Play-based Daycares in Topanga CA

Play-based Daycares in Topanga CA

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Ilan Ramon Day School

In 1995 a Transitional Kindergarten, First Grade, and combination Second/Third Grade class were added, bringing the total number of children to 72.... The school was now pushing the limits of its rented premises, the Gateway Four Corners Church in Agoura. As our population grew, our Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes moved to our present site in 1997, while Grades 1 through 5 remained at the church site until 1998. Presently, Ilan Ramon Day School serves children ages 2-11 on a beautiful 9 acre site in Agoura. Ilan Ramon Day School was founded as Heschel West in 1994 by a group of four families with the dream of starting a Jewish day school in the Conejo Valley. Under the guidance and support of Shirley Levine z?l, Head of School Heschel Day School, Heschel West opened its doors with 14 kindergarteners. Ilan Ramon Day School is an independent community Jewish pre school and day school devoted to developing understanding and respect for our tradition, and the divergent modes of Jewish belief and practice. Fundamental to our school philosophy is the development of each individual learner to his/her highest potential in both general academics, and Judaic Studies thereby enabling each student to attain a positive Jewish identification, sound self-esteem, and a love for learning. Our school is a community in every sense of the word. We teach by example how to respect peoples’ differences, to care for others, and to help those in need. Self esteem, respect, community service, mitzvoth (good deeds) are every bit as important as the challenging academic studies that fill our students’ days. Ilan Ramon Day School, previously known as Heschel West, is a 2008 National Blue Ribbon award winning school. Our students’ scores are in the top 10\\% of the nation. Preschool at Ilan Ramon Day School: Research indicates that the process of learning is as important as the product. With that in mind, we provide an individualized, experiential and developmental program that emphasizes the development of thinking, problem solving, verbalization of feelings, creative self-expression independence, physical and social development, a love of Judaism, in addition to the mastery of academic skills. Our enriched curriculum integrates language arts, social studies, mathematics, science and Judaic concepts with art, music, and dance. Credentialed, nurturing educators support our youngest learners as they are encouraged to explore, question, and create on this beginning educational and spiritual journey. On any given day, one can observe our preschool students … -Learning reading readiness through creative literature experiences and language arts centers -Utilizing concrete manipulatives to understand measurement, number concepts and problem solving -Discovering the world by exploring nature and science in their environment -Learning and living in a caring community where social skills, Torah values, and life lessons are of the highest importance -Learning about community through creative block and dramatic play -Strengthening their physical skills by participating in our accredited Physical Education program -Leading Shabbat services, experiencing the richness of Jewish holidays and developing Hebrew language skills through everyday experiences, prayer and song -At Ilan Ramon Day School, our early childhood students discover the wonder and joy of learning as they develop awareness of self and of others in a social setting.

Busy Little Fingers EEC

The goal of Busy Little Fingers EEC is to help children learn and develop by providing a healthy and happy environment with teachers who are capable... of encouraging the children’s curiosity, creativity and self-confidence. There are instances when the children are expected to comply and follow directions; toileting and washing hands before meals, practicing good table manners, social behavior with their teachers and peers and picking up toys. The goal is to help children develop good habits. On the other hand, when it comes to creativity, an educator knows that children learn best by exploring at their own pace. The teacher will provide the materials for several challenging choices of play, and will supervise the activities without unnecessary intervention (PIAGET METHOD). At other times, directed activities will be offered for each individual and collective project for groups. For instance, a 5 year old child may be asked to put story cards in proper sequence. Some MONTESSORI METHOD is incorporated in our teaching to promote individual challenges according to the degree of maturity of the child. Good social behavior for example is promoted by encouraging children to take turns serving their peers at the table, collecting cups, etc. In a cooperative project on a given topic, for example, “Fun at the Beach”, a long piece of paper is a spread on a table. Each child makes a contribution: pasting pictures, coloring, etc. It is a good occasion to socialize, exchange ideas, decorate the classroom, and to have a good time.

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