Early Childhood / Infants / Kindergarten
Atlanta Jewish Academy's Early Childhood program begins with the K'far for Infants, where children are welcomed from the age of six weeks through two years old. AJA’s littlest students thrive in their snug and comfortable nursery homeroom.
Our babies have the advantage of a familiar, secure, happy nest from which they frequently fly on excursions into the educational world of the Lower and Middle School, where there’s always something to see and older children with whom to share a wave, a hug, or a friendly smile. Students who enjoy spending time with our babies often arrange to stop in and read a story or perform a puppet show. At AJA, our children are encouraged to explore, embrace, and grasp their world through the lens of their Jewish heritage.
AJA’s Early Childhood Preschool program is inspired by Reggio-Emilia, and we invite the children to influence the direction of our learning within our curricular goals by incorporating interest-driven projects into our teaching. We provide the children with the opportunity to explore and express themselves through "a hundred languages," including music, movement, writing, art, stories, dramatic play, cooking, games, manipulatives, discussions, computers, gardening, and more.
Our Hebrew immersion program helps us to realize our commitment to Israel and the Jewish people. Research indicates that when a child learns a second language before age six, it will be stored in his brain alongside his mother tongue. Knowing that early Hebrew language learning is good for our Judaic and academic goals, we ensure that children spend significant amounts of time with a Hebrew-speaking teacher. We teach language through games, movement, singing, Israeli-style birthday rituals, dances, pantomime, and quality Israeli children's literature.