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Stroum Jewish Community Center Seattle

8606 35th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115

(206) 388-1994


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

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

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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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
  • 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 Swimming for 3 years old and older. Judiacs taught once a week.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

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.)

(from JCC website)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school