Our educational approach

In keeping with the Reggio-Emilia philosophy of ECE, we provide open-ended, play-based experiences and infuse those activities with relevant oral and written literacy skills and beginning math concepts. We emphasize decision-making, problem-solving, cooperating, and learning by doing.

Our teachers invite children to learn with a variety of art materials, manipulatives, blocks, cooking activities, music and movement, dramatic play, and scientific exploration.

Our students learn by actively exploring, inventing, experimenting, and engaging with the rich materials in the classroom and in our shared outdoor spaces and by working together with their peers. Our teachers observe the children closely, document their thinking and learning, and gently guide them to deeper exploration of concepts and relationships.

We foster a warm and nurturing environment that teaches the whole child – socially, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Our Reggio-inspired, emergent curriculum is child-centered, with themes and activities emerging from the interests of the children and events in their lives. We show our children through our curriculum that they are valued, loved, and heard.

Our goal is that each child leaves our school for Kindergarten equipped to ask important questions, think deeply and creatively, value their own ideas and skills, stand up for themselves and for others, and become lifelong learners.

Learn more here: Reggio Emilia philosophy, emergent curriculum, constructivism

Beth Ami Community Nursery School is a program of Congregation Beth Ami, and is supported by the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, as well as Jewish Learning Works and First Five Sonoma County.