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Chai-Tots Preschool

70 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 499-0836


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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
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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
  • scales, flash cards, counting charts
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • lego, tunnels, mats
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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 Jewish Holiday, Hebrew Alphabet & Language,

From the Director:

Children are encouraged to use their senses to explore, experiment, and use their imaginations. Our staff works with each child to help develop his/her self-esteem through problem solving, encouraging self-expression and offering positive reinforcement.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because of our teacher-student ratio, our teachers are able to work with all of our students at their own individual levels.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our goal at Chai Tots Preschool is to make learning interesting, exciting, and stimulating through a hands-on approach. We provide for physical, intellectual and emotional growth through drama, visual aides, manipulatives, puppets and the use of centers within the classroom. Children are encouraged to use their senses to explore, experiment, and use their imagination to the fullest. We have developed our program to encourage each child to be a learner rather than a performer. A performer does everything to please others; a learner is excited about the world around him and is eager to explore it.

A Typical Day

Children are greeted by the teacher
Free play-centers
Circle time
Music and movement
Snack and story time
Theme of the week
Outside play
Judaic Learning - (Alphabet or Holiday)
Circle time

Afternoon children
Circle time
Letter of the week
Outside play
Science incorporating the letter of the week, Story time
Circle time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open House, Parent teacher meetings, teachers call home to talk with parents and parents can call the teachers to find out about their child

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have home visits before the school year starts.