About Gan Shelanu
Gan Shelanu is Schechter’s early childhood program, designed for children ages 18 months to 5+ years. It is a place filled with light and happiness where children grow, learn, make friends and flourish in their own way and at their own pace. Our certified early childhood specialists provide exceptional care as they introduce the youngest members of our community to the joys of a Schechter education.
Gan Shelanu is an excellent gateway to lifelong learning. We offer a play-based program that keeps children engaged and eager to come to school every day. A scaffolded curriculum allows children to progress year by year, building upon foundations that prepare them for more structured learning at Schechter’s Lower School.
Each of our classes meets weekly with specialists in music, art, literacy and physical education. Sharing a campus with Schechter’s Upper School, even our youngest learners have access to state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor athletic facilities. Gan Shelanu and Upper School teachers partner throughout the year to coordinate a variety of joint programming including reading buddies and attendance at Upper School Shabbat programs, student museums, fairs and more.
At Gan Shelanu it is our belief that children’s work is their play. We operate on the premise that children must experience, explore and try new things to attach meaning to their world. Our thematic curriculum is play-based with a Reggio Emilio twist. We will take the lead from the children and allow the students to choose the direction our themes take. We recognize that each child is an individual and will meet every child where he or she is. Parents will be encouraged to be active participants in their child’s education and are always welcome in the classroom.
Jewish life and Jewish identiy are cornerstones of our program. Children will not only learn the traditions of the holidays but they will also learn about Jewish values, Hebrew and menshlekeit. Children will leave Gan Shelanu with a strong sense of Jewish identity as well as the tools necessary to navigate their growing world.