The Temple Sholom Religious School offers a Pre-Kindergarten program for four year-olds, featuring a fun and engaging program geared towards children who are at a transitional point in their early childhood academic/play experiences. At TSRS, we believe that it is our job to nurture each student's spirituality. Thus, we explore the customs and traditions of our Jewish heritage through formal learning, arts and crafts, music, dance and drama. Creative play is essential to our classroom environment.
Providing children with an easy yet creatively enriching transition from the nursery school environment to a more structured classroom setting, the Pre-Kindergarten at Temple Sholom is a great opportunity to preview what our Religious School is all about. Pre-Kindergarten classes meet Sunday mornings from 9:00-11:00 am. If you are considering enrolling your child, please feel free to call to discuss any questions you may have: (203) 542-7161.
Young Children's Family Programs
Throughout the year, we offer joyous Shabbat programs geared specifically to children grade 2 and younger.
Curriculum Overview for Kitah Gan (Kindergarte
- To introduce the holidays. Students will learn some of the symbols and celebrations for all of the festivals.
- To introduce Hebrew letters, words, phrases and prayers orally and through music.
- To focus on several special projects during the year: Shabbat, visiting the sanctuary and learning the important people and objects associated with this holy space, and learning about the holidays through cooking, art, drama, and dance.
Curriculum Overview for Kitah Aleph (1st grade)
- To begin Torah study in an age-appropriate manner by exploring the beginning of the book of Genesis through story, art and drama.
- To introduce the letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. Students will be able to recognize and identify the letters. Students will learn to sing the aleph-bet song. They will continue oral Hebrew acquisition through song, learning phrases and Hebrew games.
- To reinforce an understanding, review and study of the symbols and rituals of the holidays.
Curriculum Overview for Kitah Bet (2nd grade)
- To continue the study of the book of Genesis with the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah. To begin focusing on making a personal connection - what do these family stories have in common with our lives?
- To review the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, learn vowels and final letters and begin reading and writing Hebrew.