There are separate classes for three year olds, four year olds and five year olds (gan chovah) in both the boys’ division and the girls’ division respectively. As of now there are nine classes. Most of the ganim are located in Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph. The Pre 1A classes are in the school building in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet.
Girls’ pre School locations
Gan Brachi (3 yr.old): Nachal Sorek 4-a Ramat Beit Shemesh A
Gan Orit (4 yr. old): Nachal Uriah 19 Ramat Beit Shemesh A
Gan Miriam (5 yr. olds “gan chovah”): Nachal Uriah 19 Ramat Beit Shemesh A
Gan Rechi (5 yr. olds “gan chovah”): Girls’ School building Nahar Yarden 58 Ramat B
Boys’ Pre School locations
Gan Tehilla (3 yr. old): Nachal katlav 3
Gan Leah Cohen (4 yr. old): Boys’ School R’ Meir Bal Haness 2
Gan Chani (5 Yr. old): Boys’ School R’ Meir Bal Haness 2
The daily schedule of the gans is 8:00 AM-1:30 PM Sunday through Thursday. 8:00-12:00 PM on Fridays. There is an option for Tzaharon/ afternoon program until 3:45 PM (Mon.-Thurs.), free of cost, in all of the ganim. A hot fleishig (Badatz hechsher) lunch is served daily. Part of the program includes: crafts, music, drama and English.
The boys’ and girls’ gans are on the same yearly schedule as the girls’ school, including the regular two month summer vacation. School begins Sept 1st and ends June 30th.
There is a day camp run by the preschool during the month of July for a minimal cost.
The curriculum for the ganim is as follows.
The children in the boys’ and girls’ gans learn about the chagim, the parsha of the week, the world around them, seasons, special topics, basic math etc arts and crafts. There is a music teacher who comes once a week to stimulate the children through rhythm and movement. There is daily time spent in outdoor play with playground equipment and seasonal gardening activities
In the boys’ gans, reading is taught, beginning with letter recognition in the three year old gan. By the time the boys go into first grade they are already reading.
The girls’ gans do not emphasize reading in the same way, rather they teach letter recognition in gan chovah and holistic word recognition. (Proper reading skills are taught in first grade.) .
The boys’ and girls’ gans are taught by trained and experienced preschool teachers. These women are graduates of Bais Yaakov seminaries and have Israeli Board of Education degrees. Many of them have been with the school for quite a lot of successful years.
**School bus service has been offered in the past years. There are separate school buses to and from Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph and Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel with adult supervision.