Beyond the Classroom :: Solomon Schechter Day School

Beyond the Classroom

A Solomon Schechter education extends beyond the classroom and into the world. Students in the Early Childhood Program participate in the following activities and events:

Buddy Program: Building a Strong School Community

Building community at Schechter begins in your child’s first year. Schechter’s Early Childhood students partner with older students for special activities that relate to a topic exploration or holiday. Bonds form and students of all ages regularly greet each other in the halls with high-fives and hugs. Over the years, these friendships grow and follow the children as they move through the grades.

Field Trips: Expanded Learning

Field trips provide an important means of enriching students’ education through direct experiences. Each trip is carefully selected and designed to enhance topics explored in class, while providing hands-on experiential learning.

Recent EC Adventures

  • Students in the 4-year old group supplemented their classroom unit on bees and honey with a trip to a local beekeeper
  • During a topic exploration of theater and the arts, our 3-year old students attended a play in the local community

Mitzvah Projects: The Value of Helping Others

All long-term projects at Schechter incorporate the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and G'milut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) by reaching into the community.

EC Community Service in Action

  • To learn about trees, students in the 3-year old classroom supported a tree planting campaign in Israel, which culminated in planting a tree on the Schechter campus
  • The 4-year old students collected and donated baskets of honey to a local food pantry while studying bees and honey production

Partnering with Parents

At Schechter, we are committed to the home-school partnership. Parents of our Early Childhood Program students play an active role in the students’ journeys. We welcome and encourage parent volunteers in the classroom, during field trips, and in celebrating major events.

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