"We have developed nine content areas to help children build the knowledge and develop the skills and attitudes necessary for kindergarten readiness and later school success. These content areas are based on national and state education standards as well as the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Chicago-based Kehillah Jewish Early Childhood Accreditation Project.
Here's a sample of what you can expect your child will learn and experience.
Jewish values and practices, holidays, Hebrew vocabulary, Israel, Shabbat and Torah
Social and Emotional Development
Making friends, solving problems, sharing, expressing feelings and thoughts, respecting others, following routines
Vocabulary and language, phonological awareness, letters, words, print, comprehension, books, and other texts
Numbers, patterns and relationships, geometry and spatial awareness, measurement, data collection, organization, and representation
The physical properties of objects, living things, and the earth and the environment
How people live, work, get along with others, shape and are shaped by their surroundings
Dance, music, dramatic play, drawing, and painting
Computers and their basic operations and uses
Fitness and Well-Being
Healthy kosher snacks, exercise, and time outdoors
JCC teachers integrate this curriculum content into a combination of meaningful learning activities that address the unique needs of each age group. In addition, our teachers use every learning experience as an opportunity for expressing and imparting Jewish values and traditions.
The preschool day is filled with what we call "teachable moments," opportunities to tease out a fact, practice a skill, encourage appreciation, or introduce a new word. Connecting Jewish words, objects or values with your child's natural curiosity is a simple extension of this process. As a result, children gain a deeper sense of their Jewish identity and an awareness that they belong to a diverse and dynamic Jewish community."
- Taken from website