Welcome to Shalem Early Childhood Learning Center for the mind, body, and soul located in Congregation Tikvat Jacob in Manhattan Beach. Shalem is the Hebrew word for wholeness and defines our approach to learning. At Shalem our children experience a unique and nurturing environment - one where our highly qualified and creative staff guide and facilitate a play-based emergent curriculum that allows our students to build a strong foundation for the skills and tools they will need as they grow both academically and socially. We focus on developing the whole child into a kind, compassionate individual with a connection to and love for family, community, Judaism and the world beyond.
We are a very special school with an outdoor play space, without a play structure, swing or sand box so it is constantly changing as we adapt our area to our current learning needs and work to build creative immersive learning moments. To this end, we are always looking for open-ended tools for play that are only limited by our childrens' imagination. We are so excited to share the link to a system that we believe perfectly fits that bill!! Imagination Playground is a breakthrough block-based system designed to transform children's lives through play.
Big Blue Blocks are exactly that - Big and Blue. Blocks are one of the most important play materials for young children, as they allow for exploration in force and motion, balance, and spatial relation. Children of all ages enjoy creative play here while developing large motor skills, eye-hand coordination, creative problem solving, patience, and communication abilities. The blocks are big, but they are made of a lightweight high density foam that makes them easy to move and manipulate and just a whole lot of fun.
To that end, we need your help! This is an opportunity to take our outdoor space to the next level; to engage and immerse children for generations to come.
Click below to learn more about Imagination Playground's Big Blue Blocks!! And then please consider helping us to meet our goal... even the smallest donation helpsl!! Imagination Playground