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The Playgroup, a full year program, offers a safe nurturing classroom environment where young children experience a gradual separation from their parents/and or caregivers and are exposed to new relationships with peers and teachers. While at Playgroup the children will have opportunities for diverse experiences that will further their social/emotional development, cognitive development, fine and gross motor skills. The playgroup will offer opportunities for exposure to socialization, dramatic play, sensory experience, free play, art, movement and music, as well as an introduction to Jewish traditions such as Shabbat and other holidays throughout the year.
A family member or caregiver is required to be on site during the entire 1 ½ hours that the Playgroup meets. In addition it is suggested that a family member attends with the child at least once a month. At first, this family member or caregiver will be in the room with the child. As the child develops familiarity, and a sense of trust and safety with the teachers, routines, and the other children, they and the adult will be helped to separate by the teachers and the social worker. This separation process is not a race. Children separate in their own way and at their own pace and we realize that the success of this process is in the way that it is experienced by the child and their significant adult. We feel that a gradual separation is essential for the children’s self-esteem and learning within the context of the Playgroup.
Playgroup classes are held either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 9:30-11:00. A parent group is held once per week, during class-time for each class, where discussions pertaining to parenting are facilitated by a social worker. It is suggested that a parent attends on these days, or at least a minimum of once a month.
Our Playgroup will offer experiences in:
- Develop trust to separate from parent/caregiver.
- Learn how to play, share and take turns in a group setting.
- Participate in individual and group experiences such as story time and free play, art activities and music.
- To manage wants and needs within the context of a group.
- Be an independent yet cooperative group member.
- Develop language/reading readiness through stories, song, and poems.
- Expand language skills with peers and teachers.
- Mastering new ideas and trying on roles.
- Explore beginning mathematical relationships such as counting, sorting, and sequencing.
Large and Small Motor Development
- Participate in music and movement activities with instruments.
- Develop motor skills using mats for activities such as tumbling and balancing.
- Explore and use a variety of appropriate materials.
- Celebrate Jewish traditions such as Shabbat with parental participation and with a member of Temple Israel’s clergy leading the service.
- Celebrate the High Holy Days and other holidays throughout the year such as: Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim and Passover.
September 24, 2012 – May 23, 2013