WJC ECC offers classes for children one to five years old and offers extended day enrichment options for children in the Threes, Fours and Pre-K programs.
Little Ones & Friends introduces toddlers ages 1-2 and a parent or caregiver to a fun, interactive class with play, socialization, music and movement. Children are introduced to the classroom environment while they and their parent/caregiver make friends, explore manipulatives like puzzles and art materials, and dance and sing during circle time. Every class ends with a snack of challah and fruit as they welcome in Shabbat with a story and songs.
Choice of 2, 3, 4 or 5 days, 9:15am-11:30am
Twos are supported and encouraged to develop their language skills to express thoughts, feelings and needs with adults and their peers. They are exposed to a rich environment of expressive art materials and tools, enjoyable sensory experiences such as sand, water and doughs, manipulatives such as puzzles and building materials, dramatic play materials and the natural outdoor environment. Children learn to explore their surroundings in a curious and comfortable manner, during which they also develop their fine and large motor skills and gain confidence in their ability to make choices and learn at their own pace. The nurturing environment fosters their development of self-help skills, including toilet training, hand-washing and dressing independently.
Our Threes curriculum stems from the children’s interest– whether it’s a study of rainbows arising from the light refraction in the classroom, or an exploration of leaves stemming from the collection of fall debris in our playground. Through this emergent curriculum, children feel valued and honored as teachers find ways to bring the students’ passions to the forefront of their learning experiences.
Children follow a daily routine which typically includes free exploration and play in the classroom activity centers, morning meeting, snack time and outdoor play. The children learn a sense of independence while strenghthening their motor skills. Teachers take advantage of opportunities to incorporate numeric concepts and to support emergent literacy. The children feel a sense of security in the daily routine, which in turn helps them develop trusting relationships with their teachers, and increases their ability to self-regulate and assert independence.
In our four-year-old classes, children learn and explore in all the different curricular areas through activity centers in the classrooms and opportunities in our outdoor learning environments.
A strong emphasis in our Fours program is placed on socio-emotional development, with goals for children such as learning to play cooperatively with peers in self-directed play and group activities, understanding and following classroom routines and behavioral expectations.
As most Fours students plan to move on to a Kindergarten program the next year, we prepare them to reach academic benchmarks such as improving understanding of numbers and counting, beginning to make hypotheses regarding observations, and increasing facility with writing and literacy.
• Music and Movement
• Story Time/Library
• Gardening and Nature
• Nutrition and Cooking
Throughout the school year, our vibrant school community hosts parent-only events such as the annual welcome cocktail party, as well as family events including community Shabbat dinners, Hanukkah Party, Purim Carnival and Passover celebration.