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The Boulder JCC Bridge (Gesher) Kindergarten
Our Boulder, CO kindergarten is designed for children who either just miss or just make the cut off for Kindergarten in Boulder County and beyond and who would benefit from a small class size and a focus on individual learning styles. We believe in an inquiry-based learning environment which encourages creative and critical thinking, problem solving and risk taking. All of these components factor into a solid foundation for academic success.
Your child will experience a classroom community, focusing on strong relationships among the students and teachers. We integrate Jewish culture and values everyday through music, stories, language, and foods.
The Bridge Kindergarten is offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 1 pm, with optional kindergarten enrichment from 1 - 2:30 pm or 1 - 4 pm. Extended care is available beginning at 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.
We believe it is important for children to be instrumental in their own learning and engage in constructing knowledge from various experiences. By honoring individual learning styles and intelligences, we are able to optimize the environment so that every child is set up for success. The Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain School District’s curriculum and assessment tools will be a reference guide for program evaluation, individual assessment and goals.
Over the course of the year, children will engage in literacy, math and science in an integrated approach through different avenues of learning.
Children will strengthen their understanding of reading and writing by creatively exploring the alphabet, word families, sight words and handwriting. We will integrate a variety of programs in order to build a solid reading and writing foundation. Specific reading strategies will be used to support the needs of individual students based on regular assessments.
Math will focus on number sense, patterns, shapes, measuring, whole numbers and problem solving. We will be integrating Math Their Way, which is a hands-on approach to teaching children math concepts through activities that use familiar materials and help children put abstract ideas into concrete understanding.
Children will learn through explorations of their natural world by using inquiry-based thinking, observations, documentation and evaluation. Our integrated approach to science will move across multiple disciplines in order for children to go deeper with their understanding of science concepts.
We use a framework of Jewish values to experience our world, using the cycle of holidays and seasons and through our Jewish connections to each other, our school, our community and our earth.
Tricia Bebber-Lead Teacher
Tricia can hardly contain her excitement about teaching the new Bridge Kindergarten class at Boulder JCC! There is nothing more humbling than to work side-by-side with a child while they explore and discover the world as well as to help build on their prior knowledge. This approach to teaching is what led Tricia to attend Antioch University, Santa Barbara, California to obtain her teaching credential. Antioch firmly believes that all children learn differently and more effectively by building on their prior knowledge and that they require time and resources to take risks and learn from the results. Tricia's teaching experience encompasses all elementary grade levels including:
• Pre-K Teacher at the Boulder JCC Preschool
• Kindergarten Ellwood Elementary School, Goleta, California
• 6th Grade Ellwood Elementary School, Goleta, California
• 5th/6th grades Curren Elementary, Oxnard, California
• Special Education work in the Goleta School District
Caroline Saliman-Jewish Culture Specialist
Caroline Caroline, a Pre-K teacher, has taught at the Boulder JCC Preschool since 2001. She is a proud alumna of the Denver JCC and her children are Boulder JCC Preschool alumni! Caroline loves being at the heart of the Pre-K learning, creating, painting, singing, and playing with the rest of the teaching team and the incredible students. Caroline feels fortunate to have the opportunity to keep the J in the JCC.