Preschool of the Arts Charleston

Welcome to Preschool of the Arts at the Charleston Center for Jewish Life - Evoking wonder, creativity, and joy! Established 2016

Preschool of the Arts at the Charleston Center for Jewish Life is founded on the principle that children have an intrinsic desire to explore, and are capable and competent learners. We seek to provide a natural, organic, and art-filled environment where children learn through an enriching multi-sensory approach to exploration and discovery. We believe in creating an environment where children learn the traditions and moral values of Judaism. These lessons are woven naturally through all of our disciplines so that they become both a meaningful and treasured part of each child's personal milieu. For children, we strive to maintain a safe, healthy, nurturing, and engaging environment where all social, emotional, and cognitive developmental needs are addressed. For parents, we strive to work collaboratively, and serve as a resource for support and education, engaging your children and nourishing their hearts and minds. Following the Reggio Emilia Approach, we believe children learn best when they are guided through the process of building meaningful understandings, in a diverse community where their ideas and questions are honored and valued. Our holistic and collaborative inquiry-based curricula continuously evolve and focus on the relationship of the fine arts to nature, science, math, music, and communal interaction. We encourage children to ponder, investigate, and create as a way to make meaning of the world around them.

Mission: "The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences. We must widen the range of topics and goals, the types of situations we offer and their degree of structure, the kinds and combinations of resources and materials, and the kinds of interactions with things, peers, and adults." - Loris Malaguzzi

[03/17/20]   Hold tight parents, and thanks for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented closure. We hope your days at home have been filled with joy, peace, and health. We are busily preparing individual lessons, so be on the look out for materials sent to your inbox at 9:00 tomorrow morning. We'll also be offering art workshops to "check out" for extra fun at home. We miss you all, and we're looking forward to seeing you all again when we can. In the meantime, let's all stay healthy everyone!

Chag Purim! Our preschoolers had an amazing day celebrating Purim today!

An album dedicated to the memories made in the Adventurers class during the 2019/2020 school year.

A long-awaited photo update of the many adventures and works in our Adventurers class the last few weeks!

A long-awaited photo update of the many amazing inquiries and works from our Explorers class for the past few weeks.

Our dream of an organic Children's Garden is, quite literally, taking root! We're grateful to @Rita's Roots Backyard Harvest for making this dream a reality. Follow along to watch our garden grow.

Did you know that Swiss Chard roots are pink? They’re related to beet family! Our garden has survived both the cold weather and the nutritionally curious children who visit it multiple times a day!

What a sweet, joyful morning as the Explorers shared crafts and process art with their grandparents. There were smiles all around as comfort and love filled the room. Thank you grandparents for your investment in these amazing children. Your care and warmth is a gift to all of us.

Our Adventurers’ eyes were bright and filled with pride as they welcomed their grandparents to their classroom. They created art and made messes of creativity, as laughter and joy filled the room. We’re so grateful for the investment in these children from all of these wonderful Bubbes, Zaides, Grandmas, Grandpas, Grannies, PopPops, Nanas, Mumsies, Papas, Bas, and Da-das!

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Our chickens have hatched, and we’ve had the sweet joy in watching them grow.

After a hard day of digging, the Explorers love having lunch outside!

Today was beautiful. Our incredible community of families came together to work in the garden, making plans for the school’s future, and celebrating Tu B’Shevat. What a community, what a day!

An album dedicated to the memories made in the Adventurers class during the 2019/2020 school year.

Curiosity and growth: two things we see in our Adventurers class each day. With so many new experiences, our Adventurers meet new challenges with intellect and thoughtfulness. They express their ideas, and their ever-stronger opinions with ease and confidence. We couldn’t ask for more for them.

Looking at the faces of these children, we see the wonder in the ordinary everyday. Their minds constantly process the input that we as adults take for granted. The newness, the spark of imagination, the process of inference and cause and effect all come together in the exploration of play.

Ms. Lynna joined us this week from her farm, to give us the opportunity to watch nature in action. She brought with her some chicken eggs and incubators for each classroom to observe. This has brought with it much curiosity on the nature of eggs, growth, and life. In 19 days when the chicks begin to hatch, Ms. Lynna will come by to return the baby chicks to the farm so that they can continue to live happy, peaceful lives as they grow.

Snapshots of our super fun time celebrating our favorite dudes!

Today we celebrated our favorite “dudes”. We celebrated the joy, the fun, and the sense of wonder you bring to your children’s lives. Thank you POTA Dudes not only for bringing your dancing shoes, but most importantly, for the example you are in the lives of your children! (And, thank you also to the moms, grandmothers, and nannies who were our surrogate Dudettes today).

An album dedicated to the memories made in the Adventurers class during the 2019/2020 school year.

Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post

Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post

An album dedicated to the memories made in the Adventurers class during the 2019/2020 school year.

Our Adventurers continued to explore the topic of reusing materials, recycling, and taking care of our planet. Their thoughts and insights were collected in their daily questions and they are invested in finding ways to keep our planet healthy.

This was a week of welcoming a few new friends and building relationships for our Explorers. They had a wonderful time growing and learning together.

