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Sinai Nursery School

1532 Willowbrae Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

Phone:
(408) 264-8486

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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
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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Manipulatives, Sensory letters, Books
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, Sensory Numbers, Books, Games
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Science corner
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music and Movement with teachers
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
  • 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, trampoline
Other subjects taught At Sinai Nursery School we are modeling and teaching Jewish values. The children prepare for and observe all Jewish holidays and celebrate Shabbat on Friday's with Rabbi Julius. Jewish identity is fostered in an environment of acceptance and pride. Our programs are designed to help children grow towards increasing physical, social and emotional competence. Our primary goal is for all children to feel safe, confident and comfortable in our school. |At Sinai Nursery School we are modeling and teaching Jewish values. The children prepare for and observe all Jewish holidays and celebrate Shabbat on Friday's with Rabbi Julius. Jewish identity is fostered in an environment of acceptance and pride. Our programs are designed to help children grow towards increasing physical, social and emotional competence. Our primary goal is for all children to feel safe, confident and comfortable in our school.

From the Director:

Even though our philosophy encourages free play with some teacher encouragement, we integrate into our curriculum at least 2 sessions of circle time a day, where children are taught how to sit, listen, talk and participate appropriately. We use these periods for teacher directed instruction. Even though our philosophy encourages free play with some teacher encouragement, we integrate into our curriculum at least 2 sessions of circle time a day, where children are taught how to sit, listen, talk and participate appropriately. We use these periods for teacher directed instruction.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We tailor the program to the child rather than tailoring the children to the program.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Sinai Nursery School is a Jewish preschool that functions under the auspices of Congregation Sinai of San Jose.

We believe learning is an active process. Children learn best by doing and experimenting, and it is the teacher's role to provide an environment that is exciting to explore. Our teachers guide children's development by providing hands-on activities that allow children to discover and make conclusions on their own.

We believe a program for young children should respect the individuality of each child and recognize his/her unique needs. Our teachers strive to provide individual learning opportunities and choices to encourage independent thinking and foster self-esteem.

A Typical Day

We offer full/part time programs to children age 2--6

09:00--09:45 Indoor free play, Learning Stations, Art projects

09:45--09:55 Clean Up

10:00--10:20 Circle Time

10:20--10:30 Hand Wash, Toiletting

10:30--10:45 Snack

10:45--11:40 Out door play

11:40--12:00 Circle Time

12:00--12:30 Free Out Door play

12:30--1:00 Hand Wash, Toileting, Lunch

1:05--1:40 Rest time (Children who fall asleep are allowed to sleep as much as they need. We do not wake children up!)

1:40--2:30 Free Indoor Play, Learning stations

2:30--2:40 Clean up

2:40--3:00 Circle Time

3:00--3:20 Hand Wash, Snack

3:20--3:50 Art Projects

3:50--4:30 Free outdoor play

4:30--4:40 Clean Up

4:40--5:40 Indoor learning stations

5:40--6:00 Good bye Circle

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletters
Parent-Teacher conferences
Day to day updating

Different children have different learning styles. We make sure our parents recognize their child's learning style.

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
  • 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

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

Parents are welcome to stay with their children in the morning, or to come and visit any time during the day. Our small teacher-child ratio ensures that children get full attention from their teachers and feel loved and accepted.