Curriculum Overview

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Our curriculum is designed to encourage children to become independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners through active play. Every child is an individual who learns at his/her own pace. Your child’s program will vary, based on the number of days and hours per week that he/she attends Pine Brook Jewish Center Nursery School.

Our curriculum is developed to expose each child to various experiences. In addition, our curriculum builds from year to year, providing your child with continuity and a strong knowledge base during his/her years at Pine Brook Jewish Center Nursery School. Concepts and skills are introduced, which are appropriate to each child’s own learning priorities and pacing. Age-appropriate hands-on activities are planned according to a calendar of themes, which provide children with meaningful learning experiences. An enriching Judaic framework enhances the entire curriculum.

Children and their parents will all have an opportunity to “Meet the Teachers” before the first day of school. All parents will be able to share specific information and concerns about their child at this initial time.
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Intro to Preschool

A very special transition class for children 18 months and older. Highlights of this unique class include: circle time, music & songs, art projects, story time, puppets, age-appropriate games…and so much MORE! This class will prepare your toddler for the transition into our summer camp program (Pine Brook Day Camp)!

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2  Year Old ProgramHopscotch

Our 2’s class is designed to provide our youngest nursery students with a secure and caring environment that will make their first steps away from home, both safe and comfortable.  This program of gently structured educational play includes:  circle time. Music, story time, snack, cooking, creative arts and crafts, indoor/outdoor play – all done in a supportive and loving way.


Social and Emotional Objectives for the 2’s:

  • To deal effectively with separation issues while developing a sense of security.
  • To begin to develop sharing and interacting skills with peers by moving from parallel play to group activities.
  • To foster awareness of other people’s feelings.
  • To develop respect for a child’s own property, other people’s property, and the classroom property.
  • To begin to develop self-respect and a positive self-image through positive role modeling.
  • To understand the concept of “setting limits” as part of learning self-control.
  • To learn to make simple transitions from one activity to another while following the classroom routine.
  • To practice using proper and simple manners, i.e. “please, thank you, you’re welcome,” and taking turns on a regular basis, with an emphasis on learning to cooperate.
  • To introduce the concept of personal hygiene.
  • To make the child’s first preschool experience fun and meaningful while engaging in a positive manner with other children and adults outside of the home environment.

Cognitive and Language Development Objectives for the 2’s:

  • To develop decision making skills through a variety of learning experiences.
  • To respond to simple directions, including classroom rules.
  • To understand a daily routine as a part of overall life skills.
  • To recognize and identify common objects.
  • To rote count to ten.
  • To recognize and identify primary and secondary colors.
  • To recognize and identify basic shapes.
  • Initial discovery of alphabet A, B, C’s.
  • To provide opportunities for language development through: circle time, singing, story telling, and arts and crafts.
  • To develop curiosity about various external stimuli in the classroom.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills Objectives for the 2’s:

  • To achieve eye-hand coordination through coloring, building with legos and blocks, playing with playdoh, painting, tearing, and stirring.
  • To achieve body awareness through walking, running, dancing, jumping, climbing, stretching, throwing, kicking.

Music for the 2’s:

Musical experiences will provide children with opportunities to explore their world through sing-a-longs, finger plays, and other musical expressions.
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3-Year-Old ProgramPJ Day 1

Our 3-year-old program is designed for children who are continuing to develop language classification and fine motor skills.  These classes consist of a comprehensive program, which stresses the child’s individual development and awareness.  By examining the child’s own world, to include: nature, the seasons, community, family, etc., children become more aware of themselves and others around them.  The program incorporates science, math, cooking, indoor/outdoor play, and arts and crafts activities.  Activities are planned in a manner, which help develop responsibility and independence, along with sensitivity toward others.


