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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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Busch Wildlife Visit

Thank you to all the parents in our 3/4 year old classes who joined
us for our Busch Wildlife presentation.   This is part of our project

approach curriculum and study
We collected paper towels, baggies, and
sanitary soap for the sanctuary as our social
action project
Our children really enjoyed learning about Florida
animals and actually touching them

                                                  All of our classes had the opportunity to be part of the
                                                  wonderful presentation from Busch Wildlife

Bim and Bom enjoyed our visit, too.  The Bim and Bom Traveling Curriculum  Project
is provided by the Commission for Jewish Education.  The traveling curriculum will
be visiting Temple Beth Am for the entire month of February

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tu B'shvat Shabbat Celebration



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Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Tu BiSh'vat- the Birthday of the Trees

Modern-day Jews celebrate Tu BiSh'vat by expressing joy and thankfulness for trees, harvests, and the natural world. Many Jews plant trees at home and in Israel, and eat delicious fruits and greens in celebration this “New Year of the Trees.” During this agricultural festival, Jews around the world consider our obligation to care for the environment and our sacred responsibility to share the fruits of God’s earth with all.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
In honor of Tu BiSh'vat, make a commitment as a family or with friends to focus on one or more of these environmental practices:
  • Reduce waste by buying products that use less packaging.
  • Use the reverse side of paper as scrap paper or for art projects.
  • Learn about your community’s most up-to-date regulations on recycling

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Easel Painting in our Outdoor Classroom

                                        Ms Rachel, our naturalist painted outside with our classes

Gross and fine motor skill development
Working at an easel benefits both gross and fine motor skills. Larger muscles are kept active as children move about the easel and reach to paint or draw. Using fine tools, manipulating materials and putting paint to paper develops hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Weathering the Storm

"How do we weather 'storms' in our lives, and what might we gain from them?" asks Nancy Rosenow in her publication, Heart Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature. "Nature uses storms to promote strength. Trees develop sturdy trunks and branches as they weather high winds, pounding rain and heavy snow. Young sapplings that stay tied to stakes too long do not develop strong trunks and may easily break even in moderate winds. It's the struggle during the storm that helps a young tree develop resilience. And so it is with human beings, for we too are a part of nature.

"Anyone who has ever loved a child knows how hard it is to see her stumble and fall as she learns to walk, or to watch him experience disappointment or hearbreak for the first time. But sheltering our children too much will stunt their ability to develop character and endurance just as much as keeping trees staked too long will stunt their growth....

"Child who regularly spend time in natural outdoor classrooms will have many occasions to strengthen their creative thinking muscles, and develop problem-solving capabilities. They will also inevitably come into contact with the realities of life and death, beauty and decay, gentleness and aggressiveness. They will be given opportunities to ponder some of the great ambiguities of life."

This is an excerpt from


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mr. Brett will be playing his Guitar

We welcome Brett Tancer to our music program.  Brett will be
working with Cantor Tanya to make our music program even better!
Join us for Shabbat on Friday!

                                          Celebrating and singing Tu B' Shevat songs

Gifted Education Program at the Family Center

Dr. David Rubin shared with our families many facts about the
Gifted Education Programs in Palm Beach County.  Eligibility criteria, curriculum and
the process for testing were the main topics of discussion.
Does you child use advance vocabulary for their age,
does your child master new skills with
little repetition, and does your child demonstrate advanced reasoning skills through
explanation of occurrences?  These are some of the traits of a gifted child.
If you couldn't make the discussion, please come by to receive the notes on the valuable program.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Help green TBA!
Temple Beth Am is proud to announce the
Groundbreaking of our Community Garden
Help us Grow Our Garden!
The Garden will be located near the preschool as a daily outdoor classroom but will offer benefits to our entire community. The garden will provide a number of benefits to our community, including but not limited to lessons in:

  • Life/death
  • Patience
  • Gratitude
  • Time
  • Nurturing
  • Eating mindfully
  • Eating locally
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Seasons
  • Weather
  • Wildlife
  • Composting
Living Healthfully
  • Whole foods
  • Processed foods
  • Veggies
  • Fruit
  • Herbs
  • Exercise


This is our first year so we will be organizing and doing some selective planting of veggies and fruit. Please consider the following ways to support our garden (make your selection below and kindly drop this flyer off in the pre-school office):
___Join our garden committee by emailing Liz Perez at hydroperez@yahoo.com

___Sponsor the Garden
___$100 Kale-Riffic Sponsor
___$50 Tomato-Lotta Sponsor
___$25 Carrot-Tensity Sponsor
___ Other Amount: ______________________
___Green Thumb? Please donate mentoring time or garden materials
Contact Name:______________________ Contact Number:________________

Two Important Programs

                              Wonderful Family Program for our Families
                                                    This film cannot be missed. This is appropriate
                                                     for parents who have children of all ages!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Our Garden Committee Kickoff Meeting

We are so excited about our new committee to develop a garden on our playground. The committee met today to develop an action plan for our organic and environmental learning center.  We are looking for interested families that would like to contribute in any way.  If you like getting dirty and want to be part of the actual digging and planting that is great!  But we need many volunteers who can sponsor or donate items
to make this garden a reality.  We also need to solicit garden centers for needed materials. Please look for the Design Board in the Preschool entrance so you can be part of this great learning and environmentally friendly project. The committee's first task is to plant parsley seedlings for each class in recycled K Cups with all our children.  We hope we will have parsley for  Passover seder and for the beginnings of our Preschool garden!!!.  Please join Liz Perez, Robin Walder, Krista Alterman, Limor Meital at any time to be founding members of the garden committee!

                                                                    New beginnings!!!

                                                    Maya played in the garden dirt!