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Congregation Shomrei Emunah

67 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042

(973) 746-5031


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Preschool Program of Congregation Shomrei Emunah is committed to fostering the social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of young children in a nurturing and creative setting. We believe that learning takes place best in a stimulating environment where children are able to establish a true sense of mastery and autonomy through an integrated curriculum incorporating process-oriented activities and open play.
We recognize that children are individuals who grow at their own pace, and acknowledge their individual accomplishments. The Preschool Program of Congregation Shomrei Emunah provides an atmosphere that promotes a positive sense of self, caring relationships with others, and an understanding of our responsibilities to each other as part of a larger community.
As a Jewish program, we are dedicated to giving our children positive Jewish identity through a curriculum that incorporates learning about Jewish traditions, holidays and values. By teaching young children to be confident explorers and learners, we can best prepare them for their future. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Daily Life :
Indoor play:
Supervised free play period in which there is access to free art, housekeeping and doll play, puzzles and table toys, large building toys and discovery tables, with emphasis on sharing and independence. This time is also important in developing language, social skills and motor coordination.
Art reinforces the themes presented as well as encourages the child's creativity. In addition to the daily structured project, the children are encouraged to explore their imagination with tracing, drawing, coloring, cutting, designing, etc.
Music and fingerplays:
Singing, dancing, marching, and playing musical instruments enables us to direct the children's energy and helps them to learn through repetition. In addition to some preschool favorites, we often incorporate classical music into our day.
Class time:
The lesson of the day is presented to expand our children's understanding of the theme through different methods.
Active / Outdoor play:
Supervised free play helps develop large muscle coordination, strength, balance, and social skills.
Storytime and drama:
This quiet time helps to stimulate imagination, listening and communication skills, as well as to develop a love for reading and appreciation for literature.
Field trips:
Trips help the children to increase the understanding of our unit themes and enjoy learning.
Excerpted from the preschool's website