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Welcome to Temple Shalom Nursery School!

Temple Shalom Nursery School is affiliated with Temple Shalom of Newton. Established in 1973, the nursery school welcomes children of both Temple Shalom members and the general community.

Our school carries the honor of being the first school in Massachusetts certified as a Nature Explore Program. Educators at Temple Shalom Nursery School are committed to providing children with stimulating hands-on experiences based on the natural environment.We are incredibly proud of the educational program we have created for you and your children.

Our educators take pride in creating an inclusive school culture. We interpret Inclusion at our Nursery School broadly: we strive to meet the diverse needs of young learners, welcome interfaith and non-Jewish families, and support parents and children by honoring their ethnicity, race, gender orientation, and cultural or religious affiliation. Our practices demonstrate that the values of pluralism and inclusion are deeply rooted in Jewish history and culture.  As a result, even families not raising their children in the Jewish tradition find our School a welcoming place where they feel at home.


Dubonim (Bears)
Toddlers, 18 months - 2.9 years

Families can choose to enroll for 2, 3 or 5 mornings per week. The program is scheduled from 9 a.m.-1 pm. We offer extended day options: early drop off (7:45 or 8:30 a.m.) and late pick up (3:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.).


Parparim (Butterflies)
Young Preschoolers, 3-4 years old

This is a 5 mornings-per-week program scheduled from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. We offer extended day options: early drop off (7:45 or 8:30 a.m.) and late pick up (3:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.).


Kochavim (Stars)
Older Preschoolers, 4-5 years old

This is a 5 mornings-per-week program scheduled from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. We offer extended day options: early drop off (7:45 or 8:30 a.m.) and late pick up (3:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.).

Nature-Rich Curriculum

Children at TSNS benefit from a nature-rich curriculum and a thoughtfully designed outdoor classroom.  Our children engage in meaningful activities and long-term projects: sprouting seeds, planting and tending to vegetable gardens, cooking with our own crop, celebrating the life cycle of trees and taking care of birds, mammals and insects. Regular explorations in a nature-rich environment create a sense of calm and focus, increase physical strength, and encourage curiosity. Our vegetable gardens, flower beds, rain barrel, green house, water pump, worm hollow, fire pit and our huge collection of natural building materials offer endless year-round opportunities for learning, and build connections to the natural world.

Read more about why we commit to a nature-rich curriculum.

Jewish Education

 

At Temple Shalom Nursery School, everyday life and activities create tangible connections with Jewish culture and history. We celebrate Jewish traditions of theology, philosophy, ethics, arts and music. Families are offered many opportunities to engage in Jewish culture, and to consider what it means for them to be Jewish. The children’s life at school is informed by fundamental Jewish values: community, kindness, respect, strive for knowledge and justice.

Read more about how we infuse Judaism into our days.

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