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Central Synagogue May Family Nursery School

123 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022

(212) 838-5122


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Philosophy & Approach

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • "In addition, a 'Book Looks' library program has been introduced. Classes visit the Synagogue library and share a reading time with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment." (SOURCE: website)
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
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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  • "Once a week, a music and movement specialist works with each of our groups." (SOURCE: website)
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

"Our activities emphasize intellectual development through exploration and experimentation, development of fine and gross motor skills through classroom and outdoor play, and development of social skills." (SOURCE: website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"At the May Family Nursery School, we see each child as a unique individual. Our program is designed to maximize the development of the whole child - intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally. The children encounter many learning opportunities and challenges in a stimulating and happy Jewish environment. We believe that the learning process is fundamentally a cooperative effort involving teachers, parents and students.

A visit to our school will reveal that this spirit of cooperation and respect is successfully achieved through the mutual efforts of teachers and students. Parental support and involvement are significant factors in creating this dynamic educational experience."

(SOURCE: website)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

"In an effort to establish positive beginnings, our teachers make home visits to the children shortly before the start of school. We are sensitive to the need for gradual separation between young children and their parents during the early weeks of school." (SOURCE: website)