Temple Beth Torah School of Early Learning at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am

Things we are most proud of:

*An extremely dedicated and devoted staff

*A family friendly environment where “everyone knows your name”

*Bright and airy child-friendly classrooms where the children learn by playing, exploring, experimenting and just having fun

*Mentor families to start the year off right

*Run around time daily in our auditorium, centers room, and fenced-in playground

*Holiday and Shabbat programming complete with Rabbi participation, lively songs and, of course, snacks

*Child friendly High Holiday services

*Monthly Saturday morning Tots-N-Torah Shabbat services and activities

*Family Shabbat dinners and services

*Monthly “classroom specific” calendars

*Weekly classroom newsletters sent via e-mail

*Super-duper gym, music, Spanish and Hebrew programs included

*Partner classroom activities

*Special afternoon enrichment activities

*Engaging cooking and science experiences

*Building upon learning from one year to the next

*Numerous social opportunities for children and parents

*Kindness, caring and sharing modeled each and every day

*Free synagogue membership if your oldest child is enrolled in our fantastic School of Early Learning!



Programs Offered

        First Steppers: A perfect class for those children who are no longer infants and are ready to take the next "step" into a classroom setting. Ages will range from approximately 14 months to 18 months based on achieving a variety of developmental milestones.

        Waddlers: An exciting program for children 18 thru 24 months of age. Activities will include songs, finger plays, group games, holiday celebrations, movement activities, rhyming, storytelling and much more. This is a very language rich environment. Children will progress at their own pace and parents will be kept informed about new developmental goals.

        Toddlers: Children in this class are generally two years old by September 1. In this class, we strive to expand communication and play skills. Children will explore shapes, colors, numbers, seasons, holidays, weather and community through games, puzzles, projects, stories, songs, finger plays, and movement activities. Holiday celebrations, Hebrew program, weekly Shabbat, music and gym are all part of the school year program.

        Three Year Olds: Children will expand their academic and social skills as group games and self-help skills are encouraged. Numbers, shapes, colors, letter exposure, daily circle time, fine motor activities, music and movement games, holiday celebrations, and developmentally appropriate opportunities for drawing and coloring are all part of their day. Holiday celebrations, Hebrew program, weekly Shabbat, music and gym are all part of the school year program.

        Four Year Olds: Children in these classes will begin to refine both their academic and social skills. They will participate in daily circle time, class discussions and literature and science experiences. Daily, many opportunities are presented to build the letter/sound connection, enhance fine motor skills and work with the letters of the alphabet. Math concepts include one to one correspondence, patterns and skip counting. Hebrew and Spanish classes, gym, music, Shabbat and afternoon enrichment activities fill out their days at school.

        Pre-K/Kindergarten: This class is for children who miss the cut-off date in their school district or those children whose parents would like them to experience a small class environment. Reinforcement of the letter/sound connection, refining writing skills, hands on math activities, journal writing & "kid writing", expanded circle time, social studies & science units, enrichment activities, music, gym & library plus a variety of holiday experiences and celebrations. Weekly, the children also enjoy Spanish, Hebrew, gym, music and Shabbat.

        Camp Program: An exciting camp season offered to children, 14 months through 5 years of age. Our theme for this summer will be "Hooked on Books". Children’s literature/stories will come to life through songs, drama, art, games and play. Water play and playground time will take place daily. We will join together for a weekly assembly/Shabbat and we will build friendships throughout the summer. Full and half days are available as well as a choice of 3 or 5 days and extended hours.


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