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Beth Torah Kindergarten & Preschool

720 Lookout Drive
Richardson, TX 75080

(972) 234-1542


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our approach to learning is a combination of teacherled instruction and play-based with some structure.

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
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • centers to enhance science learning
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • music classes
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
  • gymnastics classes
Other subjects taught Computer classes, Hebrew classes, and Drama classes.

From the Director:

Our classromms are center based to give the children choices in their activities. We do teacher-led activities only if necessary and pertinent.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our classes are center based which allows teachers to work with smaller groups to provide more attention to children who are behind or excelling.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to provide families with a safe, secure, Jewish environment and quality educational program. Our goal is to offer social, emotional, physical and intellectual early childhood development that instills the joy of learning and positive self-esteem. We are a conservative preschool housed in a conservative synagogue. Our children start at 18 months and can complete Kindergarten. We have the opportunity for parent involvement. We have a Parent and Child Program for children 12- 18 months. We always look to our Jewish values and heritage and observe all aspects of the Jewish Holiday. We are committed to providing a warm, nurturing, loving environment in which student performance is maximized and student needs are met.

A Typical Day

Children have circle time, centers, art projects, snack, playground, Hebrew, computers, free play, and lunch.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletter and calendars are sent home. Parent Support Groups meet monthly. Parent meeting is held at open house. Parent teacher conferences are held. Weekly information is given at Friday Sabbath Services.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Lots of cuddling and one on one attention is given to children who are having trouble with separation anxiety. We use toys and projects to distract them. Sometimes younger children will be taken outside to the playground.