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Temple Sinai Preschool

2808 Summit Street
Oakland, CA 94609

(510) 451-3263


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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
  • Stencils, scissors, variety of writing instruments, envelopes, tape, etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Geoboards, unicubes, sorting teddy-bears, etc.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • 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
  • Ongoing science experiments, planting experiences, cooking, etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD Player
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Gluing, collage, stamping, 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
  • Balance beam, basketball hoops, jump ropes, hula-hoops, parachute games
Other subjects taught Cooking, dramatic play, block-building, tactile table experiences, manipulatives (large floor and small) variety of art/creative expression media, sensory exploration, water play, gardening and sandbox

From the Director:

Curriculum is a combination of some emergent, child-directed learning and some teacher-directed learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

TSP provides a play-based, developmentally appropriate Jewish program and curriculum that fosters the social-emotional, cognitive, creative, and physical development of each child. We create an atmosphere of validation of feelings and respect, with the safety, self-esteem, and self-worth of each child is our utmost priority.

A Typical Day

9:00-10:00 - Free play
10:00-10:15 - Clean up/hand washing
10:15-10:30 - Snack time
10:30-10:45 - Group time (circle)
10:45-11:45 - Outdoor playground time
11:45-12:15 - Indoor time (enrichment)/hand washing

12:30-12:50 - Lunch time

12:50-1:00 - Goodbye circle
1:00-1:30 - Aftercare (rest/nap, snack, centers, open project, outdoor time)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We offer Newsletters/memos, Phone calls Informal meetings 2 formal Parent/Teacher Conferences per year Back to School Night (in Fall), Children's Portfolios, Preschool Parent Committee, Parent Education Workshops and Family Events.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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

  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children receive a letter from their teachers over the summer with a photo. Children are encouraged to 'visit' over the summer and have an 'orientation' day with less children. Parents are welcome to stagger drop-off time and stay a bit the first few days. We encourage parents to develop a morning drop-off 'ritual.' We call parents with a check in during the first week of school.