At BMA, we believe that every child is unique and possesses his or her own individual learning style. This is especially true in our Early Childhood program. Our warm and nurturing environment embraces a developmental approach to learning while introducing age-appropriate cognitive concepts to challenge and grow young minds.
Within the walls of our caring and safe environment, BMA students take their first steps toward an education filled with exploration, stimulation, Torah, and Jewish values. Our curriculum nurtures the whole child and is designed to develop our students intellectually, emotionally, and physically, by promoting a love of learning and cultivating critical thinking.
Learning Through the Lens of Torah
The integrated Judaic and General Studies program centers around Torah and Eretz Yisrael. The year begins with the chagim and continues with Beresheet, reaching Mitzrayim in time for Pesach. Using the parsha stories and characters as a starting point, Language and Literacy, Science, Math, and Art are all integrated into the curriculum.
Exploration and Center-Based Learning
A child’s natural curiosity drives them to explore and learn about the world around them. Center-based classrooms provide safe boundaries for learning new skills, and hands-on activities hone fine and gross motor, critical thinking, and cognitive learning skills.
Lessons are structured so the children are stimulated to ask questions, be creative, and interact with each other. An emphasis is placed on personal growth, forming friendships, encouraging positive self-esteem, and contributing to the classroom community.
Middot and Hebrew Immersion
From song and dance to model weddings and Shabbat and holiday celebrations, each day is filled with excitement and anticipation. Middot education begins here with treating teachers and peers with respect, learning to share, and being kind to and inclusive of the other children in the class.
Our exceptional Hebrew immersion program exposes children to Hebrew language right from the beginning. Research shows that children are able to absorb and learn a second or third language most naturally between the ages of two and five. By placing a Hebrew speaking teacher in every classroom, the children hear both Hebrew and English continually throughout the day. Our trained Chalav u’Dvash teachers further enhance the program by offering dedicated Hebrew circle time and more comprehensive language lessons to students beginning in Nursery 3.
The BMA Early Childhood Hebrew immersion program teaches Hebrew and English in tandem, preparing students for the dual curriculum in Elementary School.
To view the Early Childhood Curriculum Guide, please click here.