At the JEC, we draw from three different curriculum.
The Creative Curriculum is developed by Teaching Strategies, and is in its sixth edition. It informs much of what the children will do at here at school. The Creative Curriculum is developed for children as young as infants, and as old as Kindergarteners. The Creative Curriculum covers science, technology, mathematics, social studies, and the arts. The Creative Curriculum encourages understanding through experience. Creative experiences and guided play lead children to meet 38 learning goals that fall within 10 different domains. These 10 domains are: Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts, and English Language Acquisition.
The Judaica curriculum is developed by our resident Rabbi Educator, Rabbi Abram Goodstein. The Judaica Curriculum offers a cultural education. The major components of the curriculum involve a daily meeting called mifgash, where the children are engaged through music and movement through traditional and modern songs. The Itsy Bitsy Spider becomes the Itsy Bitsy Akavish, as the children learn modern Hebrew words that are relevant to their lives and experiences. Mifgash is open for families to attend and sing with each other, strengthening our community.
The Growing Up Wild curriculum encourages children to explore the nature around them through 27 unique units that are taught through music and movement, stories, guided play, art projects, and math connections.
Growing Up WILD received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.