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Early Childhood 3's

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.

Math

  • Numerals
  • Counting objects
  • 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

Literacy

  • 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
  • Sequencing
  • Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos, etc.

Science

  • 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

Creative Arts

  • 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

Social Skills

  • 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
  • Hebrew songs
  • Exposure to Hebrew Alphabet
  • Jewish Values, customs and history made relevant and meaningful

Health/Safety:

  • 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.
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