addition to the wonderful curriculum that our talented professional staff
presents to our students, we also offer some amazing classes by outside specialists.
Every class has yoga with our extraordinary teacher April Cantor. On Fridays
Ira Levin, our amazing and spirited music teacher, visits each of our
classrooms and helps us celebrate Shabbat. We also offer Spanish classes to our
afternoon three and four year olds.
Cantor received certification to teach yoga with Integral Yoga in 1999. April's
previous experience in-cludes working as a theater arts educator collaborating
with teachers to adapt literature for stage. April saw how students and
teachers alike thirsted for and connected to a physical practice like yoga in
helping with focus and body-mind awareness.
has worked with both children and adults bringing Jewish music into the
community. He has worked as a cantorial soloist leading community Passover
seders, family High Holiday, Shabbat and Havdallah services. He also worked as
a song leader with Birthright Israel, Hebrew Day Schools, Hebrew Schools and
summer camps. Ira performed at the URJ Biennial Conference in 2011, NY Limmund 2012,
Boston Limmund 2011 and England Limmund 2010, and the International Jewish
Music Festival Amsterdam 2007. Ira won the Shalshelet New Jewish Liturgical
Music Award in both 2004 and 2010. Ira brings his guitar and wonderful sense of
joy into each of our classrooms. The children are always so happy to see him and
enjoy singing, dancing, shaking and jumping along to the music. In addition to
celebrating Shabbat with us every Friday he also sings songs about the Jewish
holidays and focuses on whatever curriculum the classes might be working on.
Picker visits us two afternoons a week to teach our preschoolers Spanish. She
works for Wee Play Language, a unique program created to teach foreign
languages to preschoolers organically. Students always have a full set of
materials in front of them which enables them to participate and be fully
engaged in the les-sons for the entire time. Following their teacher's
directions in Spanish, the children play with their toys and manipulate their
materials, all while absorbing the foreign language seamlessly. Their lessons
include using magnetic pieces and white boards to create various scenes, such
as pet shops, snowmen and fall scenes. They also use toys and pre-tend play as
a vehicle for learning.
are offering tours and accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. To
sign up for a tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or
call the Preschool office at 718-623-1322.
Sporer, Preschool Director
Union Temple is pleased to announce its affiliation with the PJ Library!
See how families with children from 6 months to 8 years can get a free Jewish content book or CD each month.