Our Mechina classrooms are for children ages 4-6 and continue to build on the concepts learned in the Nursery program. The children begin to explore numbers, letters and scientific concepts, promoting readiness for Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten. Mechina children learn independence skills, conversational Hebrew, and to focus their attention during group activities. The Mechina rooms give additional opportunities to build independence and choice; rooms include a writing center, science, dramatic play, library/cozy corners, manipulatives, and art.
Teachers continue to emphasize growth in SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL skills, teaching children to understand and accept apologies, how to feel disappointment and problem solving. Special importance is placed on building independence and taking turns, skills that are both crucial for elementary school success.
In our Mechina program, students continue to develop their GROSS MOTOR and FINE MOTOR skills. By the time they leave our program, children know how to gallop, to hop on one foot and to throw a ball overhanded and underhanded. In addition, children work on holding a variety of writing utensils, following a line to cut, lacing strings and beads, putting together toys like Legos, stacking objects and building towers. Children also develop the ability to write a letter.
Just as important as the other two areas of development, teachers focus on students’ COGNITIVE growth. Children learn to follow 3-4 step directions, to focus and attend to class meetings and stories, and to move with a group of other children. In addition, beginning reading skills (letter identification, writing, telling stories with a structure) and beginning math skills (counting to 20, patterns, grouping, classification) are introduced through art, games, movement and play.