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.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
"Today a symphony of research trumpets the many links among language, reading, and music. Nina Kraus of Northwestern University has discovered a possible explanation: the brains of good beat keepers respond to speech more consistently than the brains of people whose toes do not tap in time....
"Because reading ability, in general, relies on making a connection between the sounds of letters and symbols on a page, music provides another avenue into learning. 'Through music, you learn to pay attention to important sounds,' Kraus says. The inconsistent sound processing shown by the poor beat keepers makes that difficult."
At the One School we value music and Mr Brett. Mr Brett teaches secular and Jewish music, music appreciation, and makes Shabbat a musical experience.
Thank you Mr. Brett for strengthening our reading and listening skills for the future.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
|Our children enjoyed celebrating mud day by cooking with|
mud, and putting it all over our bodies!
Benefits of Playing with Mud
- Creative expression and invention (mud can become anything!)
- Problem solving opportunities (e.g. how to make soup thin or thick, how to make mud meatballs stick together)
- Cooperative play possibilities (e.g. let’s cook dinner, let’s have a restaurant, let’s feed the baby—you be the baby)
- Stress reduction (being outdoors in nature helps children relax)
- Building stronger immune systems (research indicates that some exposure to dirt helps build resistance to bad bacteria)
- Growing affection for the stuff on our earth—soil, stones, sand, and growing plants (leading to care for our planet)
- Topics:Outdoor ClassroomDate: June 24, 2014Author: Mary Rivkin
"Preschool children can appear to know or understand more — or less — than they actually do. At times they seem mature and relatively advanced in their thinking, and then later seem limited and inflexible. As preschoolers move from and between simpler to more complex thinking skills, it is helpful to remember that they are not merely functioning less effectively than older children or adults; their narrow focus on a limited amount of information at any given time is actually useful while they are learning so many things so rapidly. That is, because they are just on the cusp of grasping a variety of concepts, words, and skills at a new level, they learn best when they can attend to just one thing at a time... rather than attending to multiple things."
Monday, June 16, 2014
"Adults have all the power in children’s lives. We are their window and access to safety, comfort, and engaging experiences. Children are smart enough to know this from the time they are babies. They have laser-like attention to what we care about and they want to imitate, please, and be a part of what we say and do. If you look at cultures around the world, children learn to do what adults value and believe children can accomplish because this is what they focus on and take time to teach children to do.