Preschool & Kindergarten
Preschool: Jewish and Christian Values
The IFFP Preschool class is a relaxed, play-based setting for our 3 and 4-year-old students.
Focus: Since this is the children’s first Sunday School experience, our focus is on helping them feel welcome, getting to know other children in their class, and having fun!
Curriculum: Basic building blocks of spiritual development. Children learn about Christian and Jewish holidays and values, with a special emphasis on learning how to be a good friend. We rotate through two years of curriculum so all the kids get both years.
Class Sequence: Every class begins with a welcome song and a ritual. We have circle time, hear stories, sing songs, dance, play games and make crafts. Our music time includes Hebrew songs to begin their exposure to the language.
Setting the Tone: Our goal is for these children to get to know their classmates and get comfortable in Sunday School by the end of the year. Our preschool classes set the tone for the rest of their Sunday School experience!
IFFP Kindergarteners spend all year celebrating the holidays of both faith traditions.
Content: Beginning with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the children learn about each major (and some minor) Jewish and Christian holidays and do a hands-on activity to reinforce their learning. Children also learn the stories (Biblical or traditional) that inform each holiday and experience the rituals that help us to celebrate them.
Music: Music and movement are an important part of the Kindergarten class, and the students learn some of the songs that go along with the different holiday traditions.
Hebrew: For Hebrew instruction, they sing Hebrew songs, and once or twice a month they play Hebrew games for 10 minutes.
Charity/Tzedakah: The teachers also place a strong emphasis on charity and acts of kindness and, at the end of each lesson, the Kindergarteners say the Kindness Prayer. Throughout the year the students put this prayer into action by collecting money for charity, and each spring the class makes a donation to a charity they select.