The Gayle Johnson Cohen Early Childhood Program educates children from 33 months through age 5. We draw on the best practices from the Reggio, Montessori, and Creative curriculums.
Our classroom is organized as a laboratory for discovery. Each child is provided the opportunity to learn through their own individual path. Children are given time and space to learn at their own pace. Each class embarks on a journey together, learning about community, Judaism, and how each individual’s essence can strengthen the group.
We understand that the important work of young children is learning self-care and the skills of living in community.
Each activity and its component parts are thoroughly explained in the realization that what is second nature to an adult or an older child is often entirely new to a young child. We gently teach how to wash hands, how to manage toileting, and how to take toys out and put them away. We emphasize the purpose of these tasks and provide students the time and opportunity to complete them. The task is not simply a bridge to the next ‘real activity’.
Our curriculum is allowed to emerge from the interests of the children. The children are given plenty of time to explore the world around them through books, toys, and real-world experiences. We provide them with all the tools important for self-expression and creativity.
Preparing children for academic success is not simply teaching them to recognize numbers and letters. By focusing on all aspects of development we build a strong foundation of joy and appreciation for learning as they continue in their school journey.
We listen carefully to each child’s story, suggestions, and perspectives. We know that each child’s perspective is as fully significant as our own.
Through this process, children develop a sense of themselves as competent, worthy, and ready to approach the next hurdle life presents.