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Early Childhood Center-School Year 2016-2017

"Play is the highest expression of human development."
Welcome to The One School At Temple Beth Am, Celebrating the Whole Child. We understand and respect that every child is essentially, ‘the one.’ Every child is unique. The specifics of how we nurture and grow each child are dependent entirely upon the needs of the child. This is how we celebrate each child - by engaging him or her at his or her point of need. The One School partners with every parent to ensure every child is championed and educated as an individual.

The One School is a NAEYC Accredited, Reggio Emilia Nature-inspired school, serving ages 18 months to five years. The One School offers certified teachers, a low student/teacher ratio, an emergent creative curriculum and specialty areas of study including science, art, music, foreign language and nature study. The One School’s curricula are supplemented by young family programs and parenting workshops, an infant and toddler program, Family Center, Summer Camp, after school enrichment classes and an active and instrumental Parent Teacher Organization. A commitment to contribute to the community and the world at large is also a part of the school’s social justice philosophy.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017

The children had so much fun the past few weeks as they painted and made favorite fruits for their own Sukkah in the classroom. We went on a nature walk, discovered the secret garden (to find our leaves, sticks, and pine cones for the Sukkah), and visited the Sukkah outside. They learned about colors (green and yellow). The children talked about their friends in the class and started to make best friend portraits. We discussed friendship, working together, kindness, and social skills. Next week will start to discuss healthy eating and lifestyle.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Essence of the High Holy Days -poem from Rabbi Alon

Perfection, Perfection by Kilian McDonnell

I have had it with perfection.
I have packed my bags,
I am out of here.

As certain as rain
will make you wet,
perfection will do you

It droppeth not as dew
upon the summer grass
to give liberty and green

Perfection straineth out
the quality of mercy,
withers rapture at its

Before the battle is half begun,
cold probity thinks
it can't be won, concedes the

I've handed in my notice,
given back my keys,
signed my severance check, I

Hints I could have taken:
Even the perfect chiseled form of
Michelangelo's radiant David

the Venus de Milo
has no arms,
the Liberty Bell is

The poet is a Benedictine monk and priest (95 years old), but his message sums up the essence of the High Holy Days, if not of the entire Jewish faith. On Yom Kippur, we confess to 44 sins, most of which we did not, or even could not, commit. So why are we doing it? One of the reasons is to teach us about the importance of forgiveness, and how diametrically opposed it is to perfection. Forgiveness is a divine gift, while perfection is a human curse.

Try to remember an incident in which you hurt or offended someone you care about, and was forgiven. Rabbi Harold Kushner said, "Being forgiven is even better than having been perfect in the first place." Knowing that you are so important to someone who, despite having a reason to be angry with you, chooses not to be, because he or she cherishes your connection and friendship, is the ultimate blessing.

Don't be angry with yourself for not being perfect. You don't have to be, you cannot be. Don't lie to conceal your mistakes. God and anyone who is important to you love you as you are. Think about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, not as the Days of Judgment, but as the Days of Forgiveness. I encourage you to start the new year by forgiving yourself, forgiving your loved ones and forgiving God. Forgiveness is a condition to love, and as the song goes,

The greatest thing
You'll ever learn
Is just to love
And be loved
In return

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Alon Levkovitz

Temple Beth Am, 2250 Central Blvd, Jupiter, FL 33458

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

I Challenge you to Focus on the Positives

This Rosh Hashanah, I Challenge You to Focus on the Positives

Two essential parts of preparing for Rosh Hashanah, our clean slate for the year, is asking forgiveness from anyone we wronged and making a list (mental or written) of the ways we fell short since the last time we heard the shofar. Ideally that hard work of going to friends, family, and anyone else deserving of our forgiveness happens in the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah. By the time Yom Kippur rolls around 10 days later, we should be ready to confess our mistakes as a community, having already considered our personal paths to a teshuva, repentance, and how we will do better this year.
 If, like me, you’re the kind of person with a high capacity for guilt, you probably find that task easy, too, since we already felt badly about it during the year. I regret contributing to any gossip. I regret listening to any gossip. I regret not helping individuals or organizations more than I could have
I find that children, perhaps through nature and nurture, also have no problem (OK, after some prodding) coming up with people deserving of apologies and ways they could have behaved better during the year.
In Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s book “A Code of Jewish Ethics Volume I: You Shall By Holy,” he suggests that in addition to focusing on our transgressions before Rosh Hashanah, we also make a list of the good we did this year. He provides a sample prayer modeled after the Al Chet (“For the sin I committed by…”) recited on Yom Kippur. Instead of “For the sin I committed,” he starts each line with, “For the mitzvah we (or I) performed.” He ends the prayer with these encouraging words: “All these things, God, please remember and inspire us to do more acts like these in the year ahead.”
I find the “For the mitzvah I performed” exercise a great exercise for children.  We are not just focusing on mistakes, but position actions. encouraging our kids to  think of their goods deeds as well. But the power of focusing on both the mistakes and the positive actions we performed this year is about as powerful of a Rosh Hashanah preparation that you can get.
One mitzvah that is a major mitzvah for Rosh Hashanah is to hear the shofar. The shofar is our spiritual wake-up call. It would not be required every year if we were expected to have lived flawlessly.

For the mitzvah I performed I shared with my community the importance of focusing not only on our mistakes, but also positive actions for the year!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Paula's Birthday

Thank you to the entire school for helping me celebrate my birthday! on Oct 27th

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Building Creative Expression Through Art


In 1920, Piaget said, "Young children actively construct their knowledge by interacting with the world around them."

What Piaget meant is that young children need to touch, see, explore, and manipulate objects to develop and learn new ideas.  Young children should have daily opportunities for creative expression.

 Creative, open-ended art taps into three key developmental areas for young children.  First, it allows an emotional outlet, encouraging children’s active expression. Secondly, it builds the executive functions which relate to planning, monitoring, focusing, as well as solving problems. And third, open-ended art strengthens fine -motor skills. 

 But most importantly, children enjoy making art; open-ended art allows them to be happier with the process.  Children are less stressed in an open, nurturing setting and the process of art--as well as the final product--benefits greatly from this relaxation.

With that in mind, where do we start when providing children with open-ended art projects?  (All these experiences can be offered in a school setting, but they're also possible at home.) Where exactly do we begin?

Open-ended, free expression can be fostered with easel painting, watercolors, clay projects, finger painting, beads, cloth-weaving, and much, much more. The medium is secondary to the idea that art must be "process-oriented." This fancy term is actually quite simple. It means the act of creation--the how and why a child makes something--is just as, if not more, important than the final product.

As adults we are very concerned with products: the all-consuming end result. But in their innocence and pure curiousity, children are not so caught up in the endgame. They simply take pleasure in making things. Each and every experience is beautiful to them. As Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
So, what are the characteristics of process-oriented art? For one, there are no step-by-step instructions. The art is spontaneous and natural, rather than copied, prescribed or otherwise deemed "right" or "wrong." Process-oriented art is totally unique to the child, and is based around the exploration of the techniques, tools and materials used to the make the art itself. In addition to being entirely born of the child's imagination, the art must also be relaxing or soothing for the child. Process-oriented art should not be stressful, by definition.

One of the most important skills that parents and teacher can learn is not to judge children’s art. Instead, ask them what they made and compliment the colors not the lines, such as, “You mixed two colors together and made a new color!” Comment on the child’s process not the product.  Children’s art is one way they experience the world through feelings and imagery. This art creates a sense of wonder and curiosity.

Let’s honor children’s art by allowing them the opportunity and material to make their own creations.