The Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center has a developmental approach in which children’s play activities are viewed as precursors to the academic activities of elementary school.
A child learns through play. Through play, children learn to be part of a group, to share, and to become friends. In play children feel the freedom to try new ideas, practice skills and imitate adult roles. All other learning is based on this fundamental ability. The environment is carefully planned and fosters discovery, learning and exploration.
Although we believe a child’s work is play, we are serious about academics, language and math in our program.
Exclusive Curriculum Features:
S.T.E.M. – In our developmentally-appropriate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, children participate in scientific inquiry using hands-on exploration and experimentation in an environment that fosters their natural curiosity. They are encouraged to explore, observe, ask questions, predict and reflect on their observations.
Music/Movement – Research shows that exposure to music can improve children’s ability to learn. Music has been proven to benefit children’s memory, cognitive development and expressive ability. Our music and movement program allows children to explore culture, holidays, musical instruments and literature through songs, rhythmic patterns and other developmentally appropriate activities.
Physical Education – It is shown that children learn language best through activity and movement. During this unique program, children are coached through and able to explore their favorite activities in a fun, non-competitive and safety-focused environment. They learn about camaraderie and teamwork – all while strengthening their gross motor skills and being immersed in the Spanish language.
Exploration Station Sensory Room – Our state-of-the-art sensory room features various equipment and activities that help children improve their visual, auditory and tactile processing, as well as fine and gross motor skills. Overseen by professional occupational therapists, this space provides a sense of calm and comfort which helps children learn to self regulate their behaviors and improve focus.
Art – Based on the Reggio Emilia approach, children can immerse themselves in “free art”, choosing how to express themselves through art. From crayons to clay, with paintbrushes or their own two hands – it’s anything goes in the art room where the only thing that’s mandatory is creativity!
Library – Our library features an extensive selection of age-appropriate books – including secular and religious, fiction and non-fiction, educational and “just for fun.”
Hebrew/Judaica – Through games, singing, dancing, and even Israeli literature and media, our Hebrew immersion program allows our children to learn the Hebrew language in a natural, fun and engaging way.
Outdoor Fun – In addition to our state of the art outdoor playground, our curriculum includes time outside in our Mud Kitchen for creative and “messy” play; our Giving Garden, through which we grow fruits and vegetables for the less fortunate in our community; and our Reading Patio, a serene covered area with comfortable pillows and couches.