Building Confidence, Character & Community
My oldest son, Max, is a graduate of Temple Beth Or Preschool and was not only well-prepared for kindergarten, but he established friendships that remain close to this day, learned about Judaism and discovered what it means to be part of a community. He gained confidence and social and personal skills that have allowed him to become not only an excellent student, but also a young man well-liked by his peers. My son had wonderful, nurturing teachers who took a personal interest in his growth, learning and development beyond anything he has experienced since entering elementary school – so much so, in fact, that all three of his siblings have attended or will attend this wonderful school.
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One of the lessons Adam has learned at TBO Preschool that I appreciate is that it’s important to care for others who are less fortunate, and generally to treat your friends and family with respect. He reminds us on Thursday nights that he needs to bring canned food to donate on Friday, and he has been recognized in front of the other students for being kind to a younger child when he was lonely. These are values we emphasize at home, too, and it’s great that they’re being doubly reinforced through his time at school.
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We were initially skeptical that we’d be able to send our kids to TBO Preschool because we both work and thus needed a solution that covered our childcare needs all day. We’d heard from others that it was a great preschool, though, so we decided to figure out a way to make it work, and it’s been a surprisingly smooth process. We combine the morning program at TBOP and a wonderful sitter in the afternoon, and we actually think it’s the best of both worlds. We’ve also taken advantage of the Extended Day program on occasion, which has been a nice fall-back.