Welcome! JGNS is now enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year. We are accepting children 18 months (as of 8/31) – 5 years. Here is our latest flyer and supplication. We offer flexible scheduling with coverage from 7:00am - 6:00pm, 5:00pm on Fridays. Here is our current flyer (with info on Open Houses) and application. This document has information on 2017-8 rates, including new options for coverage during school vacation weeks and Jewish holidays.
Mission and Philosophy
At JGNS, we are a community of learners that work together, ask questions, and explore big concepts that help to promote the growth and development of each child. We see children as active learners who engage in exploring the world around them to make discoveries and foster skills that build the foundation of developing a love of learning.
Jewish values are woven into our daily curriculum and it is our hope that children develop a positive Jewish identity through exploring the richness of Jewish holidays, traditions, and values. We guide children and families in exploring these basic principles: 1. We take care of ourselves 2. We take care of our community 3. We take care of the world.
Our community is warm, caring and inclusive.
All children and families are welcome in the school: we have welcomed children and parents of a variety of religous and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and abilities.
Our pre-school curriculum consists of a warm interweaving of secular and Judaic values which help to promote a positive self-image and enhance social skills. Developmentally appropriate experiences stimulate intellectual curiosity and promote physical development. Jewish holidays, celebrations and weekly Shabbat activities instill pride in our Jewish heritage.
Experimenting with paints, clay, scissors, glue and other craft materials encourage a child's creativity while promoting large and fine motor skills.
Community helpers, the family, the neighborhood, and holidays are explored through stories, songs, games and discussions.
Our students thanking the Natick Police Department by baking them cookies.
Through reading and discussions, the children are encouraged to talk informally and to listen. Pre-reading skills are stimulated.
Children are introduced to the basic ideas of numbers in a variety of ways including cooking projects, morning meetings and calendar time and at the sand or water table. They measure, count, build, match, graph and compare.
Music and Movement
An appreciation for music is developed through listening, singing, playing instruments, and creative movement. Simple directive and non-directive exercises help to develop body awareness. Cantor Ken visits the children in class to sing shabbat and holiday songs, and we currently have Stacey Peasley teaching music to the kids as well. The kids also enjoy yoga classes and gym class, in addition to daily play outside in the playground, weather permitting.
Developing our senses is encouraged through various experiences such as tasting different foods, smelling different aromas, and feeling different textures.
A highlight of our Judaic curriculum is Shabbat. Every Friday, the children join Rabbi Liben and Cantor Ken for stories, songs, and a little shabbat silliness to prepare for shabbat. The Shabbat table is set in each classroom and the children take turns taking roles and helping with the blessings. Challah is one of the featured snacks.
We expose the children to all of the Jewish holidays as well as American celebrations like Thanksgiving. Each holiday is observed with appropriate songs, stories, arts and crafts, food and games.
Please call our director, Faye Tonkonogy at 508-650-3521 ext 122 for more information.