Have you ever watched children entertain themselves? They make a game out of everything. Bowls of cereal become swimming pools, boxes become airplanes and stuffed animals become superheroes. But pay close attention and you’ll notice that as they are playing, these children are also learning. They are learning how things work, how to share, how to consider the ideas and feelings of others and how to solve problems. At the Leonard & Syril Rubin Nursery School at Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, the concept of learning through play is the foundation of the educational philosophy and is their guiding principle.
The Nursery School at the J is everything you could want in a preschool plus lots of extras you didn’t know you needed. Their progressive curriculum provides the same learning as schools that focus on worksheets but in a more memorable and engaging way allowing children to discover, explore, problem solve and more in a supportive and enriching environment. The nursery school’s focus on hands-on, experiential learning develops cognition, social and emotional growth, fine and gross motor skills and reading and math readiness - all in a way that establishes a strong sense of self and accomplishment. Children finish their time at the school as enthusiastic learners, with knowledge and skills that make them well-prepared to take on the challenges of kindergarten and beyond. But most importantly, by following the “When I Play I Learn” model, your children get to do what they do best…just be kids.
With a small teacher-to-student ratio, the exceptional, passionate teachers are able to provide a warm, nurturing environment where children learn, grow and thrive. In addition to a challenging, developmentally appropriate curriculum, each child has the benefit of the amazing enrichment program that offers a variety of activities including art, music, gym, swim, cooking, and activities that weave Jewish traditions, values, holidays and customs into the curriculum. And all of this is done in a one of a kind facility that features swimming pools, a teaching kitchen, two gymnasiums, three playgrounds and an indoor playroom for when the weather is bad.
Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. If you’d like to learn more about the unique benefits of a preschool education at Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, please join them for an Open House. Click here for dates, times and more information.
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades 411 Clinton Avenue, Tenafly 201.408.1346