Preschool: Preparing for Kindergarten
Kindergarten at Heilicher is much more than coloring, practicing handwriting, planting seeds, and counting blocks. Heilicher’s youngest students are encouraged to try new things, ask questions, and investigate their world. We balance developmental growth in an environment where we can provide both rigor and nurture.
Our thorough admissions process provides a great deal of information about our incoming students. Their motor, language, math and conceptual skills are explored in an individual screening and their social competence is observed in a group screening where the students spend time in a simulated kindergarten experience.
In our experience, area preschool educators are mindful of differentiated learning and the multiple intelligences of their students. In several of our local preschools, Jewish rituals and practice occurs in a hands-on way. Through the use of experiential learning, music, art and movement, children engage in varying aspects of Jewish practice and have their first opportunities to learn Hebrew language. Whether your child is in a Jewish or secular preschool, or has been learning preparatory skills at home, Heilicher will meet each kindergartener where they are academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
Heilicher kindergarteners come from a wide variety of pre-schools in the Twin Cities area. Here is a list of area pre-schools from which our students have recently graduated.
Bet Shalom Yeladim Preschool at Bet Shalom Congregation
Early Childhood Center (ECC) at the Sabes JCC
Gan Shelanu Preschool at Adath Jeshurun Congregation
Shirley R. Abelson Aleph Preschool at Beth El Synagogue
Temple Israel Early Childhood Center