The Micah Children’s Academy Curriculum
Micah Children’s Academy was created with the vision of age appropriate learning programs based on integrating the best of early childhood theories, practice and current research. We have implemented project- based/hands-on approaches and a Jewish values-based curriculum for children ages six weeks through Pre-K. We are 3 Star accredited from the state of Tennessee, which means MCA is operating at the highest standard of quality in education, health, care and overall support of our children.
- Infant 1 and Infant 2: From 6 weeks to approximately 15 months
- Toddlers: From 16 months to 24 months
- Tiny Tots 1: From 24 months to 30 months
- Mini 1: From 30 to 42 monthsMini 2: From 43 to approximately 50 months
- Pre-Kindergarten: From 48 months minimum to eligibility for Kindergarten
Project Based Learning Model
This model of instruction promotes ideas that we feel are essential to learning: project-based learning, representing learning in a variety of ways, and providing children with real-life experiences. Our students not only work via projects, they take time to record what they’ve learned through pictures, photographs, charts and graphs. They display them in the room and use them to review and further their learning. We also support field trips to enhance the learning and work our projects throughout the campus to demonstrate how nature can be a part of our learning environments.
Curriculum based on Jewish Family Values
We create lesson plans each week and each month every classroom relates back to Jewish values and traditions developed in partnership with Rabbis Laurie and Flip Rice of Congregation Micah. The team at Micah works closely with our administration and educators to provide guidance and inspiration around these traditions and events, which provide a programming, and inspiration that the children truly enjoy. Our Judaic Learning Specialist creates fun and interactive opportunities for our children to learn about Jewish traditions based on the annual calendar of Jewish holidays and the weekly celebration of Shabbat called Tot-Shabbat, when all the students join in song together in the main playroom.
Weekly Enrichment Program
We want to go beyond the basics and create an environment where our children can be exposed to a variety of creative and academic programs in addition to our amazing curriculum. We partner with local Nashville partners to provide these programs:
Nature Class (outdoor learning – Toddlers and older)
KidSkills (movement and gymnastics – Toddlers and older)
Library Time (Toddlers and older)
Music (secular and sacred – All Students)
Spanish (immersion – Toddlers and older)
Tot Shabbat (welcoming the Sabbath – all students)