"At Temple B'nai Israel's Baseman Early Childhood Center, the philosophy behind our curriculum is that "Children learn best by doing." In their early years children explore and experience the world around them through their senses. They see, touch, taste, feel and hear everything and everything is new and wonderful.
Learning to a young child means listening to everyday noises in the classroom, to rhyming words, to birds singing on the playground. It is detecting likenesses and differences in sizes and in the shape of things. It is giving meaning to terms such as larger, smaller, under and over. It is tracking from left to right, making patterns and recognizing sequences, critical pre-reading skills far more important than simply knowing a letter. It is strengthening big muscles and developing the fine muscles of the eyes and hands to prepare for their working together in reading and writing.
Learning is also social interactions, developing the social and emotional attitudes so necessary for success throughout life. It is making choices in a supportive, loving environment that allows for mistakes. It is being cared for in a respectful way so that a child learns to respect and care for others.
At the Baseman Early Childhood Center, it is our philosophy to provide a rich full environment of experiences so that our children will have a foundation upon which all other learning can be built. Recent research of a child's growth and brain development indicates that learning at the preschool level takes place through play. Play provides the building blocks for academic or "school learning". Through structure and play we will achieve the key goals of our curriculum. Play is the work of young children.
Positive reinforcement is always stressed so that each child can reach his or her potential for cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth. It is our purpose to challenge each child to progress at his/her own rate of development through self-direction in a grounded framework. We will provide a quality education in an atmosphere of security and love"
Excerpted from the preschool's website