Classes for four and five year olds provide a rich learning environment to enhance the development of reading and math proficiency. Language skills are promoted through activities including dictating experience stories, sequencing story events, labeling and making group charts. Children are exposed to the continuous availability and reading aloud of books. The exploration of patterns (the foundation of all mathematical concepts), measurement, problem-solving and graphing all encourage mathematical thinking. Materials such as Cuisenaire rods, Unifix cubes, tape measures and pattern blocks are used.
In addition to the holidays and changing seasons, various thematic units are introduced which are built upon children's interests and experiences. This provides a concrete basis for their classroom activities. For instance, a unit on the neighborhood includes a walking trip to a local pizza parlor. The integrated curriculum might include dictating the trip experience into a personal class story, making pizza in the classroom, graphing choices of toppings, an art experience, and games, songs and stories.
The culmination is a highlight for our 4 year olds. They are invited back to school one evening for a Pizza/Pajama night. Clad in pajamas, slippers, toting flashlights and their favorite stuffed animals, the children excitedly spend a fun evening in school with their teachers.
Temple Sinai of Bergen CountyOne Engle StreetTenafly, New Jersey 07670 Phone: (201) 568-3035Fax: (201) 568-6095