2014–2015 Registration Is Open
Early Childhood/ Preschool Programs offered at BJBE’s Chava Center in Deerfield, Illinois
Parent/Tot: This program offers toddlers the opportunity to learn and explore in an environment that enhances all areas of development including social/emotional, cognitive, fine and gross motor. The structure of the class gives toddlers a "snap-shot" of what life is like for our older preschool children. Toddlers experience a short circle time for songs, finger-plays and instruments; then freely explore all learning areas of the classroom including art, dramatic play, manipulatives, and block play, sensory and gross motor activities. The weekly seventy-five minute class weaves Jewish values, traditions and songs into the curriculum.
2 Year Old Preschool Drop-Off Program: This program allows for continued growth and development of socialization and independence in a warm and nurturing preschool environment. The morning's structure allows for a circle time, free play, fine and gross motor activities that encourage developmentally appropriate growth. Children begin to explore Jewish holidays, customs and traditions. Shabbat is celebrated each week with challah-making, a visit to the sanctuary, song sessions and traditional blessings.
2 years old by September 1st
2 ½ Year Old Preschool Program: This program is designed for children who will be 2 ½ years old by September 1st. Children enrolled in this program continue to learn and grow in a developmentally appropriate preschool classroom environment where all areas of development are encouraged and fostered. The morning's structure allows for a circle time, free play, and fine and gross motor activities. Children socialize and gain independence in a warm and nurturing preschool environment. They explore Jewish holidays, customs and traditions. Weekly Shabbat celebrations include challah-baking, a visit to the sanctuary, song sessions and traditional blessings.
3 Year Old Preschool/Jr. Kindergarten Programs: These programs allow children to gain independence and exhibit their creativity in a warm, nurturing and supportive Jewish preschool environment. The children along with the teachers will help to create the curriculum (themes) in the classroom while integration all areas of development including social/emotional, cognitive, fine and gross motor into the routine of the morning. The children are encouraged to be explorers in the learning process and to create projects that continue over time and require a group effort approach. Through these experiences, children gain better understanding of the world around them. The children, in these preschool programs, receive all readiness skills to assure a successful transition to kindergarten. Children will continue to build on their prior knowledge as the study of Jewish holidays, customs and traditions is weaved into the curriculum as well. Shabbat will be celebrated each week by baking challah, visiting our clergy on the bimah and singing and reciting the traditional Shabbath blessings.
3 Year Old Program – 3 Year's Old by September 1st
Junior Kindergarten Program – 4 Year's Old by September 1st
Lunch and Enrichment
Extend your child's day in a warm, nurturing and enriching setting. Children may participate in a variety of classes including Yoga, Science, Art, Alphabet Soup, Stretch 'n Grow and World Travelers (Schedule of classes changes yearly). The lunch and enrichment program is available for our drop-off 2, 3 and Junior Kindergarten programs.
2 year-olds may extend their day until 12:30pm
3- and 4 year-olds may extend their day until 1:45pm