Music and Me – 4+ months
Using music as a shared experience, meet other new parents while your child discovers new sensory interests.
Toddler/Parent Program – 16 Months through 24 Months
This is a child’s introduction to a classroom setting. It enables toddlers to explore materials in a well-equipped classroom, with the comfort and safety of a nearby parent or caregiver. Teachers plan age-appropriate activities including painting, water table play, music, cooking, and indoor/outdoor experiences, as well as Shabbat and holiday celebrations. There is also plenty of opportunity for parents to get to know one another.
With an ongoing commitment to provide an enjoyable first school experience, our Two-Year-Old Program continues to encourage parent/caregiver participation. Easing the home-to-school transition allows children to relax, have fun and be open to learning. Our small classes and excellent teacher-to-child ratio help each child adapt to their new surroundings at their own pace. Children are gradually introduced to learning from someone other than a parent, while achieving a healthy measure of independence and self-reliance. With a focus on sensory learning, the Two-Year-Old Program features easel painting, water play, sand digging and Play Dough, among the many activities. A helpful tip for parents: children in the Two-Year-Old Program typically begin by participating in the ECC Summer Camp prior to the school year.
The major developmental focus of our Three-Year-Old Program is socialization. Our nurturing staff and well-equipped classrooms provide the ideal setting for exploring relationships, making friends and learning to be part of a group. In this class, children are exposed to age-appropriate experiences with art, science, music, movement, language and numbers. As children are most interested in reading about their own activities, our language program is designed to include their personal experiences. Through dictation, labeling and storytelling, children begin to make the connection between the spoken language and the printed word. Mathematical concepts become tangible as they measure pumpkins, sort buttons, sequence Legos, count the children in class and the candles on a menorah, search for shapes and set tables for snacks. Thematic units revolve around the holidays and changing seasons. Towards the end of the school year, as we observe firsthand the metamorphosis of caterpillars to butterflies, we reflect on the growth and change in the children.
Pre-kindergarten classes for four- and five-year-olds focus on reading, math and language skills. Children read stories aloud, as well as sequence story events and create simple charts. Patterns are explored through measurement, problem-solving and graphing, with the introduction of hands-on learning aids such as tape measures and pattern blocks. Themes such as the holidays and changing seasons are explored and paired with a supporting curriculum. For example, a lesson on the neighborhood would include a walking trip to a local pizza parlor, dictating the trip experience into a personal class story, making pizza in the classroom, and graphing choices of toppings, along with related art projects, games, songs and stories. The children particularly enjoy Pizza/Pajama night, when they come to school in pajamas and slippers to enjoy a fun evening with their teachers.