Lubavitch Educational Center

Preschool Division

Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Outline

            The following is a basic outline of the Lubavitch Educational Center Preschool Curriculum. Each month there is a teacher’s curriculum meeting.  Each teacher receives a notebook which covers that month’s curriculum in detail.  There is a copy of each of these notebooks in the Preschool office for any parent who would like to see them.. 

 

Aleph- Bais Curriculum

            Minimum Expectations for Each Level

Nursery Level:   The letters Aleph- Yud

          The child should be able to identify each letter expressively out of order.  They should know the sound each letter makes and one or more Hebrew words that begin with that letter.

Kindergarten Level: The entire Aleph Bais

            The child should be able to identify each letter expressively out of order.  They should know the sound each letter makes and one or more Hebrew words that begin with that letter.

Pre 1-A:  Reading three syllable words

 

Method of Teaching Aleph-Bais

            Aleph-Bais is taught using all the mediums available in the classroom.  Games, art, music, cooking, dramatics, large group, small group, one to one are some of the methods used.  Hebrew words are used to familiarize the children with the sounds the letters make.

            Kriah is taught in the traditional method of Kometz, Aleph, Ah. Games, art, music, cooking, dramatics, large group, small group and one to one groupings are used to reinforce reading.  Reading Hebrew words that the children are familiar with is begun as soon as their skills are sufficient.

 

Parsha:          

            Much of the Preschool Curriculum is an expansion of the Parsha. Through the learning of Parsha the children learn the story with all its details, good character traits and the Mitzvos involving middos. They learn about the deeds of their forebears who were Tzaddikim. Its study invokes belief in Hashem, that he runs the world and does miracles for his people, Israel.  They see an unbroken chain that exists today. In addition each week there is a Parsha enrichment activity that takes something in connection with the Parsha that the children study in depth using math, science or language activities.  The teachers also expand the story of the Parsha beyond rote learning of what happened to explore it on a deeper level.

ParshaEnrichment Topics
BereshisBrios HaOlam
Noah Sink/float Animals
Lech-LechaIsrael Transportation
Vayera Rams Hospitality Tents
Chaya Sarah Camels #10 (as in 10 Camels)
ToldosFamily
VayetzeWells
VayishlachDividing (1/2, 1/4, whole)
VayeshevThe moon and its phases
MikatzWheat
VayigashWagons/wheels-Musical Instruments
VayachiLeft and right/Directions-Sun, moon, stars
ShemosFire Safety- Float/Sink
VaieraFrogs
BoTypes of bread
What makes bread rise
Discuss how it would be to have a sheep in your bedroom
Beshalach/Shabbos ShirahTypes of Water
Properties of water-solid/liquid
What is a Miracle
Tambourines
Bird Feeders
YisroMountains, Hills, Valleys
Humility
Thunder/ Lightening-discuss Bracha and Fear of Thunder, etc.
Mishpatim/Shabbos SheklimCounting
Money
Why do we have rules?
Who makes rules?
TerumahWhat things are made of
TetzavehTypes of clothes
Ki TissaPatience and Forgiveness
VayakhelGenerosity
PekudeiWhat I’m Good At
Talent
VayikraManners-please, thank you, I’m sorry
TzavResponsibility
Shabbos Hagodol
TazriaBris Milah
MitzorahAhavas Yisroel/ Not Loshon Hara
Kosher Animals
Acharei Mos Kohen Gadol/Bais HaMikdosh
Yerusalayim/Israel/The World
KedoshimBook of Mitzvos we can do
Being a Jew is special
EmorYomim Tovim Review
Kiddish Hashem
Review order of months of the year
BeharShemittah-Planting-Farms
Where does food come from?
BechukosaiConcepts of year-Shemittah year
Everything comes from Hashem
Shabbos Chazak
BamidbarCounting of Bnei Yisroel
Counting
What is a Midbar like?
Setup of Camp
Tents
Nasohwagon
oxen
Beha’altechatrumpets
Rosh Chodesh- the moon
ShelachEretz Yisroel
Korach Almond tree

Developmental Skills:

            Every child develops differently. They develop at different rates and they develop in different areas.  Our method is to assess, present learning opportunities and reassess.  As we observe each child, we become familiar with their strengths and their challenges.  We view each child as an individual.  Each teacher has a record of each child’s progress in each of the skill areas as they are covered in the curriculum.

            Skill Development Areas

            Cutting with scissors

            Colors

            Shapes

            Visual Motor

            Categorizing, sorting, classifying

            Sequence and pattern

            Quantitative concepts

            Counting

            Jumping and Hopping

            Walking, skipping, galloping, running