Early Learning Programs

Learn, play and share with your toddler in a Jewish school setting

Learning Together and Apart

Learning Together and Apart is a full year early learning program offered at the Rodeph Sholom School. It is designed for children who are not yet enrolled in school but are ready for a separated and more structured school experience.
Learning Together and Apart is a class that will include all of the elements of a developmentally appropriate program for young children. Children will be encouraged to be independent in the classroom and separate from their adults. This class lasts a full two hours, and runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a special Shabbat celebration on Fridays.

• Children must turn 2 between September 1st and December 31st
• A year-long separated program

For applications and more information, please email Debbie Semmel at dsemmel@rssnyc.org.

Free Choice
The children will be encouraged to participate in a variety of activities in our specially designed toddler classroom. Choices will include: art projects, block building, dramatic play, play dough, sand and water play.

Gym Time
Running, jumping, climbing and tumbling are a necessary part of any young child's physical development. Our mini-gym is designed to facilitate children's gross motor development while they play together.

Group Time
Singing together, reading together, learning to take turns and be in a group with peers all create the fabric of a shared experience in a classroom. Each day we will have snack time and a circle time, which will introduce children to the excitement of being part of a group.

Note: If your child is too young to meet the age requirements for Learning Together and Apart, they are eligible for Sholom Sprouts programming, including Learning Together, which is detailed below.

Sholom Sprouts' Learning Together

(for kiddos 12 – 30 months and their grownups)

Learning Together classes introduce children to the richness of a school setting. Each session children experience different classroom activities, including free choice, group time, and play in the mini gym. All classes incorporate celebrations of Jewish holidays and Thursday/Friday classes celebrate Shabbat with a special visit from our clergy. For more information, email Lisa Schiff at lschiff@crsnyc.org.

Learn more about Sholom Sprouts by visiting Congregation Rodeph Sholom's website.

Debbie Semmel

Program Coordinator

Debbie Semmel, the Program Coordinator for Learning Together and Apart, has a Masters in Education as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership and has taught at Rodeph Sholom School for 25 years. She has been a teacher in the Early Childhood Division throughout her tenure, and specifically a Twos (and younger) teacher for the last 12 years. She particularly enjoys the opportunity to introduce young children to the school environment, and is thrilled to be coordinating the Early Learning Programs.