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Primary Program
Ages are as of September 1.

Children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 5 years can start the Gan Montessori Primary Program. We offer the following schedule options

9:00 am - 12 noon
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Before and after care options begin at 8:00 am and extend until 5:00 pm.

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Flow of the Day
9:00 AM - School Begins
9:00-9:15 - Tefillah
9:15-11:30 - Independent work hours
11:30-12:00 - Judaic Lesson
12:00 PM - Dismissal for children leaving at noon.
12:00 PM -1:00 PM-Lunch hour
1:00 PM - Dismissal for some students
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - During these hours the students are divided in the classroom with Kindergarten students working on a different curriculum than the younger children. All children a doing a combination of Montessori, Judaic, and Hebrew language lessons during this time.
3:00 PM - Dismissal
5:00 - Aftercare dismissal

Curriculum

Practical Life

The child is attracted to activities that give him independence and control of his own life. One of the most important needs of a young child is to develop his muscles and coordinate his movements. This need is addressed through practical life exercises such as sweeping, polishing, carrying and pouring water, and other common activities. Special materials enable the child to practice tying, buttoning, snapping, and the use of many other fastening devices. The purpose of these exercises is to develop concentration, the ability to pay attention to details as the child follows a regular sequence of actions and learns good working habits. These activities provide the very foundation on which the child approaches more intricate academic exercises.

Sensorial

Sensorial materials in the classroom are designed to sharpen the senses of the young child and enable the child to understand the many impressions he receives through them. Each of the sensorial materials isolates one defining quality such as color, weight, shape, texture, size, sound, or smell. The sensorial materials help the child to distinguish, categorize, and relate new information to what he already knows.

Language

The child begins reading when he is ready and proceeds at his own pace. His experiences in Practical Life and Sensorial education serve as a preparation for this. With cut-out letters, the child builds his own words on a mat. The materials free him from the fatigue of his still developing writing skills, and yet still gives him the opportunity to pursue his interest in words. These activities serve as a preparation for the time when the child assimilates what he knows and begins writing.

Mathematics

The materials for mathematics introduce the concept of quantity and its symbols, the numbers 0 through 9. The quantity is introduced by a series of rods which the child can count and compare. He matches sets of symbol cards with the rods. Using a variety of beads and symbol cards, the child becomes familiar with the numbers as a decimal system, including concrete experiences with the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. These exercises not only teach the child to calculate, but they provide a deep understanding of how numbers function.

Judaic Curriculum

Our Judaic curriculum has been reviewed and designed for children to learn independently.

We use lots of hands-on materials to learn important lessons, stories, and skills.

We teach our students every day through circle time and by presenting lessons to the class. The materials are then available for the children to explore.

All students learn about the upcoming chagim as well as the customs and mitzvot that come along with them.

Ivrit b'Ivrit Program-Hebrew Immersion
Our Hebrew Immersion program is led by teachers who speak with the children in Hebrew and use Shaa Shel Menucha, a wonderful curriculum which includes an outstanding workbook and other materials.

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