ELC - Educational Approach
Exploring, Probing, Creative and Curious
Young children’s minds move in magnificent ways. At the Early Learning Center (ELC), we help each child feel comfortable to explore their world and their thoughts in a warm and loving Jewish environment. An environment that is rich in song, dance, art and holiday customs. Where the smells, tastes and sounds of Yiddishkeit are part of their everyday experience – with introductions to holidays, letters, the rhythm of the week and the cycle of Jewish life – where children feel comfortable, safe and secure to observe, to participate, and to act.
“When studying Parshat Noach, the ELC faculty had an inspired thought: why not give young kids a hands-on experience with animals in their own backyard? So we converted the ELC field into a petting zoo. Torah study came alive in this up-close encounter as the kids interacted, in a wonderfully spontaneous way with a “Noah’s Ark” of live animals they could touch and feed.”
Our teachers are the best at what they do. They understand the learning process and that education evolves through play, exploration and enrichment. They are experienced, creative, and masters at integrating the secular and Judaic worlds. Every day we see children enlightened by programs and curriculum, by friendships and learning.
“Yom Haatzmaut was enhanced by a wonderful morning of music. So many parents were able to attend and join in. In our room, we ate Israeli food and a blue and white cake; we set up a museum with ‘treasures’ from Israel, illustrated and studied the map and more. The learning continued with MINI ISRAEL later that day – what an incredible celebration!”
Supporting Social Development
In the ELC, we believe the social component is equally important to the educational part of the curriculum. Nursery school is often the place where first real friendships are formed – where the children begin to truly understand the give and take in a relationship. Our teachers teach what it means to be a friend, how and when to approach others, and the skills and etiquette of friendship. As in the other parts of our curriculum, we bring to life what the Torah teaches us about how we deal with our peers, neighbors and friends.
Every day we feel privileged to be guiding your children and helping to open their eyes and minds to all that is theirs to explore.