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Mishkon Tephilo's Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool

201 Hampton Avenue
Venice, CA 90291

(310) 396-7733


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Philosophy & Approach

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 'Through Shabbat and the celebration of all the Jewish Holidays, our children internalize our Jewish values and traditions. Songs, Israeli dances, Hebrew vocabulary, stories and Jewish moral development help to accomplish this.' -- Extracted from the Mishkon Tephilo Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool website

From the Director:

'The materials we use vary in complexity and diversity, challenging the children as they develop skills and understanding. Children need years of play with real objects and events before they are able to understand the meaning of symbols such as letters and numbers. Learning takes place as young children interact with other people. They learn with all of their senses, tactilely and through experimentation. Concepts and language skills gradually develop throughout a child's first few years, enabling children to understand more abstract and symbolic information. An enriching and challenging selection of books are on hand and music appreciation is shared. A variety of paper, water-based paints, markers and other materials provide avenues for creative expression. Large muscle equipment, field trips, classroom responsibilities and problem-solving opportunities with other children and adults round out some of the learning that is experienced at Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool. Other basic learning materials and activities in our curriculum include manipulative games, dramatic play props (such as those used for the housekeeping and transportation centers,) sand, water play, play dough (and their accessories), table and unit blocks, puzzles with varying number of pieces, board games and a variety of science investigation equipment and items to explore.' -- Extracted from the Mishkon Tephilo Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

'The goal of our preschool is to provide a warm, nurturing Jewish environment in which our children can develop to their fullest potential. We support, guide and stimulate the growth of each child, individually, in the following areas: social, emotional, spiritual, cognitive, creative and physical. This is achieved through developmentally appropriate activities including: arts & crafts, literature, dramatic play, music, dance, movement, tumbling, science and cooking. Additionally, our Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool aims to help our children become independent learners who are able to solve problems and cope with our ever-changing world. We encourage our children to explore and develop their sense of curiosity about the world around them through hands-on experiences. Our children are given ample opportunity to play, share, cooperate, and build self-confidence and esteem.' -- Extracted from the Mishkon Tephilo Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool website

Home-School Connection

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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Handling Separation: From the Director

'The first few days of preschool are very exciting for parent and child, but it can also be a difficult time. However eager your child seems to begin preschool, there will be a moment when s/he realizes that you are not going to be there. The apprehension that accompanies that realization is a normal one, for both of you. Most children have little difficulty adjusting to preschool; nevertheless, a gradual separation is important to assure a smooth transition. The staff of Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool is committed to giving you support and time to make this adjustment period as pleasant as possible.' -- Extracted from the Mishkon Tephilo Susan Sims Bodenstein Preschool website