CORE ELEMENTS OF OUR SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE
CHILDREN AS CONSTRUCTIVIST LEARNERS
The school’s curriculum emerges from child development combined with the children’s interests. Children construct their own learning as opposed to teachers dictating facts to them. Children engage in Project Based Learning, which enables them to integrate knowledge and skills in meaningful ways, incorporating math, literacy, science, social studies and physical education in an engaging way.
A project is an in-depth investigation of a topic worth learning more about. The teachers’ focus is to guide the children to ask questions and, therefore, the children are more interested in what they are learning.
The cognitive, social, emotional, language and communication, literacy and physical skills are developed through the learning experiences that the children participate in each day.
Children and families are represented in the classroom environment, creating a sense of belonging. Space is flexible and materials open-ended, stimulating exploration and inquiry. Aspects of the natural world are present in the classroom, engaging the senses. Attention is given to indoor and outdoor classrooms and common spaces to create community, build connections and allow opportunities for Jewish living.
FAMILIES AS ENGAGED PARTNERS
Family engagement is essential to building a quality school community. We actively incorporate parents’ perspectives into how we think about teaching and learning. Families have opportunities to joyfully celebrate Jewish life with their children. Communication about each child’s development is on-going, relevant and supportive. Families are involved in adult learning to support their own and each other’s parenting and Jewish journeys.
DIRECTOR AS A VISIONARY
Inspired by Jewish values, the director works with the parents, teachers and lay leaders to create an environment that cultivates a diverse and vibrant community. Creates professional learning opportunities for the faculty. Arranges consistent and adequate time for the teachers to learn, grow and reflect with their colleagues, families, students and community. Ensures that our goals are aligned with the mission and goals of the JCC. Integrates the JCC staff and lay leaders with the early childhood learning center. Cultivates professional and lay leadership to promote a sustainable early childhood learning center.
Teachers have an authentic relationship with Israel allowing the children to create a strong bond with the “Israel of the imagination.” Different aspects of Israel are experienced on a daily basis to seamlessly create powerful images and representations in the minds and hearts of our children. Israeli music, dance, customs, foods and language come alive at the school.
TEACHERS AS PROFESSIONALS
Early Childhood educators are considered by the JCC and view themselves as Professionals. Engage in deep meaningful learning experiences, collaboration and mentoring with all members of the community. Fluent in the standards of excellence set by the state and accrediting agencies, with a passion to go beyond these definitions.
CATCH - COORDINATED APPROACH TO CHILD HEALTH
Based on a foundation of Jewish values, Discover CATCH Early Childhood nurtures a love of physical activity in children and encourages them to develop life-long healthy eating habits. The physical education component incorporates activities that develop flexibility, strength, muscular and cardiovascular endurance.Featured activities and games develop fundamental motor skills and rhythm. A “no elimination” philosophy assures all children are moving at all times while having fun.