Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael

Curriculum

Our teachers are State Certified. Our comprehensive and developmentally appropriate program is designed to promote each child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth. All games and activities are skill- based and goal oriented. Our age and developmentally-appropriate curriculum combines a celebration of Judaism with the children’s daily experiences and observations, plus critical learning and developmental concepts.

The classrooms are comprised of learning centers which include blocks, art, music, toys and puzzles, dramatic play, books, manipulatives, sensory, discovery and scientific awareness. These centers allow the children to have choices to actively explore. They learn by interacting with their peers, teachers and the varying things in their environment. Each center is designed to help the children’s emotional, cognitive and physical growth.

The daily schedule is planned to include active and quiet times, gross and fine motor activities and child-initiated as well as staff-initiated activities. Outdoor (weather permitting) or indoor play is scheduled each day. Planning for the classroom involves consideration of age and skill level. Our teachers use a variety of mediums to teach a concept, reinforcing and respecting each child’s learning style. Assessment is also an important part of the curriculum. Our goal is to make sure that each child reaches their individual potential.

Intellectual: Through play and staff directed activities, we facilitate the development of skills such as self motivation, active investigation, thinking and problem solving needed to thrive in a world of challenge and competition. Pre-reading, pre-writing, and pre-math skills are part of our daily routines and activities.

Social: We encourage each child to work and play with others, to develop language and communication skills, to respect the rights and privacy of their peers and most of all, to develop feelings of kindness, courtesy, helpfulness and acceptance.

Physical: Children are provided constant opportunities to develop their gross and fine motor skills, to develop finger strength and dexterity, and arm-eye and body coordination.

Emotional: We strongly believe that a positive self image is key to navigate through life. By recognizing and accepting children’s differences, by encouraging children to differentiate between right and wrong, and by promoting responsibility, children believe in themselves and are willing to take risks that promote learning.