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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.






Caterpillars

October 31st, 2017

Let's Take a Walk

Fall is Florida is nothing like the colder parts of the country, but it's still a time to explore and take in the changes that are happening all around us.




Going outside just to explore is different experience each time. Some days it's windy, and the Caterpillars notice how loud the leaves sound when they rustle. Some days it's cloudy, and they say the sun is playing hide and seek. The differences in weather makes them asks questions - why is it so bright today? Why is the ground wet? Why are the trees blowing?



Going outside also helps us recognize changes in the environment. When we found dead branches and palm fronds, we noticed their colors were brown, not like the green ones still on the tree. We talked about how leaves change colors and fall to the ground, and went searching for a variety of colors. We found red, brown, yellow, and gold, and talked about why the leaves change when the weather gets colder.




Being outside is more than just exploration. Walking over hills and bumps and walking along the curb help us with our balance and gross motor. Differences in surfaces and textures help growing minds and bodies develop - a scientist once said flat surfaces don't help toddlers explore gravity. Watching a coconut roll down the hill helps children learn about cause and effect and well as problem solving - if it's constantly going to move on an incline, they figure our pretty soon they need a steadier surface to keep it still.








September 15th, 2017

Rosh Hashana is Coming!


Even with one slight hurricane interruption, the Caterpillars are almost ready for Rosh Hashana!


Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year, the first major holiday of the Jewish year. Just like New Years, it's a time for celebration and renewal, to prepare and make ourselves ready to be our best for the coming year. We say greetings like Shanah Tovah Umetukah, meaning "a good and sweet New Year" so our year might be as positive as it can be!










Rosh Hashana has many traditions and symbols - the shofar, a horn that is sounded to "awaken" us for the new year; apples and honey, eaten for a sweet year; round challah, meant to symbolize the continuity of the cycle of the year. The Caterpillars fully immersed themselves into getting ready - we had cards to decorate, bread to make, and apples to eat!





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