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Stroum Jewish Community Center Mercer Is

3801 E Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040

(206) 232-7115

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Reggio-Emilia Philosophy

The Stroum JCC's approach to early childhood education is inspired by the theories and practices of the early childhood schools of Reggio-Emilia, Italy; often described as emergent curriculum. We at the Stroum JCC focus on curriculum concepts associated with problem solving, creative thinking, exploring, collaborative learning, and community building as the core structure to our learning.

These educational priorities have led us to integrate the practices of the schools of Reggio-Emilia, Italy, which was one of the first to incorporate the interests of the children into curriculum development. We are inspired by the possibilities open to students engaged in emergent curriculum environments.

Essential to these philosophies is to see the child as truly competent and powerful. We believe that children can do anything they set their minds to as long as we give them the proper materials and a supportive environment in which to do so.

We at the Stroum JCC realize the importance of creating stimulating classroom environments, developing meaningful curricula, establishing a community of learners, and observing children to gain insight into their learning processes. We hope to foster the development of children who are capable of constructing their own powers of thinking and selecting, through the reanimation and integration of all the expressive, communicative and cognitive languages. (See City of Reggio Emilia Department of Education "The Hundred Languages of Children" 1987.)

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Home-School Connection

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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school