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Temple Emeth Rabbi Zev and Florence Nelson Nursery School

194 Grove Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone:
(617) 469-9459

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Toddlers are very special people and require very special care ... as do toddler parents. Our expert staff concentrates its efforts on easing toddler families through a successful separation process. This is done by creating an atmosphere of warmth and safety for all and treating everyone with gentleness and understanding. Toddlers "work" is play; therefore, much of their time is spent in carefully designed and supervised play. Patiently helping toddlers to take turns, to share, and to express their needs is our goal. Our "curriculum" is to build individual people, inch by inch. The program for 3 year old children is designed to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development of the child. The curriculum includes large group time, small group experiences, creative art activities, cooking, science and nature, stories and songs, games and large muscle activities. We embrace every opportunity that existing in Temple Emeth has to offer. We experience the Jewish holidays, we celebrate the Sabbath, we live a Jewish life. The Temple Emeth preschool program for four year olds builds upon the foundation laid in the previous years and provides even greater opportunities to stimulate a child's intellectual curiosity, feelings of self-esteem, independence and competence for a successful transition into kindergarten, both in grade school and Temple Emeth Religious School.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • 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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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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 Judaism. Judaism is a way of life at Temple Emeth. As each tradition and holiday is introduced, children enjoy the opportunity to participate in the warmth and beauty of the ritual and the celebration. Children experience the sights, the smells, the customs, and the ceremonies first hand. Being in the Synagogue adds a very special flavor.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The purpose of Temple Emeth Nursery School is to provide a program that focuses on the development of the whole child. Each classroom creates a nurturing and secure environment which stimulates exploration, discovery, and learning. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere which fosters the development of a good self-image and a wholesome attitude. The teachers at Temple Emeth emphasize the values of fair play, independence, and self-discipline while instilling self-respect and respect for others.

Judaism is a way of life at Temple Emeth. As each tradition and holiday is introduced, children enjoy the opportunity to participate in the warmth and beauty of the ritual and the celebration. Children experience the sights, the smells, the customs, and the ceremonies first hand. Being in the Synagogue adds a very special flavor.

In the Nursery School we consider ourselves in partnership with parents. We feel privileged to have the responsibility and the pleasure of sharing and caring for your child. Our commitment is two-fold: first, to your youngsters social, emotional and developmental growth, and second, to you as you enter these important, formative years in your child's life.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

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