vibrant, inclusive and community-centered

Judy Gordon Nursery School

welcome!

We are now enrolling for 2016-7! Here is a flyer, and here is the application.  First-come, first-serve; limited spaces currently available in most classes. Flexible early drop-off and extended day options, 7:00 AM-6:00 PM, and 7:00 AM-5:00 PM on Fridays!

Also, here is the flyer for our 2016 Summer Program, with application and early drop-off form.

 

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Curriculum

Our pre-school curriculum consists of a warm interweaving of secular and Judaic values which help to promote a positive self-image and enhance social skills. Developmentally appropriate experiences stimulate intellectual curiosity and promote physical development. Jewish holidays, celebrations and weekly Shabbat activities instill pride in our Jewish heritage.

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Art

Experimenting with paints, clay, scissors, glue and other craft materials encourage a child's creativity while promoting large and fine motor skills. 

Social Studies

Community helpers, the family, the neighborhood, and holidays are explored through stories, songs, games and discussions. 

Language Arts

Through reading and discussions, the children are encouraged to talk informally and to listen. Pre-reading skills are stimulated.

Mathematics

Children are introduced to the basic ideas of numbers in a variety of ways including cooking projects, morning meetings and calendar time and at the sand or water table. They measure, count, build, match, graph and compare.

Music and Movement

An appreciation for music is developed through listening, singing, playing instruments, and creative movement. Simple directive and non-directive exercises help to develop body awareness. Cantor Ken visits the children in class to sing shabbat and holiday songs, and we currently have Stacey Peasley teaching music to the kids as well.  The kids also enjoy yoga classes and gym class, in addition to daily play outside in the playground, weather permitting. 

Sensory Perception

Developing our senses is encouraged through various experiences such as tasting different foods, smelling different aromas, and feeling different textures.

Shabbat

A highlight of our Judaic curriculum is Shabbat. Every Friday, the children join Rabbi Liben and Cantor Ken to for stories, songs, and a little shabbat silliness to prepare for shabbat. The Shabbat table is set in each classroom and the children take turns taking roles and helping with the blessings. Challah is one of the featured snacks.

Holidays

We expose the children to all of the Jewish holidays as well as American celebrations like Thanksgiving. Each holiday is observed with appropriate songs, stories, arts and crafts, food and games. 

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Mission and Philosophy

Developments in education and psychology have increased our awareness of the specific needs of the young child. Our school strives to meet these needs by offering a developmentally appropriate, bi-cultural curriculum which provides a warm and supportive foundation in Jewish and American cultural experiences. Under no circumstances is a child discriminated against because of race, creed, national origin, disability or parent's marital status or sexual orientation.

Our program is based on the needs of the individual child. We believe that children learn best through play and experimentation. Therefore, we provide a variety of experiences through which the children develop new skills and build self-confidence as they grow and mature.  

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