Har Zion Kindergarten
Kindergarten-Gan (Garden): To enter Kindergarten, a child must be five years old by September 1st. A full day state licensed multi-faceted program providing Kindergarten children with an excellent bi-cultural Judaic and Secular education. Staffed by gifted, warm and caring teachers, our program provides for individual differences but encourages maximum growth for all children. Our children learn to try their best while still feeling comfortable in an environment that supports developing new skills. Our Kindergarten program encourages children to become autonomous learners.
The Kindergarten Language Arts curriculum helps all children develop a love of literature, in all its form, and to encourage all to feel successful as readers, writers, and communicators, regardless of their developmental level. We provide an extensive exposure to the alphabet and phonemic awareness. Children are read to every day and are exposed to a wide range of materials. Students also have daily writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and thinking opportunities. We introduce and expose our children to the five components to literacy success: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Social Studies and Science come alive in our Kindergarten. Children learn to be sensitive to, respect and care about themselves and others while learning about cultures different from their own. Our science program incorporates a hands-on discovery approach. Children experience a wide range of science activities using their five senses. They learn science concepts by observing, classifying, measuring, collecting, predicting and experimenting.
The Mathematics curriculum enables children to use math through exploration, discovery, and to solve meaningful problems. Math activities are integrated with other relevant projects in science, social studies, and language arts. The children work with a variety of manipulates such as unifix cubes, teddy bear counters, and pattern blocks. Graphing, patterning, number correspondences, time, counting, set making and measurement are only a few of the basic math concepts our children learn to understand. Daily counting activities culminate in a celebration on the 100th day of school.
The Judaic area of our program is of tremendous importance to us. Building on the foundation established in our preschool, we continue to provide experiences that promote a positive Jewish identity and sense of commitment to ideals and practices of our Conservative Movement. Daily prayers, blessings and Hebrew vocabulary are taught through song and story within the context of everyday life as it is experienced throughout the Jewish year. Children are involved in Jewish learning through hands-on happy experiences with each Shabbat and holiday.