Our passionate educators nurture children’s social-emotional, cognitive, and physical growth through an emergent curriculum with an emphasis in play-based learning. Our children are at the forefront of their learning process with teachers supporting their interests and scaffolding new challenges. In an atmosphere rich in Jewish heritage and tradition, we offer your child endless opportunities for growth and expression. We believe children deserve the opportunity to collaborate with teacher and parents as they develop the skills they will need to thrive in grade school. Using family activities aimed at fostering a cohesive community, our families are able to grow stronger bonds with each other and maintain lifelong friendships.
Silverman Preschool is a place where children are valued for their ability to do meaningful work, their wonder and curiosity and their perspectives. Staff is valued for their vision, heart, knowledge, and commitment to our families. Families are valued for their bonds and traditions, their commitment to work, home, and community, and their dreams for their children.
The mission of Silverman Preschool at Tifereth Israel Synagogue is based upon the belief that our children are our most precious resource. We strive to create a warm, positive Jewish environment for learning and development. This program is committed to enhancing the development of the CHILD, the FAMILY, and their relationship to the COMMUNITY.
The school recognizes every child as a unique individual and strives to assist our children in developing their individuality by encouraging them to be open to new experiences and supporting their efforts. A key focus at Silverman is to instill in all children a positive self-image, a feeling of self-accomplishment, and a confidence in their abilities. Furthermore, Silverman infuses each child with a positive Jewish identity at a stage when they are full of curiosity. Silverman believes that Judaism is a multi-faceted way of life, where ethical teaching, religious values, and social concerns enhance our lives and is taught by example and through an experiential process.
Silverman realizes that children learn from everyone around them. Strong family programming allows the child and the family to share the experience of learning basic Jewish concepts as well as participating in hands-on activities relating to Jewish culture, holidays, and rituals. It takes a village to raise a child, and Silverman considers it a privilege to be part of your village.
Silverman believes that it is important for children to expand their horizons and learn from the world around them. Group experiences beyond the immediate family are a vital part of life and that each child should have the opportunity to discover the meaning of being part of that larger community through Judaic and secular pursuits.
We foster the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children through an emergent curriculum with an emphasis in play-based learning. Teachers observe and gauge children’s interests when deciding what materials and learning tools to provide children with each month in relation to the monthly theme. Teachers allow children the flexibility to use their creativity and to lead the way with teachers as collaborators in the learning process.
Music & Movement
Music and movement is a fun and active way for children to learn about shabbat and holiday programs with our specialist visiting twice a week
Early literacy is a crucial element of language development with our story time volunteer visiting once a week.
As a Jewish preschool, we incorporate Jewish holidays, customs, and traditions in our curriculum. In addition to our enrichment activities, we learn one Hebrew word a week, and there is a table in every classroom dedicated to that month’s Jewish holiday and/or activity.
Families are included in special holiday celebrations and performances throughout the year. Once a month after school, we have ‘Tot Shabbat” with Rabbi Matt where families can gather with one another as Rabbi shares a combination of music, stories, and more.
Meals & Snacks
All children bring their own lunch and snacks daily. Lunches must include vegetarian options only, eliminating any meat products (chicken, turkey, beef, pork). Fish is permitted (no shellfish). Classroom allergies will be communicated at the start of each school year. Each classroom has a microwave so that we can warm items for lunch.