Joyful creativity, playfulness, spirited Jewish celebrations, and developmentally appropriate social learning – this is Temple Emeth Nursery School (TENS).
TENS focuses on the development of the whole child. Our children explore, discover, and learn in a nurturing, safe environment, filled with opportunities to participate in imaginative play, arts and crafts, and science and nature activities. Teachers emphasize the values of fair play, independence, self-discipline, and respect, while helping children develop a positive self-image.
Judaism becomes tangible for our children through music, storytelling, and dramatic play. Children enjoy preparing for Shabbat each week, and observe Jewish holidays both in their classrooms and at community-wide Temple celebrations. A monthly Friday evening Tot Shabbat service brings nursery children together with teachers, family members, and Temple Emeth clergy, and is led by our Music Specialist, Julia Priest.
Parent-teacher communication is essential to the success of nursery school. Parents are encouraged to be involved in our classrooms. In addition to twice yearly parent-teacher conferences, teachers and staff are available on an as-needed informal basis. Parent workshops are offered prior to holidays, and include discussion of how to enhance holiday celebrations at home.