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Temple Isaiah Preschool

10345 W. Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

(310) 553-3552


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The Temple Isaiah Preschool educational philosophy falls between 'free play with some structure' and 'predominantly teacher-led instruction.'

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
  • Activities to promote literacy; listening centers; games with words.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • graphing, addition, seperation, sorting, manipulative, etc.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • charts, measurment tools.
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
  • Trips to Science Center, farms, animals, Ecostation, etc. and visits from Zoomobile, Bubble Co, Cabrillo Marine Museum, etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Two music teachers, dance, singing, movement.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Children design sets, put on plays, etc.
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
  • Sports teacher
Other subjects taught 'Mensch training' -- a yiddish word for a kind, decent human being -- is one of our main objectives.

From the Director:

Temple Isaiah Preschool cannot only be developmentally appropriate for children, but we must address the needs of both student and staff. Our curriculum materials are designed to facilitate children's construction of knowledge by encouraging them to explore, experiment, problem-solve, and share ideas with one another.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Early Childhood program of Temple Isaiah Preschool integrates the best of early childhood theories and ideas, base on the work of Piaget and Vygotsky, current research into best practices in early childhood education, and NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice guidelines. We use active learning to promote cognitive, social, emotional, physical and creative development. Our children are also provided with a rich Judaic environment in which they can experience and learn about Jewish rituals, customs, celebrations and joys.

A Typical Day

We have a balance of teacher-directed and child-oriented activities. There is a balance of indoor/outdoor play; a balance of academic preparation and early childhood fun...all of which is combined with a lot of parent participation. The daily schedule is a consistent routine that enables children to anticipate what happens next and is prominently displayed in each classroom for children and families to become familar with. Even the smallest children who cannot tell time know that, for example, lunch follows outside time. The daily routine also includes time for small and large group experiences.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open house, provisions of learning goals, parent-teacher conferences, parent education classes, connection to services/activities in the community, annual summaries of student learning, Preschool Parent Association, fundraising, coffee with parents.Every Pre-K teacher is given 5 days off per year to visit (in teams) a minimum of 5 local public and priveate kindergartens to evaluate programs and schools to better education themselves.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • 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

Beginning school is a significant occasion and can be a source of positive growth for everyone involved -- children, parents and teachers. Separation at Temple Isaiah Preschool is done in 3 stages: 1) a parent and child arrive at school and greeted in the classroom; 2) parent will then be seated in a 'SAFE HAVEN' to which a child may occassional return to check in, once the child participates in classroom acitivites and no longer checks in with parents, separation can be achieved; 3) saying goodbye. For more detailed information about the separation process, please see the school's preschool handbook.