Frequently Asked Questions

1)Does my child have to be toilet-trained to attend school?

We do not feel that it is appropriate to pressure a child to become toilet-trained. Every child develops at a different time. For that reason, we do not require two and three-year-olds to be trained. We do expect children in our three-year-old classes to work on toilet training during the school year and our teachers are happy to encourage a routine at school that has been started at home. Four-year-olds are expected to be toilet trained.

2)What ways can parents participate in Zipporah S. Abramson Center for Early Childhood Education at Congregation Beth Or?
Zipporah S. Abramson Center for Early Childhood Education has a very active PTO, involved in fund-raising and other activities. All parents are encouraged to become active in these projects, as well as to be a part of the classroom in instances such as baking for holidays, birthday parties for their child, etc. Each classroom needs at least one room parent to help the teachers with special projects.

3)Do the children play outside?
We encourage outside play everyday, weather permitting. The children love the playground and our little bike riding area and they also enjoy nature walks and other special outside programs.

4)What method of discipline is used at Zipporah S. Abramson Center for Early Childhood Education at Congregation Beth Or?
Our primary mode of discipline is redirection. In extreme cases, children may be asked to sit out of an activity for a few minutes if they need to gain self-control. A staff member is always with the child to explain why he/she is denied participation. Corporal punishment is never used. Communication with families is an integral part of our behavior management program.

5)Do the children have any extra programs like music during the week?
All children in our program have music and creative movement classes every week. The four-year-olds and Kindergartners enjoy music and creative movement as well as gym, Hebrew and computer instruction.

6)What holidays are celebrated?
Every Friday, the entire school celebrates Shabbat. We have a lovely, age appropriate Shabbat service in the Gitlin Sanctuary with a story and songs. We celebrate all the Jewish holidays, as well as Thanksgiving. We do not celebrate Halloween or Valentine’s Day at Zipporah S. Abramson Center for Early Childhood Education.

7)Do the children go on field trips?
Our 3 and 4-year-old classes and our Kindergarten class go on field trips throughout the year. These trips are usually related to a topic they are learning about or a specific holiday or season. The trips are always chaperoned by teachers and parents. Some of the extended learning programs include matzah baking, havdallah candle making, olive press & turkey/pilgrim visit. These programs are offered at school.

8)Does Zipporah S. Abramson Center for Early Childhood Education serve snacks during the school day?
The morning classes each have a healthy snack during their class times. The children are served fruit, cereal, pretzels, crackers and other snack type items. The children bring their lunch to school if they have afternoon classes. Lunches may not contain pork or shellfish products in keeping with Beth Or’s Kosher policy. A snack is also served to classes in the late afternoon. We can accommodate children who have food allergies and/or special diets. Zipporah S. Abramson Center for Early Childhood Education is a peanut / nut free school.

9)How can I find out about your curriculum?
We invite you to call and make an appointment to visit our school. We’ll be happy to show you our classrooms and share our curriculum at that time. We use Creative Curriculum and the PA Learning Standards to create stimulating, developmentally appropriate lessons for your children.