Nadel Center for Early Childhood Education
Boca Raton Preschool
The Nadel Center for Early Childhood Education has earned the distinction of APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment). This is a national early learning program accreditation. With over 900 accredited programs and many more engaged in the process, APPLE is ‘Solid to the Core’! In Florida, APPLE is accepted into the Gold Seal of Quality program. For more inforation, click here.
Children come to us perfect, each in their own way. They are loving, curious, accepting; ready and wanting to learn. Congregation B’nai Israel’s Nadel Center for Early Childhood Education is dedicated to maximizing their potential by helping them develop their cognitive, motor, social/emotional and self-help skills while giving them a strong sense of identity through spiritual learning. We focus on building the total child by being a school of excellence. And in the process, our children teach us.
We participate in the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Program through the State of Florida which reduces your tuition payments for Pre-Kindergarten.
This is more than learning. It is learning how to learn. The skills our children develop today will become the foundation for a lifetime. These skills include organization, focus, perseverance and problem solving.
Our children become comfortable with concepts from the worlds of social studies, science, math, language and computers. They learn reading readiness, and when they’re ready, they learn to read. They participate in a hands-on science program which visits each classroom. They travel around the globe, sometimes without leaving the classroom, other times by taking local field trips, and they farm an “Environmental Awareness Garden” adjacent to one of our playgrounds.
They broaden their horizons. They leave us much more knowledgeable than when they arrived. But they don’t think of it as having handled the work of learning, they think of it as having fun.
Meeting our mission to maximize potential requires that we help our children prepare their bodies as well as their minds.
Gross motor skills are critical to building strong minds and bodies that are ready to learn. To meet this goal, we have five different playgrounds.
- Imagination Playground
- Riding Toys Playground
- Water and Sand Playground
- Traditional Playground
- Group Game Playground
Our physical education and dance teachers join our classroom teachers to develop our children’s upper body strength, lower body strength, core body strength, coordination and balance. They also sharpen their pretending skills.
Fine motor skills prepare our children for self-help skills and for learning to write. Our curriculum features activities like finger painting, easel painting, water color painting, gluing, cutting, crunching and more. In later years, students participate in our stroke curriculum, writing letters of the alphabet, dictating skills and writing daily journals.
Our Self-Help Curriculum takes our children on the journey from dependence on parents and caregivers to self reliance with a strong self image and positive attitude. Our children have a strong sense of “can do” that serves them well throughout their lives.
Parents marvel as their children get on stage to perform, get on school buses for field trips, put on their own coats, wash and dry their own hands and put away their toys. Our children live up to our high expectations in an atmosphere of nurturing and support.
Our children are the center of our world. But they need to learn how to thrive in the world with others. This requires social and emotional skills.
To accomplish this, we help them feel comfortable separating from their mothers and/or fathers, learning in a group situation and following “school rules.” We teach independent problem solving, sharing and getting along with others. We encourage our children as they learn from each other.
Part of maximizing potential is developing a strong sense of identity, teaching children that they have a bigger purpose in the world than immediate gratification, and beginning to develop strong values that lead to a positive life.
We do this through our Judaica curriculum, which gives our children a sense of our religious heritage through concepts that are age and development-appropriate.
Our children learn about the importance of tzedekah (charitable giving) and the importance of mitzvot (performing good deeds). They learn valuable lessons from the Torah, and in Pre-k, they have regular talks with the Rabbi. They also enjoy bible stories and participate in Shabbat, Havdallah and various Jewish holidays.
Through our program, our children get a strong sense of self, and a strong sense of how they fit in to a bigger world.