What Do You Teach?

Teachers are often asked “What do you teach?” Some respond “high school,” others answer “math,” and still others answer “phys ed.” Early childhood teachers answer “I teach children.”

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Toddlers at CAI’s Early Childhood Center

February 2017

Toddlers are filled with wonder, curiosity and passion and NOW Agudath Israel Early Childhood Center is filled with toddlers!

This year we expanded our very successful Extended Day program when we...Read more...

Milk and Bookies

January 2017

Children and books go together like milk and cookies – and on a Thursday evening in December 8 we brought them ALL together....Read more...

Reflective Practice

November 2016

The Early Childhood Center is deeply committed to reflective practice. Teachers spend time thinking about the children in their class, discussing the...Read more...

teacher's workshop

October 2016

Our faculty has been involved in deep learning and reflection. As teachers improve their practice, our students and families...Read more...

Roots and Wings

June 2016

Parents and educators know that we are responsible to give our children roots and wings. We want them to have a deep foundation, a solid grounding, and then the capacity to fly off on their own.

As we witness our four- and five-year-old children prepare to leave our school, we feel fulfilled...Read more...

The ECC and The Community

May 2016

Our school is a natural extension of the synagogue community. We use all the special places in the building , such as the chapel and...Read more...

Art is the way children Express themselves

Loris Malguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, wrote a poem called The Hundred Languages of Children. In it he explains that children have a hundred ways of doing many things and a hundred ways to create and explore their own worlds. The Reggio approach stresses the importance of letting children learn in their own way and express themselves in a “language” of their choosing.

Art is one way that children express...Read more...

February 2016

In his book Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv writes about his concern that as we raise a generation of children so connected to electronics, they are losing their connection to nature. A connection to nature is deeply important to all of us. Nature provides the opportunity to calm our senses and experience the world in its purest form.

This year, our fours classes have committed to become Forest Explorers and spend long...Read more...

Kindness Journals

December 2015

Many of the lessons we want our children to learn will be taught over and over again through the elementary school years. Identifying shapes and colors, forming letters of the alphabet, and understanding the...Read more...

November 2015

As we wrapped up our fall holidays on Simchat Torah, a wise woman wished farewell to her friends with the greeting – Happy Chanukah. We never stop celebrating and as we finish one holiday we begin to prepare for the next one. Soon, we will be turning to each other with the all too familiar “I can’t believe it’s Chanukah already.” So, let’s take some time to think more deeply about the holiday before we get caught up in latke...Read more...

Awe and Wonder 


Spring has sprung after a long and challenging winter. The winter weather brought us snow days off from school, icy roads and limited time for outdoor play. Very often it is within our challenges that new ideas and thoughts are developed. Difficult challenges open up...Read more...

art installation at ECC

Each week our children go outside to check on the progress of our one lone pumpkin
growing in our garden. The fall cleanup and the growing season may be coming to
an end, but new excitement came to...Read more...

Izzy the iguana

November 7, 2014, Written by Geula Zamist

The  Early Childhood Center at Congregation Agudath Israel is a warm environment and we always enjoy welcoming guests.  Parents are invited to join us for Shabbat celebrations, cooking in the classrooms,...Read more...

Buckets Full of Kindness

September 2014, Written by Geula Zamist

Back To School

            Each year the ads on TV and displays in the stores announcing the “back to...Read more...

June 2014, Written by Geula Zamist

Traveling to Israel involves many, many hours on an airplane, a large  expense and other great challenges if you are only four or five years old. So, instead of going to Israel, we brought Israel to our Early Childhood Center in honor of Yom Haatzmaut, the celebration of Israel’s 66th anniversary.

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June 2014, Written by Geula Zamist – Printed in NJJN June 2014
 


In 1913, in a small school in Greenwich Village, Caroline Pratt did an educational experiment. She created a program she called Play...Read more...

February 2014, Written by Geula Zamist

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

― Martin Buber

Very often when a teacher sits down to present an idea and share a new thought with her class, she finds that the conversation goes in a completely different way than she thought it would.

A wise teacher listens carefully to what the children are thinking about and talking...Read more...

January 2014, Written by Geula Zamist

So Many Sources of Knowledge

As we continue to learn together, and create exciting learning experiences for our children, we speak...Read more...

December 2013, Written by Geula Zamist 

Children’s artwork has many values.

 * It offers opportunities for self-expression and individualism.  Some children do not communicate their feelings well through verbal language; however, they are able to express themselves through art media.

* Art activities offer the opportunity to enhance their skills and develop their...Read more...

November 2013, Written by Geula Zamist

A story is told of a merchant who brought his son with him to sell his goods to people living in another town. As they were traveling, their horse suddenly stopped because there was a large pile of rocks in front of them. The young boy tried every which way to move the rocks; he pushed, he pulled, he rolled them…but finally, exasperated, he turned to his father and said he could not move...Read more...

October 2013, Written by Guela Zamist

How Does our Garden Grow?

Hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz - Each week when we join together to make the blessing on our challah, we thank God for bringing forth bread from the earth. Most of our children think of bread coming from the bakery.   Now, we will have the opportunity to show children first-hand how things grow from the ground.

In late August a...Read more...

September 2013, Written by Geula Zamist
 
Twenty one teachers from eight schools in two states gathered for seven hours on one day in July to study a program for teaching the foundation of mathematics and number sense for children.  CAI ECC was honored to host the full day workshop this summer for early childhood educators to learn and explore the methods of Stern Math – Structural Arithmetic. The program drew...Read more...

ECC Directors Blog

At the Early Childhood Center of Congregation Agudath Israel, we are committed to ongoing professional development and being current and thoughtful about the latest trends in education.   We are constantly reflecting on our practice to assure that we provide the best learning environment possible for all of our children.

Please read the Directors Blog to see some of the things we are thinking about now.

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Tuesday, May 30 2017 5 Sivan 5777