Preparatory School Readiness

Mount Sinai Preparatory school readiness is a holistic program led by university qualified Early Childhood Educators who create an environment where fun and educational play experiences, spontaneous activities and guided learning encounters provide your child with the social and emotional support needed to enter into the Primary school environment. 

The school readiness curriculum is integrated throughout each day, within a variety of structured and unstructured learning experiences. The daily routines provide your child with the emotional stability needed to ensure behaviour management, attention and focus. 

The Preparatory class program is based on an emergent curriculum model and is centred around the children’s individual needs, interests and abilities.

The Aim of Preparatory:

To create lifelong confident learners and effective communicators by fostering your child's natural sense of wonder and curiosity. To learn, inquire, ask questions and have the ability to think about the world around them. 

To be able to:

  • Confidently approach tasks.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of age-appropriate literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Develop a phonemic knowledge of words.
  • Work in groups.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Build independence.
  • Build school readiness skills.

The above are achieved through the implementation of a Play-Based Learning Model where important life skills are reinforced such as sharing, turn-taking, problem-solving, managing emotions and effective communication skills. As well as this, the children are introduced to the Six Key Learning Areas of the NSW Kindergarten Curriculum (*English *Mathematics *Science and Technology *Human Society and Its Environment *Personal Development, Health and Physical Education * Creative Arts)

The Program Skills and Key Areas covered include:

Social and Emotional Skills
  • Being able to identify and communicate their feelings, interpret facial expressions and body language.
  • To use appropriate language to express individual needs and wants and to assert themselves positively.
  • Cope and deal with conflict in an appropriate manner. 
  • To listen to others, discuss ideas, share toys, take turns, negotiate and cooperate with others as teams.
  • Following and understanding of directions and rules in a mature manner.
  • Raise their hands to ask questions in group time activities, in particular, when going to the toilet.
  • To manage their feelings and restrain himself/herself from negative impulses such as raging outburst or disruptive behaviour during group times.
  • Cope with transitions and adjust to new situations.
  • Interacting with adults and peers positively, politely and with respect (treat others as you expect to be treated).
  • To concentrate and persevere at tasks. To be flexible, develop resilience and have the initiative to try problem solve and generate their answers to everyday problems.
  • To promote in your child an image of himself/herself as a capable and competent individual.
Pre - Literacy Skills
  • Recognising and using phonics, sounds, letters of the alphabet and words.
  • Rhyming, syllabification, hearing beginning sounds in words and blending sounds into words.
  • Expressive Language: To be able to communicate clearly, articulate sounds correctly, use age-appropriate vocabulary as well as extending one’s vocabulary. To express the connection of ideas, thinking processes with the use of longer and more complex grammatically correct sentences. To develop an interest in written language as a meaningful medium of communication.
  • Receptive Language: To refine listening skills. To recall a series of instructions in sequence. To be able to answer questions relating to a text.
  • Writing their name and recognising upper and lower cases.
Pre - Numeracy Skills
  • Developing an understanding of problem-solving and math’s concepts (e.g. more, less, the most, the least, equal).
  • Number recognition 1-20.
  • Rote count correctly.
  • Identification and recognition of shapes.
  • Patterning.
  • Concept of measurement (length and weight).
  • Participate in addition and subtraction games.
Self-Identity skills
  • Understanding oneself by learning how to express, communicate and share their feelings and emotions.
  • Having care, empathy and respect.
  • Being confident and having a sense of security
  • Being in touch with the environment and exploring nature. 
Cognitive Skills
  • Showing curiosity and interest in learning new things.
  • Having the confidence to learn.
  • Be interested and show a willingness to problem-solve.
  • Participate in small and large group activities.
Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Discriminating between colours and shapes (including letters and numbers) and between positions in space.
  • Extending on visual memory skills.
Critical Thinking Skills
  • To observe, compare and predict using various criteria: classify/categorize, measure, communicate/ represent findings and data.
Language Skills
  • Encourage listening and talking (receptive and expressive language).
  • Ask questions and communicate thoughts and ideas.
  • Enjoy listening to others, to stories and being read to.
Self Help Skills
  • Use the toilet unassisted.
  • Dress and undress independently.
  • Deal with small amounts of supervision.
  • Pack and unpack bag, own lunch box and drink bottle independently
  • Deal with a structured environment.
  • The need for healthy foods and good hygiene.
Physical Skills
  • Be able to run, jump, balance, have strength and develop endurance.
  • Use equipment such as balls and bats.
  • Climbing over/under equipment.
  • Following instructions for sports games.
Fine Motor Skills
  • Using pencils, crayons, textas, glue and scissors.
  • Using the proper pencil grip.
  • Using the proper scissor grip

We also provide numerous school readiness experiences within our program that promote skills for school adjustment. 

These include:

  • Talking positively about starting school
  • Discussing orientation events with the children before and after they occur
  • Informal and formal Jewish Enrichment and Hebrew learning
  • Specialist educators: Music program and Sports PDHPE programs     
  • PALS (Socialisation skills) helps children develop socially skilled behaviours that assist them in developing friendships and getting along with others. 
  • Buddy Program with Year 5 students 
  • Visits into the kindergarten         
  • Joint community chagim events that are celebrated on school campus such as Purim, Chanukah and Pesach

Read more about the benefits of prep here


PARENT HANDBOOK

We have put together a parent handbook to assist you in making the right decision for your family. If there are any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Jill Allison on (02) 9349 3967.  

Our parent handbook is available here.

My child flourished at MSC ELC and has further excelled at prep where she is in a focused environment for children between the ages 4-5. We are continuously surprised at the level of education and her love for learning. Located on the main campus the children feel like they are included in certain school events, have lessons with the school’s teachers such as Rabbi Yossi and Coach Joel, and group activities with the school students such as the buddy program.       
— Nicole Goodman, Parent
This morning's Shabbat was absolutely wonderful. It really captured the essence and joy of sharing a beautiful Shabbat with the family. As always, you have exceeded all expectations.  
— Leanne Arber, Parent

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