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Board Of Jewish Education Early Childhood Center At Or Shalom

21 Hawthorn Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

(847) 945-8577


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The answer to why we are applying Reggio is simple. Our mission, that we were given when we were first established and that we have zealously held for over 30 years of existence, has been to stay at the cutting edge of early childhood developmental practice and to integrate it into our Judaically based program.
Over these years we have searched for and studied the latest developments and brought them into our system, whether it was Vivian Paley and The Erikson Institute's Early Literacy program, the “Math Their Way” concepts reflecting Piaget and later research by Kamaii and Devries, or whether it was Vigotsky's theories that are truly revolutionizing the actual way in which teacher's work with children. These new theories are not one fad replacing another. Rather, they each provide insights into different aspects of learning. Reggio is simply the latest in our ongoing, conscious attempt to be at the forefront in our field of early childhood.
Our mission is also to reach more and more young Jewish families and through our dynamic program bring them into a positive active Jewish identification. In the process of carrying out these two missions we have grown from our beginning with one class of 14, to five schools with a combined enrollment of over 525 children.
Excerpted from the preschool's website