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East Midwood Hebrew Day

1256 East 21st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11210

(718) 253-1555


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

We strive to provide individualized instruction within a prescribed curriculum which encompasses Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Computer Education and Hebrew language arts and Jewish culture. Creative expression is achieved through art, music and physical education.

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
  • Alphabet games, magnetic letters, picture dictionaries, markers, etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Unifix cubes, calendars, cash register, money, attendance, counting forwards and backwards, bundling, grouping
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Geo boards, scheduling, Legos
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
  • Singing and tapes
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Clay, playdoh, collage
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Indoor gym
Other subjects taught Hebrew language, Jewish culture and history.

From the Director:

Within each area, students have ample opportunities for student initiated activities, where children role-play and use accountable talk.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Pre-school program ushers youngsters into an awareness of themselves and others marked by social, emotional and intellectual growth. The Pre-school at the East Midwood Hebrew Day School is part of an entire community of students (Nursery through 8th grade) which strives to develop a knowledge and understanding of the world they live in, enhanced by their Jewish religious and cultural heritage.

A Typical Day

Arrival activities: hanging up jackets, put away lunch boxes, students' sign in.
Independent choice activities.
Clean up
Circle activities: greetings, Good Morning songs, attendance. Prayers, Pledge of Allegiance, Hatikvah, discussion of day's activities. Discussion of pertinent Holiday curriculum.
Clean up
Literacy program
Clean up
Recess: gym or outdoors
Washing up
Group time: calendar, weather , experience chart
Grace after meals
Singing (Curriculum related songs)
Story time and rest time
Math activities
Clean up
Indoor play period or another recess.
Preparation for dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We send out weekly newsletters. We conference with the parents. Informal and formal conferences with parents are done on Open School meetings and as needed via phone and e-mail.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

At first, parents meet with their child and teacher individually for a short session. The first few days of school have a shortened schedule where there focus is on adapting to the new setting. Parents are encouraged to remain in the classroom or the school, for as long as needed. Parental time is diminished each day until the child is no longer in need of such support