Preschool & Junior Kindergarten - Vancouver Talmud Torah

The Early Years – Preschool & Junior Kindergarten


Our early childhood program aims to provide the highest quality experience within a secure, nurturing and stimulating Jewish environment. The program is play-based and uses developmentally-appropriate practice to ensure children’s spiritual, physical, cognitive, creative and social growth. A primary goal of the program is to raise children with self-awareness to help them become their best selves in order to care for themselves, others and the world around them.

The Preschool/Junior Kindergarten curriculum is designed to meet the needs and strengths of each child and to foster growth in all developmental domains. It allows children to make choices, encourages both independence and collaboration and is planned around both Judaic and general studies themes, as well as ideas that emerge from children’s interests and passions.

The Judaics curriculum is centred around the warmth and beauty of Jewish traditions, mitzvot (the ethical commandments), tikkun olam (“repair of the world”), celebrating Shabbat, and exploring the Jewish holidays through stories. Children are also exposed to drama, art, and music programs and practice math and science concepts through fun activities, games and baking. Children also acquire a basic Hebrew vocabulary related to each holiday and everyday life.

Most of our students begin their journey in our early childhood program and remain at VTT until they graduate in seventh grade. We are proud of our 90% retention rate.

Vancouver Talmud Torah is proud of its play-based philosophy in the early years. Read why PLAY IS SO IMPORTANT in this New York Times article. The Washington Post also published an important missive on the critical value of PLAY. Finally, here’s one more testament to why PLAY is so important in the early years (from Slate Magazine).

Curious to learn more? Click the buttons below to have many of your questions answered

Early Years Q&A Early Years Gradual Entry Preschool & Jr. Kindergarten Handbook

Teachers, Blogs & Wikis

Preschool 1 – HD

Sharon Kaikov-Ingram & Mariana Milenkova:  Preschool Team Room 111

Monica Schwartzman:  Music  303

Riba Kalb: Art  111

Preschool 2 – HD

Angela Mammon & Alyse Hanson: Preschool Team  Room 110

Monica Schwartzman:  Music  303

Riba Kalb: Art  110

Preschool FD

Maria Cerani, Lisa Boroditsky (a.m.) & Aura Estrin, Monica Schwartzman (p.m.): Preschool Team  Room 112

Monica Schwartzman:  Music  303

Riba Kalb: Art  112


Gaby Lutrin & Sigal Mathews: Preschool Team  Room 102

Monica Schwartzman:  Music  303

Riba Kalb: Art  102


Celia Malowicki, Michele Zychlinski (a.m.), Jessica Oelker, Alyse Hanson (p.m.):  Preschool Team  Room 107

Monica Schwartzman:  Music  303

Riba Kalb: Art  107