Early Childhood Education
A Sense of Wonder
The Early Childhood Education Department of Shuvah Israel Torah Center provides an opportunity for young children to learn, play and grow together in a Jewish environment that encourages a sense of wonder and discovery. The mission of the ECE is to provide a high quality, individualized education in a Torah setting. We are committed to creating a learning environment that supports academic excellence, Ahavat Hashem and Kelal Yisrael.
The developmental curriculum seeks to support the foundation for achievement as it promotes independent learning, stimulates creativity, builds self-esteem, and develops problem-solving skills. The goals for the Early Childhood’s Judaic component are defined by the awareness of G-d in everyday life, such as identifying with Shabbat, chagim, tefillah and brachot, and the values and creative expression to develop an appreciation and knowledge of Jewish customs, traditions and the use of the Hebrew language.
Our well-trained and caring staff is committed to meeting the needs of all children in the program, helping them to realize their potential as dynamic learners. We accomplish this by planning activities and experiences appropriate for the individual child as well as the group in well-equipped classrooms and outdoor spaces that support exploration and discovery.
Assessment & Evaluation
The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) is an observation tool assessment from the California Department of Education. The desired results for children encompass developmental areas i.e., cognitive, social-emotional, language, mathematical, and physical development. These observations are performed using day-to-day activities and interactions by the classroom teachers. The DRDP looks at each child's development from Pre nursery to Kindergarten and is completed twice a year, in the fall and in the spring.
The assessment helps monitor each child's progress to support their growth and learning. Teachers have up-to-date information helping them to plan the learning activities in the classroom and variations required for each child in the curriculum.
Objectives of Assessment
To enable the children to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do in their work
To help our children understand what they need to do to improve their work
To allow teachers to plan lessons that accurately reflect the needs of each child, or group of children
To provide information for parents that enables them to support their child's learning
The Judaic Studies curriculum synthesizes age-appropriate experiences with Jewish concepts and teachings.
Mesorah- The concept of Mesorah is to reinforce the values associated with the traditions of the Jewish people passed through the ages.
Tefillah – Children participate in daily tefillah and learn the meaning of prayers and brachot.
Shabbat - Children participate in Shabbat experiences, including candle lighting, Kiddush, hamotzi, songs and Parasha stories. Parents are invited to the Shabbat parties and encouraged to participate with their children.
Mitzvot – Jewish values are integrated into all aspects of the curriculum. Children develop Torah values through different activities designed to demonstrate these mitzvot
Chagim – While celebrating each chag, children actively learn about the holiday through creative dramatic play, stories, art, and music.
Life Cycle- Children become familiarized with the Jewish life cycle through appropriate activities and discussion pertaining to life cycle events.
Torah/Parasha - Weekly Parasha stories are told and children act out the story in the drama center.
Hebrew Immersion- Hebrew language is a central component to our curriculum. Brain researchers support early language acquisition before age six and see a "window of opportunity" when the brain is particularly efficient in learning (Chugani, 1966). The Shuvah environment is an ideal setting to begin teaching Hebrew language as a viable, vivid and communicative tool. Children best learn a second language the same way they learned their first, by hearing it spoken, using context or multi-sensory clues to decipher new words, and utilizing the language in everyday activities. This allows our children to gain the fundamentals required to master Hebrew Language.
Hebrew Reading/Kriyah - By the end of Pre-1, our students will be able to read from the Siddur . Children in Kindergarten and Pre-1 focus on letter sounds, vowels, and blending, to become Ivrit readers.
Our learning objectives are to inspire and empower our children to think, reason, question, collaborate and experiment. Shuvah curriculum is integrated, thematic, developmentally appropriate, child-centered, and process focused. Shuvah's curriculum is dynamic and evolving, as we continually strive to reflect best practices based on current research. Our youngest students learn to separate from their parents and acclimate to a school setting. They learn the structure and routine of a school day, develop self-help and independence skills, and cultivate socialization skills and vocabulary development. Young learners create understanding and meaning through play and exploration. They are exposed to many language, literacy, writing, math, fine and gross motor and social-emotional skills, as well as Judaic concepts, Jewish and American holidays, and Hebrew language.
Early Childhood Hours
Parent & Me 9:30-11:30 am MONDAY & Thursday
Pre Nursery (half day) 8:00-12:30 pm Monday - Friday
Pre Nursery (full day) 8:00-5:00 pm Monday - Friday
Pre Nursery 8:00-1:00 pm Friday
Nursery (half day) 8:00-12:30 pm Monday - Friday
Nursery (full day) 8:00-5:00 pm Monday - Thursday
Nursery 8:00-1:00 pm Friday
Kindergarten 8:00-5:00 pm Monday - Thursday
Kindergarten 8:00-1:00 pm Friday
Pre-1st 8:00-5:00 pm Monday - Thursday
Pre-1st 8:00-1:00 pm Friday
Parent & Me
For infants from 8 to 24 months. The Parent and Me program is a home away from home with a cozy place for a baby's first experience. Hillel's tiny tots explore stimulating surroundings designed to nurture their social, intellectual and emotional development. Parent and Me is full of playful interaction, smiles, cuddles and hugs. Our children smile, play and learn while interacting with loving, responsive, and professional teachers who provide personal attention and direction.
2 years of age before September 1st
Learning is an integrated experience. Areas of learning and development for the children in this group consist of social emotional growth, language and literacy, language development in English and Hebrew, mathematics, Chaggim, and Judaic Studies. Readiness activities mark the children's entry into the wonderful world of colors, shapes, numbers and letters. The children sing, paint, draw, scribble and play.
3 years of age before September 1st
Nursery children experience hands-on activities connected to their social and emotional development, early literacy skills, and language development in English and Hebrew. Nursery children engage in Hebrew, print awareness, math, science, Parasha, Chaggim, Judaic Studies and music. Thematic units are used to instill new concepts and problem solving skills.
4 years of age before September 1st
Kindergarten is a time for children to expand their love of learning, general knowledge and their ability to get along with each other. It also includes expanding their interest in reaching out to the world.
Goals for this class include: expanding oral language proficiency in English and Hebrew, developing fine motor skills, recognizing and understanding sound and symbol relationships in English and Hebrew, learning the Parasha, Chaggim and encouraging problem solving and critical thinking. The students develop rhythm, melody, and harmony and learn to understand patterning, symmetry and balance.
5 years of age before September 1st
The developmentally appropriate Pre-1st class encourages the growth of the children's self-esteem, independence and individual strengths. Pre-1st children develop academic skills as they prepare for elementary school.