Michal Ta'asan Mechinot
"A child is like a seedling, each one needs to be nurtured intensively so that they can flower & reach there maximum potential."
The Mechina, Orot Etzion's pre-school, combines the best elements of kindergarten and cheder. Every Mechina class has both a licensed early-childhood educator and a Rav. The Rav teaches the children to read – at first, one-on-one, then gradually moving to classroom-style instruction as they become more proficient – and studies basic Jewish concepts with the group. The kindergarten teacher introduces basic writing and math skills in addition to art, sports and music. The Mechina student's day is designed to be rich in content and fun. Topics are introduced in small, easily absorbed units that are always combined with experiential activities, stories and play.
The Mechina's rapid growth is a testament to the successful and stimulating programming it offers. Recently, a branch of the Orot Etzion mechina was opened in Neve Daniel and another branch in Alon Shvut.