Welcome to the Chabad Early Learning Center, where we are committed to providing each child with a self-directed learning environment that fosters independence, responsibility, respect for others and a love of learning!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 973-983-8811.
Mrs. Flory Heller
Director, Chabad Early Learning Center
This program includes activities that encourage socialization skills. We have activities set up on tables such as painting, arts and crafts, play dough, puzzles, Duplos, etc. Circle Time includes singing, reading time, and festivities appropriate in preparation for a Jewish holiday or other celebration.
At this age, the children are making a bridge between your constant companionship to becoming independent enough to enter Preschool. Separation is made easier if parents allow children to feel safe with their teachers, so we recommend that while parents are in the class with their child they sit on the side with a book or magazine and allow the teachers to take care of the needs of the child. Since each child separates differently, parents and teachers will work together to ensure a smooth transition process.
For this class, we combine both developmental and academic activities and experiences. We keep the ratio between teacher and child small to ensure individual attention as well as creative and joyful experiences for your children.
Based upon the socialization skills that the children acquired in our Toddler Program, our nursery children are provided with an environment which has more clearly defined learning areas such as block play, dramatic play, art, manipulatives, math, science, and language arts. These areas contain developmentally appropriate materials which the children use through independent choice as well as through teacher based learning. Because children at this age enjoy a longer Circle Time, the curriculum for nursery children is infused with language rich activities.
These include story time, Jewish holidays and culture enrichment including Bible stories, music and movement, and small group activities, which focus on specific skills such as number recognition, matching, measurements, letter recognition, and other pre-academic skills.
We expose the children to the Aleph-Bet and Alphabet so that they begin to familiarize themselves with letters and sounds. All the learning is through exciting activities to foster love for learning.
We have a state-of-the-art outdoor playground where the children can enjoy large movement activities. We have art, science, and sensory tables, in addition to, bicycles, balls, and climbing.
In our 4-year-old class we combine both developmental activities as well as academics in preparing our children for Kindergarten.
We introduce reading and literature, writing, verbal and non-verbal communication, social studies, math, and science. We expose these skills to our children through both center-based learning and teacher-based activities. When the children discover the information on their own, the information process leaves a stronger impression and fosters a love for continuing their quest of learning and discovery.
The classroom offers social learning, playing together to develop healthy development and the foundation for later academic learning. The activities constantly change according to the themes of the month. New activities and projects are introduced to meet a merging interest and individual learning goals. This offers opportunities for intellectual and social development which is key to a successful transition to our 4’s program.
Our program includes working on fine motor skills through art, music and movement, nature and science, cooking and color & shape recognition.
We offer an enriched, well-rounded education, including a combination of secular and Judaic academics.
Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) is utilized to build writing and language arts strategies. Teaching letters in a developmental order, helps children master skills. We teach capitals first, and then lowercase letters. All letters are taught in small groups of similar formation. Children master the easier letter groups, and then move to the more complex letters groups.
The Handwriting Without Tears® program teaches a simple, clean, vertical style of printing that is easiest for children. HWT printing style helps children succeed in handwriting. The continuous stroke print looks like the letters and words children read every day.
Our reading program is based on phonemic awareness, phonics, and word knowledge.
Reading is primarily a visual skill but is best taught when involving all the key avenues to the mind (hearing, saying, writing, and seeing).
By linking speaking, spelling, and writing with reading (SWR), we connect four different pathways to the brain, thereby paving the way for virtually everyone to learn.
We integrate spelling into our reading program so children can form the words they are learning to read.
Phonemic word families are studied in depth for children to understand word formations. Reading fun books based on sight words and phonics, builds reading and comprehension abilities.
The Kinderkid language program encompasses whole language, phonics, handwriting and writers workshop.
Writers workshop is a student centered framework for teaching writing that is based on the ideas that students learn to write best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time on topics of their own choosing.
The science curriculum involves the child learning about the amazing world from physics to biology.
In Social Studies we learn about our place, our community and our world.The kids have a chance to visit places in the community as well as inviting guests to talk to us about their careers. The Kinderkids also learn the geography of where they live within the greater community and the world.
In Art Studio, the child explores the world of colors, lines and shapes. They learn about the art from the past to the contemporary.
There’s a daily and ongoing excitement of exploration and discovery.