At Our School, We See...
A community, focused on cultural Judaism, Jewish Holidays, Life Events and Rituals, and of course the interests of the child!
We see our role as educators, and as a school as a partnership with children, parents and families
Our image of the child is that of unique individual, capable of being a valued participant in their community and learning process
We see the role of the educator as a partner, a researcher, a facilitator and mentor that is part of rich vibrant team focused on best practices in early childhood education, growth and development
Nevatim is a “child-inspired” program. Honoring the child’s natural curiosity about their world and others informs and shapes our daily life in the classroom. We trust in the child’s capabilities and drive towards independence. We draw from the insights of acknowledged thought leaders in early childhood education like Malaguzzi (Reggio), Montessori, Steiner, Piaget, Katz, Paley, Bandera, Hawkins, and Thelen, along with current research to shape the framework of our practices.
Our curriculum is co-created through listening to and observing our children. What excites them? Where do we hear inquiry and wonder? Space! Sharks! Mapping! Rocks! Light! Piggy & Gerald in the Mo Willems books! Babies! Water colors! These have all been investigations, both short and long, over the past few years. The materials and activities are intentionally designed to foster a flexible mindset to include both divergent and convergent thinking. The children learn through their play.
Our goal is to create an environment of social-emotional safety and connection, while providing the resources for exploration and investigation. Our children are “active creators” of their learning. Teachers serve as collaborators, observers, inspirers, thought provokers, and provide guidance and scaffolding.
Consideration of a child’s temperament and individual style guides our approach with each child. Whether for example, the child takes time to reflect and is slower paced, or jumps right in and is faster paced, is a global or linear thinker, prefers one-to-one relationships or likes to be the life of the party, each child has a place in our classroom.
Parents play an important role in partnering with us regarding their child and participation in our program. The environment is referred to as the “third teacher” while parents are considered the “first teacher.” Parent communication and involvement is key in supporting a connection and linkage between home and Nevatim. There are several scheduled meetings between teacher and parent throughout the year, along with ongoing open communication.
Nevatim is more than a preschool. We are a preschool AND a community. Parents bring their interests into the classroom, play different roles in supporting the needs of the program, and gather together i.e. at the playground, Shabbat dinners, hiking and camping trips. Our program is as strong as the teachers and families working together.
Imagine ~ Explore ~ Connect
Our class curriculum balances the emphasis on Jewish tradition with the concept of emergent curriculum. Judaism shines through in many exciting ways such as storytelling, singing, ritual, cooking, games, and more. Alternatively, emergent curriculum suggests a style of teaching in which staff closely follows the child’s cues regarding what ideas and objects they are ready to explore, play with, and learn from.
Nevatim is a place where Judaism is integral. We offer an exciting and nurturing environment designed to develop children into curious, joyous, and interconnected beings.