Our music program introduces children to rhythm, movement, various musical instruments and song. Each week children learn preschool songs as well as music for Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED IN BEIT AM DURING SHABBAT. IN ADDITION, CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF. Shabbat An integral part of our children’s week occurs on Friday at 9:15 A.M. We welcome Shabbat each week in Beit Am with either our Guest Rabbi, music teacher, Director of Jewish Life and Learning, or Early Childhood Director leading our students and families. This is a joyful, active worship service; we ask all parents and special friends to model appropriate behavior and dress. No food or drink is allowed in Beit Am. In addition, cell phones must be turned off. Classes alternate as Shabbat Leaders – a list will be given to the parents at the beginning of school. Parents, grandparents and special friends are encouraged to attend. The Levine Academy Parent Association provides challah to each class for Friday snack. Library Through varied activities, children will develop an appreciation for and a love of literature. Each week children will check out a book of their choice from the Early Childhood Library. The children will listen to stories, rhymes, have puppet shows and create their own stories. Physical Education and Gross Motor Skills Levine EC teaches a program designed to increase gross motor coordination and strengthening. Children will learn cooperative team skills and positive self-esteem is promoted. Science, Engineering, and Discovery The focus on science in early childhood is based on the growing understanding and recognition of the power of children’s early thinking and learning. It is often heard that "children are natural scientists." Their curiosity and need to make the world a more predictable place certainly drives them to explore and draw conclusions and theories from their hands-on experiences. Our children are guided by a highly experienced science specialist who will provide more focused and deeper explorations involving prediction, planning, collecting and recording data: looking for patterns and relationships that eventually can be shared and from which new questions emerge.
DEVELOPMENTAL GOALS Emotional/Social Goals
Each child will develop self-control and an awareness of their emotions and interactions with other people. Based on developmental ages and stages of young children, appropriate activities will enable each child to: - Establish trust in themselves and others. - Recognize and identify their own emotions. - Become aware of feelings for others. - Become an active member of the group. - Develop a higher degree of autonomy and independence and their own sense of power. Cognitive Goals Each child shall have opportunities to develop cognitive skills that refer to the child’s ability to store, process, comprehend and apply information about their environment. Based on developmental ages and stages of young children, appropriate activities will enable each child to develop: - Social knowledge – expanding the child’s world and their role in it. - Physical knowledge – a basic understanding of physical forces in the world.
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