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The Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder

4541 19th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 523-9766


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Because we are a Jewish school, we emphasize the rituals and traditions of our faith. At the same time, we allow free time to play, talk and think about what we have learned, with teacher encouragement.

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
  • Waffle 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 Jewish holidays, Parsha (Bible), Mitzvos (commandments, good deeds), Middos (good character), and Hebrew alphabet.

From the Director:

Our approach is a blend of teacher-led curriculum followed by opportunities for children to express themselves and reinforce their learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We work with children to increase the level of learning and social growth, without regard or comparison to others. Our emphasis is on moving each child forward in his or her own spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of MMSC is to prepare our students to succeed in any arena of life without compromising their Jewish identity and heritage.
Within a warm nurturing environment, we provide excellence in secular and Judaic education to a diverse community of Jewish children
As a school we foster self-esteem and social skills, cultivate active members of the Jewish community and develop responsible citizens.
In our preschool, we emphasize the Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Creative, Emotional and Social (the S.P.I.C.E.S.) of a child's growth.

A Typical Day

Each day begins with optional centers focusing on different skills, or with free play. We move to a prayer or davening circle, then snack time. We have a learning circle, where we introduce our concepts for the day, then an arts & crafts activity, and they outside or other physical activities. This is followed by lunch, storytime and pick-up time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a yearly "Meet the Teacher" night soon after school begins where we provide learning goals and a schedule to parents. We encourage our teachers to be in daily or weekly contact at pick-up and drop-off times, as well as to schedule times to meet about specific children. We provide parent education classes and encourage our parents to become involved in school and community activities. Twice a year we provide progress reports that trace each child's learning and growth.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We handle it with TLC! We begin slowly, allowing the child as much time as he or she needs to feel comfortable. Our teachers nurture each child, providing a warm environment to make the transition easier. As the child becomes more comfortable in the classroom, we gradually increase the amount of time spent in class.