Gan Ami: Preschool
Preschool for 2- and 3 year-olds
A Time of Exploration and Discovery
Preschool is a special time in every child’s life. It is a time for building relationships, making connections and exploring the world with wonder and amazement. The Gan Ami preschool curriculum is designed with the understanding that young children learn best in an environment which stimulates self-expression and self-discovery. Inquiry, the power of questioning, is a vital concept during this time that actually should take precedence over rote learning and memorization. Children need inspiration, time to discover for themselves and to delve into big concepts. Gan Ami teachers respect each child as an individual and strive to remain flexible with their curriculum and note the children’s needs, responding with changes as necessary.
Each week, a variety of specialists come into the classrooms and create new experiences for the children. Wendy Cohen, our Jewish Music Specialist, works with the classrooms to explore music pertaining to upcoming holidays and celebrations and Jewish values. Each week, we all gather together for a musical Havdalah and Shabbat Sing. Preschoolers are excited to experience Gym class once a week as well. The Shin-Shins (young Israeli Emissaries doing a year of service) serve as our Hebrew specialists in our 3 and 4 year old programs. They also interact with the rest of the school and the JCC to provide a wide variety of learning and growing opportunities for everyone. Three-year olds are able to participate in experiential swim in the JCC Peck Aquatic Center once a week.
Gan Ami Early Childhood on the Karl Community Campus in Whitefish Bay
Gan Ami Early Childhood at the Linda & Fred Wein Family Center in Mequon