We teach children through giving them the opportunity to play as research shows that young children learn most through a play based curriculum. The beauty of a play-based curriculum is that children learn to solve problems, share goals and acquire flexibility. Playing with peers also seeds the development of empathy, a key ingredient for intellectual and social-emotional success.
We enthusiastically embrace our roots and focus on Jewish pride through learning about Jewish traditions. Upcoming holidays play a central role in the curriculum and take part in shaping the learning program. Life lessons are taught to the children on a simplistic level so that each child can connect and then build for the future.
At Gan Chabad, we know that children's brains are elastic and our goal is to stretch their minds and inspire them through tangible experiences and concrete learning. Our children learn Judaic studies, math, literacy, the arts, and moral values. Our goal is to nurture each child's personal journey towards social, emotional, and educational growth.
Curriculum and Skill Building
The letter of the week is a focus in the structure of the learning program. Themes, art and activities are based on the letter of the week. Children are encouraged to bring in an item of sentimental value beginning with the letter of the week and share the item with their friends.
Gan Chabad strives to create an environment that leads to intellectual, emotional, social, and moral development. Through engaging teacher-student dialogue and multi-sensory materials and activities, teachers engage students' curiosity and encourage them to make discoveries about their environment.
Sensory play gives children the opportunity to explore, process, and come to understand the world around them.
Though literacy activities and print rich classrooms, students develop a passion for literature and begin to understand the many values and uses of printed text. We are proud to use the Handwriting Without Tears program at our school. The hands on approach brings literacy alive to the children. They learn how to form letters and letter recognition. As the children progress they learn how to hold a pencil and trace letters. Pre-math explorations and manipulatives allow children to develop understandings of numerals, shapes, patterns, measurement, and logical thinking. By developing and practicing these skills, children at Gan Chabad build the conceptual foundations for their academic endeavors and beyond.
The celebration of Shabbat is real highlight at Kinder Sports. The children learn how to braid challah and take it home for Shabbat dinner. A Shabbat Ema and Abba are chosen and the child leads all the children in the traditional Shabbat songs. A special atmosphere is felt in the classroom as the girls light Shabbat candles and the boys chant the kiddush Parents are invited to join and participate in the weekly Shabbat celebration. Celebrating Shabbat gives the children a sense of the beauty of Shabbat and strengthens their Jewish pride!
Our children learn the customs, traditions, and moral values of Judaism as well the value of charity, friendship, tolerance, discipline, and respect for the environment and the rights of others. Our children eagerly anticipate holidays such as Rosh Hashanah,Chanukah, Purim and Passover and understand how to meaningfully and joyfully participate in each holiday. Our staff strives to instill our children with a love for the Torah and pride in their Jewish identities.
Children are naturally creative and derive much pleasure from involvement in the arts. They learn a host of skills and acquire tremendous self-esteem when given varied opportunities to create. Our children use a wide array of art media including acrylic, finger, and water paints, pastels, crayons, and markers. They create their works on diverse surfaces including clay, plastic, textured papers, foam, and canvas. We celebrate our children's creativity by prominently and artfully displaying their work.