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Temple Shalom Nursery School

175 Temple Street
Newton, MA 02465

(617) 969-5521


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Temple Shalom Nursery School is committed to creating a warm, caring environment that is welcoming to both the child and his/her parents. We acknowledge the varied backgrounds and orientations of our families. Because we are dedicated to fostering the development of the whole child, we believe that building a partnership with parents is an important component for creating a positive school experience. In addition to daily interactions, weekly newsletters and parent teacher conferences, parents are encouraged to volunteer in the school and be part of what we do in the classroom.

A Typical Day

In both the Toddler (Dubonim) Class and the 3 and 4 year old (Parparim) Class, children develop a sense of caring and a feeling of family. They benefit from each others’ experiences, learn from one another and develop relationships based on shared interests rather than age or gender. The combination of small group and large group experiences accommodates the different needs and abilities of each child while retaining the benefits of a wider community.

Meeting individual and group needs through a multi-age group structure is a unique component of the 3 and 4 year old Class.

Through the use of a separate space, the Trans-K (Kokhavim) Class provides more in-depth exploration to enhance the emerging skills of the older four to five year old.

Our curriculum provides theme-oriented, developmentally appropriate learning experiences that support the social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth of each child. Through circle time, free play, snack time and time on the playground, children are encouraged to take turns, develop their cognitive skills, express their ideas and experiment.

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 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