B'nai Simcha is a developmental preschool. We encourage children to explore the world while developing gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, language skills, and a strong sense of self esteem. We want to help children learn that they are capable of working independently, that there are appropriate times and ways to ask for help, and that they can successfully work in group situations while still getting their individual needs met. We want children to experience a wide variety of activities including art, music, movement, water play, manipulative play (i.e. building sets, puzzles, etc.), stories and quiet time. We combine teacher-directed activities and child-led interactive play.
Our Jewish Philosophy
When planning the Judaic content of our program we consider both the differences (Conservative, Reform, Orthodox and secular) and the similarities of the children and families we serve. Our approach is total integration — there are no "Jewish" times or "secular" times. Our goal is to present a program in which developing a Jewish identity is a natural and enjoyable process. We emphasize the rituals because children love tradition and routine; lighting the Shabbat candles each week or decorating a Sukkah each year is reassuring to children.
A great deal of a child's early years are spent organizing the world around them and seeing how they fit into it. A child will succeed in school if they have good self-esteem and self confidence, understand that there is cause and effect to their actions, can participate in a group setting and focus attention to follow directions when presented to an entire group and know how to appropriately obtain help when needed. These are the goals of our program which we achieve by placing the children in situations where they can face new challenges, where they are presented with a wide array of experiences geared to their level of expected competency and by avoiding situations that would prove to be overly frustrating by requiring skills and knowledge not yet within their grasp.
A message from
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.