Social and Emotional Objectives for the 3’s:

  • To continue the process of fostering self-control, including: respect for property, behavioral limitations, socially acceptable behaviors, waiting turns.
  • To reinforce good manners, including: sharing, healthy values, and good personal hygiene.
  • To continue to develop a positive self-image and self-respect through the imitation of positive role modeling.
  • To begin to develop effective work habits while demonstrating cooperation.
  • To reinforce classroom rules, safety concerns, and daily routines.
  • To develop communication and problem solving skills.
  • To follow simple one, and two step directions and work towards developing a longer attention span.

Cognitive and Language Development Objectives for the 3’s:

  • To recognize and rote count to 25.
  • To recognize and identify primary and secondary colors.
  • To recognize and identify basic shapes, as well as tracing, painting, and making pictures with shapes.
  • To recognize more complicated shapes.
  • To enhance language development with vocabulary and word recognition:  story recall, definition of seasonal and holiday words, etc.
  • To recognize letters of the alphabet and their sounds.
  • To recognize child’s first name in some form.
  • To recognize one-to-one correspondence  (one to ten).
  • To sort items by amount, size, and color.
  • To identify the month, day of the week, type of weather.
  • To develop quantitative concepts.

Creative Arts for the 3’s:

Art is used as a springboard to foster creativity and self-control.  All activities will support and reflect the theme of the day.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills Objectives for the 3’s:

  • Introduction of the use of scissors.
  • To trace letter, numbers, and shapes.
  • To learn to color in the lines.
  • To hold a crayon or pencil and make short and tall lines.
  • To develop an awareness of each body part and know what it does or how it works.
  • To utilize a variety of activities to strengthen large and small muscle groups.
  • To use playground equipment to enhance physical development.

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 4-Year-Old Program (Pre-K)

Our Pre-Kindergarten program is designed to further enhance independence, self-esteem, listening skills, the ability to follow directions, and the child’s recognition of his own importance within a group setting. The classes use kindergarten readiness materials to provide a full understanding of the upcoming kindergarten experience in both public and private schools.  Mathematical concepts are integrated into the daily class experience.  Exposure to: science, nature, creative expression, imaginative storytelling, cooking, nutrition, social studies and indoor/outdoor play, all work toward developing the very best in each child.  The program also promotes each child to grow in his/her social development, encouraging consideration of others, self-sufficiency, and self-discipline in a happy and productive setting.

Social and Emotional Objectives for Pre-K:

  • To foster positive problem solving skills while expressing needs and feelings toward others (peers and authority figures).
  • To improve self-reliance skills such as:  personal hygiene needs, ability to wipe and clean themselves properly, and the encouragement of more independence.
  • To demonstrate respect and concern for other children, adults, authority figures, all property (personal and general).

Cognitive and Language Development Objectives for Pre-K:

  • To organize and recall information retrieved through observation and listening skills.
  • Increased opportunities for language facilitation where the child is an active participant in developing language through meaningful experiences.
  • To incorporate daily routines without the need for ongoing teacher reminders.
  • To expand vocabulary usage.

Reading Readiness for Pre-K:

  • To associate sounds with the corresponding letters.
  • To distinguish words that begin with the same sound and/or sound the same.
  • To begin to develop a sight vocabulary.
  • To develop a basic level of listening comprehension.

Writing Readiness for Pre-K:

  • To hold writing instruments with correct grip, position, and control.
  • To develop an ability to hold a pencil correctly.
  • Introduction to writing of upper and lower case letters, including, but not limited to the child’s first name.
  • To define the space differences between upper and lower case letters.
  • To write numerals 1-10.

Math Readiness for Pre-K:

  • To recognize number concepts.
  • Rote counting to 100.
  • To begin to identify patterns.
  • To identify size differences, sequencing of objects by size, categorizing of objects.
  • Review of geometric shapes.

Creative Arts for Pre-K:

  • The art process will sharpen children’s observation skills through exposure to the elements of art.

Fine and Gross Motor Skills Objectives for Pre-K:

  • To use scissors properly through appropriate grip and more detailed cutting.
  • Tracing of more intricate designs and patterns.
  • Continued development of writing skills.
  • Continues awareness of body parts and how they work.
  • More variety of activities to strengthen large and small muscles.

 

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