A foundation for success
Carole Meekins reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MEQUON- The Mequon Jewish Preschool follows an innovative approach to teaching young people. It's a curriculum that celebrates learning. Rivkie Spalter explains, "We see children as partners in their education and they are responsible for the environment, themselves and their friends. What happens is they become empowered when they graduate and they become responsible citizens in their society."
The program gets high marks from parents like Monica Arenstein. She shares, "It's an incredible place for the kids to come and feel welcome and grow which is such an important piece of early childhood." Arenstein goes on to say, "The school here really works as a full community. Parents take these lessons home and continue these lessons at home."
The students may be in pre-school, but they get adult responsibilities. Spalter notes, "When children come to our school on the first day of school our rooms are not fully decorated, our rooms are blank. It's a blank landscape. The students along with their teachers decide what images should be hung on the walls."
And teachers like Leah Munitz love seeing students gain confidence. Munitz says, "Seeing them take pride in what they've accomplished is unbelievable as a teacher." And with parents students and teachers working together, the youngsters at the Mequon Jewish Preschool have a better chance at success.