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The Pre School At Temple Emanuel

1101 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

(856) 489-0034


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
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • computer
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • graphs,weights,measuring material
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
  • scheduled music program
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Conversational Hebrew Yoga Fitness

From the Director:

We also incorporate trips and visitors to supplement our curriculum. In addition we incorporate a project approach or a long term study throughoout the year.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers continuously observe and evaluate children and determine goals for each child. They work with the children individually and in small groups using interesting and motivating materials.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe in the value of play. Through play, children consolidate their understanding of their physical, intellectual, social and emotional skills, their language and their world.

Our primary goal is to meet the diverse needs of each child by paying close attention to his/her developmental level, interests and strengths. Children are given numerous opportunities to gain mastery in many areas at their own pace. Our environment will be rich, varied, dynamic and fluid, in order to support the ever changing and developing needs of each child. Our teachers let children know that their opinions and ideas are highly valued in classrooms where each child learns about his/her own uniqueness and self-worth. Children are guided to problem solve, to appreciate one another, to play cooperatively and gain appropriate levels of independence and success.

Another important goal of the Pre-School is to convey to each child a strong feeling of self- worth, love of learning and a strong Jewish identity. Our Judaic program is based on ritual, values, customs and holiday celebrations. We are committed, however, to respecting and validating the cultural and religious background of each child and family. Respect for one another, individual dignity and self-worth are fostered. Our staff sets limits in positive ways, guiding children toward appropriate social behaviors and moral understanding. Conflicts are viewed as an opportunity to help children develop meaningful ways to solve problems. Our task is to nurture the child's social development, to help him or her participate constructively in peer relationships and to teach the language of cooperation, negotiation and compromise.

Parents are our partners in the process of educating children. Ongoing channels of communication are provided and encouraged. Our school recognizes the importance of building strong relationships among parents, staff and children. Staff development and parent involvement contribute to the overall success of our program. Children do not need to be potty trained to attend our 2 or 3-year old programs. Our state of the art classrooms lend themselves to the attainment of our goals. Our school, classrooms and minds are always open to what is best for our children.

The Pre-School at Temple Emanuel welcomes all to attend and does not discriminate regarding race, creed or religion. We cherish all children.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Table top play upon arrival
Morning Meeting/Circle
Free Play
Clean up/Circle Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We offer ongoing parenting programs so that parents can incorporate the behavioral methods that we use in our school. Each class has their own web-site which provides the parents with reminders, updates, information and pictures of their children engaged in activities. Each parent receives a monthly calendar of events and a letter from the teacher talking about what was accomplished during the month and what will happen the next month. We have a school web-site and send each parent a weekly e-mail. We greet them each day at the door and the director's door is always open!


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We give the parents lots of support and instruction to ease separation. We comfort the child and reassure him/her continually that mommy will be back. We offer fun and engaging activities as a distraction. We will shorten his day if necessary and keep in constant communication with the parent.