Program & Calendar

 

Gan Israel Preschool offers a creative and nurturing environment where your child will feel at home. We take an eclectic approach to curriculum. By integrating the best concepts in early childhood education with the beauty of our Jewish tradition, we create meaningful and enriching classroom experiences for our students. Every day the children in our care play, learn, and explore in a joyful, non-competitive space where they are valued as individuals, and recognized for their unique gifts. We support each child as they develop independence, confidence, creativity, and self esteem.

 

At Gan Israel we offer a morning preschool program that runs from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm for the younger classes and from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm for our pre-K group. Our morning program is divided into three age groups - Aleph, Bet and Gimmel. We also offer optional early care from 8:00-9:00 am, and aftercare until 5:00 pm.

 

 

Aleph and Bet

In the Aleph group, we provide an environment where the children can learn through play and develop a positive self-image Since children at this stage of development depend on their sense of touch to learn about the world around them, we always provide a tactile activity area such as play dough, sand, or water for the children to explore.  These activities help children to feel both calm and alert, while also promoting fine motor skills and inspiring children's imaginations.  Over the course of the year, the children are introduced to a variety of engaging age appropriate activities including cooking projects, science exploration, and many different art mediums. However, the emphasis is always on the process of the experience rather then the end result or the product.  We also support the children's rapidly growing language skills and development with prayers, songs, stories, rhymes and conversation.  We always encourage the children to use their words and help them verbalize their needs.As the children become increasingly comfortable in their new environment, we join the Bet group for shared activities throughout the day.

In the Bet group, we focus on helping children expand on the skills they’ve learned in the Aleph group. We also help to widen their window

 

into the outside world by sharing new ideas and experiences with them. Children at this age are ready to begin moving from parallel play towards cooperative play, and we support this development by teaching them the social skills they need to feel successful. We model using words to communicate needs, wants, and ideas. We also help guide children in reading each other's non-verbal cues such as facial expressions and body language. When conflicts do arise we emphasize creative problem solving while modeling empathy and respect for all children involved. We focus on developing skills for communication, and helping the children find new tools for self-expression. This is done through many mediums such as art, music dictation, and daily conversation. Letters, numbers, shapes and colors are an everyday part of our curriculum as well, though they are always introduced in a way that is organic and meaningful to the children. 

While both groups often work together sharing space and exploring together, the Aleph and Bet teachers are sensitive to the needs and development of each individual child, meeting them where they are at developmentally, and differentiating curriculum as needed.

 

Gimmel

 For the Gimmel group we strive to provide an environment that kindles the spark that will become a lifetime love of learning. In our program we aim to instill a passion for good literature and music. This in turn, helps prepare children for Kindergarten by building phonemic awareness and increasing vocabulary, which are both crucial skills for future reading success. We meet with the children several times a week in small groups to work on acquiring skills such as cutting with scissors, writing, and math concepts to further insure that the children are prepared with the tools they need as they move on to Kindergarten. We engage in lots of open-ended art activities, which allows the children to practice their self-expression and experiment with symbolic representation.  We also provide many opportunities for free-play, which allows the children to practice problem solving, strengthen friendships, use their imaginations, and most importantly have fun!

We have extended our day until 1:00 in order to meet our goals, we will also be starting our learning time earlier in the morning to take full advantage of every moment in our day!

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Calendar for School Year 2015-2016

DATE:   DAY:        EVENT:  

AUGUST 2015
7       Friday      ShabbaBBQ                                           5:00 - 7:00 pm
30      Sunday      "Back to School" family event/Sukkah building       9:30 - 11:30 am

SEPTEMBER  
3       Thursday    "Getting to Know You" Morning                       9:00 - 12:00
7       Monday      Labor Day                                           No School
8       Tuesday     Preschool Begins
10      Thursday    "Back to School" Night                              7:00 - 8:30 pm
14-15   Mon-Tuesday Rosh Hashanah                                       No School
22      Tuesday     Erev Yom Kippur                                     1:00 dismissal
23      Wednesday   Yom Kippur                                          No School
28-29   Mon-Tuesday Sukkot break                                        No School       

OCTOBER
        TBD         "Dinner in a Sukkah" Social                         6:00 - 7:30 pm
5-6     Mon-Tuesday Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah                        No School
23      Friday      Staff Development Morning                           School begins at 10:00  
29      Thursday    Trike-a-thon                                        9:15 - 10:30 am     

NOVEMBER
3       Tuesday     Staff Development Morning                           School begins at 10:00
        TBD         Kindergarten "Best practices"                       9:15 - 10:15 am
10      Tuesday     Pre-Holiday Ceramic Painting Evening                5:30 - 7:30 pm
11      Wednesday   Veterans Day                                        No School
25-27   Wed-Friday  Thanksgiving Break                                  No School

DECEMBER
        TBD         Parent discussion "Holiday/How-to-Shabbat"
9       Wednesday   Staff Development Morning                           School begins at 10:00  
12      Saturday    Family Havdalah/Chanukah Party                      6:15 - 7:30 pm
Dec 21-Jan 1        Winter Break                                        No School

JANUARY   2016
4       Monday      Preschool Resumes
14      Thursday    "Challah it Forward" Family Program                 4:00 - 6:00 pm
15      Friday      Annual Bake Sale                                    Regular day     
18      Monday      Martin Luther King Day                              No School
25      Monday      Tu’bshvat  (New Year for the Trees)                 Regular day
26      Tuesday     Staff Development Morning                           School begins at 10:00
29      Friday      "Special Person" Shabbat Party

FEBRUARY
1       Monday      Staff JRS Conference Day                            No School
15      Monday      Presidents Day                                      No School
18      Thursday    Family Potluck/Cookie Baking for Winter Shelter     5:30 - 7:00 pm

MARCH
        TBD         Parent discussion "Holiday/How-to-Purim"
24      Thursday    Staff Development Morning                           School begins at 10:00
24      Thursday    Purim Party!                                        10:00 - 12:30 (short day)
27      Sunday      Family Garden Day                                   10:00 - 12:00       

APRIL
        TBD         Parent discussion "Holiday/How-to-Passover"
18      Monday      Earth Day Celebration                               Regular day
22-29   Fri-Friday  Passover Break                                      No School

MAY
2       Monday      Preschool Resumes
12      Thursday    Israel Independence Day                             Regular day
18      Wednesday   Staff Development Morning                           School begins at 10:00
23      Monday      Family PJ Story Time/Potluck/Craft                  5:00 - 6:30 pm
30      Monday      Memorial Day                                        No School

JUNE    
        TBD         Parent discussion "How-to-Jewish life beyond Gan Israel"    
9       Thursday    Last full day
10      Friday      End of School Celebration                           10-12:00