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Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy

645 14th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 752-7333


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

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
  • Counters, colored blocks, etc.
Time & space more

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

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  • Musical instruments
  • CD
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
  • 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 We offer once a week physical education program.

From the Director:

The nursery's primary focus is on developing basic social skills (such as sharing, conflict resolution, self esteem and the importance of general hygiene), as well as verbal skills (such as the ability to communicate basic needs to peers as well as adults, vocabulary enhancement and beginning grammar development). PRE-KINDERGARTEN The pre-kindergarten builds on the social and verbal skills acquired in nursery and starts to emphasize beginning academics such as reading and math readiness. Concepts learned in nursery are expanded upon and new concepts are introduced. The development of fine motor skills necessary for printing and writing begun in nursery are a continuing focus through manipulative play and art projects.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The preschool, which includes nursery, pre-kindergarten, is the beginning of an individualized education with the recognition that no two children are alike. Students are able to learn and succeed at their own pace. Children develop confidence in their own abilities. Everyone's contribution is valued. There is a love of learning and a sense of security in the classroom where students begin to be given the ability to express their feelings verbally.

From the beginning, students are given pride in their Jewish heritage so that this legacy and the practice of it is an important and natural part of their lives. Our youngest students learn by taking joyful part in holidays and customs. They learn to say simple prayers and blessings every day, a practice which continues and develops throughout their school years.

The classrooms are set up with play stations providing a way of learning important socialization skills. There are field trips and art and music projects as well as dramatic play where even the youngest students learn to express themselves creatively. The kindergarten program offers reading and writing in both Hebrew and English and math readiness for those children who are ready. As the students continue through the program, learning becomes as natural and valuable as breathing. There is an excellent after school program for the pre-schoolers whose parents need day care.

A Typical Day

8:30-9:00AM Arrival

9:00-09:45AM Free Play

09:45-10:00AM Clean Up

10:00-10:30AM Circle time

10:30AM Snack Time

10:40-11:00AM Lesson

11:00-11:30AM Art or Cooking Project

11:30-12:00 Noon Outdoor Play

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:30PM Nap or Rest

1:30-2:30PM Outdoor Play

2:30-2:45PM Snack

2:45-6:00PM Day Care


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on