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.
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 3 or 5 days a week.