The Jewish Academy aims to provide a stimulating environment, enabling your child to develop his innate curiosity, creativity and eagerness for learning. When children experience the thrill of exploration, the exhilaration of active play, and the security of a supportive teacher and peer group, they discover that fun and learning are synonymous. Promoting independence and concentration lays the foundation for a lifetime of success.
We seek to encourage the habits and skills necessary to become critical and caring thinkers and citizens. Our exceptionally qualified and experienced teachers understand child development and respect your child’s unique attributes. Warm and caring professionals nurture and inspire your child’s natural desire to learn and grow. Our high teacher-to-student ratio facilitates instruction that is differentiated according to your child’s needs and provides meaningful opportunities to develop character and social skills in a safe and nurturing atmosphere. It is our belief that a wide variety of activities are an integral part of development and learning for Early Childhood students.
Age 2 by Sept. 1st At this stage, our youngest learners are embraced in a warm and nurturing environment. They are given the opportunity to explore the world around them and interact with others. Hands-on experiences and art activities are used in conjunction with weekly thematic units. A print-rich environment with lots of books, stories and songs prepares your child to listen and focus, as she begins to recognize the letters in her name and in the words around them. Our Judaics program focuses on Hebrew language through music and songs. Jewish holidays and the weekly Parshat Hashavua are explored through interactive stories and art. In this early introduction to the wonderful world of preschool, your child will have many rich experiences and fine-tune many early skills including: Hands-on exploration, Art activities, Weekly thematic units, Sensory integration, Fine and gross motor skills, Emergent language skills and Listening & focusing skills.
Age 3 by Sept. 1st Our 3 year old program focuses on preparing children to develop their emerging skills. The students begin to identify letters from both the English and Hebrew alphabet, as they explore their print-rich environment. Each week is filled with interactive science, social studies, math and literacy skills that all connect with the letter of the week.
Letters begin to have meaning for these young learners as they discover the sound that the letters make, and connect them with real-life use. Hebrew language is a strong focus as well. The children are encouraged to respond in Hebrew, as they sing Hebrew songs, say tefillot each day and learn the Parshat Hashavua. The Chagim come alive as they explore the holiday stories and customs through hands-on activities and develop a strong Jewish identity.
Age 4 by Sept. 1st (VPK) Our four year old children have lots to learn as they prepare for Kindergarten. At this stage, children are ready to begin understanding print and are starting the reading process. Our students master a variety of pre-reading skills, which will ensure success in Kindergarten. They experience a balanced language approach to reading and writing. Weekly songs, poems, and stories help children develop phonological awareness, comprehension and oral language skills. There is a strong emphasis on relationships and community, with integrated content in math, science, social studies, art and music. The students are exposed to many different science concepts, with exploration in a hands-on, interactive manner. Students are tested for Reading Readiness and assessed using the VPK assessments which are provided and graded by Broward County. Children begin an in-depth study of the Hebrew alphabet with a strong focus on Jewish values and the children continue to explore Jewish holidays and the weekly Torah portion through exciting activities and art.