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Beth Shir Sholom Preschool

1827 California Avenue
Santa Monica , CA 90403

(310) 829-2517


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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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught 'Beth Shir Sholom Preschool acknowledges and respects the diversity of our children, while emphasizing Jewish values of family, community, caring, joy, tradition and rituals. Through music, holiday celebrations and learning simple blessings, our children gain pride in the richness of their Jewish heritage, culture and history. Every Friday the children, together with our rabbi, Neil Comess-Daniels and Cantor David Shukiar , welcome Shabbat in our beautiful sanctuary.' -- Extracted from the Beth Shir Sholom Early Childhood Center website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

'At the Early Childhood Center , we believe that child-initiated, child-directed, teacher-supported play is the most important component of our program. Play allows the child to grow physically, emotionally and socially. It is how children learn to negotiate, share, cooperate and respect the rights of others. Our program encourages positive social behaviors such as cooperation, helpfulness, taking turns and problem solving through verbal communication. Children are given many opportunities for experimentation and involvement including cooking, creative arts, woodworking, storytelling and music. Our Gesher class (Transitional Kindergarten) marks an important transition from pre-school to the primary grades. In our developmentally appropriate Gesher class the focus is on the development of the child as a whole. It is a time for our students to expand their love of learning. Their general knowledge, their ability to get along with others, and their interest in reaching out to the world.' -- Extracted from the Beth Shir Sholom Early Childhood Center website

Home-School Connection

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
  • 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