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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, February 27, 2013

Classroom Projects for the Auction

Thank you to all the room moms who helped

make our beautiful class projects

You can bid on these right now in our preschool foyer!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Academic Achievement vs. Resilience

Academic Achievement vs. Resilience
February 25, 2013

"Resilience helps kids more that high SATs do," writes Belinda Luscombe in Time (September 10, 2012). Getting good grades has been the mantra of anxious parents..."but now there's a trickle of thought that says academic ability may not be all it's cracked up to be. Rather than so much focus on cognitive skills, some heretics suggest, a little more grit is what kids really need."
Luscombe refers to a new book by Paul Tough, How Children Succeed, in which he observes that ... "while IQ is stubborn to change after age 8, the ability to persist, focus, and adapt is more malleable, even into early adulthood.  And while IQ may be what gets kids into college, they need a whole other set of skills to graduate."
And while Tough focuses his attention on low-income families, Madeline Levine, looks at wealthy families in her book, Teach Your Children Well, and reaches a similar conclusion. Her tips to restore family sanity: "less emphasis on grades, more on values, less homework, more sleep, less fretting by parents, more encouraging."
 Article from ExchangeEveryday

Join us for our second showing "Race To Nowhere" March 21st, 9:15-11:15 a.m.  at Temple Beth Am.  RSVP to the Temple by March 19th.  

Friday, February 22, 2013

Purim Day! A Happy Holiday!

These are all the women, young and old, who wanted to be queen at our
Purim Play.

Our Purim singers all dressed up!

Thank you for celebrating with us!

We often think of Purim with its costumes and noisemakers as a children's holiday. But its themes and ideas are of great importance to Jewish life. In fact, our tradition tells us that we are to drop whatever we are doing, no matter its importance, to go and listen to the story of Purim.
If you want to know the entire story, go to the website below.  Then our theatrical performance this morning will have real meaning.


Thank you for coming and being with us for this special Purim celebration.  Come join us tomorrow for the Purim celebration at the Temple in our front driveway!

Tzedakah on Purim:  Helping the Needy
Our pasta boxes were donated to those in need.  Our pantry collects food for Head Start families.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"What You Are Speaks More Loudly Than What You Say"

Key note speaker, Lillian Katz, author of Young Investigators, The Project Approach in the Early Years at our Commission for Jewish Education conference spent the day sharing information about the Project Approach and Big  Ideas of Early Childhood Education.
She shared many principles of Teaching Young Children   
                         What we teach and how we teach changes and is based on age and experience.
                         Children cannot get self-esteem from empty flattery or excessive praise.

All relationships have to have content.
Academic goals are small bits of knowledge that can be correct or incorrect and based 
on rote learning.
Intellectual goals are based upon cognitive experiences.  
Children need to be intellectually engaged with interactive experiences.  
They need extensive, and continuous interaction. 
This causes the nerves of the mid-brain and frontal cortex to connect.

Best Practice:  Project Approach
An extended, in-depth investigation undertaken by the children
of a particular topic!
1. Continuous activities should engage children's interest.
2. Working on a project approach promotes respect for others.
3. Children should have deeper, fuller sense of experience in their own environment.
        4. Self- correction happens in good project approach.
Our staff learned so much on our Professional Development Day!!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

February is National Heart Month

ChildCare Education Institute February Newsletter
Healthy Habits for Children  -Read a great article on healthy habits!

Children's Heart Health  

February is National Heart Month. We don't typically think of children when we hear about heart disease or other cardiovascular ailments. There's a good reason for that: unless a child has a congenital heart defect or some other unusual condition, heart disease tends to develop later in life. And while genetics is certainly a factor for many adult heart disease patients, the simple fact is that most cases are related to a person's long-term diet and exercise habits.

Children should come to mind when we hear about "long-term habits," because research clearly shows that attitudes toward food and exercise form early in life. A child with a habit of grabbing an apple or carrot instead of chips or cupcakes will probably grow into an apple/carrot eating adult. Same for the child who reaches for a glass of water instead of soda. Likewise, a child who engages regularly in vigorous, active play is less likely to be obese and has a good chance of maintaining good physical fitness throughout life. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Goal of Life

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.
-Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dr. Goldvasser, All About Healthy Teeth

Dr. Goldvasser, a pedratric dentist taught our children how
to keep their teeth healthy.

Proper teeth cleaning is important!

Thank you Dr. Goldvasser for helping our children
to understand the importance of  healthy habits, including good food
choices, and keeping our teeth clean.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TBA Shabbaton- a Day in Nature

Come Join Us Next Year for A Nature Adventure on

  • Studies show links between access to nature and ability to sustain concentration, delay gratification and cope with stressors.
  • Play in nature has been found to promote physical agility and social confidence.
  • Natural play fosters a deep sense of connectedness to the larger universe of living things.

January and February Birthdays

                                         Happy Birthday to Julie, Jen, and Marcia, our birthday girls
                                         for January and February.  We enjoyed a bagel breakfast
                                          in their honor!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Instant Gratification

Study  of Instant Gratification:

The issue was originally reviewed by a study in the late 1960s and early 1970s that used marshmallows and cookies to assess the ability of preschool children to delay gratification.
If they held off on the temptation to eat a treat, they were rewarded with more treats later. Some of the children resisted, others didn’t.
Now, 40 years later, researchers revisited some of the same children and learn that the differences remain: Those better at delaying gratification as children remained so as adults; likewise, those who wanted their cookie right away as children were more likely to seek instant gratification as adults.

Don't miss this fascinating program at Temple Beth Am Family Center

"Raising Kids in an Age of Instant Gratification"

Join Iris Kiner, Psy.D and Jane Sacknowitz. LCSW to discuss strategies and share your thoughts about this important topic.
Tomorrow, February 6 at 9:15 a.m. in the Family Center!