The Pre-School at TempleEmanuel offers educational programs designed to meet the developmental needs of the whole child in a warm and nurturing environment. Our philosophy is based on a comprehensive theory of child development, which recognizes the equal importance of cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth of the well being of the young child. Collectively we emphasize an experience rich in Jewish culture, tradition and values.
Children need to successfully separate from home and transfer trust from family to school. Beginning with the first moment of separation and experience in the world outside the home, we attempt to provide a secure child-centered "second home" to foster self-confidence and self-esteem.
Our curriculum is based on the concept that young children learn best by active exploration. This is accomplished through music, movement and art. Therefore, curriculum is partly determined by the child’s own interests. Teachers initiate activities and assist children to expand their information and interact with peers and adults.
Each child is seen as an individual in order to enhance his/her sense of self worth. Our school provides the child with an opportunity to investigate a wide variety of educational materials to encourage a climate for growth.
The goals of the Pre-School at Temple Emanuel follow.
- To provide individual learning experiences appropriate to each child's maturational level.
- To support the rewarding and difficult task of beginning and sustaining relationships with other children and adults.
- To encourage independent action and thought while respecting the needs and feelings of others.
- To encourage feelings of mastery.
- To encourage learning in order to discover personal meaning.
- To create an environment rich in Jewish culture and tradition for both the child and the family.
- To develop pre-writing and pre-reading skills to ensure successful transition to the public school educational system.