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Orach Chaim Nursery School

1459 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

(212) 722-6566


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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
Language       more

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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
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • tape/disc recorder
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Our center is based on Jewish holidays and Torah values. Many of the activities are based on the holidays and Bible stories.

From the Director:

Many of our activities are teacher led, however children are not required to participate and are often observers rather than active participants.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To continue to grow and learn in a warm encouraging environment with Jewish values and ethics; catering to the whole child and his/her individual needs. They learn to share and develop strengths necessary in their lives. They learn these values with music, art, story, and play.

A Typical Day

Free play
Outdoor play
Structured activity
Free play
Circle time
Free play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents always have an opportunity to speak with teacher/director by phone or in person

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year