Our program is designed to foster children’s learning guided by the Jewish values of:
Social and Environmental Justice
Our Preschool follows a play-based/constructivist approach. The constructivist approach views children as active participants in their own learning. Education is then much more than rote memorization; instead, it is integrating and assimilating knowledge to be further used and explored. Constructivist strategies seek to ignite a child’s curiosity and love of learning. The emphasis is on the “whole child.”
The Temple Solel ECC provides an inclusive nurturing environment where children feel safe to try new things, discover their own potential, and explore decision-making and problem solving. Our child centered, play based program places equal emphasis upon cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.
The curriculum is based on the understanding that children learn best by doing. The Talmud tells us that, “Only the lesson which is enjoyed, can be well learned.” Playing is how children learn. During their time here, we engage students’ senses to stimulate creative learning through touching, listening, smelling, looking, tasting, and feeling. Young children learn when they are active. Engaging hands –on-activities that excite and evoke questions, stimulate their intellectual curiosity and help them to become independent thinkers and problem solvers.
Our educational environment incorporates the above mentioned Jewish values, as well as Jewish beliefs and integrates these with secular content during the course of each day. Our Rabbis and Cantor are actively involved in our holiday celebrations with our children.
Our goal is to begin a lifelong process of Judaic learning and enrichment for our students.
Our programs include:
- Parent Participation Programs - Ages baby- 18 months
- 18-30 months old ECE (Early Childhood education)
- Older 2’s -3 Year Old Class
- Pre-Kindergarten Classes
- Transitional Kindergarten Class
Our parent participation programs provide fun-filled mornings where children have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of experiences, build relationships and explore the world around them.
Led by one of our wonderful teachers, adult participants are able to connect with other parents, caregivers and grandparents as they work side by side with the children in a nurturing environment. Lifelong friendships for both the children and adults form in these programs as these small souls grow in an interactive setting preparing them for the world beyond.
Parent participation programs include:
Bagels and Babies for parents of newish little souls
- this program is free and open to new moms and dads. Join us, have a bagel, we even have gluten free, while you spend some time with other adults and their babies.
Family and Me for crawlers and walkers
- There’s, music and singing, stories on felt boards, painting, playdough and slime. It’s a chance to explore our senses in this morning of fun and friendship.
Gozalim (wheels)- Our early childhood education transitional class
- If you want to explore school with your child, or you are worried about separation, yours and theirs- this is the program for you. The first half of the year the class is one day a week for two hours. After everyone has adjusted to the wonderful environment and their teachers, the training “wheels” come off and the children begin the second half of the year on their own for two days a week.
*Children enrolled in Gozalim must be 18 months old by January 1st of the second half of the program
This program is built upon themed units to so as to engage and expose young children to a progression of learning. Our highly trained and experienced teachers customize the curriculum to meet the diverse interests and needs of each group of children. Age appropriate activities and materials are offered daily that allow children the ability to master important learning concepts. Through warm and nurturing encouragement, we help children build their self-confidence and self-help skills. The classroom environment focuses on building cognitive, emotional, social and physical skills. Opportunities are provided for each child to express him or herself creatively everyday through music, arts, dance and drama. Children do not need to be using a toilet and may attend school 2,3 or 5 days a week.
As our preschoolers progress through our program they gain more self-esteem and confidence as they attempt new challenges and skills. This class enhances that confidence by providing daily activities to help children become problem solvers and develop a love of learning. Through both independent and group exploration, structured and non-structured activities and hands on learning, children develop a variety of skills and knowledge in areas like early literacy, mathematics, science, and social skills. We provide numerous opportunities to problem solve and investigate and give many choices to participate in activities that interest and challenge. Throughout the day children are given the opportunity to express themselves through art, dictation, storytelling, dance, drama and independent thinking and expression. At this age the basics of shape making to prepare students for our handwriting program are introduced is first introduced. We also start to introduce letters and letter sounds in a fun and engaging way.
Our Pre-K program focuses on activities and lessons that help prepare your child for kindergarten and future school success. Focus on fine motor skills, phonics, social and emotional development are at the core of the curriculum. The children in Pre-K are exposed to journal writing (or drawing) to further develop their fine motor skills and the Hand Writing Without Tears curriculum as they advance in learning to write. We prepare your child to reason and analyze using different materials and create opportunities to ask and answer open ended questions, experiment with spatial relationships and promote an understanding of sequencing. We incorporate character building activities specifically designed to help children identify emotions, have group discussions, practice sharing ideas, thoughts and feelings. These activities provide multiple opportunities to cooperate, negotiate, problem solve and make independent choices.
Transitional Kindergarten is a wonderful program for children who have completed a 4 year old Pre-K program and might benefit from the gift of another year to develop physically, emotionally, socially, or academically. We believe that by offering a nurturing, stress free environment in which these children can be challenged, they will gain a solid sense of self, confidence, inner motivation, problem solving, self-direction and further their excitement for the learning process.
Our Transitional class experiences the same calendar curriculum units, parental involvement, and commitments as our Pre-K classes, but the curriculum is expanded and taken to the next level, often resulting in more emergent learning. Transitional-K offers a developmentally appropriate activity based program targeting social skills, enhancing vocabulary, spelling and writing skills, phonics, print awareness, reading comprehension graphing, counting, classifying, sorting, comparing, sequencing and enhanced social interactions. Like our Pre-K programs this is a 5 day a week program, but is an hour longer than the Pre-K day.
Designed using the California mandated core-curriculum, teacher-directed lessons and child inspired projects balance the core subjects of language arts, math, science and social skills with other important life skills such as inquiry, creativity, confidence, critical thinking, risk-taking and self-discovery. Direct instruction of core subjects is balanced with unstructured playtimes in order to construct a developmentally appropriate kindergarten program.
We recognize that each child enters kindergarten at their own place along the developmental continuum. Through a variety of small group instruction times and individual assessments, we are able to meet each child where s/he is, and then nurture and support them as they move forward on their educational experience.
Each week, core curricular components are incorporated into the day; including social-emotional, language arts, handwriting, mathematical, and scientific concepts. During kindergarten afternoons, children make choices to play and work in many areas within the classroom. These areas are designed to be open-ended and promote a platform for imaginative play and discovery.
We also know that the outdoors is vital for healthy development, so children are offered time to play outside on a daily basis. Themes and projects, which are ever evolving and changing develop and grow from the interests of students and teachers. These projects and themes integrate math, science, art and language arts, allowing the children to learn while engaged in compelling activities that are interesting and exciting to them.
Cooperation, collaboration, leadership, responsibility among other skills are developed and fostered throughout the year. It is our hope to nurture and inspire self-confidence. We want each child to take responsibility in his or her own learning. And we seek to empower children to understand their place in our class as well as in our school community. Our kindergarten is a five day a week full day program