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ESRA's new project "Early Education" for preschoolers

News Date: 
4. September 2017 - 8:00

2017_pre-school_project.jpgIn early summer 2017, we learned that many of the kids from the kindergarten next door to the Matnas in Heftziba, were not ready to begin first grade. They lacked some basic skills which are needed for first grade such as how to hold a pencil, recognizing and writing numbers, and many other skills that children should acquire before entering first grade.

Judi Argaman quickly organized an extremely professional staff (out of the 10, 9 were volunteers) and arranged a ten-day school preparation workshop for those children.

They succeeded in many areas in filling in the gaps, however these children, who are now in the early days of first grade, still require continued special help to prevent the gap from growing as the school year unfolds.

Meanwhile one can also assume that many of the 35 new children in that same kindergarten will not be ready for first grade next year unless there is some sort of intervention.

It is our intention to work with those children throughout the school year in order to prevent that gap from widening and to assure that next year's kindergarten graduates will step-up to first grade with the needed skills in order to begin their elementary school education.

The ESRA early childhood "kindergarten" project really has two parts : for kindergarteners and for first graders: The younger kindergarten children will have special sessions throughout the year to acquire the skills needed for 1st grade; our first graders will meet once a week to reinforce already acquired skills.

Our objectives are in two directions - PREVENTION on the one hand and CONTINUED REINFORCEMENT on the other.

It is our hope that next summer we will not need the intensive summer preparation program for first grade and that the work we will do throughout the year in the kindergarten will be more than sufficient.

KOL HAKAVOD to all the staff and volunteers involved!