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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.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sukkot Celebration on October 3rd at 5:00 p.m.

    Come join us for a great celebration with dinner, song, crafts, and activities under the Sukkah

                         Can't wait to see you- Bring the whole family

Children's Food Drive on Yom Kippur


“Tzedek, Tzdek Tirdoff-Justice justice shall you pursue (Deuteronomy 16:20)


Although Tzedakah is often translated as “charity,” it has much wider connotations in the sense of giving back, or doing justice. Giving tzedakah is a mitzvah. In the Torah, we are commanded to help, not just because it is a nice thing to do. Giving tzedakah is is the just and right thing to do, and includes giving money ,clothing, food, and time. Food drives are one way to give tzedakah.

At High Holidays this year, our children brought canned foods for the those in need. All the food was donated to Jewish Family Services who will distribute the food. Check out the Temple Beth Am’s facebook for more pictures.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Reflection on Friendship during the High Holy Days!

The strength of your friendships is as critical for your health as the lifestyle choices you make," writes Elizabeth Svoboda in "Lessons for Living" in Psychology Today (September 2012). Her insight has implications — both for adults, as well as the children we care for. Svoboda contends:
"We've all heard the usual advice for living longer: exercise more, quit smoking, limit junk food. But nurturing your relationships plays an important role as well. Supportive friendships may do as much to promote your physical well being as a top-notch diet and workout regime. 'The higher the quantity and quality of your relationships, the longer you live,' says Bert Uchino, a psychologist at the University of Utah....

"Researchers speculate that the stress associated with low social support sets off a cascade of damaging reactions within the body, including cardiovascular dysfunction and weakened immune resistance."

During this holiday season, remember the importance of each and every friendship.  It is ok to say we are sorry for to those we have wronged!

"Apology doesn't mean that you were wrong, or the other person was right.  It means that your relationship is valuable than your ego!  " ( From Quotes and Thoughts)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

Rabbi Alon’s sermon at Rosh Hashanah Children’s service helped us to understand what really makes kids HAPPY.
As parents and caregivers our job is to fill our children’s bucket with love. Every time we hold, caress, nurture, sing, and provide loving attention, we are developing our children’s emotional health. As children learn to reciprocate this love, they will lead happier lives. So as parents, we need to fill our child’s invisible bucket, and to teach children how to fill their own bucket! “You can fill your bucket when you show love to someone, when you say or do something, or even when you give someone a smile. That’s a bucket filler,” says Carol McCloud, author of the book.

Remember not only your children need to fill their buckets. Bucket filling is for the young and old and it makes everyone feel good! When you fill someone else’s bucket, it automatically fills your bucket too.

I hope to see everyone at our Yom Kippur Children’s Service on September 26! Bring your bucket filled with food to give to those who need! You will be filling someone else’s bucket!

                                         Bring back your bucket with canned foods
                                                      at  Yom Kippur Children's Services 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Come Join us For Tashlich

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the custom of Tashlich is practiced. This involves going to the banks of any river, lake, stream or ocean and literally symbolically emptying our pockets into the flowing water, an act meant to purify us and wash away our sins. This custom comes from a verse from the prophet, Michah “and you (God) shall throw their sins in to the depths of the sea” (7:19)

Come join Temple Beth Am for this very special Rosh Hashanah Family Event-Monday, September 17 at 4:00 pm

Ocean Cay Park in Jupiter

At Marcinski Road and A1A

Don’t forget to bring bread to throw into the ocean-Bring a picnic dinner and come in beach attire

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Holiday Celebrations

Holidays celebrations create a lasting link to Judaism.

Because of the natural positive feelings in families, holidays become important remembrances both at home and in the community.

Create holiday customs to repeat each year, giving children a sense of continuity. Each year a child learns interesting facts about the festivals which sparks their interest anew each year.

Group festivities help build relationships and friendships as we celebrate together. Celebrations together bring warmth and happiness into our hearts. These feelings of comfort satisfy this emotional need as each holiday comes.

For very young children, probably the most important emotion is joy---- having fun with religion. They will remember these good times later and will turn to spirituality when they need comfort.

So let’s celebrate together for the High Holiday days- Monday, Children's Rock Service 2:00 p.m.
Everyone is invited!!!

At our program, Apples and Honey, we began our celebration of Rosh Hashanah.  Thank you to Rabbi Alon, Cantor Tanya, Yael Lawrence, Rachael Ruiz, Jennifer Shaver, Raliegh Hahn and Ms Sherrie in the office and Alfredo for helping make this program successful!

 Joyful singing with Cantor Tanya!
                                                             Lots of singers!
                                                               Smiling faces

                                                    Families enjoying the holiday together
                                          What do you know about Rosh Hashanah? 
                                          Can you earn a lollipop?                           
                                           Baking Round Challah for the holiday.
                                               Happy Birthday to the World!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Birthday World!

Our preschool enjoyed Shabbat while learning
 about the Birthday of the World and symbols of this holiday!
Rosh Hashanah!!!!

How lucky we are that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur fall at the beginning of our school year! As our children start fresh in their next grade or class, they relish in their new beginnings and feel the chance to start all over again. It is their opportunity to reflect on a New Year and a new beginning.

Rosh Hashanah can also give us that same feeling and opportunity to reflect and renew our year. Rosh Hashanah combines both solemn and joyful elements. Another name for Rosh Hashanah is Yom Hadin-the Day of Judgment. This is a time when each of us is judged for both good and bad deeds done and not done during the past year. We also celebrate the arrival of a new year and the blessings it will hopefully contain.

In children’s terms:

1. We say good-bye to the old year and welcome a new year!

2. We know that Rosh Hashanah is the world’s birthday

3. We honor this day as we honor our own birthday?

4. We have a birthday party for the world using Rosh Hashanah props rather

than purely birthday props.

5. We serve honey cake, apples and honey and light holiday candles,

6. We sing New Year songs instead of happy birthday songs.

5. We send New Year cards rather than birthday cards.

6. Give yourself a treat! Both on your birthday and Rosh Hashanah

7. Have a Sweet New Year !

Along with our apples and honey- find ways to bring kindness and gentleness and loving care into your interactions with the world around you and especially yourself!