Our Programs

Preschool Overview

The wonders of early childhood are many and should naturally emerge when a program is properly matched with the developmental age of a child. The ultimate goal of our program is to have each child emerge as a confident, capable and excited learner. The “Circle of Wonder” is a concept that Small Wonders has defined to help prepare and encourage our children to blossom into lifelong learners. The “Circle of Wonder” is comprised of several key elements which include security, curiosity, practice, achievement, and confidence. Each element builds on the other and allows the children to acquire new skills to grow and flourish. It continues year after year, learning experience after learning experience. Small Wonders recognizes the importance of this never-ending process; therefore, we teach these new skills until they become a natural part of their learning. The structured and predictable routine helps children feel secure to take on academic and social challenges. Our programs are based on age appropriate development and individualized abilities. The children are provided with a warm,positive, and nurturing environment to succeed at their own pace and readiness stage. At the time of your visit, the Director considers all of these important factors when determining the placement of your child in our program. We look forward to meeting you and spending time with your child.

Two year old’s

For two-year-olds, our toddler program is a loving “first school experience.” This program provides an environment of gentle nurturing, through play and discovery. The children learn to feel safe away from Mom or Dad. Fine motor skills are enhanced through daily arts and crafts activities, and many and varied educational toys and equipment. Outdoor time, music and gym help in enhancing gross motor skills.

Three year old’s

Our three-year-old program focuses on the whole child in all phases of early childhood development. Special attention is given to group dynamics. As the year begins, each child spends time working one on one with his/her teacher. This encourages self-esteem, a feeling of security and the acquisition of skills. As the year progresses the children gain the ability to see themselves as contributing members of a group. Through play the children learn the group dynamics that are so important for the socialization aspect of school. Taking turns, sharing a toy, caring for a friend and using kind words are just a few of our goals. At Small Wonders at Temple Judea we use redirection and problem solving opportunities to guide our children into making good choices. This provides all the children with negotiating skills, and gives them the language needed to resolve disagreements in a constructive and positive manner; a valuable lifetime skill.

Our day consists of circle time, music and art projects that are designed to strengthen fine motor skills. Snack time, play time, small group activities and time on the playground are used to help develop important gross motor skills.

Four year old’s

Our prekindergarten program, for children who are four by October 1, provides a solid foundation for a child who will be entering kindergarten the following year or moving on to our five-day “Grow Year and Enrichment” Program.

At Small Wonders at Temple Judea our unique prekindergarten experience includes two classrooms, both part of the children’s daily experience. Two separate teams of teachers are responsible for these rooms and use their creative talents and many years of experience to foster the learning spirit in each child.

In one room readiness skills for math, reading, writing, language arts and science are introduced using stimulating and engaging multidisciplinary approaches which include visual, auditory, and tactile lessons and activities. Teacher-directed, as well as hands-on experiences motivate the children and foster a feeling of excitement towards learning these new skills.

In the other room, the children experience many fun and interesting opportunities to develop a positive self-image, language development, listening skills, self-help skills, fine motor skills, and artistic creativity. These developmental areas are reinforced through literature-based lessons and songs as well as through structured playtime and exciting learning centers.

Activities from these two rooms are blended into each day, allowing both the educational and creative opportunities to be expressed. The Small Wonder’s “Color Express Train” and amazing “Alphabet Adventure” are just two of the hallmarks that this sound program has to offer. Whether it’s putting your math skills to test in the “Autumn Treasure Hunt” or wondering what “Concept Charlie” will be up to next, the children arrive each day excited to learn, play, experience, and discover all that the day has to offer.

The children in this program also benefit from several fun and educational field trips. Visits to the Log House at the Mercer Museum, and the James A. Michener Art Museum provide valuable educational experiences away from our regular preschool environment.

Our Character Education Program rewards acts of kindness and encourages all of the pro-social behaviors we strive to teach. It also promotes a sense of belonging to a group, builds positive self-esteem and instills confidence. We like to include our families in this program as much as possible so that the children see us as a team of cheerleaders for them! The children are so proud and eager to share their goodness with others.

Sunbeam

Our Sunbeam program is designed for five and six year olds and is an excellent way to provide your child with a “Grow Year” prior to attending Kindergarten. Even though your child might meet the age requirement for Kindergarten, he or she may not yet meet the ever increasing expectations required by school districts in our area. Some children need a little extra time to mature and gain more experience and our curriculum and nurturing teachers will guide your child through this process so he/she is prepared.

Cr…unch

Creative Afternoons, including lunch, run Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The following choices are available:

Monday – Creative Dramatics and Movement

Tuesday – Super Science and Magical Math

Wednesday – Kids Cooking

Thursday – Book Club

Friday – Judaic Fun

You may enroll your 3, 4 or 5 year old for any or all of these afternoons.

Play Care

Play Care is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and/or from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This can be set up as a full-year schedule, or available on an as needed basis; with at least 48 hours advance notice.
"Dear Sheryl and the Elc community, We are so thankful to have Ivy @ a school that makes our family feel like home.. Everytime we drop Ivy off the director and teachers always have a smile on there faces and are ready to make each day a fantastic one.. Ivy has shown so much growth each year Thank you Temple Judea!" Thank you Marnee and Craig Lipkin
"What is there not to love about Small Wonders at Temple Judea? Between the supportive teachers, creative environment, interesting curriculum, flexible staff, and the smiling face of my son every day, it is hard to choose just one thing that makes this school complete. My son has attended camp over the summer and a 3-day week preschool program for the past year. He looks forward to waking up each day and going to school. I am proud of his excitement to learn, achievements he has made, and the social skills that are modeled and reinforced . I would definitely recommend Small Wonders at Temple Judea to any other family who is looking for a school to best fit their child's emotional, physical, and social needs, but most of all, to have fun!" Rachel

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