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Temple Emanu-el Preschool

1010 University Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126

(408) 293-8660


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: 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
  • manipulatives (matching, opposites, etc)
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • counting games, number recognition, 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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • cd's, music class
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
Other subjects taught Our children learn about the Jewish holidays, values and tradition. Hebrew is added into all classrooms.

From the Director:

Though many areas are teacher-led, each child has the ability to chose what they would like to participate in.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We work with our children on an individual basis so we can be assured of meeting their individual needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our goal is to provide all children with an environment that helps them to thrive. We work hard to create a love of learning in every child and a sense of confidence that will allow the child to grow. Our children and staff feel as though they are part of a big family with the love and acceptance that we all need.

A Typical Day

Our day begins with a story time.

Children then take part in morning circle, snack, work time, recess, free choice, music, lunch and a finally story time.

Some of our children will leave at noon and others will stay all day.

The afternoon is filled with art, story, circle, recess and more!!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The teachers make a daily connection with parents as often as possible.

Student evaluations are sent home each year and parents have an open door policy to meet with the director.

Open house, family dinners and family activities all encourage an open relationship.

We will assist parents as requested to seek the best education for each child.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child is individual, after speaking in advance with parents we will come up with a plan of action.