We maintain excellent child/teacher ratios that exceed the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) accreditation requirements of 1:6. We use emergent curriculum inspired by Reggio Emilia and Creative Curriculum, guided by the interests, development, and potential of each enrolled child. Our small class size (8-11 students) enables a very individualized learning experience.
Each learning day includes indoor and outdoor play as well as teacher-facilitated large and small group learning sessions to develop each aspect of the enrolled children. The entire learning day is focused toward the development of the whole child including social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Classroom routines encourage autonomy while planned and unplanned activities encourage cognitive and language skills.
We use a basis of Jewish values and traditions to encourage the ethical and spiritual development of each child.
Pardes is a Hebrew word meaning orchard. It is also an acronym that refers to four levels of learning, ranging from the literal to the esoteric. Our hope is that our preschoolers will blossom as they undertake these processes of growth and discovery in our program.
Peshat – surface or literal meaning
Remez – deep meaning beyond literal
Derash – comparative meaning
Sod – esoteric meaning