The Gan Year
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. This Gan experience is designed to set the foundation for learning as students gain skill sets that will be built upon in future grades.
My Day With Yavneh Gan Kids
Big buddy, Justin, followed around our kindergarten class, or as we call it, Gan (garden in Hebrew), and made this great video. Enjoy!
Hear Directly From the Teachers
Meet the teachers and learn a little more about the daily life and academics of a kindergartener at Yavneh.
Responsive classroom principles guide students in building and strengthening relationships and community, developing communication and reflection skills through daily morning meetings and closing circles. This helps set expectations for behaviors and works towards accomplishing personal as well as communal hopes and dreams.
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.
Hebrew language taught in a duel language environment which helps build a stronger connection to Jewish culture and tradition. The dual language teaching style provides cognitive benefits that have been associated with greater cognitive flexibility and stronger mastery across all subject material – including grammatical concepts in one’s native language.
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.