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Kindergarten

In the kindergarten year, students take pride in all of the new things that they are beginning to master. They can read and write, do math, speak Hebrew, solve problems, and ask important questions.

Beth Yeshurun promotes learning through integrated and hands-on experiences that are interdisciplinary, multi-sensory, and responsive to student choice. In this way, we enable each child to connect new learning to both prior learning and personal experience. Kindergarten also plans various thematic units, which are hands-on learning projects that promote collaborative work, connections at home, and the importance of presenting to a group. These units of study incorporate reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art, and music. A few of our thematic units include seasons, Jewish holidays, butterflies, and fairy tales.

Singapore Math

This cross curricular program is used explicitly at BYDS. Students learn core math concepts, building upon them each year.

Principal Concepts

Some of the main concepts in Kindergarten are numbers to 30, shapes, comparing numbers, measurement, simple addition and subtraction facts, time, and money.

High-level Thinking

Students work in their math workbooks learning and discussing new math concepts, and then in their math journals to do high-level thinking activities related to the new concepts.

Working in Small Groups

Students also rotate around their differentiated math centers, working in small groups to review concepts or enrich students who are ready to move forward.

Solid Foundation for Writing

We work to correct letter formation, punctuation, sight words, phonics skills, and sentence structure. By the end of Kindergarten, they should be writing 3-5 sentences independently.

Handwriting without Tears

BYDS uses a multisensory handwriting program, which progresses at a developmentally appropriate rate from Kindergarten to first grade and continues into second grade. Our fundamental writing skills include pencil posture, letter, word, and sentence skills.

Differentiated Literacy Centers

We work in differentiated literacy centers to independently practice writing, phonics, sight words, and fine-motor skills. During this time, teachers are working in small, guided-reading groups. Each group is working on different reading and phonics skills at their own level.

Becoming Independent Readers

We introduce and review foundation skills for reading including beginning, middle, and end sounds, rhymes, syllables, and vowels. We build on these skills throughout the year and students have the opportunity to practice and apply them throughout the day (i.e. literacy centers, guided-reading groups).

Citizenship

Student begin to learn what rules and laws are and why we have them. One of the most important lessons they begin to learn in Kindergarten and continue throughout BYDS is how to be a good citizen. We encourage this also through our Mensch of the Month award.

Community

Global studies starts with “home” learning about our own community. We work to create a list of different places in our community and determine why they are important. We also discuss community helpers, why people work, and how we can help our community.

State and Country

Studies move into learning all of the important symbols of Texas and America. In the fall we learn about elections and how voting works and our past presidents. In the spring we learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and equality. As proud Texans, we work on projects leading up to and a big celebration for Go Texan Day.

Holidays

Kindergartners learn the sequence our national holidays: Thanksgiving, Presidents’ Day, Columbus Day, MLK Jr. Day, Groundhog Day etc. As a Jewish school, we also get to explore the customs and traditions associated with the holidays in our Jewish community.

Hebrew Instruction

We begin with Migdal Or. The program prepares our students for a lifetime of Hebrew Learning.

Judaic Experiences

We focus on teaching the stories and the values of the weekly “Parasha” Torah portion through skills-based activities and storytelling.

Kinder Shabbat Box

Kindergarteners participate in the weekly Shabbat program and they take home the Shabbat box during their kindergarten year.

The Hebrew Alphabet

The highlight for our Kindergarten students is their participation in the Consecration Service typically held during Sukkot. Each child receives his or her own miniature Torah, representing the beginning of official Jewish learning.

FOSS (Full Option Science System) Program

Foss is a research-based science curriculum, designed to engage students in active learning.

Hands-on Experiments

Every week the students learn through hands-on experiments, engineering projects, group discussions, and reading and writing activities.

Types of Sciences

We focus on three major domains: physical, earth, and life science and study Sound and Light, Air and Weather, Insects and Plants.

Weekly Scholastic News

We focus on building content knowledge, vocabulary, early reading skills, as well as teaching ethics relating to religious freedom, compassion, empathy, and kindness. Teachers also utilize Studies Weekly as a resource to teach about history, government, geography, and cultures.

ART: Applying Art Techniques

Students will experiment with art elements as they practice drawing skills and art techniques and develop an understanding of different art styles through an introduction to art history.

MUSIC: Music Theory

Using age-appropriate instruments and songs, students learn the beginning concepts of beat and rhythm development and instruments of the orchestra. Students sing in a group and in performances for our Thanksgiving, Grandfriends, Chanukah, Spring Showcase, and Consecration programs.

HEBREW: Skills-based Storytelling

We teach the stories and values of the weekly “Parasha” through skills-based activities. The highlight for our Kindergarten students is their participation in the Consecration Service. Each child receives a miniature Torah, representing the beginning of official Jewish learning.

SPANISH: An Introduction to Spanish

We learn basic vocabulary through songs. We focus on the numbers 1-10, basic colors, body parts, family members, proper and colloquial introductions and greetings, days of the week, and seasons.

PE: Physical Education

Through monthly thematic units from basketball to Jump Rope for Heart, we focus on age and skill-appropriate lessons four days a week for 30 minutes a day with a health class once a week.

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Beth Yeshurun not only provided me with an excellent early education, but I was also exposed to teachers who taught...
2017-03-13T11:54:16+00:00
Beth Yeshurun not only provided me with an excellent early education, but I was also exposed to teachers who taught and reinforced fundamental Jewish values...
Throughout my education at BYDS, I was surrounded by a warm and nurturing environment that fostered a love of learning...
2018-07-03T03:12:44+00:00
Throughout my education at BYDS, I was surrounded by a warm and nurturing environment that fostered a love of learning in a wide variety of Jewish and secular areas.
My favorite subject is Judaic Studies. Look – I’ve got friends at every school around this area, but the way...
2018-07-03T03:17:50+00:00
My favorite subject is Judaic Studies. Look – I’ve got friends at every school around this area, but the way we do Judaics makes Beth Yeshurun perfect for me.
The teachers I’ve had have all made learning fun…They simplify the more complicated concepts and make them easier to understand.
2018-07-03T03:19:20+00:00
The teachers I’ve had have all made learning fun…They simplify the more complicated concepts and make them easier to understand.
BYDS more than educated me, it helped shape my character. Jewish day school’s influence reaches far beyond the years we...
2018-07-03T03:20:29+00:00
BYDS more than educated me, it helped shape my character. Jewish day school’s influence reaches far beyond the years we spend at school.