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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, 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!!!

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