Kane Street Kids provides a warm, spiritual and open-minded Jewish environment where children learn through play in a secure, structured setting. Each child is nurtured and encouraged to explore and grow socially, cognitively and physically.
When the child arrives, the play and exploration areas are open, the library is open, there are puzzles on one table, art/writing implements on another, and a process-focused art activity is set up on another table.
Teachers greet children and encourage them to choose an activity. Teachers will interact with children in the areas and at the tables, talking about the children's work and their observation.
After about 45 minutes, children clean up and the whole class comes together to participate in circle time which may include a story, movement activities, songs, discussion and observations.The length of the circle-time depends on the mood and needs of the children on that day. As the year progresses, the circle-time typically becomes longer and includes more activities.
Following circle-time, children then have snack-time.
Afterwards, the children go outside to play in the courtyard or they participate in movement activities in the large indoor play area, the social hall. During this time, children participate in teacher-led physical activities and free choice physical play as well.
After about a half hour, the children come upstairs and have a second circle time which includes morning songs and tefillah. Afterwards, some of the play and exploration areas are open, and the children then have lunch together.
Some children then go home at 12:00 PM. The children who stay will now have rest time. We try to respect the children's and parent's needs in terms of rest as much as possible; some children fall asleep and stay sleeping for quite a while, while others just have a quiet time to unwind.
In the afternoon children participate in art activities, movement and music, read books and go outside or to the social hall for large-motor play.
Children in the afternoon have a second snack or continue enjoying their lunches from home if they so wish.
In the morning and in the afternoon, the children receive caring attention and the needs of the child will always be central to the teachers' choices as to the schedule and the activities.