The Shlenker program encourages the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual growth of each child. The PreK-4 program prepares children for the transition to kindergarten with activities that challenge the children while recognizing their individual developmental capabilities. Interest areas include blocks, dramatic play, manipulatives, science, writing, book corner/library, music, and art. Literacy is a strong component of the PreK-4 curriculum and literacy-based activities are integrated throughout the program. All classes actively engage in the Classroom Storytelling Project of the School Literacy and Culture Project that is part of the Rice University Center for Education. Teachers implement this collection of unique techniques to advance the children's literacy to his/her fullest potential.
Classroom activities build on existing skills while incorporating new, more sophisticated concepts in all areas of development. Teachers provide individualized instruction for children who are ready that focuses on developing skills in such areas as letter and number recognition, phonemic awareness, classification, sorting, sequencing, patterning, measuring, association, visual and auditory discrimination and expressive language.
Children must be four years of age prior to September 1 in order to be in this grade level. We offer a five-day program in PreK-4. In addition to weekly enrichment classes in music, Hebrew, motor development and art, PreK-4 students also visit the computer lab weekly. PreK-4 students help lead Kabbalat Shabbat services each Friday.
The PreK-4 classes meet from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with
Children should come to school comfortable and ready to play. Please do not send them in clothes on which you do not want to see paint, play dough or food. Early learning can be messy! For safety purposes, please do not send your child
(Photos will be used in classroom projects and will not be returned)
(Please label each piece of clothing with your child's name, including socks and shoes, and place in a Ziploc bag also labeled with your child's name)
Teachers only send home art, other work, and school correspondence on Fridays. On
We provide each child with an individual nap mat to be used only by him/her for the school year. This 2” thick mat is cleaned and sanitized each day. Due to limited storage space, please limit your child's belongings to a small blanket, a crib sheet, if desired. We purchase and plan on having a mat available for each child, therefore it is not necessary to send a mat to school with your child.
Please do not
Early Bird Program 7:30 am – 8:45 am
Early Childhood Classes 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Afternoon Adventures Program 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Extended Day Program 3:20 pm – 5:30 pm
Children may be dropped off as early as 8:45 am
Janna Barnhart, Early Childhood Division Head
Dr. Michelle Barton, Head of School
Tara Gassett, Director of Admissions
Staci Jefferson, Early Childhood Administrative Assistant