The Temple Shalom Preschool is open to children of all faiths and provides programs and learning opportunities for children ages two through six. The purpose and primary responsibility of Temple Shalom Preschool is to provide a safe, wholesome environment where children enjoy socializing and learning. The preschool is in session from September through May, with classes each morning from 9:15 a.m. through 12:15 p.m. Classes are organized by age, with one class for 2-3 year olds and one class for 3-5 year olds. Individual instruction is given to those students who will be entering kindergarten to ensure the academic prerequisites for kindergarten are in place. Our teachers are highly trained in early childhood education, including art, music and Jewish education.
The preschool program is designed to meet the individual child's needs and to promote growth in the social, emotional, intellectual, physical and creative areas of development. An important aspect of the preschool is to provide a foundation for learning about Jewish life including the Jewish holidays and Jewish traditions. Our program emphasizes the development of a positive Jewish identity through experiences involving Shabbat, Jewish holidays, blessings and values. Shabbat is celebrated each Friday morning as the children make challah to bring home, and as the two classes gather together to say the Shabbat prayers and sing Shabbat songs. Learning about Jewish culture is encouraged through art projects, stories, and songs.
The preschool provides a structured and relaxed environment, with variety and age appropriate challenges for each class. Music instruction is held twice a week in addition to the classroom activities. Special celebrations are held for holidays such as Thanksgiving, Chanukkah, Purim, Passover, and Mother’s Day. Each day at the preschool, the children enjoy a healthy snack, art, literature, free play time, and physical fitness activities on the playground!
Play is a child’s “work” and the basic ingredient of their learning. It is the medium for self- expression by helping each child organize and makes sense of the world. To play is to invent, hypothesize, test, and discover and thus, it provides the most meaningful learning of cognitive concepts and social values. Social skills are not achieved quickly, but rather slowly by learning how to share, cooperate, and empathize with others. Through play experiences, the child learns to initiate and sustain relationships with others, builds trust and emotional maturity, and develops imagination, curiosity, and creativity. At Temple Shalom preschool, we strive to nurture the child's skills and capability, in a fun, engaging way.