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Philosophy

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Philosophy

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Current thinking in the field of early childhood education echoes a statement by King Solomon, found in the Book of Proverbs: “Educate a child to his way, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

 We’re beginning to realize how wide is the scope of that simple phrase, “according to his way.” It is now commonly accepted that not all children of the same age learn at the same pace or in the same way. The incredibly wide range of learning styles among children tells us that as educators we have to provide a rich variety of experiences in order for all children to thrive.

 As facilitators, we strive to provide an environment that is emotionally secure and safe, where every child feels wanted and loved, and which promotes independence by offering choices and allowing the child to take the initiative. We believe in active learning, in encouraging children to manipulate materials, to use their senses to investigate, to explore by hands-on experience, and to search for answer to satisfy their curiosity.

The classrooms are planned to include a wide variety of activities and multi-level materials so that children can learn in their own way and at their own pace and level. We strive to highlight the unique strengths of every child, and to help each one become an independent thinker.

 February 2008 Jewish Montessori and Cheder003.jpgChildren learn best by first hand experience, and these experiences are the basis for new knowledge and growth. Family, community, and culture are by nature important to young children; their experiences in school allow them to make sense of their world and to further develop their perceptions.

The Judaic aspects of our curriculum (as all other aspects) are naturally and holistically woven into the child’s experience and are presented in a way that every child can be equally comfortable with. As their senses of self grows, so too, does their self-esteem.

 Social relationships are crucial in so many areas of life, and a positive preschool experience is one of the most important keys to a child’s future success in connecting to other people. Children will learn how to resolve conflicts without fighting, and are encouraged to develop empathy and concern for others.

 The staff of Sinai looks forward to working together with you throughout the school year to help your child succeed. We encourage you to ask questions about the program and to share your ideas with us.

The programs of Sinai arise from a common desire for excellence in February 2008 Jewish Montessori and Cheder028.jpgmeeting the needs of children and their families.  Our philosophy is one of nurturing, growth and development, relationships and understanding - all in the goal of establishing a love for learning, a fascination with holidays and life cycle events, and a passion for approaching the world in a Jewish way.

Children are treasured for their uniqueness and individuality, and are encouraged in self-expression.

The basic philosophy behind our curriculum is that children learn best by doing. The program activities are therefore designed to help children learn more about the world, their heritage and their values through hands-on activities and active involvement.

Our program is individualized in its goals & objectives, each classroom forms its specific aims within the context of these principles.

 We believe …

  • that the home is the most important factor in a child's development. We will always strive to support and complement the family in order to promote healthy development of children and parents.
  • that loving, trusting, and respecting each child makes that child capable of loving, trusting and respecting others.
  • that each child should be guided and encouraged to have a positive self-image.
  • that children need a nurturing, safe and happy environment which promotes their natural curiosity and desire to learn.
  • that play is the work of children and through it children explore the world around them by using their senses.
  • that children deserve to have teachers whose values enable them to be excellent role models.

At the Sinai Academy, we see each child as a unique and precious gift entrusted into our care. This concept is what governs our school's educational approach. At our school, emphasis is placed on the individual child and on encouraging each child's innate inquisitiveness and thirst for knowledge. Small classes and high student-teacher ratios ensure each child receives individual and caring attention.

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