By Nancy Isaacs:We crossed from 2013-2014 on a high note (no pun intended) with a FUN Bobby DooWah Dance Party on December 29th. Those families who were in town for the winter break, got a break and a chance to socialize while their children enjoyed music, gym play and pizza dinner.
January’s abbreviated first week (thanks to our first snow day) ended with our best-attended Tot Shabbat of the year. Eight families braved the snow and cold to celebrate a musical Shabbat filled with puppets and dancing with the Torah. The next Tot Shabbat is February 1st at 11:00- be sure to join us!
Baby and Me at the JCC has become a monthly destination for parents and their babies or toddlers. The group continues to grow with each session. Shari Baum from WJCS’ Partners In Caring Program is providing a wonderful support group and warm environment for parents and children to make new connections.
Tu B’Shevat was celebrated with a “snack” seder shared by the 3’s and 4’s. The children enjoyed tasting different fruits and mixing the colors of grape juice as 3’s teacher Debi Neustadter explained the meanings of the different things that they tasted. The celebration concluded with a round of Israeli dancing led by 4’s teacher Janet Meltzer.
The ECC is so fortunate to have a grant renewed this year from WJCS’ Project SEED for teachers representing each age group to participate in a PLC (Professional Learning Community). The teachers are gaining a deeper understanding of emergent curriculum and putting what they have learned into practice. Each month, a different teacher presents a case study of emergent curriculum in action in their classroom. The plan and its outcomes are presented and discussed by the group as the teachers reflect on both the process and the outcome. As always, our goal is to raise the bar in the ECC program and provide the best possible learning environment for all. We were also pleased to host the Project SEED Advisory Committee meeting this month and have one of our own PLC teacher participants – Debbie Handler, 2’s teacher – share her experiences with the committee.
Even though it is cold outside, thoughts are turning to planning the ECC summer programs. The six week session offers outdoor water play, themed weeks, nature with live animals, yoga and – new this year – weekly sessions with much-loved local children’s musical entertainer Dawny Dew.
for more information and to enroll for the summer and the 2014 ECC school year programs.