Ahava is fully licensed by Georgia’s Bright From the Start to serve preschool children aged 12 weeks-6 years old. Due to limited space, and because our infant and toddler program is designed to accommodate the needs of working families, children in these classrooms are automatically registered for our 5 day, extended day program. Children ages 2+ are welcome to enroll in half day, full day or extended day programs. Parents of 2 and 3 year-olds may choose from a 2, 3 or 5 day a week schedule. Our Pre-K/K program is 5 days to allow for continuity, consistency and community projects, and to best prepare children for Elementary School. Additional drop-in care for enrolled children is also available on an as-needed basis, subject to availability.
KEHILLAT SHALOM – Infants (12 weeks+)
Infancy is a crucial time of rapid development. Children are driven to observe, experiment and experience new sensations, as they build lifelong foundations as explorers and problem solvers! New discoveries are at the heart of every interaction that our youngest children have with others and with their environment. A solid attachment to their teachers and parents allow children the basis to understand that they can rely upon others to help them, and by being responsive to the needs of the children, our teachers help our youngest children learn that their opinions matter!
KEHILLAT TIKVAH – Toddlers (12 months+ and walking)
Toddlers are eager to explore their growing world. Once they are walking, they are able to interact with their surroundings in new and exciting ways! Toddlers love to fill baskets and dump them out…over and over and over again! At Ahava, we honor the inquisitive nature of toddlers and understand that they are forming new knowledge about the world around them with every interaction. Toddlers are given ample opportunity to experiment and to construct new knowledge in a sensory rich environment and at a developmentally appropriate pace with supportive, loving teachers. Children show us they are ready for the toddler class when they have dropped their morning nap, are able to drink from a sippy cup, are able to feed themselves, and when they are able to follow a one-step direction. We will offer two toddler classes in 2017-18: one for our younger toddlers, who are older than 12 months and are walking, and one for toddlers who turn 2 soon after the start of the school year and our youngest 2 year olds.
KEHILLAT SIMCHA – Early 2’s
KEHILLAT YOFI – 2 Year Olds
Two-year-olds like to be independent! Favorite words are “Mine” and “No” and “I do it!” Two-year-olds can go from excitement to anger to laughter within a few moments. A great deal of time is spent physically exploring their environment: pushing, pulling, filling, dumping, and touching. Two-year-olds are surer of themselves and of what they can do as they grow. While they may try out new ideas and explore their surroundings, they will look to their parents and teachers to be a base of support and trust. Two-year-olds begin to show more interest in other children as they begin to understand that they are members of a larger community. We will offer two 2 year old classes in 2017-18: one for our oldest two’s, and one for younger 2’s and children who turn 2 soon after the start of the school year.
KEHILLAT MASA – 3 & 4 Year Olds (Mixed Age Classes)
The 3-year-old is full of wonder and spends a lot of time watching, observing, and imitating. Their days are filled with busy exploration of their world. Three-year-olds are interested in practicing their fine and large motor skills, and it is common for them to want to spend the entire morning building with blocks, painting, going down the slide or riding a favorite tricycle. Three-year-olds have very little memory for past events and do not understand “yesterday” and “tomorrow” the way adults do. They often repeat activities or may do and undo actions such as putting a puzzle together. These sequences are important to later understandings of change and consistency. Three year old children attend school in a multi-age, 3-5 year old classroom.
“Energetic” and “imaginative” are words that are often used to describe 4-year-olds. Sometimes impatient and silly, they discover humor and spend a great deal of time being silly and begin to experiment with telling “jokes.” A 4-year-old’s language may range new vocabulary to made-up nonsense words, as they play with language and learn new skills. Imagination suddenly becomes greater than life for the 4-year-old, who might confuse reality and “make-believe.” Four-year-olds feel good about the things they can do and usually are eager to try new experiences. Four-year olds are constantly learning and growing, and we create interesting, hands-on experiences to prepare them for Kindergarten.
Families have asked us if we offer a Kindergarten program. We will gladly welcome your Kindergartener at Ahava! Kindergarten children attend school as members of Kehillat Masa. Because our teachers are experienced and highly skilled, they are able to provide differentiation for each child. This is a wonderful opportunities for individualized learning, and gives our oldest students an opportunity to be leaders amongst their peers. Kehillat Masa is a multi-age, 3-5 year old classroom.
Children ages 4+ are eligible for Scholarship support through the Alef Fund.
www.aleffund.org for more information