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  • Incorporate values in classroom routine: Ahavat yisrael / being nice and giving, taking care of animals, appreciation of G‑ds’s beautiful world, Bikur cholim - visiting sick(practiced by calling our absent friends who arnt feeling wel, Hachnasat Orchim - hosting guests, Kibud Av Vaem - honoring paren7k9ts.
  • Incorporate Mitzvot into the day: kiss the mezuzah, brachot, tefillah, tzedaka - charity.
  • Traditions: Focus on Holidays, Shabbat routine and excitement.
  • Jewish Pride: We have a neshama, part of a bigger community, Eretz Yisrael.
  • Aleph Bet: our letters.

  • A.B.C’S
  • Sign in station/attendance chart – recognize their name, their friend’s names.
  • Dictation- write child’s stories or description of their artwork. Spoken and written word correlation.
  • Graphing/Charting/labeling – opportunities to use written words.
  • Transition Songs – If your name starts with a, ends with a…
  • Letter Games – puzzles, magnets…
  • Writing Center – stamps, markers, pencils, clipboards…

  • Real Life- use real life situations as springboard. Divide, who has more, classify, problem solving.
  • Use a variety of real life materials to count, sort and pattern.
  • One to one correspondence using live examples- how many torahs do we need? Place one pompon in each section of ice cube tray…
  • Numeral recognition
  • Number songs- Monkeys on the bed, challas in the bakery, 10 in the bed, 5 little ducks…
  • Graph- color hair, favorite flavor… then see how many in each category.
  • Math Bag – send home a bag, with a number. Child bring in that amount.

  • Encourage experimentation and problem solving
  • Scientific process: Predict experiment, observe, compare and classify, measure.
  • Set out science displays and natural elements to handle and explore: shells, acorns, nuts, magnets, tops…
  • Sensory table is a great place to explore science: absorb, buoyancy, water pressure, water movement, filtering, movement of dry materials, sounds…
  • Units to explore: water, reactions, magnetics, light, planting, animals, music and sound, geography… Choose one a month, and go in depth.Art
  • Process, not the product. Open ended.
  • Variety of materials and mediums to explore: drawing, collage, paint, printing, sewing/stringing, three dimensional art, sculpting, gross motor: art outdoors
  • Develop pre writing skills: pincer grasp, eye hand coordination
  • Use of tools: scissors, bottles, thongs, dropper, hole puncher, cloths pins, spoons, spatulas.
  • Manipulate small objects.
  •  Sensory recipes such as gloop, moon sand, soap clouds…
  • Cooking teaches integral lessons such as following directions, measuring ingredients and cause and effect.
  • Use of tools: peelers, measuring cups
  • Seasonal cooking: apples, pumpkins, hamentashen add to the season exploration.
  • Encourages children to try new foods if they are involved.     


  • Change the kind of blocks and clicks monthly for different skills.
  •  learn street skills in the lifetown pretend street on our facilities!
  • Set up for success and optimal learning.
  • Warm, welcoming, calm, orderly.
  • Teachers are facilitators, guides but not pied pipers. We should not hear the teacher’s voices when we come in to a classroom.
  • Teachers should be engaged with children, not organizing or cleaning.
  • Teachers do not have to talk the whole time with the children but should be sitting at their tables, or areas that they are playing. They can move away at times to give children space, but should always be aware of the children’s interactions.
  • Teachers should encouraging children to engage with each other, resolving conflicts using conscious discipline, taking play to the next level with discussion prompters or provocations.