Temple Israel Early Childhood Center Preschool Programs

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Gan Katan
Thursdays in October-May 

Gan Katan, meaning little garden, is especially geared for the youngest members of our ECC community aged 12-24 months.  Gan Katan is more than a play group; our teachers plan intentional learning experiences for each child using Connecticut's Early Learning and Development Standards. Teachers introduce new activities and learning props each week to encourage constant development and learning. Each activity is carefully constructed to develop social and emotional, cognitive, physical, language, and creativity skills. Our hope is that your child blossoms at Temple Israel, as they learn life-long Jewish values such as kavod (respect), derech eretz (good manners), and kehilah (community) through developmentally appropriate stories, games, songs, and activities. Learn more.

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Twos Program
3-Day Twos: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
4-Day Twos: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
5-Day Twos
9:00 am-12:00 pm
*Starting in January, Twos stay until 12:30 pm and bring their lunch
*A minimum enrollment of 6 children is required for 4 and 5 day Twos to commence

Children enrolling in the Twos must turn two by December 31.  Classes are limited to eight children to ensure individual attention for your child through a low child to teacher ratio. During class, children gather in groups, participate in sensory and creative experiences, and develop valuable skill sets through dramatic play. Your child will develop socially, emotionally, cognitively, linguistically and physically as a result of these developmentally appropriate learning experiences. Teachers guide and nurture children as they learn how to separate from parent or caregiver.


Threes Program
Monday-Fridays from 9:00 am-12:30 pm

Our Threes program is for children who turn three by December 31. Children learn independence and a love for coming to school. Learning experiences promote problem-solving, self-regulation, and negotiation skills. Throughout the day, children participate in small group, large group, or independent activities, so they can explore and interact with friends in their classroom. Children learn the concept of letters, particularly the letters in their name, as well as a love and appreciation for reading. Daily activities develop small motor skills to help children draw and write.


Fours Program
5-Day Fours:  Monday-Fridays from 9:00 am-1:30 pm

Our Fours program is for children who turn four by December 31. Children prepare for kindergarten through our dynamic and developmentally appropriate curriculum that focuses on the whole child. Children receive individualized attention through small group instruction. Curriculum promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills, while also developing independence and self-esteem. Children create and explore cognitive concepts like math and science. Classrooms, which are rich with literature, encourage the understanding of print concepts and letter recognition. Our writing center incorporates a word wall and journaling to promote reading and writing. Daily activities develop small motor skills to strengthen children’s abilities to draw and write. 

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Enrichment Programs

The Carol Schoke Early Childhood Center at Temple Israel believes in developing the whole child. We offer programming opportunities after school to help children further learn and grow. Registration for these programs is available on a first come, first serve basis and each class has a maximum capacity.  

Please use the links below to register for afterschool programs.

Tov Time for Threes
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 pm
*depending on enrollment

Tov Time, meaning good time, extends the school day until 1:30 pm. Children participate in games, music, movement and literacy development. Tuesdays is Music and Movement, Wednesdays is Game Day and Thursdays is Bringing Books to Life. A minimum of four children must be registered in order to create a class. Register here.



Mary Ann Hall's Music for Children and Beyond
Monday's 12:30-1:15 pm (3's)
1:30-2:15 pm (4's)
*depending on enrollment

Magical Musical Mondays will guide your children to experience everything that is music through their worlds of dramatic and naturalistic musical play. Our award winning Once Upon a Song and Rhythm Stories will lead your children to sing, dance, move rhythms, read rhythms, create, improvise, play a large variety of instruments... and enjoy the FUN-damentals of music in every class. Register here.

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Kempo Karate

Tuesdays 1:30-2:15 pm
*depending on enrollment

Why learn Kempo? Martial Arts Students learn to be more confident, have better self-control, become leaders, and get better grades in school than kids who don’t do this activity.  As a parent, I have always wanted the best for my children. We all seek to find those opportunities for our kids that give them the best chances for a successful future.  Sign up for classes today and watch your child evolve and grow.  There will be no fighting or contact in this program, and a liability waiver must be signed when you register for this class.  Register here.



Tuesdays 1:30-2:15 pm (3's)
Thursdays 1:30-2:15 pm (4's)
*depending on enrollment

Playball is a movement and sport skills program specifically designed for preschoolers. Playball is an in-school activity where physical skills and sport fundamentals are taught and nurtured. It is through the medium of sports, and the developmentally progressive way in which Playball is taught, that children build competence in life skills such as: confidence, independence, perseverance, respect for others and many other basic functional skills. Playball students learn the foundation skills for all major American sports, while simultaneously developing the basic tools necessary to successfully integrate into elementary school and life beyond. Playball teaches holistically; children are taught social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills every week, in every lesson. Register here.

