Eitz Chiam’s preschool makes the first school experience a positive one. We provide a warm and nurturing atmosphere where each child feels loved, safe and welcome. The joy and pride of living a Torah life of mitzvos, middos tovos, and simcha is modelled and reinforced throughout the day. The preschool program is hands-on and multi-sensory. From informal play to structured activities and circle time, the entire day is designed to provide joyful learning and mastery of new skills.
- Immersion in Jewish themes, holidays, and mitzvah awareness
- Music program, which introduces instruments, rhythm, singing and harmony
- Supervised play in the gym so children can explore and develop motor skills
- Balanced literacy program to create proficient readers
- Acquisition of numeracy and math skills through hands-on activities
- Exploration of science topics in conjunction with Jewish themes
- Arts, crafts, and baking activities tied into the Jewish calendar
Brochos Fair: Parents and JK children learn about each brocho through hands-on activities.
Chanukah: Children perform a skit and sing holiday songs for parents.
Purim: An annual Purim Fair where costumes and fun are surpassed only by the treats.
Aleph-Bais Party: A party that celebrates the proud achievement of completing the aleph-bais is held with parents.
Siddur Party: Graduates of SK receive their personal grade 1 siddur and share what they’ve learned in a celebratory concert.
The letters of the aleph-beis are introduced in nursery through incidental learning. In JK, students learn to pronounce the aleph-beis with automaticity; in SK, the nekudos (vowels) are learned and the children learn to blend sounds to make words. By the time preschool is completed, children can read Hebrew words accurately and with increasing fluency.
There has been much research regarding the critical early proficiency skills that are necessary to support children’s later learning. Eitz Chaim screens preschoolers to identify their developmental stage of phonemic awareness, listening, comprehension, speech development, and fine motor skills. A child identified by this screening is supported seamlessly within the classroom. When appropriate, children receive occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physiotherapy through the support of the Community Care Access Centre (CACC).