Like our synagogue, our Playschool is unique and welcomes children from all backgrounds. We provide a vibrant learning environment for children between the ages of 2 and 5, under the supervision of dedicated and nurturing teachers. Our curriculum integrates age-appropriate academics, structured play and art, early socialization activities, and a celebration of Jewish festivals and customs. In addition to early and late care, the Playschool offers optional Afterschool Arts programs featuring themed activities in cooking, science, art, movement, and music. At the end of the academic year, students are invited to enroll in our fun-filled summer camp programs.
Enroll Today! Applications are still being accepted for the 2018-19 academic year, starting in September.
For additional information, please contact Playschool Co-Directors Gloria Parris at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ali Kaplan at email@example.com, or you may call the Playschool office at 215.922.6590, ext. #28.
SHS Playschool Highlights
Society Hill Synagogue Playschool’s reputation as a wonderful “first school experience” has made our program popular throughout the city for students of all religious backgrounds; in fact, we treasure the diversity of our student population! In addition to our rich academic and social curriculum, we also educate our students about Jewish values and customs through music and art, our school-sponsored Shabbat dinners and Havdalah Pajama Parties, and our annual Purim Carnival and Hanukkah Happening. Our senior teachers are dedicated and experienced; they are assisted by committed junior staff members with (at least) year-long contracts.
• Our curriculum emphasizes socialization through play, integrated with structured activities such as letter and number recognition, story-time, circle-time, and art projects. Three-, four-, and five-year-old students work with a yoga instructor once a week and visit the Philadelphia Art Museum four times per year.
• Our unique Parent Co-Operative program features a rotating “Parent of the Day,” providing an opportunity for parents, grandparents, or other caregivers to be in the classroom with our students and share in all activities. The “Parent of the Day” will see, first-hand, what his or her child’s day is like, get to know his or her child’s friends, and provide a healthy snack for the students. The “Kid of the Day” is always eager to fulfill special leadership responsibilities on the day of his or her assignment.
• Shabbat is celebrated each week. Our teachers engage the children with song and dance activities as they introduce age-appropriate Jewish prayers and rituals.
• Our Afterschool Arts Program is available Monday through Friday and features activities in cooking, science, art, movement, and music.
Our Camp program provides a wonderful curriculum of summer activities for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.
The 2018 SHS Summer Camp and Specialty Camp applications will be available soon!
Many of our Playschool students continue their experience in our camp program. We also welcome children who will begin Playschool in September to spend their summer with us, too. A flexible eight-week program is available in June and July, followed by two week-long specialty camps offered during the first two weeks of August.