Our curriculum emphasizes the importance of the development of the whole child: socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, and spiritually.
We provide a loving, caring, and nurturing learning environment within a framework rich in Jewish values and traditions.
Learning activities are purposefully planned by our qualified staff to match the developmental stages of each child. The staff emphasizes the learning process taking place rather than the end product.
We offer a variety of learning opportunities for each child encouraging imagination, curiosity, and discovery.
The “Multiple Intelligences” approach is incorporated into the curriculum encompassing Language Arts, Math, Science, Music and Movement, and Imaginative and Creative play.
We maintain a balance between:
- Individual and group activities, emphasizing positive social interaction.
- Structured and “free choice” time, guided and modeled by the staff.
- A structured schedule and flexibility that allows opportunities for self exploration and respect.
An academic component is integrated into the curriculum through music, games, songs, manipulatives, and enriching and stimulating activities.
Jewish Holidays and Shabbat are important parts of our curriculum and woven into our daily and weekly activities. We celebrate together as a school through cooking, music, special guests, parent involvement, community events, and school-wide events (Preschool – High School).
Integrating Jewish Values In The Classroom
Jewish values and traditions are a part of our classroom identity and environment. They are an intricate part of our community and culture, and help provide the foundation for the development of values.
Typical lessons in SDJA preschool classrooms that foster the creation of Jewish values include celebrating Shabbat, making latkes for Chanukah, building a Sukkah, learning Jewish songs, learning about Israel (its geography, people, history) and much more.
Transition Into Kindergarten
By working closely with the kindergarten teachers at the Golda Meir Lower School, our preschool teachers will be fostering essential knowledge to ensure a seamless transition from preschool to kindergarten and beyond. The familiarity and comfort of SDJA’s setting will help young students transition easily into the next phase of learning.