We pride ourselves on the creative use of our warm, comfortable home within the synagogue. The building is an inviting space for young children -- a refuge from the clamor of New York City streets.
During the day, the School has priority on most of the spaces in the building. The clergy is right across the hall from our classrooms, and the Rabbis and Cantor interact with the children in both formal and informal ways. Everything is in close proximity, giving children a sense of safety and place.
The Nursery School welcomes children into warmly inviting classrooms with roomy spaces for imaginative independent dramatic play. We offer a dynamic, thoughtfully-chosen array of developmentally-appropriate materials, games, manipulatives, and other skill-building elements in each room that pique a child’s curiosity, encourage hands-on exploration and stimulate the imagination. Each class has plenty of space reserved for blocks, since block building is an important focus and rich vehicle for learning in all classes at all ages in our school. Other centers in all of the classrooms include but are not limited to a dramatic play center, art center including clay and easels for painting, writing center, sensory center--sand and/or water tables, classroom library and listening center, science center, and shelves filled with manipulatives for math, games, and model animals, people, and vehicles.
The spacious and inviting Habonim Social Hall and Sanctuary provide two large indoor play spaces with equipment designed to develop gross motor skills and inspire play and physical activity. The Nursery School has priority on scheduling these spaces during the school day. We offer both structured, guided activities as well as time for children to exercise and play freely, running, riding vehicles, shooting hoops, building, and creating in imaginative ways.