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.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Bombared from all sides with what Piaget called "American question"-How can we do it faster? How can we make children learn more, sooner? We need to remember that facts acquire in isolation become easily forgotten trivia. Early childhood educators, focusing on the development of children's initiative, have chosen to think of "smart" as being skillful in curiousity and critical thinking. It through play with materials and relationships, invention of classifciation systems, and solving problems in dialogue with others that young children develop the basic skills they will need to become effective contributors to the health of a changing world.
Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
|Working on our new playground|
|Finishing the edges|
|We love our new grass!|
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
"Do your best to keep the television off, or at least limit how much your child sees of any news event.
Try to keep yourself calm. Your presence can help your child feel more secure.
Give your child extra comfort and physical affection, like hugs or snuggling up together with a favorite book. Physical comfort goes a long way towards providing inner security. That closeness can nourish you, too.
Try to keep regular routines as normal as possible. Children and adults count on their familiar pattern of everyday life. Plan something that you and your child enjoy doing together, like taking a walk, going on a picnic, having some quiet time, or doing something silly. It can help to know there are simple things in life that can help us feel better, in good times and in bad.
Even if children don't mention what they've seen or heard in the news, it can help to ask what they think has happened. If parents don't bring up the subject, children can be left with their misinterpretations. You may be really surprised at how much your child has heard from others.
This article is excerpted from “The Mister Rogers Parenting Book” the last book Fred Rogers worked on before his death in 2003. In this book he wanted to support parents in their most important work of parenting and to help them better understand their young children. As he wrote in the introduction to the book:
“.. if we can bring our children understanding, comfort, and hopefulness when they need this kind of support, then they are more likely to grow into adults who can find these resources within themselves later on.”
Friday, December 14, 2012
|Gather As a Community|
|Enjoying the Fun of the Holiday! |
Singing and Laughing
We Share the Light!
A Great Holiday
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Ducklings Chanukah Celebration. Thank you to the teachers, Laurie, Jaque, Cheridah and Ms Yael for preparing a great celebration for our youngest students!
Friday, December 7, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
The desire to be understood is a powerful human motivator. Believe it or not this is one of our basic human needs like food or water. Violence (every war that has ever been and every fight in every home) has it roots in the lack of empathy. Without empathy in the home, school, and social environment we will destroy each other. The Lost Art of Listening by DR. Nicholas states “The yearning to be listened to and understood is a yearning to escape our separateness and bridge the space between others. We reach out and try to overcome that separateness by revealing what’s on our mind and to our hearts, hoping for understanding.”
True empathy has a cognitive and emotional component. While some people mistakenly believe that empathy is something we are born with and therefore either naturally have or don’t have the fact is that it is a skill that can be taught. Learning how to support the development of these skills in healthy directions is another of the tasks of parenting. The most important thing you can do!
Set a good example. Your child learns about how to interact with people by watching you and other adults in her life. Show her what it means to be a charitable person or how to be kind and loving. By helping family members and neighbors or supporting friends and others who are in need or having a hard time, you will be teaching your child to be empathetic person. In Judaism we use the word Kavod. Kavod literally meaning respect is one of the most important values in Judaism. When we treat people with respect (kavod), we respect their opinion, are compassionate and feel with our heart.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Please fill in the bottom of the form that was sent home today,with your child’s thoughts about how he or she can share the light with the world. Then, please take a photo of your child with the item that will be donated. Please return the item and the bottom of this page to your child’s teacher by no later than Friday, December 12th. All donated items will be given to the children of the Jupiter Head Start Program, and your child’s thoughts and photo will be proudly displayed on the bulletin board in our school hallway, to reinforce the concept of “doing the right thing.”
|This is our last year's collection of "Share the Light"|
Monday, November 26, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
|Free digital scrapbook generated with Smilebox|
|Thank you Volunteers|
Friday, November 16, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
What does Ms Paula's vacation have to do with preschool? Ms Paula loves the beach and loved studying with our Shining Stars on their beach project this month. So Ms Paula's vacation was in tune and extended her study of the beach in the Bahamas. Did you know that lobsters march leg to leg on the ocean bottom after a hurricane. That is what was happening after Hurricane Sandy in the bahamas. Of course conch shells were everywhere in the beautiful surroundings!
I hope on your next vacation you can relax, meditate,and enjoy the beautiful beaches that surround us!
In this busy world, let's remember the nature around us to help us decompress. I did!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The bedtime ritual is such an important one to your child and your family. Review the day and make it holy.
Time is sacred. Talk about what made your child's day special, and what you are thankful for. Read favorite books, plan you next day, and take the time to recite a prayer. The Sh'ma is the perfect prayer to begin with.
Our families last night enjoyed a program which included a puppet show, favorite bedtime books, and reciting the Sh'ma. Along with milk and cookies, children made a special pillow for their homes.
Thank you Yael and Raleigh for making this program so special!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
In Exchange Essential, "Supporting the Development of Scientific Thinking," Judy Harris outlines the phases in the launching of a project in an early childhood classroom:
Phase 1 -- Beginning
• Identify potential topic initiated by children.
• Build children’s background knowledge.
• Narrow topic further.
• Help children create list of questions to investigate.
Phase 2 -- Investigation
• Collect resources for investigating topic.
• Help children use resources.
• Arrange to meet with experts on topic.
• Arrange field site visits.
• Note new questions.
• Help children record and represent what they’ve learned.
Phase 3 -- Culmination
• Guide children to reflect on what they’ve learned.
• List what children know now.
• Help children find a way to share their learning.