Early Childhood

Associate Principal, Early Childhood, Rachel Bahar

BCDS Department Head - Rachel Bahar

Rachel Bahar
Associate Principal, Early Childhood
Email: rbahar@bcds.org

The early childhood years at Bi-Cultural mark each child’s entrance into a magical world of learning, caring, and sharing.  Warmth, love and positivity infuse the early childhood classrooms with joy and stir a sense of wonder, inviting our children to welcome the world that is opening up before them.

Our thematic program embraces multi-layered experiences that awaken curiosity and motivate a desire to know more. Through music, rhyme, storytelling and games, Bi-Cultural students tap into the sphere of critical thinking in all disciplines. Children learn through play as they develop social interactions, language skills, problem solving, and creative ideas. Dressing up, playing with puppets, and dramatizing are everyday experiences that inspire the imagination of our youngsters.  Our enriched curriculum in general and Jewish studies at Bi-Cultural Day School increases the cognitive development of all children while nurturing inherent talents and interests.

Each and every day, students learn and practice Jewish values and ethics (midot) that include kindness (chesed), respectful behavior (derech eretz) and good deeds (mitzvot).  Through immersion in Hebrew language, our youngsters connect with their Jewish identity as well as the land of Israel.  They learn to acknowledge and respect differences in others, whether physical or cultural. Bi-Cultural children love being who they are, as Jews and as Americans, because they are imbued with standards of behavior that are the foundation of lifetime character development and good citizenship.

Bi-Cultural Day School prides itself on differentiated instruction.  Our focused and explicit small group instruction provides the framework for children to experience success and reach their limitless potential.  Our teachers’ continuous support, praise, encouragement and recognition of achievement effectively build each child’s self-confidence.  There is a Hebrew Proverb that states, “A child is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit.”  Our children are filled with pride, with smiles, with laughter, and with love of learning that ignites their world and inspires them to reach for, and illuminate the stars.