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Early Childhood Programs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

At Larchmont Temple Nursery School we offer many avenues of discovery, including science, math, language development, literature, art, music, cooking and dramatic play. Each day, teachers work with their class in a group to increase the children’s understanding of the environment and the world around them. Objects of interest and social interactions become topics of discussion. There are also times when children are encouraged to work and play independently, helping to build self-help skills and gain independence.

Interwoven into our program is a basic introduction to Judaism. As part of the Jewish experience children observe Shabbat and celebrate Jewish holidays. They visit the sanctuary, meet with the clergy, and learn prayers and songs to share with their families. We believe that child development happens best in a supportive, safe and nurturing environment. We provide that for every child.

TODDLER TIME: Children who turn one by December 31

Toddler Time is designed for children and their parents or caregivers to participate in a play program together. The children have the experience of playing with each other in a school setting. A specific routine is followed each morning, including free play, snack, story and music time. Our goal is to provide a positive first school experience at Larchmont Temple Nursery School.

Fridays 9:15 am - 10:30 am

TWOS: Children turning two by December 31st

The twos programs provide an opportunity for peer socialization in a group setting. Children learn to interact with each other in a supportive and nurturing environment laying a foundation for a smooth transition into the threes program the following year. Through play and modeling children learn to connect with others, create friendships and develop skills to communicate with adults other than their primary caregivers. These classes provide a happy learning environment that fosters confidence, independence and exploration.

Offered:

Tuesday and Thursday 9:15 am - 11:45 am 

or

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:15 am - 11:45 am

or

Monday - Friday 9:15am-11:45am

THREES: Children who are three by December 31st
FOURS: Children who are four by December 31st

These programs are designed to allow children to learn through experience and interaction. Children are encouraged to ask questions, experiment with new materials, solve problems and learn social skills. Through this process they develop the confidence and abilities needed to make a smooth transition into a traditional kindergarten setting. Teachers guide the children through activities and social interactions and encourage their developing curiosity about their world and their enthusiasm for learning.

The day is divided into three components: Free Play, Structured Activities and Gross Motor Play.

Free Play: All areas of the classroom are available to the children. Often one area of the classroom will offer a unique activity for that day such as: food preparation, art projects or experimental sensory materials. Some work/activity areas in the classroom include block building, dress-up and imaginative play, doll and house-keeping corner, writing center, library book area, puzzles, and manipulatives. Children are encouraged to participate in a full range of activities.
Structured Activities: This includes exposure to literature, science experiments, and mathematical concepts. Story time exposes children to new language and ideas and generates rich discussions. Experiments and mathematics give the children the opportunity to observe found objects, hypothesize, predict, sort and count.
Gross Motor Play: Children spend time on the playground daily where they challenge themselves, build strength and gain coordination while climbing, sliding and balancing. When the weather is not appropriate for outdoor play, the nursery school has a large, bright, carpeted indoor space filled with play equipment and toys.

Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm                      

SPECIALISTS:

Our specialists visit our classrooms on a regular basis. Our music teacher comes weekly and teaches both secular and Judaic songs. Throughout the year, the twos, threes and fours are visited by a animal expert that teachers them about animal traits, adaptations and defenses.  We also have an art studio where children explore different art mediums such as clay, painting, scuplture and print making.

LT SUMMER DAY (LTSD):

Our six week summer program is based on the same philosophy as our nursery school and offers twos, threes and fours programs. Each group has one Unit Head, counselors and one counselor-in-training. Unit Heads are LTNS teachers and many our counselors and CITs are Larchmont Temple members. Activities include water-play, arts & craft, music, yoga, sports and Family Shabbat.