The goal of Bnai Shalom preschool is to provide a developmentally appropriate, nurturing Jewish environment. Our preschool program is licensed by the state of North Carolina. This play-based, learner centered environment nurtures the child's social, emotional, and cognitive development. Jewish traditions, holidays and Hebrew language are woven throughout the curriculum. The preschool is part of the larger school community allowing them to interact with all ages of the B’nai Shalom family. Children partner with upper school buddies on a weekly basis, working collaboratively toward a common goal. In addition to the regular classroom activities, preschool students enjoy Physical Education, Art, Music and Library.
Toddler Program (Ganohn)
Students may begin the B’nai Shalom experience as early as twelve months old. Every day, the toddlers engage in playful learning activities that help enhance their gross motor, fine motor, and social/emotional skills such as building blocks, singing songs, and doing artwork together. The toddlers also enjoy going on daily walks/stroller rides that allow for exploration and further exposure to the school environment. The gym and playground provide our toddlers with the opportunity to expand their physical and social development with their friends. The toddlers learn from and are loved and cared for by every member of the school.
Preschool 2/3 (Kitat Gar'een)
Children engage in fun, safe, creative activities daily. We nurture the whole child in a developmentally appropriate way, by learning through play. The children explore teacher modeled activities by using their creativity and curiosity to experiment with their work.
Preschool 3/4 (Kitat Nitzan)
This class has bi-weekly, project based themes that expose children to math, science and pre-literacy experiences in a creative way. Activities are teacher modeled but the children are given the freedom to create and explore in order to have an individualized experience.
Pre-Kindergarten (Kitat Ilan)
The Pre-Kindergarten class is a bridge between our lower school and the preschool. New this year is an optional full day program! The program is theme based around the Jewish and secular calendars. The children are encouraged to be inquisitive learners and critical thinkers. Academic readiness skills are aligned with themes to ensure that the children are given the necessary tools to prepare them for more formal learning in kindergarten. They have weekly lessons in the Kindergarten classroom and work in weekly journals.