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Temple Solel Early Childhood Center

3575 Manchester Ave.
Encinitas, CA 92007

(760) 944-1285


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Providing for the total well being of each child, our Early Childhood Center creates a loving, nurturing environment, nourishing a natural transition from the home to the outside world. We stimulate our children's curiosity through appealing to the senses, instilling the confidence to attempt challenges and awakening a lifetime love of learning in a Jewish environment.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Number sense, play money & signs cubes, elastic bands, magnets
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Globes
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music instructor 1x/month, 1x week music for Shabbat
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Science, Music, Yoga, P.E. Hebrew/Vocab

From the Director:

Our Early Childhood Center provides: -Equal emphasis on cognitive, creative, physical, social and spiritual areas -Environment encouraging exploration, creativity and self-discovery -Activity centers providing opportunities for choice -Variety and flexibility built into the schedule -Respect for developmental tasks and learning styles -Socialization and opportunities for learning to relate in a positive way -Maintaining a healthy balance between structured and free activities -Jewish culture and identity are integrated into all aspects of the program -Shabbat, Holiday celebrations and introduction to Hebrew language and prayers

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our classes are small enough so that if early intervention is required, we can make parents aware of it. Teachers have the ability of working one or two on one with young children who are advanced in reading as well as printing (we have some children who begin to read at age 4).

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our school is based on the belief that the first six years of a child's life are crucial because the foundations for all later development are formed during these early years, and the building blocks of self-concept, cognitive development and motor skills are established. Our program respects and safeguards the needs of our children, addressing the development of the whole child. A stimulating child-centered environment designed to enhance creativity also provides the opportunity for choices on the part of the child. The building of self-esteem and freedom of expression are encouraged by creating opportunities for exploration in all sensory areas. An individualized developmental approach supports the ways in which young children learn and respects each child's own unique rhythm of readiness for tasks, as well as individual learning styles.

A Typical Day

Our program includes daily circle and small group time in age level classrooms. During these planned activity times, children focus on cognitive skills including math, language, and pre-reading activites in a personalized setting.

Organized group times alternate with free play and quiet times.

During activity center time, children can choose their activities from the variety of centers. Creativity and socialization are the key elements in this period, as children are able to mix freely and gravitate to the activity of their choice. Activity centers include, but are not limited to, art, science, manipulatives, block building, imaginative play and book area.

The morning program ends with lunch. You can choose to bring lunch from home or purchase it from the Early Childhood Center.

Children who stay after 1:00pm enjoy a wide assortment of enrichment activities. Specialists come to the school and offer extra-curricular events. In addition, the afternoon Yeladim program is available from 1:00pm until 4:00pm daily. Children will engage in playing, singing, art projects, quiet time, and supervised outdoor play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers speak with parents on a daily basis during drop off/pick. Class and director have weekly newsletter. Formal teacher conferences twice a year. Open door policy for class and the director.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Staggered start dates with small groups of children. Teachers always work with parents on what works best for the child on a case by case basis.