WELC Curriculum

The WELC blends secular and Judaic studies to provide a balanced educational environment for your child. Secular areas of focus include math, literacy, science, and the arts. Our Jewish studies curriculum provides a solid foundation in Jewish life, language, and ritual, preparing the students for future Jewish learning.

Math

The goal of our math program is to teach that numbers stand for, represent and correlate with concrete objects. Children learn that there is a connection between numbers and the real world. We teach the children that numbers are fun, exciting, intellectually stimulating and critical to all learning. Number games and activities are a part of every classroom at WELC. All different types of blocks, math games, unifix cubes and other small manipulatives are available in each class to help the children understand the relationship between numbers and our world. The WELC’s math program builds a foundation so that math will forever be a fun, stimulating and concrete activity for our children.

Literacy

The goal of our literacy (reading and writing) program is to create lifelong readers who love stories and see the beauty and magic in the written and spoken word. Our students are exposed to all forms of Jewish and secular stories and poetry. Stories help foster a sense of identity, connecting our past, present and future. Literacy activities such as stories, language games, and reading and writing centers are a part of every child’s day. The children are surrounded with letters, words and pictures that encourage them to explore their imaginations and use language in age-appropriate ways. The children are given every opportunity to learn and develop their written and oral language skills.

Science

The goal of our science program is to provide every opportunity for our children to discover and explore the universe. Children learn about wind, weather, animals, birds, bugs, leaves, rocks, seashells and more. Children at all ages discover the world through science. Each age group has the chance to see, touch and experience the world through special science experiments. For example, we will use microscopes, magnifying glasses and other age-appropriate scientific tools. When the children complete their education at the WELC, they will have a foundation and an appreciation for the wonders and beauty of our universe.

Art, Music, and Drama

The goal of the music, art and drama program is to expand the children’s minds. Music, drama and art are integral parts of the WELC program, both as individual subjects and as tools for learning math, science, reading and Jewish studies. Children are exposed to various art mediums, many types of music and instruments, and role-playing experiences within the classroom. Through consistent exposure to music, art and drama, we foster and develop each child’s innate ability to grow, learn and use his/her imagination. Participation in WELC’s Art, Music and Drama program allows the children’s inner-magic to shine and creativity to soar.

Jewish Studies

The goal of our Jewish studies curriculum is to give our students a solid foundation in Jewish life, language and ritual. Judaism gives us a language and framework to teach values, morals, ethics, basic concepts about the world, and how to get along with and treat others. We have a beautiful tradition steeped in social justice, kindness and respect for animals, and people and the environment. Basic information about the holidays, Sabbath, Torah stories and Israeli culture are taught through songs, stories, art, and role-plays. We teach basic Jewish concepts in a fun, informative and interactive way. We have weekly Shabbat celebrations with our Temple clergy that foster a sense of connection and love for The Temple and the greater Jewish community.

Additional Components

Our four-year-old classes also implement:

  • Opening the World of Learning™ (OWL) which is a comprehensive literacy based program published by Pearson Early Learning. OWL uses strategies consistent with current research to increase alphabet knowledge, early writing, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, oral language, and literacy skills.
  • Everyday in Pre-K: Math® which is published by Great Source. Everyday Math is gleaned from brain research understanding that preschool age children actively construct mathematical knowledge. With this program, children develop an understanding of key math concepts such as understanding of small numbers, patterns, similarities and differences, counting and making predictions. 
  • Handwriting Without Tears® was developed by an occupational therapist to help facilitate children’s mastery of handwriting skills. The children learn step-by-step letter formation through multisensory lessons which address children’s diverse learning styles.

 

 

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