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		                                    OUR PHILOSOPHY		                                </span>
		                                		                                
		                                		                            	                            	
		                            <span class="slider_description">We nurture children to grow intellectually, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically through a developmentally appropriate curriculum and environment that respects each child. We encourage respect of others and the positive values of Judaism. We believe that young children learn through play and the opportunity to investigate their interests in a meaningful way.</span>

 

Curriculum

The curriculum at Becker School is constantly evolving as it prepares children to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. The Jewish component of our program encourages children to experience the positive values of Judaism in a synagogue setting at an early age. Each day incorporates a healthy balance of indoor and outdoor activity with quiet and active experiences that include Jewish customs and traditions, language arts, science, math, music, art, fine and gross motor play, health and safety, and social skills. Our goal for our students is to be confident, happy learners.

Licensing & Accreditation

Becker is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children's Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation. The director, assistant directors and teachers meet all requirements and standards set by the child care licensing branch of Texas Human Services and by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Class Overview

YOUNG TODDLERS

(15 months by September 1)

Monday-Friday, MWF, or TTH
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Children must be walking independently upon entering the Young Toddler program. Parents may choose a two-day, three-day, or five-day program.

Children are nurtured and intellectually stimulated in a loving environment. The program helps foster each student's self-worth, confidence, and their desire to explore their environment through hands-on activities. Students are able to interact socially, with adults and their peers. The curriculum promotes children's emerging independence through guided and independent play.
 
The program begins to instill core Judaic philosophy at an early age. We provide opportunities for young children to explore the traditions and beliefs of the Jewish culture.

TWOS 

(two years of age by September 1)

Monday-Friday, MWF, or TTH
9:00 am-12:30 pm

At this age the program emphasizes the continued development of the whole child through positive social opportunities. This is achieved through integrative, child-directed play, while focusing on increasing expressive and listening skills.

Dramatic play, music and art, using a variety of media, are included. Autonomy of the child is encouraged through all the activities of school life. We promote emerging self-reliant skills in areas of hygiene, toileting, and safety in the classroom and on the playground, cleaning up and taking turns. We follow our core Judaic values daily and by celebrating Shabbat in the classroom and in the synagogue each Friday.

THREES 

(three years of age by September 1)

Monday-Friday or MWF
9:00 am-12:30 pm

In the Threes program at Becker we continue to create an environment that fosters independence. Social skills are introduced through group and individual play. During the course of the year, teachers in the Threes begin to emphasize early literacy, science, math and culture. This early literacy and child-centered learning continues to be emphasized throughout the Pre-K and the Bridge years. Teachers are trained in a professional development program from Rice University's Center of Education that promotes early literacy and childhood development, writing and culture. Concepts and processing in math and science progress with the children.

PRE-K

(four years of age by September 1)

Monday-Friday
9:00 am-12:30 pm

The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum builds the foundations for reading, math and science.
Classroom readiness strategies for each student are the main focus at this level. An extended circle time is used to help children discuss the calendar, daily news, provide an opportunity to take speaking turns and help increase active listening skills. Writing skills emerge through the use of a writing center and individualized journals. Children gain independence in all areas of the classroom including social skills. Our goal for the Pre-K student is to establish an encouraging and stimulating environment with teachers who are able to respond appropriately to the child's needs.



KINDERGARTEN BRIDGE

(for children who benefit from another year of growth before Kindergarten)

Monday-Friday
9:00 am-2:30 pm

Becker is pleased to offer this exceptional program for children that will benefit from an extra year of growth before entering kindergarten. A small teacher-student ratio provides a supportive and consistent environment with a modified kindergarten approach. This program helps children develop additional independence, confidence, cooperation, and creative expression in the classroom, skills which are vital for academic and social success.

The day is scheduled to build social skills and strengthen academic readiness with time for play and creative expression. Phonics and whole language techniques are used to prepare children to be successful readers. Math, science and critical thinking skills are incorporated into many activities. Art, music and physical education activities enrich the monthly thematic units.

EXTENDED CARE

Available to children enrolled M-F
8:00 am - 5:30 pm

SPECIALISTS

Becker children have weekly enrichment activities including music and Arts Alive. Children in the Three's, Pre-K and Bridge also visit the library twice a month to check out books. Pre-K and Bridge learn Hebrew with a specialist once a week.

 

Enrichment Programs

MUSIC

The music program at Becker Early Childhood Center introduces music to the very young child and enhances their preschool learning experiences. The program focuses on both the Jewish holidays and the different themes of each age level. Our classes include singing, instruments, and movement. Weekly topics and themes are expanded upon using song, movements, and imaginary dramatic play. A variety of musical vocabulary is introduced while singing childhood and adult music. While incorporating similar songs at each level, expectation and involvement changes as the children develop.

ARTS ALIVE

Arts Alive is an integrated program for children of all ages and abilities which builds self-esteem, confidence and creativity through the expressive arts. The Arts Alive Program involves each participant - physically, visually, aurally and orally. The program was developed to promote self-confidence and cooperation in a non-competitive setting with classes that follow a variety of weekly themes.


 

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