Our Nursery School Classes
Bet Torah Nursery School offers preschool classes for two, three, and four year-olds. We also offer a Kitah Katan program, a two day per week separation class for toddlers 18 months and older. This year, we have also introduced new Parenting Programs for moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers with their infants and toddlers.
Our early education program is designed to promote cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth in each child in a developmentally appropriate, exciting and inviting environment. We strive to provide opportunities for children to learn through play each day.
We offer classes for the 2s in a two day (Tuesday and Thursday), three day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) or a five day program from 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. We offer classes five days each week for 3s and 4s from 9:15 to noon.
Kitah Katan is a program of separation, socialization, sharing and fun for toddlers 18 months and older held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Children may be enrolled for two mornings of music, art, story time, movement, and indoor and outdoor play each week. A snack is provided daily. Enrollment is limited to ten children.
An early childhood head teacher and two teacher assistants conduct each morning of fun-filled developmentally appropriate activities. Kitah Katan provides a special time for young children to experience learning through play all in a beginning school setting.
The fall 2020 after-school enrichment program is in development.
Our Enrichment Program for 3s and 4s will be offered in the fall from noon to 1:30, Mondays through Fridays. Children will share a lunch period, an enrichment class and enjoy a playground recess on each day they are registered for enrichment. The Enrichment Program is open to three and four year-olds who are potty-trained and capable of self-care in toileting.
We have offered the following classes in the past, and hope to offer similar classes once we are no longer with COVID-19:
Movin’ and Groovin’ With Movement Educator, Janet Franco
Join us on Tuesdays for songs, stories through movement and more. Class is for toddlers with a parent or caregiver. Class starts with playtime meet and greet for all students and adults before movin’ and groovin’. 9:30-10:15; $65.
Hands on Holidays with our Director of Lifelong Learning, Rabbi Lisa Sacks
Join us on Wednesdays for stories, songs, crafts and learning about our holidays. Parent/adult and child are invited to play and learn.
9:30-10:30; NO FEE.
Please join us Friday evenings at 5:30pm on Zoom for Shabbat blessings and songs with Morah Mindy!
Gan Shabbat, a program of children’s Sabbath services for nursery school age students and their families begins at Bet Torah on Saturday morning, October 3. This inter-active introduction to Shabbat songs, stories and prayers is held at 10:30, via Zoom, until further notice. When Gan Shabbat resumes at the synagogue, a kid-friendly Kiddush of refreshments will follow each service. (“Gan” is the Hebrew word for “garden”).
Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, Gan Shabbat services will be held on the first Saturday of each month on the following dates: October 3, November 7, December 5, January 9, February 6, March 6, April 10, May 1 and June 5. Parents and children, ages infant through Grade 2, are cordially invited to join this specially designed warm and welcoming children’s program.
In addition to Gan Shabbat services on Saturday mornings, a Friday evening Shabbatini Young Family Service also be held via Zoom at 6:00pm on Friday, November 13 and Friday, April 23. If the Shabbatini can take place at the synagogue, it will be followed by a dinner. All families are invited.
Other special children’s programs include the annual Havdalah in Pajamas on Saturday evening, January 30. Havdalah is the weekly end of the Jewish Sabbath. This special evening includes bedtime stories, songs, a family Havdalah service and a light dinner.
Camp Keshet begins 8 weeks of fun in the sun each year in June following our school session.
Join us for the full 8-week session or you may select individual weeks of your choice to suit your summer plans. Children enjoy art, music, movement, science, cooking, drama, nature and gardening from 9:30 to 12:30. New ! This summer, you may extend the fun for an extra hour. Camp Keshet counselors include Bet Torah Nursery School staff and carefully selected teenagers who have experience working with young children.
Snack is provided each day and campers bring a dairy lunch. On Fridays, Shabbat is celebrated under the sun and campers have the option of a pizza lunch, complete with vegetables, fruit, beverage and a frosty dessert.
Two by Two is a camp experience for parents/caregivers and toddlers, 18 months and older. Join us for fun under the sun on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 on the playground and indoors at Bet Torah Nursery School. Choose one or both 4-week sessions. Developmentally appropriate activities are planned each day by Nursery School staff for parent / caregiver and child. For incoming 2s: meet new moms and classmates who will be beginning school in September.