Bridge kindergarten (Bridge K) is designed to give younger children the gift of time. Students born in the summer and fall are usually ready to leave preschool, but not always ready for the more structured learning environment of kindergarten. These students may benefit most from the continued opportunity for in-depth play combined with elements of structured learning. A Bridge K environment provides students with exposure to pre-academic, physical and social-emotional kindergarten readiness skills, while allowing significant opportunities for free play. Children born in the summer and fall who experience a Bridge K environment are much more likely to thrive with joy when they enter kindergarten the following year.
Our Bridge Kindergarten environment prioritizes play and includes many opportunities for social-emotional development, fine and gross-motor activities, and Hebrew and English language development for every kind of learner. Our mission is to help your child discover the joy of learning and to help each child develop a strong belief in his or her own abilities. We recognize that children are active learners and need ample opportunities for exploration. Our Bridge K teacher creates a variety of activities designed to cultivate each child’s natural desire to explore and discover the world around them. Fred Rogers said that play is a child’s work and a natural way to learn: “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Through the work of play, children learn about themselves and their world, and can develop to their full potential. Our goal is to provide children with the early foundation to prepare them socially, emotionally, and cognitively for the transition to Kindergarten.
Through hands-on experiences, students nurture new skills that will stay with them throughout their academic careers:
- Students learn essential pre-literacy and pre-math skills through creative, play-based learning.
- Students develop social and self-regulation skills needed to succeed in school, such as interacting with teachers and peers in positive ways, solving problems with increasing independence, taking care of their classroom, and focusing attention.
- Students engage with age-appropriate activities, such as a dress-up area, puppet theater, play kitchen and library nook – to enhance their cognitive, social and motor development.