Who Are We?
We are a play based, child-centered Preschool, influenced by various educational philosophies, and deeply inspired by the Waldorf approach. The program is holistic, imparting a love and respect for Mother Earth, and enriched by Jewish and universal spiritual Values. The day includes indoor and outdoor creative play, art, music, movement, dance, story telling, gardening, cooking and baking.
The child -centered curriculum of Gan Neve Shalom is based on the trust that the young child, when provided with a loving and nurturing environment, will blossom as beautifully and gracefully as a flower. Each child in her uniqueness will develop in her own time…at the perfect moment. Our function as teachers is to carefully observe, listen, and gently guide the child in order to meet his needs without imposing our will upon him.With this in mind, we provide an environment that will invite the child to explore, interact, and discover the world and her relationship to it. We offer help when needed, enthusiasm for joyous endeavors, encouragement through struggles, and firm loving support through challenges. Our program is created with sensitivity, respect, and is developmentally appropriate for the young child. Young children have absorbent minds, and the spirit of Judaism will manifest through their experiences of our school community. They will learn to be stewards of Mother Earth through the garden they plant and tend, experience the miracle of nature through the harvest they reap, and share the food that they have prepared together. They will live the values that are essential to build strong community as well as a strong sense of self. At Gan Neve Shalom children are offered a safe haven to revel in the sacred place of childhood. A day at Gan Neve Shalom provides structure and order without rigidity. There is always room for spontaneity as it arises.
“Thank you for all the care that you so clearly take to hold these children in love and light, and teach them that they, and the world, are sacred and matter.” “We love that our son experiences holidays that celebrate the earth and kindness towards all living things.” As a non-Jewish family, having our daughter take part in this program has been priceless! It facilitated a true appreciation for the richness of the Jewish culture and the incredible community that is so apparent each time we are at the school.