San FranciscoCongregation Beth Sholom Family Preschool Congregation Beth Sholom 301 14th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 940-7124 [email protected] www.bethsholomsf.org/education/preschool Director of early childhood education Katherine Friedman Barboni [email protected] Enriches the lives of young children and their families by providing opportunities for learning, creativity, exploration, and curiosity. The school is inspired by the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. The belief is that all children are competent learners, ready to explore their environments, engage in social interactions and construct their own learning. Play is essential to early learning because it offers opportunities for children to build relationships with other children, with materials and with their environment. The strength of this preschool comes from the sense of community that is built through family engagement opportunities. Parent education workshops, ongoing teacher education, and individual counseling with families are also integral parts of the program. The preschool is infused with Judaic values and culture. Classroom experiences are guided by Jewish holidays and traditions, demonstrated especially by a weekly all-school Shabbat and Havdallah rituals. Children also learn about Judaica through stories, smells, tastes, sounds and touch. By living our Jewish values, sharing stories, singing songs, cooking and celebrating the Jewish holidays together, the school helps make Judaism a meaningful part of each family’s life.