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Jewish Beginnings, inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, sees each child as remarkably unique, capable, and resilient. We believe in educating each child in their own individual way, respecting their interests and learning styles.

The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education has attracted the attention of educators and researchers worldwide. NAEYC, one of our certifying agencies, has chosen to partner with Reggio, and includes key Reggio values in their developmentally appropriate practices guidelines.

Key Reggio features at Jewish Beginnings include:

  • The role of the environment as a third teacher: classrooms are designed to provoke curiosity and stimulate learning.

  • Children’s multiple symbolic languages: respecting and encouraging the various ways. children express themselves through artwork, conversation, early writing, dramatic play, music, dance, and other outlets.

  • The teacher as a guide: teachers are researchers and colearners with the children.

  • Home-school relationships: Children, teachers, and parents work together, building a community of inquiry.

Judaic studies aren’t simply a curriculum unit, rather, core Jewish values are interwoven into everything that we do. Judaic concepts and lessons are naturally integrated into every single part of our day.  During culinary arts, we learn about kosher and separating milk and meat. When we go on autumn walks, we learn about the 7 days of creation. When our children learn about being kind or thankful, these values are always related to the Torah and Mitzvot.

At the end of the day, children leave Jewish Beginnings as independent thinkers who are kind, passionate about learning, and able to develop positive relationships with peers and adults.

 

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Jewish Beginnings operates in accordance with the spirit, principles, and practices of halacha (Jewish Law) and Chabad Lubavitch and is guided by the vision of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, OBM. Chabad Lubavitch today is the largest and most dynamic unified religious, educational, and social force in the Jewish world. The movement boasts more than 3000 branches in nearly 50 countries on six continents. Nearly a million Jewish children are touched via Chabad schools, institutions, summer camps, and extra curricular programs around the world each year. Chabad centers everywhere serve the needs of all Jews, no matter their level of knowledge, observance, or affiliation.