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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.

Shining Stars B

November 2, 2017

Kindness to Animals

The Shining Stars kicked off our "Kindness to Animals" theme with fun and excitement in work and play. They carefully scratched cutout cardboard animals to make colorful ark decorations for our "Story of Noah" Kids Shabbat and then sailed away with animal puppets in the life-size boat. The children were especially eager to play in our "animal hospital." Acting as veterinarians, they examined actual animal ex-rays, used a real stethoscope, and among other caring activities, bathed, bandaged, and fed their pet animals - all with loving care!

September 29, 2017

September Fun

The Shining Stars were busy this month learning about the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The children made “Shanah Tovah,” (Happy New Year) cards and round challah covers as special family gifts for this joyous time. As it is a tradition to eat apples dipped in honey to start a sweet new year, apples were used as manipulatives for a variety of numeracy and literacy activities in the classroom. Yom Kippur values were imparted through books and discussions on the importance of saying “I’m sorry” and trying to find ways to be at our best.

August 25, 2017
Welcome to School

The Shining Stars began the school year "working" to learn classroom rules and routines and to build relationships with their new One School family members. The following photos
document the fruits of their "labor." 

March 1, 2017

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December 5, 2016

Interactive Chanukah Story

Today, Ms. Lorraine from the CJE (Commission for Jewish Education) visited our school to help the child perform the Chanukah story, during an interactive read along. The children enjoyed being the "actors" of the play, while learning the reason why we celebrate this holiday today. 

November 21, 2016

Creative expression, language development, and both fine and large motor skills were strengthened as the Shining Stars spent the last two weeks of November learning about Thanksgiving and preparing for the preschool’s Thanksgiving program. They had fun making beautiful Native American necklaces and headdresses which they used in their performance. They also enjoyed painting placemats and making pinecone turkey centerpieces.  

November 3, 2016


This week we observed the season of fall by exploring pumpkins and making decorations for both the classroom and our school wide fall celebration on November 18th. 

October 14, 2016

This week, we took time to explore and observe the treasures the wind from Hurricane Matthew knocked down from the trees around the Temple. The children collected leaves, seed pods, big branches and air plants from our nature walk. While walking, the children discussed the objects they had found and brought them back to our classroom to extended their learning about natural science. For art, we made see-through nature pouches with sticky contact sheets, which you can see on our hallway bulletin board. For music, we pretended the large seed pods were shofars (see picture below). Some of the children formed letters, like made the letter 'J' below, with the large sticks and seed pods they had collected. 

September 30, 2016

L'Shanah Tovah

Sammy the Spider helps us mail our Rosh Hashanah greetings cards.

September 22, 2016

Apples for Rosh Hashanah
In welcoming a sweet new year, the Shining Stars used apples in a multitude of science, literacy, and numeracy activities. They read about the life cycle of apple trees and learned new vocabulary. They used apples to measure the length of their bodies and then compared their measurements on a bar graph. As apples were cut, the children learned about halves and quarters. They then tasted red, green, and yellow apples and made their own pictograph reflecting which apple they liked best. They described the apples as “shiny,” “crunchy,” “juicy,” “sweet,” and “sour.”

How many apples long? 

Tasting Apples

Graphing apple tasting results (red was the favorite)

September 15, 2016

Busy Fun Week

Kid Yoga with Ms. Stephanie

HighTech HighTouch (science)

Story-time with Ms. Stacey form the Palm Beach County Library

September 7, 2016

    For our project approach, our Shining Stars B students are studying the Construction site at the Temple Beth AM. The project approach is a method of teaching in which in-depth study of a particular topic is conducted by the children. It involves discovery of what the children already know and exploration of what they want to learn about the topic, in this case contruction. The children’s interests drive the direction of this study project.

    After reading books about construction, we made a class web depicting what our students already knew about a construction site. Next, we documented the children’s questions; then we went on a walking field trip to explore the Temple's construction site. Together, we seek and discover the answers to all of our questions about a construction site, its workers, and the materials and tools used.

September 2, 2016

Dropper Play

 We used droppers to develop the muscles in our fingers. This will help us develop proper pencil grip for pre-writing skills. 

August 24, 2016

Fun with Our 5 Senses
This week, we had fun investigating our 5 senses. Our activities included: smelling stinky cheese, hearing homemade drums, tasting a sour lemon, touching different items in a mystery box, and watching a chemical reaction by mixing baking soda and vinegar.