CBE Preschool's 2 year old class meets from 9-12 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Our 3 year old class also meets from 9-12 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but also has a five day option. Our 4 year old class meets from 9-12 on Monday-Friday. All classes attend P.E. and music weekly, as well as celebrate Shabbat every Friday. Children are also able to participate in our lunch bunch and after school enrichment programs from 12-2 p.m. (please see Extra Adventures tab for more information). The preschool curriculum is designed to build from year to year based on your child's learning and experiences, while being flexible enough to enable a child to join us at any preschool age.
For new moms in the Jewish Community, come make new friends for yourself and your child. Designed for children under one, bring a blanket for your baby to lay on, some toys to play with, and any questions you may have about motherhood. The group meets weekly on Mondays during the school year, from 9-9:45 in the main sanctuary.
Mommy and Me
Our Mommy and Me program is designed to be your child's first introduction to a classroom setting. Appropriate for children 15-23 months, you and your child will enjoy making new friends, while participating in circle-time, doing arts and crafts, listening to story time, music, and participating in creative movement. This class meets weekly in the fall and spring semesters.
Child's Day Out
Beginning at age 15 months, we welcome our youngest learners into the classroom, without their parents, for class Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-12. This program is similar to our Mommy and Me program, however, it offers a chance to learn more independence and get a jump start on their preschool learning adventures.
Two Year Old Class
The Two Year Old class is for children age two as of September 1st of the given school year. The toddler years are filled with incredible growth physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. CBE Preschool provides a strong foundation and helps guide your child through the many experiences that make the toddler stage exciting.
A big part of our learning takes place through socialization. Children make new friends and learn to share and take turns. Learning to interact and feel comfortable with adults, other than Mommy and Daddy, helps to build an emotionally healthy sense of trust. Toddlers learn a lot through their play and fun activities.
We explore and celebrate the Jewish holidays, such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Purim, and Tu B'Shevat through arts and crafts, prayer, songs, and activities. We also celebrate Shabbat every Friday, as well as Havdalah on the first Monday of each month. Jewish values are strongly promoted through all areas of our program.
The Toddler Program is theme-based, with all activities tying into a central theme. We explore pre-math skills, colors, shapes, vocabulary building, and enjoy early literacy skills through rhyming, books, storytelling, audiotapes, and story time. Gross motor skills are enhanced through playground play, various classroom activities, and during our weekly P.E. class. Fine Motor skills are encouraged daily through artwork and manipulatives. We develop our rhythmic, vocal, and language skills in our weekly music class.
Routines are a very important part of our program. The daily routine provides comfort and predictability to our young learners, allowing them to know what to expect during their school day. Potty training is featured prominently in this age group, although it is not unusual for some children to transition out of the Toddler Program not quite ready to give up the diaper.
We provide a very nurturing experience for our children. Your child will receive personal attention and loving care.
Three Year Old Class
The Three Year Old Class is for children who are three as of September 1st of the given school year. Through play, the children learn socialization, language development, problem solving, and how to enrich their imagination. Making choices, problem solving, learning responsibility, and encouraging independence are an integral part of the curriculum. By encouraging independent growth, the classroom setting promotes self-confidence.
CBE preschool also teaches the children to have Kavod (respect) for themselves and others. Jewish values are strongly promoted in all areas of our program. We explore and celebrate Shabbat every week, as well as celebrate Havdalah on the first Monday of every month. The class also celebrates and learns about other Jewish holidays throughout the year, such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Purim, Hannukah, and Tu B'Shevat.
In the classroom we offer language development, literacy skills, math skills, science concepts, and dramatic activities. Our program is theme based, with all activities for the week tying into one central theme. During the school year we will build on skills already acquired, such as colors, shapes, and number recognition. Language development and early literacy skills are enhanced in the classroom. The children are highly encouraged to use their expanding vocabulary to express themselves, and to create and dramatize stories. Early science skills are also taught through exploration, including predicting, cause and effect, and encouraging our young learners to ask "why." We also work with the children to visually recognize their own name, as well as learn letters and sounds of the alphabet.
Fine motor skills are introduced daily through activities such as, cutting, painting, modeling play dough, lacing, and stringing beads. Gross motor skills also play a big role in our class through activities such as, riding bikes, gym time, and playground activities.
CBE Preschool understands and follows developmentally appropriate strategies that engage a child's physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development.
Pre-Kindergarten (Four Year Old Class)
The Four Year Old Class is for children who are four as of September 1st of the given school year. CBE preschool provides a high quality program that is unsurpassed in its excellence. The Pre-K school year prepares the children for Kindergarten through individual, small group, and large group learning. The Pre-K curriculum is taught through a multi-sensory approach, allowing each child to utilize his/her own strengths, as well as develop and refine emerging skills.
Language and literacy curriculum:
- Pre-Reading Skills: Learning letters, numbers, shapes, sizes, colors, and spatial concepts.
- Whole Language Activities: Immersing the child in oral and written language in a meaningful way.
- Creative Expression: Children are invited to act out stories, make pictures, and retell their own versions of a story.
- Phonetics: Children learn the link between letter sounds and sounds of words, encouraging early reading skills.
The math curriculum, "Math Their Way," is used in the classroom. The goal of this curriculum is to develop understanding and insight of the patterns of mathematics through the use of concrete materials. The children manipulate objects and shapes as they learn geometry, classifications, and patterns. Classifying, sequencing, patterning, and predicting are important to the development of logical thought. Number awareness and seriation are promoted in planned activities in which the children count, measure, practice one-to-one correspondence, and recognize and write numbers.
The Social Studies curriculum promotes an understanding of self, and an awareness or others that is integrated into discussions of family, school, community, and the world.
Jewish values are strongly promoted in all areas of our program. We teach the importance of Mitzvot, celebrate Shabbat weekly, Havdalah once a month, and explore Jewish holidays throughout the year through stories, song, prayer, and activities.
We know that when your child graduates from our program, he or she will be ready to start the next learning adventure in Kindergarten!
Please see the "Extra Adventures" tab for more information on PE, Music and Enrichment Activities.