Two year old’s
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.
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.
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.