Early Childhood

Play is the work of Childhood

Early Childhood Tour of Akiba-Schechter

Walk into any classroom and find a warm space where children own their learning, embrace their community and are engaged with their teachers and peers. It’s pure magic. Heads bow over a structure as children confer with each other about how best to support its walls. A mixing bowl and assorted ingredients rest on a table, surrounded by children measuring out flour and beating eggs. A typical day will include free play, a time for navigating relationships and making choices; group time, where the focus is on listening to each other; and outdoor play.

Our Philosophy

Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

​At Akiba-Schechter we believe that children are capable and competent, and that they have the right to the best education possible. Our early childhood teachers have studied and deeply believe in an approach called Reggio Inspired Learning, which is a constructivist approach and child-initiated. Many of our teachers have traveled to Italy to participate in the Early Childhood Study Tour in Reggio Emilia. The classroom is often called the “third teacher” and is intentionally set up to provoke wonder, exploration, and collaboration through play. The materials chosen are thoughtful and often open-ended so children can decide how and what to create with them. Children often revisit what they are learning and have several opportunities to explore an idea with different materials–this is called the “100 Languages of Children.”

While our teachers are always prepared with rich plans for each day of school, they are also ready to put those plans aside when the children’s ideas take the class in a different direction. Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day SchoolStorytelling and celebration of Jewish holidays bring a warm awareness and joy of the Jewish tradition to our school. Regular visual documentation of their activities helps children reflect on the fun and growth they experience.

At Akiba-Schechter we believe that childhood should be celebrated. We believe that each child is unique and deserves to be cherished. We believe that giving your child an Akiba education is a gift that will last a lifetime. Come and visit our Early Childhood classrooms and step into the magic that happens every day.

Our Philosophy

​At Akiba-Schechter we believe that children are capable and competent, and that they have the right to the best education possible. Our early childhood teachers have studied and deeply believe in an approach called Reggio Inspired Learning, which is a constructivist approach and child-initiated. Many of our teachers have traveled to Italy to participate in the Early Childhood Study Tour in Reggio Emilia. The classroom is often called the “third teacher” and is intentionally set up to provoke wonder, exploration, and collaboration through play. The materials chosen are thoughtful and often open-ended so children can decide how and what to create with them. Children often revisit what they are learning and have several opportunities to explore an idea with different materials–this is called the “100 Languages of Children.”
While our teachers are always prepared with rich plans for each day of school, they are also ready to put those plans aside when the children’s ideas take the class in a different direction. Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day SchoolStorytelling and celebration of Jewish holidays bring a warm awareness and joy of the Jewish tradition to our school. Regular visual documentation of their activities helps children reflect on the fun and growth they experience.

At Akiba-Schechter we believe that childhood should be celebrated. We believe that each child is unique and deserves to be cherished. We believe that giving your child an Akiba education is a gift that will last a lifetime. Come and visit our Early Childhood classrooms and step into the magic that happens every day.

“Our daughter has flourished in three fantastic years at Akiba. She has a positive attitude toward school that we attribute directly to the devoted work, energy and creativity of Akiba’s wonderful staff. You made every day great and we are grateful for that.”
Adam Shaw, Parent

Building a Foundation

We believe a child’s experience to early childhood will remain with them forever. We accept the responsibility to create a positive foundation for children’s attitudes about learning and school. In our preschool, children have the opportunity to have a new and exciting experience full of discovery each day. When children graduate from our programs, they are confident individuals, launched and prepared to face the challenges and adventures that a life of learning has to offer.
Our goals for our children:
Social and emotional goals:

To become increasingly autonomous
To use initiative in pursuing curiosities
To have confidence in one’s ability to solve problems
To celebrate cultural similarities and differences
To feel secure in relationships with adults
To enjoy playing with other children and alone
To begin to coordinate different points of view by cooperating and resolving conflicts

Cognitive goals:

To express ideas through language and symbolic representation in effective ways
To put ideas or objects into relationships
To come up with interesting and creative ideas, problems, and questions

Physical goals:

To build awareness of one’s body and to coordinate fine and gross motor skills