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Kehillath Israel Nursery School

384 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

(617) 731-9006


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Children learn by exploring, doing, and practicing. The play space is organized into different activity areas that invite and encourage investigation and discovery in the many areas of the curriculum. The curriculum is very broad-based. Children participate in drama, art projects, science and discovery, math, problem solving, creative thinking, and literacy activities. Visiting specialists teach music and creative movement, and special activities are provided to help children develop fine and large motor skills. Time is provided each day for the children to play in the school's private playground, which is specifically designed for preschoolers. The program is designed to encourage social and emotional development and to incorporate experiences and activities that focus on the children's particular interests and needs. Judaic teaching is an intrinsic part of the school's curriculum and is woven into every aspect of the children's experience and learning. The children also learn about Judaism, Shabbat, and holidays through stories, song, and dance. KINS will provide your toddler or preschool child with a warm, engaging, high quality program, which prepares children for the social-emotional and intellectual demands of their future education while providing families with a uniquely caring, Jewishly-diverse community.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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 Imagination Runs Wild: This creative movement program meets weekly and is designed for children to channel their energy in a safe and captivating way. Classes are based on weekly themes which include music and props that encourage children to us their imaginations. Every child will build confidence, strength, and eye-hand coordination when participating in this fun-filled activity.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Kehillath Israel Nursery School seeks to foster the growth of the whole child in every area of development: social, emotional, physical, intellectual, creative, and Judaic. We give our toddler and preschool children the opportunity to play, grow, develop, and learn in a safe and caring environment.

The children are treated with respect, and in return are asked to be respectful of others. Friendship skills, problem solving, and enhancement of their self-esteem are built into all their daily interactions at school. Most importantly, the school encourages children to pursue their own interests and develop at their own speed.

The children learn the joy of Judaism through both festive and educational activities.

The school facilities are exceptionally well-equipped to provide children with an intellectually stimulating environment. Within this environment the children are given limits, structure, support, and guidance to help them grow and develop.

A Typical Day

Arrival Time (parents can do an activity with their child)
Circle Time (teaching)
Choice time ( interest centers in the classroom include art, sensory, writing/literacy, blocks, library, sand/water table, easel, puzzles, put-togethers, science/discovery, games, math; interest areas in the socio-dramtic play room include dress up, loft, kitchen and food items, large blocks, large vehicles, tools, dolls, etc.)
Movement Circle
Story, music class, or movement class
Playground (or indoor space with vehicles, balls, scooters, tumbling mats)
Goodbye song
Dismissal or Lunch Bunch
Classroom Activity

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Early in the fall we call parents to let them know about their child's adjustment to school. In the late fall the school arranges conferences with each family. Open channels of communication between parent and school lead to mutual sharing and understanding of goals and concerns. Throughout the year we invite parents to keep in close communication. The staff call parents again in the spring to update them on their child's progress. In addition, two comprehensive progress reports are issued during winter and late spring. Teachers or parents may request additional conferences at any time.

Weekly newsletters are emailed to let parents know about the week's classroom activities and what is planned for the next week.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year