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Kane Street Kids

236 Kane Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

(718) 875-1550


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Children are encouraged to explore and learn through doing. Teachers support and enrich this process through individual attention. There is time for individual, small group and large group activities. In all activities, teachers respect the developmental level and needs of the class as a whole, and of each individual child.

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
  • Markers, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, papers of various textures and colors
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Various types of blocks, large and small and of different materials, an abacus, sorting toys of various kinds, toys suitable for forming patterns and manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Large motor skills toys that promote space skills include riding toys, tunnels and the parachute
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Science skills are promoted through block play, and through exploring various objects including vegetables, water, and different textures and sensory objects in a new way
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Varied cd's 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
  • Teachers encourage children to make art out of unexpected items, for example they may paint with pomegranate juice or paint and decorate boxes which are in this manner recycled
Physical activity more

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  • 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
  • Movement items include the parachute, hoops climbing toys which are lower to the ground
Other subjects taught Kane Street Kids is an open-minded and progressive Jewish school. Jewish life and learning, including the blessings, tefillah and celebration of the holidays and Shabbat are part of the curriculum.

From the Director:

All the curriculum areas above are addressed through teacher-led activities, through center play, and throughout the day through choice, exploration, and teacher interaction with individual children, small groups of children and circle-time activities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers help support each child individually and in a group to develop at her/his own pace. Each child is observed, individually and as part of the group, and the teaching staff develops an approach that will help that child develop individually and as part of the group.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

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.

A Typical Day

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.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Communication occurs through weekly newsletters, e-mail, phone, daily face-to-face contact and twice yearly parent-teacher conferences.
This was the first year KSK was open and since we started with two-year-olds, the question of kindergartens was not an active one yet. Next year we will have a three year olds class as well, and the following year there will be a class for four year olds added.
We intend to help parents clarify what type of school will benefit their child and to help them find an appropriate fit.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Teachers make home visits and children are invited to come to KSK prior to the official start of school to get comfortable with the environment. School starts with a shortened day and parents/caregivers must stay nearby and be prepared to come back to Kane Street if need be. Teachers will help parents establish the needs of the particular child.