Our curriculum is an extension of the Jewish calendar. The children take part in daily davening, learn about Jewish holidays, the weekly Parsha, Jewish and secular themes based on the upcoming Chag or Parsha.
We teach the children through independent activities, whole group guided lessons or open ended play and provocations. These explorations foster a sense of curiosity and development through the various domains of child development (cognitive, fine and gross motor skills, language, social and emotional, and practical life skills).
Our educators are trained and integrate developmentally appropriate practices into their day to day lessons.
Sample Curriculum in a Nutshell
Purim Story and Minhaggim
Extension to Graggers: Musical Instruments (Base, Wind, String Instruments), Genres of Music, Famous Composers etc.
Purim related STEAM activities: Presented as individual works on the shelf for the children to explore during work time, provocations to explore during outdoor play or a circle time lesson
THE MONTESSORI CLASSROOM
The different areas of a Montessori Classroom
Practical Life activities are generally teacher made activities that develop the fine motor skills to prepare the hand and wrist muscles for future writing activities.
Montessori math materials, created by Maria Montessori herself, range from early math skills such as numbers vs. quantity to more advanced math such as multiplication and division.
Language materials created by Maria Montessori, begins with the Sandpaper Letters to support letter sound learning. As a child progresses in the language department, more complex materials are presented to the child allowing them to begin inventive spelling and reading. This includes both English and Hebrew language materials.
BOTANY AND ZOOLOGY
The Sensorial area of the classroom focuses on developing the senses of the child.
i.e. touch, taste, sound, color grating, weight, sorting, matching etc.
The children are exposed to the different continents of the world, learning the names, animals, food, money and landmarks of each continent. The children initially become familiar with the World Map and later progress to the maps of the other counties.
A subject area of Primary class.
This includes life cycles, parts of animals and plants, living and non living things, vertebrate vs. invertebrate etc.
Mainly in Primary, but also a subject area of Toddler.
THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM
In the outdoor classroom you will find the general outdoor gear such as bikes and balls as well as materials that are generally found in a play based classroom such as blocks and costumes.
GROSS MOTOR MATERIALS
OPEN ENDED BUILDING MATERIALS
i.e. climbing structure, bikes, swings, climbing cube, balance beams, wobble board, stepping stones etc.
i.e. wooden blocks, magnetic tiles, Legos, pyramid blocks etc.
i.e. play kitchen, baby dolls, trucks
BAKING AND SCIENCE
Weekly sensory bins based off the theme, Parsha, upcoming Chag or season.
Weekly, the children have independent access to painting and open ended art materials to create and express their inner artists.
From time to time, the teachers set out science and baking provocations for the children to explore, as desired, during outdoor play.