The Temple Emanu-El Preschool provides a safe, nurturing and supportive environment in a Jewish setting. Our program promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children while responding to the needs of the families.
The curriculum emphasizes learning as an interactive process where children learn through a concrete, play-oriented approach. Children learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, with other children, and with materials. The teaching staff designs the curriculum based on their observations of the children and their reflections of those observations.
We emphasize learning over time and through real life skills. In this way we create a curriculum that is meaningful and relevant to the children in our program. Children are given the opportunity to explore, question, practice, and pretend in order to discover the world around them. The curriculum fosters inquiry so that children learn about the world in an emergent fashion that follows their interests and what is relevant to their lives.
The practices of kindness, listening and inclusion are demonstrated and encouraged by adults so that children learn to take responsibility for themselves, each other, their work and their classroom. Each child is viewed as a unique person with an individual pattern of growth and development. Different levels of ability, development, and learning styles are expected and accepted, and used to design appropriate activities.
The curriculum and adult's interactions are responsive to individual differences in ability and interests. Activities provided are both directed and non-directed and designed to promote independence and self-esteem. A caring and supportive teaching staff supervises and interacts with the children in a warm and secure learning environment.
The program takes place within a framework based on the values and celebrations traditional to our Jewish heritage and consistent with excellent principles in Early Childhood Education.
The children experience a balance of active and focused play, small-group and large group experience. They go outdoors at least once per day. We always emphasize tactile and sensory learning, so there is plenty of opportunity to work with open-ended materials. We emphasize the value of routines with snack, toileting and transitions accruing at similar times everyday. We celebrate Shabbat every week and Jewish Holidays.