18M - Toddler

Nursery & Trans. Nursery 



9:00 a.m. 1:00/300 p.m. (M-Th)*

9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. (M-Th)*

9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. (M-Th)*

9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. (M-Th)*

*Friday dismissal: 1:00 pm for all



Each class provides a structured environment for children to participate in many different activities throughout the day. Children have time for both child directed free play and structured center times where activities are directed by the teachers. The schedule of the day will vary from class to class but will all consist of the same basic components:

I. Circle Time- Children are introduced to the educational concepts and themes of the week through songs, stories, games, and various visual aids. As a group, children also join together in a spirited morning Tefillah (prayer service) through movement and song where children learn to thank Hashem for the blessings that surround them

II. Center Time- Concepts and information that the children will be learning during Circle Time will be reinforced through all the different centers:

1. Block Center- Children develop imaginative play, think creatively and work with their friends. The center includes blocks, building toys, vehicles and play people.

2. Manipulative Center- The Manipulative Center offers activities to develop visual perception and math skills like counting and sorting. The center includes puzzles, matching games, sorting games, number recognition and other games that develop one to one correspondence skills (such as board games).

3. House/Dramatic Play Center- Children develop socialization and imaginary play skills.

4. Library Center- The Library Center offers a comfortable place to explore books independently. Books change according to the seasons, holidays and subject of the week.

5. Art Center- The Art Center reinforces concepts taught that week, strengthens fine motor skills, and encourages children to think creatively and develop individuality and their own style at open art activities. The center presents many art mediums and sensory experiences.

6. Sensory Table- Water, rice and sand play. Children experiment using measuring cups, funnels and sifters.

7. Writing Center (Pre-K/K)- Children develop pre-writing skills. They imitate and copy shapes, letters, numbers and words. Children progress to writing letters and writing inventively.

III. Indoor/ Outdoor Time- Depending on the weather, children will have the opportunity to exercise and develop their gross motor skills. Opportunities for jumping, throwing, running, hopping, skipping, riding tricycles, scooters, and other ride on toys, socializing and playing imaginatively.

IV. Snack/Lunch- Opportunity for socialization. Children learn independence as they pour, count, and follow directions to take snacks from a serving plate. Children learn etiquette, such as saying “please” and “thank you,” and taking turns. Children also learn the importance of brachot. Children are encouraged to eat healthy foods and are served a carbohydrate with a fresh fruit or vegetables. Class graphs and counts children according to various food preferences.

V. Story Time/Read Aloud- Shared reading experience is an opportunity for children to enjoy books together. Increases auditory processing, listening comprehension and vocabulary and reinforces concepts. Children listen to stories, make predictions, analyze characters and relate to their own personal experiences. Children develop thinking skills as they answer open ended questions.