ECA – Our Programs and Curriculum

ENROLL YOUR CHILD FOR 2019 – 2020 SCHOOL YEAR

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OUR PROGRAMS AND CURRICULUM


PRE-TODDLERS

Support growth, build self-esteem and encourage communication skills with classes that build strength through play.

We’ll explore new physical challenges every week through teacher-led activities, with a focus on different ways to use each piece of our equipment. Crawl through tunnels, explore different textures, slide down slides (or climb up slides!), toddle over bridges, or take a ride in a swing!! We’ll also practice social skills and memory building through sing-alongs and group-play.

Benefits:

  • Physical: Challenging walkers to explore physical movements like climbing, crawling, and balancing supports healthy muscle and bone development.
  • Cognitive: Repetition, songs, and interacting with their familiar adult supports language development, vocabulary, and memory.
  • Social: Our classroom environment supports little ones with building confidence and feeling more comfortable in unknown places.

HALBERSTEIN TODDLER LEARNING PROGRAM

A child’s new school experience begins with building trusting relationships.  For many young children this is their first group endeavor away from parents and primary caregivers.  Trusting relationships between children and teachers begin on the first day when teachers welcome children warmly into their classroom, respond immediately to their physical and emotional needs,  and encourage them to explore and engage with their peers in this new environment.  Once children become acclimated, their innate, inquisitive nature takes over and they begin to meet exciting challenges and experiment with sensory stimulating materials and activities.  Along with this independent exploration, during circle time and meal times, children are learning the social parameters around belonging to a classroom community.

Our youngest students are introduced to the school environment in a nurturing, fun, and exploratory manner.  Through activities, students focus on learning to count and identifying shapes and colors. Songs, rhymes, movement, and games are an integral part of our classroom environment and help make learning engaging.  Our year-long emphasis is to foster independence, develop social skills, and create a community of kindness. To further our homeschool partnership, students bring home a collection of songs, projects, and manipulatives that were part of their learning experience.  Our curriculum includes  Hebrew in order to strengthen language acquisition skills.  Our youngest students engage in authentic learning experiences where they develop fine and gross motor skills through activities and crafts.  Students act upon their natural curiosity by exploring their world and making new discoveries. In addition to classroom activities, students participate in movement & music, yoga, gardening, and Shabbat celebration each week.  We recognize that while all students are on the same path in their academic journey, each child progresses at his/her own pace and we support, encourage, and challenge growth.

***Please note that in grouping the children, we respect the Miami Dade County cut off date of September 1st.


WHITEBOOK FAMILY BRIGHT BEGINNINGS PROGRAM 

The Two-year-old program is taught through an integrated approach to learning.  Values are introduced through children’s books which change every few weeks.  In each unit, students explore activities that help develop specific skills.  Students learn how to work with others, build confidence, develop skills in problem-solving, and become better communicators.  Cross-curriculum integration is incorporated into science, mathematical thinking, literacy, arts, music and movement, Hebrew, and dramatic play.

Hebrew and Jewish books enrich our discussions with values, traditions, and customs. Hebrew and Judaics are integrated into our daily curriculum. In addition to classroom activities, students participate in movement & music, yoga, gardening, and Shabbat celebration each week. Songs and movement are added to fill the day with music and Hebrew. Play is an integral part of learning as it enhances physical, social/emotional, and creative growth. Activities are developed that help students make decisions, express opinions, and become critical thinkers even at a very early age.  Interactive play helps children learn to take turns, follow rules, share, and solve problems.  Child-initiated play stimulates cognitive development and supports language, math, science, and literacy skills.  Learning does not take place just in the classroom.  Outdoor activities help students experience education in an authentic setting.  Our playground, different centers, garden, and outdoor areas all serve as wonderful learning opportunities for our students.  As every child learns at their own pace and in their own way, our curriculum is differentiated in a way that allows each student to reach their potential. 

***Please note that in grouping the children, we respect the Miami Dade County cut off date of September 1st.


PK3

The Three-year-old program incorporates play as a way to introduce authentic learning.  Through play, our students acquire physical, social/emotional, and creative growth.  These activities help in the critical development of making decisions, expressing opinions, taking turns, following rules, sharing with others, and solving problems.  Our students are taught how to apply what they have learned to their world outside of school.

We foster the development of language and the understanding of phonemic awareness that transforms letters into child-friendly characters that bring the alphabet alive.  Throughout the year, we create interactive projects to make learning letters and letter sounds fun and memorable.  We use different hands-on games and math manipulatives to engage our students and help them develop critical mathematical thinking skills.  Our students learn science as part of their everyday world.  We encourage wonder, discovery, exploration, and curiosity. Hebrew and Judaics are integrated into our daily curriculum. In addition to classroom activities, students participate in movement & music, yoga, gardening, and Shabbat celebration each week.


JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN

Children who are 4 years old by September 1st, are eligible for our outstanding Junior Kindergarten program.  The goal of our Jr. Kindergarten is to prepare children for the demands of kindergarten and beyond, using our proven, developmental curriculum activities and materials.  Our experienced and specially trained Jr. Kindergarten staff are there to guide every child on their own journey towards literacy, and supported by our curriculum specialist.

Children who graduate from our Jr. K are consistently at the top of their Kindergarten class, and in many cases are welcomed in all gifted programs.


   ***Please note that in grouping the children, we respect the Miami Dade County cut off date of September 1st.



SCHEDULE FOR OUR ECA STUDENTS:

  • HALF DAY:  8:35a.m.– 12:30 p.m. 
  • FULL DAY:   8:35 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

EXTENDED HOURS:

  • EARLY CARE:  7:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. ($5 per day/ $845 per year)
  • AFTER CARE:  2:45 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.($20 per day/ $3,320 per year)
  • Due to Shabbat, Early Care will be until 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.

*Lunch included for all students

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Call the office: (786) 279-SUZY

To contact Ronit Felszer, our Director of Admissions, email  RFelszer@btbrc.org