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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.

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!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Specials for our Children: Hebrew ,Body Science, Art with our Naturalist

Learning a new language with Ms Ruti

Ms Ruti, our Hebrew teacher, has been teaching Hebrew to our 3 and 4 year old classes. Children are learning their Hebrew numbers, and body parts in Hebrew. They have really enjoyed dancing and singing songs in Hebrew. Children are learning some basic vocabulary such has Boker Tov, good morning, Layla Tov, Good Night, Todah Rabbah, thank you and many more! Ask your children!

                                                     Israeli Dancing
                                      Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Hebrew
Our 2 year old Body Science with Ms. Yael classes this month were all about Body Identification. Each month Ms Yael will incorporate science and moving our bodies with age-appropriate curriculum for our 2's. 
                                 This program is sponsored by our PTO!
                                                         Tracing our Bodies

 Combining Natural ingredients with Art
with our 3 year olds!

 Ms Rachel, our naturalist introduced concepts to our little ones such as fresh and dried flowers! Children are learning to bring nature into their classrooms and home. Children made beautiful vases to put their dried flower in.  They painted with special glass paint!