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Simcha Jewish Preschool

3055 Porter Gulch Rd
Aptos, CA 95003-2703

(831) 479-3449


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"As a nationally accredited preschool program, our curriculum, adult-child interactions and home/school relationships are based on developmentally appropriate practice as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Developmentally appropriate practice requires that teachers know about the various stages of child development and the implications of this knowledge. This knowledge then becomes the premise from which they teach, construct their curriculum content, assess what to implement and when, assess what children have learned and how to adapt their curriculum and instruction to continually meet children's changing individual strengths, needs, and interests. Further, they must know the particular children they teach and their families and be knowledgeable as well about the social and cultural context. In order to maintain developmentally appropriate practice, we have constructed a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment, and are continuously building a flexible, adaptable curriculum based on both teacher and child initiated themes and activities. In developing our curriculum, we consider both the typical developmental milestones that occur at each stage of a child's life as well as each child's individual strengths, interests and needs. Thus children practice newly acquired skills as well as having a chance to work at their individual capacity. We have worked hard to balance our environment and curriculum to meet the physical, social, emotional and cognitive developmental needs of each child, while responding to the individual needs of our families. Our goal in this is to promote children's ability to develop their sense of self as a competent learner, and as a part of a community."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:30 – 8:45: Before school care, provided in room 8 for our early arrivals. Children who arrive early engage in free play activities, early morning snack, and small group time.
8:45 – 9:15: Morning arrivals, families check in with teachers and each other, sign in their children to the appropriate classroom binder, and leave phone numbers and any other important notes for the day.
9:15 – 10:15: Morning activities, special projects with teachers, free choice play and caregiving.
10:15 – 11:00: Clean-up time, morning snack, circle time, and Shabbat celebration (on Thursdays & Fridays).
11:00 – 12:00: Outdoor activities and exploration with special outdoor projects for the older children. Classrooms sometimes join each other for play during this time.
12:00 – 12:15: Children head back inside the classrooms for clean up, and circle time.
12:15 – 12:45: Lunch, followed by clean up and diaper changes for the younger children, and turns to go to the bathroom for the older children.
12:45 – 1:00: Morning children get ready to go home, families arrive to pick up their children, families check in with teachers. Also, full day children get ready for nap/rest time.
1:00 – 2:00: Full day children are offered a nap or rest. Nappers lie down on their mats with their nap room teachers and listen to lullabies as they fall asleep. Children who do not nap go outside with the afternoon teachers. Afternoon children arrive and greet with the afternoon teachers, outdoor play or inside project time is offered.
2:00 – 3:00: Rest and then snack are offered to the children who have not taken a nap. Sleeping children begin to wake and eat snack with their peers. Diaper changes and turns to sit on the toilet happen after snack.
3:00 – 3:15: The rest of the napping children are gently woken up for snack. Children use the toilet or get a diaper change, inside and outside play is offered. 3:15 – 5:30: Outside and inside time is offered, children get ready to go home. Families arrive to pick up their children, and help their children to clean up what they are doing and go home. STAFFING Our teachers are highly trained and experienced early chil"
Excerpted from the preschool's website