(Type Westport, CT in search field ‘FIND CLASSES NEAR YOU’, then scroll to Temple Israel and proceed with registration.)


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Super Soccer Stars
Wednesdays from 1:30-2:15 pm (3's) (4's)
*depending on enrollment

Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment. Soccer is a venue to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork skills throughout every class. Specially designed curricula utilizes positive reinforcement and a low child-to-coach ratio ensures that each child improves at his or her own rate, while having endless fun. Register here.

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Mad Science
Thursdays 1:30-2:15 pm (3's)
*depending on enrollment

Hands-on science experiments support inquiry, discovery and ingenuity. Take-home projects each week include topics such as Color Lab, Dinosaurs, Animal Friends, Keep in Touch, Water Works, Magnets and Winter Wonder Lab. Register here.

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Spring Into Summer 
Offered three weeks in June

This program keeps children learning, while active and engaged between the end of preschool and the start of summer. During these fun-packed three weeks, your child participates in a myriad of activities that keeps them learning and growing. Some of the activities include: Mad Science, The Fun Bus, Critter Caravan, Music with Jordana, and Super Soccer Stars.
Register by April 30. 

Twos Program (children must turn two by December 31, 2015)

Our Twos program offers the opportunity for children to attend three days a week, Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9-12 September through December, with a transition to 9-12:30 in January. In January the children will have lunch at school. Each class is limited to 8 children. Children are guided in learning how to separate from the parent or caregiver and encouraged to develop important skills while engaging in developmentally appropriate social/emotional, cognitive, language and physical learning experiences. The classroom offers children the opportunity to gather as a group, participate in age appropriate sensory and creative experiences, and dramatic play experiences that help to develop essential social/emotional skills. Children in this program must turn 2 by December 31 of the year in which they begin the program.

 Threes Program (children must turn three by December 31, 2015)

The main goal of these programs is to encourage a sense of independence and a love for coming to school, while recognizing that all children have different experiences and backgrounds and must be regarded not only as participating members of the class, but also as unique individuals in unique stages of development. Throughout the day each child participates in small group, large group and independent learning experiences.  Learning experiences are designed to promote the child’s ability to problem solve, self-regulate and negotiate as he/she explores and interacts with friends in the classroom.  Our literature and print rich environment introduces the child to the concept of letters, particularly the letters in his/her name, and a love and appreciation for reading.  Daily small motor activities begin to develop each child’s ability to draw and write.

The room is arranged with many interesting centers, including art, writing, book, dramatic play, block, sensory, science, math and manipulative centers.  All activities in the classroom are based on the idea of the process being more important than the product.

 5 Day Threes: Mon-Fri 9:00am-12:30pm

Tov Time Threes

Meaning “good time,” Tov Time is offered 3 days a week (Tuesday-Thursday) for three year olds. The program extends the school day until 1:30 pm. During this time your child will participate in learning experiences that include literacy, games and music and movement.  Registration will take place on a rolling admissions basis and enrollment will begin prior to the start of school in September. Tov Time begins the second week of school. Tov Time is an optional program that allows parents to select any combination of days for their child.  Registration will take place on a rolling admissions basis. Acceptance into the program is on a first come- first serve basis and determined by the ability to secure the appropriate staffing in accordance with state ratio requirements.  

The Fours Program

 The main goal of this programs is to continue to develop the whole child while also providing developmentally appropriate experiences that will prepare him/her for kindergarten.  Our focus also stresses the development of independence and self- esteem.  Our dynamic curriculum provides learning opportunities that promote critical thinking and problem solving skills. Opportunities are provided to create and explore cognitive concepts that include math and science. A literature rich environment promotes and encourages the ability to understand print concepts and letter recognition.  The classroom writing center incorporates a word wall and journal writing which promotes each child’s ability to read and write words.  Daily small motor experiences strengthen the children’s abilities to draw and write. 

 Teachers divide themselves up in the classroom to facilitate learning and social interaction.    The room is arranged with many interesting centers, including art, writing, book, dramatic play, block, sensory, science and manipulative centers.  All activities in the classroom are based on the idea of the process being more important than the product. Daily small group learning experiences allow for additional individualized attention and instruction.

The Fours - We offer a five day program for four year olds. (children must turn four by December 31, 2015)

 Monday-Friday @ 9:00 am-1:30pm

*Children attending this program will bring their lunches to school every day. There is an option to pay for chicken fingers on Tuesday and a pizza lunch on Thursday. Details about this will be provided at the start of the school year.


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