Beth El Nursery School (BENS) is a place where teachers, parents, their children, Rabbi Kahn and the clergy team join together to build a strong developmentally-appropriate, play-based community for children. Collaboratively, we have created an environment where children from all cultures and religious backgrounds are welcome to be themselves, excite their curiosity, explore the many languages of the world around them and have the freedom to choose the areas of their interest from a variety of thought provoking activities. Our community of teachers and parents share a common belief that together we can continue to establish an environment of strong identity and belonging where sharing and exchanging our knowledge and resources with each other becomes a process of our daily routine.
BENS’ educational approach weaves together the recent child development theories of Howard Gardner (Multiple Intelligences), Vygotsky (Tools of the Mind: A Social Emotional Scaffolding), Lillian Katz (Developmentally Appropriate Practices) and Reggio Emilia (The Hundred Languages). When combined, these approaches create a harmonious, sensible and developmentally appropriate curriculum. Our main emphasis is to allow children to explore and develop their emotional, social, physical and cognitive qualities at their own pace.
Starting from the age of two and transitioning through the age of five, we focus our teaching styles on developing healthy habits. We facilitate and promote appropriate social skills, close friendship, communication and language skills, self-expression, positive self esteem, physical growth (fine and gross motor skills) and respect of one another. We pride ourselves in the way that we value each child’s abilities and potentials, listen to their amazing ideas and help create a map of knowledge for them to explore at their own pace so they can achieve success.
Our main goal is to meet the needs of each individual child, parent and teacher. Together, we strive in creating a supportive, nurturing and cognitively inviting environment for all to be in.