Young children learn best by being actively involved with their environment and by engaging in activities that encourage individual growth. Because our children are encouraged to see themselves as individuals who “can do,” they will leave our program prepared to meet the challenges of their future school endeavors. Academic learning is an ongoing process, which is interwoven throughout the child’s preschool and home experiences. The Cohn Early Childhood Learning Center provides children with an environment enriched with reading, math, language, science, and art experiences in individual and small group settings using a child-centered approach.
Just as children learn cognitive concepts through interacting with the environment, they learn about self-concepts and develop their own identity through similar tangible experiences. Jewish experiences permeate the curriculum in many ways including singing Jewish songs, learning Hebrew words, and learning Jewish values. The weekly celebration of Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) and other holiday celebrations enhance exposure to Jewish culture.
Infants and toddlers have the opportunity to use a variety of materials and participate in activities designed to stimulate cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. Activities are planned according to their developmental levels and needs. All children are assigned two primary teachers who take responsibility for each child for the greater part of the day. Primary care allows for better continuity and bonding between the child, the classroom teachers, and parents. The primary teachers are responsible for the majority of the routine care, lesson implementation, and daily reporting; and serve as principle point of contact regarding information concerning your child. However, substitute teachers maintain the same level of training and certifications and are available to step in, in the event of absences. Lesson plans are individualized for infants to focus on specific developmental milestones for each child, and are changed bi-weekly. Toddler classroom lessons are planned for the group, and change weekly. Curriculum plans are posted on the parent information board in each classroom.
Classes for preschoolers are planned with a project-based approach, and include hands-on activities and projects integrating traditional disciplines such as math, science, social studies, music, art, and language arts. Emphasis is placed on the process and the actual experience of an activity, rather than the final product. Curriculum plans are posted on the parent information board in each classroom.
- Developing expressive and receptive language
- Developing readiness to process graphic symbols and language in its written forms
- Developing intellectual curiosity, skills in observing, problem solving, and learning through his or her own efforts
- Developing independent thinking and decision making skills
- Moving from the need for outer authority to control of his or her own behavior
- Developing confidence in his or her ability to achieve goals through independent effort
- Developing an understanding of feelings and how feelings motivate behavior; help the child gain control over how feelings are expressed and learn acceptable ways of dealing with and expressing strong feelings
- Developing the social skills needed to be successful in interpersonal relations, to function successfully in the peer group and to learn from peers
- Learning to respect and value individual, cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity
- Gathering information on, and experience with, the social and physical world in which the child needs to function adequately
- Developing the child’s aesthetic sensibilities and horizons through artistic, academic, and intellectual experiences
- Facilitating the child’s physical skills through provisions of large and fine-motor activities
- Providing a program that is child-centered and play-based