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Stephen S. Wise Temple Nursery School

15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

(310) 889-2248


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • incredible resources to support the language development of early learners
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • abundance of manipulatives for concrete learning
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
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
  • Full time music specialist and time with the cantor weekly during Shabbat Services.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • abundance of work with clay
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
  • Children change play areas daily
Other subjects taught The Jewish Holidays are the foundation of our ECC Program.

From the Director:

Our outstanding staff are trained in the Reggio Emilia approach to learning and allow children the opportunity to create, invent, investigate, and explore their world and the interesting things they find in it!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is an individual at the ECC. Our developmental approach to learning allows for children to grow and change at age appropriate rates. We are well trained in observation, documentation and have opportunities to work with families needing special attention for their child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The ECC at Stephen S. Wise Temple is a developmental program grounded in the Jewish Holidays. We use a Reggio Emilia approach to learning with our young learners. Our program offers families interested in Jewish Education opportunity to participate in a Preschool to 12th grade program starting at 9 months of age.

Our Parenting Program offers Baby & Me classes until age two.

We offer a two-day Two Year Old program or a Three Day Transition Program for children preparing to enter a Full Time Nursery School.

Our school also has a K-6 program on the Temple site, with our Middle and High School Program offered at Milken Community High School of Stephen S. Wise Temple.

A Typical Day

While there is some structure to our day, we allow for children to guide the program as they explore and interact with their projects. There is time for exploration at learning centers, outdoor play, circle time and rest in a typical day in our program.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent Orientations - September Curriculum Night - October Parent Conferences - November/May Weekly Information Packets Monthly Newsletter from Director

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a three day Transition program for children born Jan-April. Parents remain with the children in class while trust is transferred from parent to teacher. Parents slowly begin separating. Once total separation is achieved, parents can increase hours of school from 9:30-11:30 to 9-12 or 9-2. The program remains three days all year long (MWF)