What Makes Our Long Beach Preschool Special: Family Connections, Special Events & More
We offer you and your family a chance to connect with other families through celebrations, social events, and more, including:
- Welcome Brunch
- Havdallah & Shabbat Celebrations
- Family Pajama Party & Book Fair
- Shabbat Dinners
- Chanukah Celebration, Purim Parade & Shpiel, Community Purim Carnival
- Holiday baking
- Monthly Kids’ Night Out/Parents’ Night Off
- Parent Education
- Classroom Playdates/Family Events
- Summer Family BBQs
- Ruach (Spirit) Rallys
- School-wide Assemblies (Parents Welcome!)
- Parent Volunteer Opportunities
We invite your family to become part of our family.
Yad B'Yad (Parent & Me) 13m- 23m
Tues & Thurs OR Saturday | 9:00-11:00
Each session covers a variety of topics, including setting loving but firm limits, parenting reflectively, not reflexively, Promoting our child’s development, understanding temper tantrums, and other developmental challenges, Responding to our child’s needs and emotions & Child-led play
Preschool For 2-Year-Olds
A two-year-old classroom is dynamic! Quiet work is not the norm, rather, children are engaged in active learning, the primary means of learning for children two to three years old.
At the Alpert JCC, a two-year-old's typical day includes:
In addition to classroom activities, children participate weekly in activities with our Jewish Educator and Movement & Music Specialist. The day is fluid: one activity flows into the next with limited transition so children are able to focus on meaningful play.
Preschool For 3-Year-Olds
A three-year-old's typical day is guaranteed to be filled with lots of activities involving social interactions, cooperative skills and pretend play.
At the Alpert JCC, a three-year-old's typical day includes:
- building blocks
- dramatic play
- creative art
- sensory exploration
- playground time
- structured teacher-led circle time focusing on literacy, early math skills, and discussion
Three-year-old children are very interested in group play and imaginative games. Because many classroom activities involve children working together, specific attention is given to supporting children through the peer problem-solving process as well as encouraging children to creatively problem solve their "work"-related challenges.
The three-year-old curriculim also includes Jewish learning, focusing on holidays, traditions, and values. Children also participate weekly in our exciting Movement & Music program.
Our Pre-Kindergarten Program (4 & 5 Years Old)
A typical day in Pre-K includes many different types of activities designed to meet the developing skills of the whole child (social, emotional, cognitive, and physical). Children are provided longer blocks of time to engage in project work. These projects vary in topic according to what the children are currently interested in, the teachers’ goals, and our curriculum.
Children in Pre-K engage in more long-term projects, rather than just those of short duration. There is an increased emphasis on cooperative group learning and the emergence of kindergarten readiness skills.
Projects may take the form of story dictations, clay sculpture, collage, tempera paintings, pencil drawings, and other forms of expression. Children may work in a small group or with the entire class for projects.
Classroom learning centers are stocked with activities designed to challenge emerging developmental skills. Teachers not only rotate materials according to the planned lesson topic, but also according to the children's developing skills.
All Pre-Kindergarten children participate in the Reading Mastery program, a phonics-based reading program designed to give children a solid foundation for the development of word recognition, decoding, writing, and comprehension.
Pre-K children also participate in teacher-directed circle time, which can include stories, songs, cooking activities or science experiments, as well as discussions about a variety of topics. The Pre-K curriculum is ripe with Jewish learning, focusing on holidays, traditions, and values. And of course, snack time and lunch provide a natural time for lively discussion between friends!
Children also participate in our interactive Movement & Music program.