BMH-BJ’s preschool classes are small and intimate with low teacher-student ratios and plenty of one-to-one interaction with the students. The classrooms enable children to develop an essential sense of their own self-worth, confidence and the willingness to explore the new or unfamiliar, and the ability to play and interact socially with others.
The BMH-BJ Preschool teachers develop a positive curriculum in which children learn the basics to prepare them for their soon-to-begin careers as students. Jewish holidays are celebrated in class, helping children get a sense of the ruach (the spirit of their religion and culture). From the earliest ages, the children begin to learn Hebrew songs, the Shema, brachot and other Jewish prayers.
BMH-BJ Preschool values the journey of the early childhood educational experience. Our shared vision is that we continue to work to become a place where we:
Inclusion and Respect Kesher & Kavod קשר וכבוד
Recognize, nurture and appreciate the abilities and potential of all children and adults.
- We work as a unified team, sharing each other’s strengths and skills.
- We practice and value honest, direct and open communication.
Family connections Mishpacha משפחה
- Value parent-teacher partnerships.
- Are dedicated to our relationships with children, colleagues, and the preschool and synagogue families.
Learning Limmud לימוד
- Create a welcoming, nurturing, respectful and educational environment with an eye toward school readiness skills.
- Promote independence, thinking and problem solving.
- Deepen our knowledge through professional development/continuing education opportunities around the contemporary practice in early childhood education.
- Have opportunities for parents and teachers to learn together.
- Incorporate seamless Judaism, Shabbat, Holidays, Brachot, Tefilot, Mitzvot, and Hebrew.
Celebrations Chagigot חגיגות
- Integrate Jewish values and practices into daily, weekly and holiday experiences.
- Nurture Jewish identity and values.
- Encourage joyful connections to the celebrations of the Jewish calendar
Repair of the World Tikkun Olam תיקון עולם
- Support and respect children’s connections to the natural world.
- Respect all living things.
- Help the community at large.
- Support meaningful connections to the concepts of tzedakah, brachot and mitzvot.