Our Philosophy

At B’nai Simcha we take an experiential, play-based approach to learning. We are inspired and guided by the best practices, theories, and ideas in early childhood education, based on the work of Vigotzky and Piaget, and use only developmentally appropriate guidelines.

We seek to create an environment for the children in which they can make sense of their world while exploring, manipulating and playing with various materials, toys and creative experiences. Literacy is a big part of the children’s exploration as we read, tell stories and draw/paint and otherwise express our experiences.

 

We want the children to grow as independent critical thinkers while developing empathy for their fellow humans. We encourage a child’s’ curiosity by extending the child’s inquiries with open-ended questions and support them in sharing their ideas with their peers. Active and engaged learning is in the center of our curriculum and the educators engage with the children at their level while modeling, narrating and supporting their overall development.

 

Being a Jewish preschool we seek to build a strong foundation of Jewish pride in the children. Our families come from a wide range of observance and connection with Jewish life and community. We want the children to learn to embrace our differences, learn from one another and truly enjoy themselves while doing so. We expose the children to Jewish values, traditions, and rituals as they are experienced throughout the day, weeks, month and years. We have Shabbat Sing and Shabbat celebrations every week. We sing traditional prayers with the children daily and make the traditional blessing “Hamoitze” before our meals. We celebrate and enrich the children’s holiday experiences as we move through the year and encourage you to participate in the celebrations here at school.

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A message from
our Director

Welcome to B’nai Simcha Jewish Community Preschool!

 

As the Director, I am thrilled to welcome you to our community and I thank you for trusting us with the care and education of your children. At B’nai Simcha we strive to create a loving and experiential environment where children can explore, manipulate, and create as they develop and reach their milestones at their own individual speed. 

 

Research shows that the most effective way for children to learn, develop, and reach their potential is through play; our evidence-based curriculum utilizes a play-based approach to learning. We support each child’s journey and exploration with open-ended questions and scaffolding when appropriate. We validate the children’s feelings and experiences by noticing, acknowledging and modeling. It is our goal to support the children in developing resilience, empathy, emotional intelligence, problem solving skills and the knowledge that they can make a difference in our community, both local and worldwide. 

 

Together, our staff and parents work to build our children up with the knowledge that they are valued members of the Jewish community and the world.

-Chana Blugrind, M.A. Ed.

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B'nai Simcha is accredited by the Bureau of Jewish Education

B'nai Simcha is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Tax ID 95-3643872