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Beth Yeshurun Day School

4525 Beechnut Boulevard
Houston, TX 77096

(713) 666-1184


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Although we are best described as 'free play with some structure', we are very much aware of developmental milestones and while respecting individual differences, curriculum is planned accordingly. Our focus is child centered and developmentally appropriate.

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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
  • 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
Other subjects taught We involve the children in story dictation and dramatazation as espoused by Vivian Paley. As Jewish preschool, we teach the Jewish holidays and Jewish values are infused in all we do.

From the Director:

We believe that children construct their knowledge of the world around them through exploration, experimentation, and play. Our teachers act as facilitators, scaffolding the children's learning by asking questions, creating classroom environments with stimulating materials, and posing greater challenges. The children's interests are always taken into account.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Beth Yeshurun Day School provides an outstanding academic and spiritual foundation that inspires a life long love of learning. Working in partnership with families, our school celebrates the unique potential of each and every child. We are committed to the development of each child's strengths and to building a healthy sense of self.

A Typical Day

Children can either be walked into school by a parent or dropped off in our carpool line. Either way, they are greeted each morning at the door by the Preschool Principal. They have a morning circle time where they talk about the unit or theme and tell 'Daily News', have approximately 45 minutes of center time, where among other things, an art activity is available, enjoy a snack, go to 'Music and Movement' class play on the playground and have a closing circle including a story.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an Open House immediately prior to school starting. Notes are sent home weekly, and parents are welcome to call teachers or schedule meetings at any time. Additionally, two formal Parent-Teacher Conferences are held each year, one in November and one in March. We also have an extensive parent volunteer program, where parents are invited to volunteer and help out in their child's classroom.We do encourage the family to stay at Beth Yeshurun, but we always provide advice and support.

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
  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We individualize the separation process as needed. As the Principal, I talk with the parents about their and their child's comfort level and experience with separtation. Personally, I believe in a gradual separation after the child has bonded/developed some trust with the new teachers. Parents are welcome to spend time in the classroom, but it is not mandatory.