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.

Operating as usual

Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post 06/04/2021

Congratulations to all of our graduates! We will miss you dearly. Please visit often!


Shhh, don't wake the baby birds!

This week, we have been captivated by the baby chicks that hatched in our classroom. We wondered what it might be like to be a baby bird, so we built our own nest and tried it out for ourselves.

Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post 05/10/2021

“Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning and how to learn." Loris Malaguzzi

We are constantly learning, creating and experimenting right alongside these precious children. Thankful for the opportunity to experience the world as they do.

#reggioemilia #preschoolplay #alwayslearning #potakiddos #preschoolofthearts #artisticplay

Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post 04/28/2021

Our little school has been welcoming new life! Between our flourishing garden, the chicken eggs that are on the brink of hatching, and our beautiful butterfly that just this morning emerged from its chrysalis, there is so much to celebrate!

Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post 04/12/2021

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful Springtime weather as much as we are! Whether we are practicing yoga, playing instruments, or experimenting with the magnet wall, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to keep our minds and bodies busy!

Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post 03/31/2021

Happy Passover! Last week at POTA, the Explorers and the Adventurers learned all about the Exodus from Egypt. We ended the week with a celebration where we danced and paraded through the parted Red Sea!

Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post 03/10/2021

Working on our Spring planting on this beautiful day! Many thanks to Farmer Katie for sharing her gardening knowledge with us today. We were also able to squeeze in some water play once the sun warmed us up!

Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post 02/18/2021

Making the best of a mostly rainy week! Between drawing in our nature journals, building houses and making our own noise-makers, we had lots to do!

Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post 02/09/2021

Experimenting with our new magnet wall! POTA students are able to explore physical science concepts like momentum, energy, speed, force and acceleration as they create their own paths with the ramps and balls. By trying out the different options for themselves, the children were able to gain a deeper understanding of how objects interact and move in space.
#reggioemilia #reggio #magnetwall #outdoorplay

Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post 01/29/2021

This week we have been recognizing all of the wonderful things that trees do for us. They give us good food to eat, provide air for us to breathe, offer shelter for animals, and much more. We have had so much fun finding ways that we can give back to the trees to thank them for all that they do for us!


The learning opportunities are never ending with these inquisitive minds. From color science to recipe building; paper mache creating to understanding the world that exists under the sea, we love watching how concepts and skills develop over time.


Winter break offered us some important rest and relaxation, but we're so happy to be playing with our friends again. Everyone picked up right where they left off, as if no time had passed, as special friends often do.


Happy #ThrowbackThursday from all of us here at POTA. We love looking back at these familiar faces and are amazed at how far they have come since we first met!

#ThenandNow #PotaFamily #ExplorerstoAdventurers #MakingFriends


Happiest Thanksgiving week to you and yours from all of us here at POTA.
#ThanksgivingBlessings #POTAFamily #PreschoolAdventures #NatureWalk #PlayingWithFriends


Our little gardeners, sidewalk chalk artists, and science experimenters have been busy showing us just how much there is to discover inside and outside of the classroom. #ourorganicgardengrows #playingwithfriends


Lots going on this week at POTA! Between making our very own scrapbooks, building with wooden blocks and finding out what happens when primary colors mix, we have plenty of activities to keep our minds and bodies occupied!


We are making the most of this crisp weather! There is plenty of outdoor playing and learning to do and we are taking full advantage of these comfortable temperatures.
#thegreatoutdoors #slidingandjumping #playingwithfriends


Today, our Atelierista, Ms. Avery, visited and helped us create salad spinner art! That, combined with an endless amount of other activities (gardening, block building, ball throwing, fort making...) kept us going all day long.


The outdoor fun continues for the Adventurers and the Explorers! Thankful for beautiful weather to help our curious minds stay busy while we explore the great outdoors.


"Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more." Loris Malaguzzi

Watching these creative minds grow and develop is one of life's most precious gifts. We are in awe of these children each and every day!


As we prepare for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, we have been as busy as bees experiencing the complete process of the anatomy of the bee, how it produces honey, and then how that honeycomb is handled by the beekeeper. #potachs #busybees


Have you met the newest addition to our Explorers classroom? Dumbo the Elephant Ear Betta Fish has stolen our hearts and fueled our brains as we learn all about the ecosystem he calls home. #exploringtheclassroom #bettafishtank


What a fabulous #firstweekofschool at POTA! We have been busy exploring our environments, making new friends and visiting with familiar faces. We can hardly wait to see what this week has in store!

[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. 03/06/2020

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. 03/06/2020

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!


Photos from Preschool of the Arts Charleston's post


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. 02/07/2020

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.

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We love rainy days in the Explorers classroom! The opportunity to work on motor planning, encounter unique surfaces, and...
We've watched our garden grow, and yesterday our Explorers had the chance to try some kale. Listen to this little one's ...
"It is a happy talent to know how to play." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
We're big on teamwork in our preschool classes!
We're grateful for these happy faces. Wishing you all joy and happiness this Thanksgiving!





477 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, SC

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 3pm
Tuesday 9am - 3pm
Wednesday 9am - 3pm
Thursday 9am - 3pm
Friday 9am - 3pm
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