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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.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Living in a Changing World

Success in our rapidly changing word depends on being able to think creatively and quickly.  Children at play are constructing their own rules and learning at their own rates.  As they test hypotheses with their peers, they gain confidence in themselves as learners rather than becoming afraid to make mistakes.  Children  at play are learning to deal intelligently with the world.  They are playing to get "smart".
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

Nature helps us learn!

Studies show links between access to nature and ability to sustain concentration, delay gratification and cope with stressors.

• Ethnographic observations of children's play show that games are more imaginative and creative in natural habitats.

• Play in nature has been found to promote physical agility and social confidence.

• Natural environments tend to encourage play that is gender-neutral or that brings boys and girls together.

• Natural play fosters a deep sense of connectedness to the larger universe of living things.

Working on our new playground

Finishing the edges

We love our new grass!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Heartfelt Week

The news this week about Sandy Hook has been upsetting to everyone.  Each one of us wants to hold our children tight and keep them close to us. 
Here is some advice about the tragedy of Sandy Hook from Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making,

"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

Chanukah Preschool Shabbat Celebration

There is a natural effort to promote positive feelings to families, so holidays
become important remembrances both at home and in the community.  We create cherished
holiday customs and rituals to repeat each year giving children the sense
of anticipation and continuity.  Each year, a child learns interesting facts about the
festivals, which sparks their interest anew, while group festivities help build relationships
and friendships.  Celebrating together brings warmth and happiness into our
hearts, and these feelings of comfort satisfy our emotional needs.
Thank you for celebrating with us today!

Gather As a Community
Enjoying the Fun of the Holiday!

                                                                Singing and Laughing
                                                               Spinning like a Dreidel
                                                                Loving our Children
                                                                    And our Family
                  The Peace Book, delivers positive messages of peace in a way
that our children can process and comprehend.  It also conveys a timely and timeless message about the importance of tolerance and to celebrate multiculturism; something that every child should not only be taught, but also encouraged to understand.
We Wish Peace for the World

                                                               We Share the Light!
                                           Thank you for Helping Headstart Children to Have
                                                                   A Great Holiday

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Family Center Chanukah

Lots of activities for our Babies and Toddlers
Lighting the Chanukah candles
Singing Chanukah songs
Drum playing and learning the beat!
       storying telling and crafts        Oh what fun!!!!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Chanukah Celebrations

The fun has begun.  Friday night 90 parents and children enjoyed a Shabbat service, a pre -Chanukah celebration and a traditional latke dinner.  Our Cantor Chantors entertained our families during dinner.  A wonderful community event!  Check out Temple Beth Am's facebook page for more pictures.


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

Please Share the Light

                                    Help us Share the Light by donating a gently used toy to
                                                                  Head Start

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thank you John Marzina for Making Latkes for our school

Yum, Yum, John ( Amanda's Dad) made both white potato and sweet potato latkes for our entire school!  Thank you so much.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Empathy! The heart of Emotional Intelligence!

There are many reasons why parents should consider teaching empathy and nurturing emotional intelligence in their kids.  In basic terms, empathy is the ability to be able to put oneself in someone else’s shoes and understand that person’s emotions and feelings

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.

Share the Light!  Donate a gently-used toy  to Headstart and explain to your child what empathy really is!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Share our Light

On of the most important values that we can observe and put into practice today is to treat other people with respect, through kind and encouraging words and actions. While we do this throughout the year, the holiday season provides an especially wonderful opportunity for us to share what we have with those who are less fortunate. In Hebrew, we call this “Tzedakah,” and doing the right thing is something that even our youngest children can comprehend and carry out. We began talking about this in preparation for our Thanksgiving luncheon, which we hosted for our friends from the Jupiter Head Start Program, and have continued the conversation into discussion about Chanukah, the Festival of Light. In order to share our light with those who really appreciate our acts of loving kindness, we ask that each child bring in one gently-used toy to share with a child of a similar age.
 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

Making Fossil Clay Wall Hangings

                              Ms Rachel our naturalist visited the Shining Stars. The children
                               went on a nature hunt and pressed their found treasures to make fossil wall hangings with clay.
                                                        Our clay creations

Monday, November 19, 2012

Our Thanksgiving Celebration

Our Community Thanksgiving Celebration with Special Guests, Jupiter Head Start was so successful. Thank you to all those that helped plan, prepare, and work this celebration. The Headstart friends really enjoyed their special crafts, our preschoolers' performance, and the delicious meals sponsored by Morse
Geriatrics, the PTO, and Dotty Wisch.  The children all went home with crafts, canned foods, as well as baked goods from our bake sale yesterday.  This event was a wonderful community effort.  Thank you to Jenna Taylor and her committee for heading this mitzvah project and program.  Thank you to our wonderful staff that prepared our children for this performance!
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Sensory Thought

Temple Beth Am  create spaces that caress, as opposed to assault young children’s senses.  Spaces that are conducive to learning and prosocial behaviors are those that are high in sensory engagement rather than sensory overload.  Sensory engagement comes from the natural incorporation of interesting items for ­children to explore through their senses.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

November staff birthdays

                           We are a community!  We celebrate everyone on staff's birthday!
                            Happy birthday Carol, Michelle, and Chelsie

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Enjoying the Beach in the Bahamas

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

Sh'ma at Bedtime

Ritual is an important part of what holds us together as a family.  We all have rituals that touch our lives.
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

Our Shining Stars Project Approach Study

 Children learn best when many senses are involved and real experiences become part of the study. Our children are little scientists. They have been studying about the beach and its surroundings!

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.

                                                 We made a chart on what we know!
• Narrow topic further.

• Help children create list of questions to investigate.

                                                          Questions we want to ask

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.

                                              Lots of reading and science study

                                          Enjoying the Beach as we explore!

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.

                               Ms Debbie Schmitt, an art teacher helped our children to express
their learning with a  mural of the beach.

Thank you Ms Debbie!