Early Childhood Department
ASHAR’s Early Childhood Program is fully certified by the State of New York and participates in the East Ramapo Universal Pre-K program.
Early Childhood Director: Mrs. Jacqueline Borgen
Phone: 845-357-1515 Ext. 503
At ASHAR we believe that school is a place where your children should feel welcome, loved and safe. Our goal is to create a nurturing and exciting atmosphere where your children will look forward to coming to school every morning. We strive to incorporate Torah and Mitzvot into every part of our curriculum, which truly makes our lessons more meaningful and instills in our children love and pride of being part of Klal Yisrael.
ASHAR’s Early Childhood Goals:
· To make children’s first experiences in school positive and inspirational.
· To create a warm and nurturing atmosphere where children feel welcome, loved and safe.
· To build up children’s self-image so they feel confident to act independently.
· To stress love and pride of being part of Klal Yisrael.
· To immerse the children in the stories of the Torah and our love for Hashem.
· To incorporate Torah and Mitzvot into every part of our curriculum.
ASHAR’s Early Childhood Objectives:
· Teach all subject matter in a hands on, fun and developmentally appropriate fashion.
· Apply an integrated approach in teaching all units and themes.
· Use multi-sensory and differentiated instruction to help all children learn.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD:
Chalav U'Dvash (Hebrew Immersion Program):
Chalav U'Dvash is our Hebrew language instruction program for our Early Childhood children . The program was created for children ages three to six, who are taking their first steps in Hebrew. The program includes books, games, songs, picture cards, the program puppet (Bentzi) and more. Our children enjoy 30 minute Hebrew sessions three times a week when our Hebrew speaking Israeli teacher converses with the children completely in Hebrew.
Rosh Chodesh Assemblies and Mitzvah of the Month:
Our Early Childhood Mitzvah program begins with a Rosh Chodesh assembly. Every month the entire Early Childhood family joins together to celebrate Rosh Chodesh. We honor the children who have birthdays in that Hebrew month. We also sing songs and introduce the new monthly Mitzvah, brought to us by our very own Mitzvah Man. All Mitzvot are age appropriate and easily grasped and followed by our children on a daily basis. During weekly visits, Morah Jackie and Mitzvah Man visit each of the classes present a lesson on the Mitzvah or Middah and congratulate the children on their performance of the Mitzvah.
Handwriting Without Tears:
The Handwriting Without Tears program consists of a developmentally based multi-sensory method of teaching which makes handwriting fun and easy to learn. Once handwriting becomes an automatic and natural skill, children are able to write with ease, which in turn helps them succeed and thrive in school. All three grade levels participate in this program.
Music and Movement with "Morah Malky":
Music and Movement is our developmentally appropriate gym program. Through creative gym routines, Morah Malky Lehmann has customized this gym program to aid the children’s physical growth at each of our grade levels. The program helps our children develop and strengthen both gross and fine motor skills as well as strengthen their different muscle groups.
Music with Mr. Nulman:
We are delighted to have Mr. David Nulman leading our Music program which includes songs for all the Yamim Tovim, Parshiot, holidays and class performances. Mr. Nulman, captivates our children with fun and interactive songs. Along with instruments our children learn all about music, rhythm and tempo.
Waterford Reading, Math and Science Computer Program (Pre-K and Kindergarten):
The program focuses on reading, math and science, and targets each child at their own level. The computers keep a record of each child's strengths and weaknesses and creates a comprehensive program geared specifically for each child's needs.
Computer Tots (Pre-K and Kindergarten):
Computer Tots is our technology program led by Mrs. Monticello. Mrs. Monticello integrates classroom themes into the computer program to help support concepts being taught in our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. Pre-K children are taken to the computer lab four at a time to learn the proper skills while our Kindergarten children visit the computer lab every week as a whole class. In addition, all of our classrooms have a computer for the children to “play on” for continued reinforcement throughout the week.
Social Skills Curriculum:
Our Social Skills curriculum was developed specifically geared to children within an Early Childhood setting. Through puppets, modeling, practicing, and positive reinforcement we promote a healthy social environment for our children.
Once a week our Pre-K classes are paired with “Reading Buddies” from the upper grades. The older children sit with the younger children and read them books which the children bring from home or the classroom library. It is a wonderful way for the younger children to be exposed to literacy and for the older children to practice their reading. This love of reading instilled in the children should last a lifetime and help them grow into avid readers.
For more information, about our Early Childhood Department please contact Mrs. Jacqueline Borgen at 845-357-1515, Ext. 6.