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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 offered 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 31 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.  We are beginning our program online AND at the Temple for the Fall. Three times  a week, students will have 90 minutes of outdoor "gym" time at Barnert, utilizing our playground and other areas of our campus, bringing and riding their own bicycles, and having social fun. Hopefully, we'll get  to come back to our beautiful classroom at some point. Until then, we are confident and are proud of what we've  created for the kindergarten/TK learning this fall!

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PREPARING FOR A YEAR OF "PIVOTS"

Of course we are prepared to teach kindergarten/TK in our building when the time comes.  However, while we need to be distance learning again for a portion of 2020-21, Barnert is ready with:

  • A virtual classroom
  • Kindergarten tool-kits 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, whle 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 children 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?

When we are back full  time in the  building, it will be:

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.)

As stated above, while we are learning from home, we'll  have time outdoors at Barnert, and online together, in small  groups and one-on-one. Our teacher will be in touch families with a specific schedule as we get closer to first day of school, September 9.

 

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.

Wed, October 28 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781