|"How do we weather 'storms' in our lives, and what might we gain from them?" asks Nancy Rosenow in her publication, Heart Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature. "Nature uses storms to promote strength. Trees develop sturdy trunks and branches as they weather high winds, pounding rain and heavy snow. Young sapplings that stay tied to stakes too long do not develop strong trunks and may easily break even in moderate winds. It's the struggle during the storm that helps a young tree develop resilience. And so it is with human beings, for we too are a part of nature.|
"Anyone who has ever loved a child knows how hard it is to see her stumble and fall as she learns to walk, or to watch him experience disappointment or hearbreak for the first time. But sheltering our children too much will stunt their ability to develop character and endurance just as much as keeping trees staked too long will stunt their growth....
"Child who regularly spend time in natural outdoor classrooms will have many occasions to strengthen their creative thinking muscles, and develop problem-solving capabilities. They will also inevitably come into contact with the realities of life and death, beauty and decay, gentleness and aggressiveness. They will be given opportunities to ponder some of the great ambiguities of life."
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.