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Hi everyone! I should probably start off by introducing myself. I'm Rachel, and I have a 3yo DD, Leah. Expecting #2 in August!
It is getting close to the time for preschool for DD. I am wanting to put her in a Jewish preschool (like at the JCC or JCYS). DH is okay with it (he's a born and raised Catholic), as neither of us are very religious. To be honest, I haven't really practiced, and come from a mixed religion household too. My dad was Catholic. I consider myself Jewish, as my mom is. Anyway.. has anyone here been through this yet? It is a bit expensive (private preschool typically is), but important for me. I'd really like DD to learn about religion and G-d and I'd like to raise her Jewish.
Any pluses or minuses of Jewish preschool that you can think of??
Both of my sisters were brought up within the Jewish Day schools and they absolutely loved them (they are now 16 and 20) .. to this day they volunteer there. They really had an amazing experience with the one they attended.
__________________ My boys are beautiful and look forward to meeting the new member of our family
My older children both attended the Hebrew Acadamy's preschool and loved it. Early education was stressed more than many of the other preschools but it was a very warm and caring enviroment as well. The preschool was divided with some children having a strict religious curriculum, mainly for the orthodox Jews and a curriculum with a bit less emphasis on religious training for the conservative and reform Jews. I plan on starting my youngest child in the 2 half-days program when he's 2. It was quite a bit more expensive than most of the other preschools but I think it was well worth it. My children didn't continue their schooling at the Hebrew Acadamy and were enrolled in public school when they reached kindergarten.
I am looking into only jewish preschools although my DH and I are not very religious. I am leaning toward one that is very conservative. It seems really great. My DH and I will have to read some kosher and judiasm for dummies book to keep up with what my son will learn. It seems like a great place healthy snacks, learning about charity, baking challah on fridays. I like the idea that they only learn about jewish holidays they have the rest of their lives t be inundated with everything Christian which America has become.
Good luck with all your choices.
Any suggestions of books that might be good to learn more about my religion. I have till sept to brush up