and other explorations
Observe insect life
Observe plant growth
Measure and mix ingredients in cooking activities
Identify basic colors and explore color mixing
Make observational drawings and dictation
Explore the world with the five senses
Investigate animals, the homes they live in, the food they eat
Explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, etc.
Use a variety of art materials: crayons, tempera paint, watercolor paint, colored pencils, markers, art chalk, clay
Experiment with mixing paint colors
Sing traditional songs and songs that enhance the curriculum
Participate in movement songs and dances
Use scarves, rhythm sticks, and bean bags to practice rhythms
Use a variety of children's instruments
Participate in dramatic play
Dramatize familiar stories
Act out the movements and sounds of animals
Practice problem-solving skills in social situations
Work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects
Share classroom materials with the group
Practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, table manners
Communicate his/her needs
Take care of his/her own basic needs: clean up, fasten clothing, use tissue as needed, etc.
State personal information: first and last name, age, school name, city, state, country
Explore types of work and workers
Explore modes of transportation
Participate in projects to help others in need
Jewish Traditions and Holidays
Imbuing children a love and joy for Jewish tradition
Exposure to Hebrew Alphabet
Jewish Values, customs and history made relevant and meaningful
We promote hand washing on arrival, after toileting and before eating food.
We sanitize tables several times a day.
We have first aid kit on playground.
Jewish Early Childhood Center • 10655 El Clair Ranch Road • Boynton Beach, FL 33437 • 561-742-1083