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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!

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