Early Childhood


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LIHA’s early childhood program provides a meaningful and compelling early childhood environment for Jewish families seeking a licensed nurturing environment while providing the highest quality Jewish education for our students. The LIHA early childhood program promotes meaningful partnerships between teachers and parents who work together to accomplish the best possible environment for each child here at LIHA. Relationships are developed between teachers, parents and children. Every student's joys and milestones are supported and shared. When joining our school you become part of the LIHA family.


In a warm, nurturing, creative and intellectually stimulating environment we deliver a quality Early Childhood program experience for children with the following  goals:


• To develop relationships and work closely in partnership with parents in this important developmental period for children and families

• To embark on a journey of Jewish life and Jewish learning

• For the children to develop confidence in themselves as competent individuals and as learners

• To provide an environment in which the key processes of early childhood social and emotional development are nurtured and the building blocks for healthy growth are the focus of concern

• To promote intellectual development and build the foundations necessary for learning readiness across the curriculum: in particular, in the areas of developing curiosity, speech and communication; relating to one another; books and stories; and artistic and other languages of expression

• To facilitate age appropriate physical development and to develop strong fine and gross motor skills

• To provide an environment rich in both the English and Hebrew language as a foundation for successful linguistic development


Children in The LIHA Early Childhood program are introduced to the joy and meaning of belonging to a Sephardic Jewish community through their Jewish Studies, which revolve around tefillah, Shabbat, Parshat Hashavua and the yearly cycle of the holidays. When the little ones begin tefillah even in our toddlers class, they enjoy singing the songs, passing the Torah around and the boys making a Bracha on their tzitzit. This all becomes part of their learning process and their identity to be a Jewish child learning in a Yeshiva.  As children are introduced to one prayer at a time, they have the opportunity to discuss the words and their meaning, ask questions, and learn melodies. 

Shabbat and holidays are prepared with care and thought, giving each child the opportunity to experience authentic learning and preparation for each holiday. Children explore Shabbat and holidays with their minds and hands, discussing the meaning of Shabbat and each holiday, learning special brachot and tefillot, and preparing through song, dance, drama, cooking, baking, and art. They are then encouraged to take what they learn at school to their homes for further learning, exploration, and celebration.

Our weekly lessons are centered around Parshat Hashavua. Each Parsha brings a new lesson to explore with our students. Lessons such as loving a fellow jew, kindness, the 10 commandments are translated to week long lessons that are interactive and provide a hands on experience for our students. They engage in song, art, projects, and music to enhance the week long lesson of Parsha.

Learning is our main focus in our Early Childhood program at LIHA. We focus on social-emotional development in which children learn how to both express themselves as individuals and become part of a collective classroom community. Children spend time learning how to speak to one another, listen to another's ideas, work together to solve conflicts as they arise, compromise, understand that friends can have differing ideas, and enjoy one another.

Children are immersed in a language-rich environment where they are reading and read to, and where their stories and thoughts are continuously recorded on paper and displayed on the walls of the classroom and throughout the hallways as well. Various learning centers around the room are available in which children play and learn. Artwork, building, dramatic play, and music are central components of the classroom as well. The day is structured carefully to combine time when children meet and learn as a class group, and time when children choose their own activity or experience in the classroom.

At LIHA we make learning fun and interactive by learning through play and lessons. Whether its colors, shapes, seasons, or numbers our students are constantly exploring and wanting to learn more.