Congregation B'nai Israel

2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 | (203) 336-1858 | |

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Class Enrichment Descriptions

enrichments 1Yoga:

The goal of Yoga is to promote harmony through movement and breath in the form of play and creative activity. We use Yoga and the body as the springboard to learning. Come join us for a fun-filled enrichment class with Yoga activities for children. Taught by Miss Louisa.

enrichments 2Art:

Discover great artists like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Picasso and many more.  Immerse yourself in Abstract Expressionism, Impressionism and Realism. Travel back in time through various centuries and countries and explore you hidden talents. This will be a creative kind of experience with the emphasis on process, not product. Many of the medium we will delve into will be non-traditional.  Unleash your child’s full potential! Taught by one of our wonderful ECEC teachers.


An exciting program for little hands and inquisitive minds! Each week we will explore different areas of science; chemical reactions, our body, weather, magnets, senses, etc. Related stories will further enhance this class. Taught by one of our wonderful ECEC teachers.

enrichments 5Gymnastics/Sports:

Please join Miss Cathy and Miss Harriet (formerly of the JCC gymnastics and swim program) for some fun this year. Our classes are great for improving motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and building self-confidence.

GYMNASTICS – Tumbling, gymnastics, balance, jumping, games, and loads of fun!!!!

SPORTS – Soccer, tennis, kickball, baseball, bowling, and many more and loads of fun!!!!

(Water games weather permitting.)

enrichments 4Kung Fu:

Pre-School Kung Fu is an introductory course to the martial arts using positive reinforcement. Classes will stress a non-violernt lifestyle, so important to today’s young people. Classes include kicking and blocking drills, and other techniques promoting strength, balance, and hand-eye and foot-eye coordination. Students will gain confidence, flexibility and discipline from the class.  Taught by an instructor from Steve DeMasco Shaolin Studios.


The American Ballet Theatre National Dance Curriculum Guidelines for Dancers outline the role of the teacher for preschool children as:

“The dance teacher’s main task is to make class fun and keep things simple.  Encourage children to explore new ways to move their bodies. Be sure to share in the fun, keeping in mind that the primary reason children participate in dance is to enjoy themselves, improve skills and be with friends.”

Part of each class is dedicated to creative movement and song; their favorite may be the “Princess Song” or “The Butterfly Dance.” Every pre-ballet/tap and ballet/tap program uses singing and movement as a device to enhance interaction between dancers, music, voice and movement, in addition to it being fun and something special and consistent that is part of their experience. Taught by a dance teacher from Connecticut Dance.

legoLet’s Build:

Legos, bristle blocks, wood blocks, cardboard bricks, sugar cubes, straws, tubes, etc. All are exciting building materials that we will use during this awesome class. Taught by one of our wonderful ECEC teachers.


Taught by Michael Beitman, who has worked as an instructor at Trumbull Racquet Club.  Most recently he has been with Fairfield County Tennis and head tennis pro in Easton.  Michael brings to the court years of expertise, enthusiasm for the sport and his friendly demeanor to teach and encourage young tennis players. Michael has completed many training certificates for working with children of all ages. We are very excited to offer this new enrichment class this year.

Rolling in Dough:

Let’s get messy!! Each week we will mix, stir, pour and knead as we make different sorts of dough. We will learn to follow recipes and create dough that can be played with and dough that we can eat for a yummy treat. Taught by Laura Mahoney.

Story Time

Bookworms wanted! Come join in the fun as we enjoy new books and old favorites. We will read a different story each week and enrich it with crafts, cooking activities, songs and finger plays. Taught by Laura Mahoney.