The Price Family Preschool of Temple Emanu-El was created to provide a quality early childhood experience in a warm, nurturing Jewish environment. We offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the unique needs, interests, and learning style of each child. Woven into every aspect of our program are maximum opportunities for the development of a strong, positive self-image, a love of learning, and social and interpersonal skills. Our teachers are committed to providing a carefully balanced, child-appropriate, and experiential program that integrates both secular and Judaic components through the year. This nurturing and affirming environment encourages children to learn and grow through exploration and discovery.
Cognitive development through:
- Manipulatives that develop hand eye coordination, abstract thinking, problem solving, and pre-reading and pre math skills.
- Creative art activities, storytelling, and self expression.
These activities stress process, not product, emphasizing learning by doing, developing skills such as cause and effect, trial and error, making judgments, encouraging sensory awareness, and reinforcing creativity (the creative child wants and needs to continue to explore, create, and learn).
- Music and movement enhance auditory skills, memory, balance, coordination, physical development, spatial perception, and sensory awareness.
- Science and math involve observation skills, reasoning, cause and effect, and predicting outcomes. Opportunities to experiment and explore help develop dispositions such as curiosity, inventiveness, flexibility, and persistence.
Our active, integrated, developmental approach to learning, weaves together pre-reading activities, math readiness, life skills, science, art, music, creative movement and self-expression through the topics or units being explored.
As a synagogue preschool, we are fully committed to a Judaic program that celebrates Jewish values and traditions. The customs and traditions of Shabbat and the holidays are an integral part of our curriculum. Shabbat is celebrated each Friday in the classroom and then together with the whole school in a spirit of song and community.
Our music specialist meets with each class during the week, and the Rabbi shares holidays, Shabbat, Jewish customs and traditions through song, storytelling, and puppetry.
Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, is evident throughout our preschool environment.
An atmosphere of belonging is created through which the children and their families experience the delights of Judaism. Throughout the year we offer Friday evening Preschool Shabbat Services followed by a healthy Oneg Shabbat for our preschool/temple community. Everyone is welcome to join us.
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