Our dream of an organic Children's Garden is, quite literally, taking root! We're grateful to @Rita's Roots Backyard Harvest for making this dream a reality. Follow along to watch our garden grow.

Our children request garden time every day. They eat and dig, and ask the best questions here. This week, they noticed seed pods on one of our Red Bud trees near the garden beds. They remarked that they looked like the sugar snaps peas they had just enjoyed. They were curious about their size, their texture, and soon discovered the pods had baby seeds inside. They worked together to pick seeds from the pods, and wanted to plant them to grow more trees. We’ll be watching for new growth to see if we notice any baby Red Bud tree sprouts in the coming months.

This week, the Explorers engaged in individual light and sound studies. They tested their abilities, took risks, and sought the company of friends for their daily adventures.

An album dedicated to the memories made in the Adventurers class during the 2019/2020 school year.

This week, our Adventurers explored the ideas of reducing, reusing, and recycling materials. They conducted experiments of plant growth in polluted water, celebrated a special friend’s birthday, and welcome a visiting artist to the school.

We were so excited to welcome back one of our own parents, Avery Euart, as a visiting artist. She and the children engaged in multi-sensory “up-cycled” art collages. By utilizing found and reused items, the conversation led to talks of caring for the planet. Our friend, J, wants to “take the trash off the land,” while our friend, E, noted that “throwing trash in the ocean is the opposite of helping.” Such insight from our young friends!

Our dream of an organic Children's Garden is, quite literally, taking root! We're grateful to @Rita's Roots Backyard Harvest for making this dream a reality. Follow along to watch our garden grow.

Our two weeks away from the garden allowed for so much growth! The children had daily feasts of celery, sugar snap peas, cilantro, dill, fennel, broccoli, broccoli leaves, kale, and spinach. Our carrots are growing larger and little by little, were picking them. We planted purple and orange carrots, and it’s a surprise every time when they inspect which color they’ve pulled.

An album dedicated to the memories made in the Adventurers class during the 2019/2020 school year.

Our Adventurers were so happy to be back together again! They explored eco empathy by reading books, such as “Here Comes The Garbage Barge” by Jonah Winter. They’re discussing big ideas about trash, recycling, and caring for our environment.

Our Explorers have loved getting back to school! They’ve had a week filled with wonder, exploration, and joy. The beautiful additions to the classroom ambiance have brought so many questions and thoughtful insight into their daily routines. We’re all so glad to be back together!

We had an amazing time celebrating Chanukah today! Wishing you all blessings and joy this season!

A few pictures from our visit with Daniel Scruggs on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

This past Tuesday, Preschool of the Arts had the pleasure of welcoming international music educator, Daniel Scruggs of Rhythm Moves Live! Our children were thrilled to see Mr. Daniel again and experience amazing music from all around the globe. Their eyes were bright with wonder and their toes kept rhythm with the sounds and beats they heard. It was a wonderful time of learning and growing together.

Crushing and grinding up chalk in mortar and pestles was an awesome way to make paint in class yesterday! We added essential oils, fragrant herbs like fennel from our garden, and leaves to create a vibrant sensory experience.

When you discover an amazing creature outdoors, and adopt him as your classroom pet, the world of learning opens up. Our Adventurers adopted “Tooby” into their class, and went on a quest to learn all about his ideal healthy habitat and his food preferences. While they loved welcoming him into their classroom, they delighted in searching for the ideal environment in which to release him. They searched high and low for his perfect new home.

In doing so, they discovered a new world of their own, where they could take risks and explore habitats. They have visited the empty pond on our land and found a place to take risks and experience the freedom that nature brings.

Thank you to all of our preschool families for joining us yesterday for our Thanksgiving Friendship Feast! We’re grateful for all of you this season and always!

Our dream of an organic Children's Garden is, quite literally, taking root! We're grateful to @Rita's Roots Backyard Harvest for making this dream a reality. Follow along to watch our garden grow.

Broccoli leaves and kale have been in high demand this week. Strawberries have been planted, and we harvested our sweet potatoes for our upcoming Thanksgiving feast! We can’t wait to share our garden with our families this week!

An album dedicated to the memories made in the Adventurers class during the 2019/2020 school year.

We most often think of empathy in terms of social and community interaction. Through our ongoing learning and exploration of bees and insects, our Adventurers have developed a growing eco-empathy and greater awareness of preserving natural resources and environments.

United Nations

Today is World Children’s Day, a global day of action for children, by children.

It also marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children, an international agreement recognizing the fundamental rights of all children. More countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Children than any other human rights treaty in history.

The only country not to ratify it? The United States of America.

At Preschool of the Arts, we stand with the UN and UNICEF in declaring that it is time for every child to have every right. We hope you will join us.

#everychildeveryright

These inspiring children are speaking out, claiming their rights and leading the way to the world they deserve.

Join them this #WorldChildrensDay & raise your voice #ForEveryChild.

The Explorers discovered a lady bug on our nature walk today! They have been reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and asked questions about what lady bugs eat and where they live.

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