Special Programs

Educational Programming

The health, safety and well being of our children is always of primary concern. One of the children’s favorite programs is the annual visit from the fire personnel of our local Penn Wynne Fire Company. They always arrive on their shiny hook and ladder, and the children delight in taking turns squirting the fire hose. Included in the visit are some serious safety instructions for protection during fire emergencies. It’s easy to learn Stop, Drop and Roll from friendly firefighters. An added bonus is Freddy, a robotic interactive firetruck who delights the children with his humorous banter.

Our Pre-K and Kindergarten children have the opportunity to experience the wide variety of educational and cultural activities in the Philadelphia area by taking trips to the Bluett Theater of St. Joseph’s University, The Camden Aquarium, Morris Arboretum, Children’s Festival at the University of Pennsylvania, Lower Merion Conservancy, Philadelphia Zoo, Sandy Hill Farm and the Philadelphia Art Museum.

“Getting to Know You”
Cultivating the Social, Emotional and Moral Intelligence in Children

Getting to Know You; Cultivating the Social, Emotional and Moral Intelligence in Children is an expansive approach to life which builds confidence, self-esteem and strong moral character while teaching the skills
which enable the children to lead rewarding lives full of promise and optimism.

Written by Annalee Cohen, who taught here for 37 years before retiring in 2012, Beth Hillel-Beth El’s Getting to Know You program was designed for your child to develop better social competencies in and out of the classroom.

When the children first come to the Early Childhood Center, through Getting to Know You, they are introduced to social competency and character building concepts. As they move through the older classes, the curriculum continuously evolves developmentally with the children. Each year stands alone, but builds on what has come before and becomes an integral part of the whole.

This venture forms a perfect synthesis with Torah Education, Jewish values and Mitzvot. Jewish life is at the core of this mission and is the foundation on which our philosophy is based. It is a process that is integrated into every aspect of the school culture, including the academic framework.

When conversations on kindness, respect, altruism, individuality and courage become a part of the children’s daily lives, so does strong moral character. In our ever changing world, the goal of helping children discover the storehouses of their inner strengths is the focus of this mission. When the children graduate from the Early Childhood Center, they will be socially, emotionally and morally well prepared for the challenges that await them as they enter the next chapter in their lives.

Music and Dance

Music with Mindy on Monday!

There is nothing more fun than starting the week off with music! While the program for the younger children is filled with finger plays, silly songs and of course seasonal and holiday music and dance, it can get quite sophisticated at times. The children learn early on that the first two or three minutes of the program is for listening. We explore classical music with the works of Saint Sans and Tchaikovsky. We will learn all about the ballet in anticipation of The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker. We will also use musical instruments and learn about slow and fast rhythm.

Don’t be surprised if your child comes home singing in Hebrew! We love to sing songs just like the yeladim in Israel!

Music with Sherrie on Tuesday!

In music, our children experience a multitude of musical programs.  Songs for Shabbat and all Jewish holidays are taught throughout the entire year.  The introduction of Hebrew is also integrated in songs to help children recognize basic Hebrew words.

The introduction of classical music is experienced through movement and playing of instruments.  The Nutcracker ballet visits every year and introduces our children to the wonderful world of ballet.

In our Kindergarten class, we work throughout the year to build a theme-oriented program which is presented at graduation.  Every child has a part in our graduation which includes singing, narrating, dancing, and play of instruments.

Physical Education

Fitness Fun for Everyone!


Our Mission

Young children need lots of physical activity. Exercise builds strong bones and muscles. It also helps children sleep well at night and stay alert during the day. It  promotes hand-eye coordination and improves concentration in school. But in order to keep kids engaged and involved, fitness has to be fun.

At Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El Early Childhood’s Center, we provide children with many opportunities to experience and practice exercise and sports skills. By promoting movement that enhances cardiovascular fitness, strength, balance, flexibility, coordination and self-esteem our goal is to help kids establish the foundation for a life-long habit of achieving fitness.

Fitness Classes

Sports and Fitness

ECC Fitness Coordinator Karen Dagenais, a certified personal trainer and advanced black belt in Tae Kwon Do, leads a weekly half-hour class that introduces children to a wide variety of sports and exercise activities through playful games and songs. In most cases, they receive their own age-appropriate equipment. Classes include a warm-up, a lesson on the activity of the month and basic instruction on safety rules, sportsmanship and healthy living. Program highlights include soccer, basketball, volleyball, yoga, karate, aerobics and track and field.

Creative Movement  

The ECC provides a weekly class for all children ages 12 months through our older 3’s and Bright Horizons. Creative Movement and Dance Specialist Leigh Bednoff brings energy and excitement to the program by teaching body awareness through movement to music. Simple opposing concepts such as over and under, high and low, heavy and light and curvy and straight are explored, as are rhythms, balance, physical expression and free dance.

Leigh received her BFA in Dance Education from Ohio State University. She received her MA in Creative Art Therapy from Hahnemann University Hospital where she specialized in Dance /Movement Therapy and completed her thesis on The Influence of Dance/Movement Intervention on Preschool Children. She has initiated and developed an acclaimed preschool dance curriculum for preschool children in a variety of settings. Leigh’s love of movement and dance is seen and felt in all of her endeavors, and she believes that  movement and dance are the roots of life!

Yoga and Pilates

Thomas Jefferson University Physical Therapy Professor Marcia Levinson, who founded the Fitness Fun for Everyone program, shares her yoga expertise with the older children of the ECC. This monthly class for Pre-K and Kindergarten children builds strength, flexibility and balance through poses related to animals and elements of nature. Children learn to breathe deeply as they focus on twisting, bending and shaping their bodies into different positions.

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