The Gan (kindergarten) year focuses on social and emotional development, encouraging a child’s natural curiosity and emphasizing problem-solving skills, independence, and identity building.

World-class academics

Learning is meaningful when it is relevant. Yavneh is dedicated to cross-curricular integration while considering a multitude of learning styles. We proudly use a structured literacy program, FUNdations, a science-based curriculum that uses multi-sensory lessons to lay the groundwork for life-long literacy. This program focuses on reading, writing, spelling, and handwriting.

Our math program uses the Singapore Math learning method, which uses three distinct approaches to understanding mathematical concepts and problem-solving. It uses the concrete to pictorial to abstract approach and encourages students to actively think, understand, and communicate to solve math problems.

Daily life at Yavneh focuses on character and skill-set development, such as teamwork, empathy, kindness, perseverance, etc. We utilize our signature Keshet of Kavod program, morning meetings, closing circles, and buddy activities to help our students develop resilience and healthy social-emotional awareness.

Whole child approach to education.


Project-Based Learning

Through projects and investigations that align with emerging interests, students learn how to learn while developing a lifelong love of learning. Reading and literacy are taught in ways that are developmentally appropriate to individual students. Numeracy is taught in a relevant, experiential way, building number sense and problem-solving skills through a combination of hands-on exploration and the sharing of different strategies and approaches.

Play is a Child’s Work

In the words of a noted kindergarten teacher and author, Vivian Gussin Paley, “play is a child’s work.” Through projects, choice time, tinkering in STEAM lessons, recesses, and on the playground, students are provided ample opportunities each day for engaging in that important work, expressing themselves creatively while engaging in the real-life challenges of navigating and exploring their world.


We incorporate mindfulness into our day using short video clips, meditation, or yoga.

The benefits of daily practice:

  • Improved Attention
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Greater Compassion
  • Reduction of Stress and Anxiety

Buddy Program

Yavneh students are given a unique opportunity that lays the foundation for meaningful, cross-grade-level friendships: the Buddy Program. Each year, Kindergarteners are assigned an 8th-grade buddy. We learn with our buddies, who mentor gan students throughout the year. 

My big buddy is nice to me and makes me feel special during the day.

-Talia, Gan/Kindergarten

Typical Day in the Life of a Gan Student

Daily Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 8:15 am – 3:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:15am – 2:30pm
Friday: 8:15am – 3:00pm

Flow of Our Day:

  • Morning Routine
  • Language Arts/Hebrew
  • Recess
  • Centers – Math/Language Arts
  • Lunch
  • Quiet Time
  • Mindfulness
  • Choice Time
  • Closing Circle
  • Dismissal

Specialist Classes:

  • Monday – Art / Music
  • Wednesday – Art / STEAM
  • Wednesday – PE
  • Thursday – STEAM
  • Friday – PE

After-School Enrichment Activities

Yavneh offers aftercare in our fun-filled, HaMoadon (The Club) 5 days per week until 5:30 pm. There is also a variety of after-school enrichment programs that provide a great opportunity for students to explore their interests. Classes include cooking, art, music, movement, Hebrew, reading, and math. Yavneh after-school counselors can also bring students to the classes offered by the JCC, such as swim, soccer, dance, tennis, and coding.

Experiential Learning

Field trips are tied to our integrated curriculum. 

Kindergarten News

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