Curriculum – Jewish Education
Our children learn the customs, traditions, and moral values of Judaism. These lessons are woven naturally through all of our disciplines so that they become both a meaningful and treasured part of each child’s personal milieu.
It is every parent’s dream to raise a “mentch”. We try our best to impart Jewish values in our children to help them to become responsible adults. There really is no end to teaching Jewish values, which permeate our whole curriculum. Examples include charity, recycling, learning to take care of our bodies and our belongings, caring for others and character development. Our goal is to give the children the confidence that they need to make good choices and make a difference in our world.
Our children eagerly anticipate holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover and understand how to meaningfully and joyfully participate in each holiday. We regularly celebrate holidays with parents and members of the larger community of our Jewish Community Center. We carefully select teachers who model and nurture Jewish values such as kindness, friendship, empathy, and respect for the environment and the rights of others. Our staff strives to instill our children with the joy of our rich heritage and customs.
Although Shabbat lasts from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday, we celebrate Shabbat at preschool every Friday at 9:00am. We celebrate Shabbat to commemorate G-d creating the world in six days and resting on the seventh, so we too rest on the seventh day. Shabbat is a wonderful opportunity for children and families to take some time out from their busy schedules to enjoy one another. We make Friday a special day at the Preschool. Teachers refrain from messy art so children can come to school dressed in nicer clothes, if they choose. Each week we choose a Shabbat Imma and Abba (hostess and host) from the school. We encourage families and relatives to join our weekly Shabbat party. Our parties last approximately 30 minutes and include music, songs and dance, and blessings over traditional Shabbat foods.