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WHY BARNERT?

With so many unknowns about the coming year and children having missed time together for so many months, there has never been a more important year for children to experience the gifts provided by Barnert's kindergarten and transitional kindergarten (TK) program.

Kindergarten is one of the biggest transitions your child will make.  Many children will find this transition even more difficult this fall due to the disruption COVID-19 has had on the normal schedules and content offerred by preschool programs.  The small classroom and individualized attention offered through Barnert's kindergarten and TK program give children the extra support and time they need during this crucial developmental year.

For over 28 years, Barnert has applied its holistic approach to teaching students and preparing them for the transition to elementary school.  We strive to support and prepare children - cognitively, socially and emotionally - so they are ready for all that comes after kindergarten/TK. 

Our primary teacher is Orton Gillingham certified and experienced with both traditional classroom and remote instruction tools and techniques.  Nobody knows for sure what will happen with in-school instruction this fall.  Barnert is one of the only kindergarten/TK programs in our area that is ready to provide classroom instruction, remote instruction or a hybrid of both this fall.  In our building or from home, the kindergarten/TK learning will go on this fall!

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PREPARING FOR ALL SCENARIOS

Of course we are prepared to teach kindergarten/TK in our building this fall.  However, in the event we need to be distance learning again for any portion of 2020-21, Barnert is ready with:

  • A virtual classroom
  • Kindergarten toolkits for students, complete with handwriting, literacy and math materials.
  • Additional recommended school supply lists for families.
  • Supporting technology, used in developmentally appropriate ways, to help children use various platforms for learning.  
  • One-on-one learning time to enhance children's experiences learning to read and write.

Additionally, if students need to be learning from home:

  • We will maintain the Morning Meeting format, and students will continue to engage in "classroom" jobs, calendar, weather, and singing together.
  • We will have reader's workshop, including reading aloud, shared reading and independent reading.
  • Math will include lessons through hands-on learning using manipulatives that will be included in the math learning toolkit.
  • Children will explore science through outdoor exploration, experimentation and presentation.
  • In handwriting, children will learn to correctly form all upper case and lower case letters.
  • In phonics, children will learn through multi-sensory experiences, letter sounds, and blending letters to make words and, ultimately, read.  

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM BARNERT’S TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN?

The disruptions caused by COVID-19 this year are leaving more kids than ever unprepared for the transition to kindergarten or first grade.  Barnert's kindergarten/TK program offers your child the gift of extra time before starting traditional kindergarten or first grade. 

If your child has a late summer/early fall birthday; would blossom from extra attention in a progressive environment; or doesn’t qualify for OT or speech/language services but could thrive with support, our program is perfect for you!

HOW IS TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN DIFFERENT THAN PRE-K?

  • Students learn best when we raise our expectations. The gift of time allows children to master key skills they need before entering traditional kindergarten. Our program’s daily routine helps children work on critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Their Barnert experience is filled with opportunities to build the social skills necessary to succeed when they begin traditional kindergarten or first grade.
  • When reading text, children will be responding to the material on a higher level. In math children will not only develop analytical skills, but will also utilize more abstract thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Our students are immersed in regular scientific inquiry through “Mad Science,” cooking, and weather exploration. We reinforce their learning during field trips, making science relevant and real.

WHAT IS MEANINGFUL LEARNING IN TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN?

Children will:

  • Learn how to utilize what they understand by showing they can listen and follow directions.
  • Learn to represent knowledge by drawing pictures, building models and using body movements to demonstrate understanding. • Problem solve using puzzles and games, scribbling and writing, measuring, drawing and investigating.
  • Learn to collaborate effectively when faced with social situations in the classroom and on the playground. Research shows that children learn best in classrooms rich with opportunities for: pre-literacy/emergent reading, socialization, hands-on math, and executive functioning skills. Our children will explore different types of hands-on learning including learning centers, activity stations, and mini lesson formats.

WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE?

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday & Friday:  9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Public school children can join on Thursdays & Fridays from 1:30 – 4 p.m.)

DO MY CHILD AND FAMILY NEED TO BE JEWISH TO ENROLL?

No. Our program is open to everyone. However, Jewish content and experiences are woven into the curriculum, like making challah, celebrating Shabbat with the rest of the school, and learning about holidays and mitzvot.

WILL THERE BE HOMEWORK?

No. Our children will not have formal homework.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Your children will be given the best year of their lives, surrounded by love in a community you trust!  

Have other questions or want to learn more?
Email schooloffice@barnerttemple.org or call (201) 848-1027.

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