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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, March 29, 2013

Constructive Play

In his classic guidebook, Constructive Play, George Forman opens with these observations about play:
"The child learns through play. In fact, Jean Piaget insists that meaningful learning requires a period of open-ended 'playing around' with the alternative ways of doing something. Constructive play is a preliminary stage in the development of skill, and skill is preliminary to creativity. Play that does not increase skill may be pleasurable in a narrow sense, but is not what we would call constructive. Constructive play, by definition, builds on itself to increase the competence of the child. This competence, in turn, increases the child’s pleasure by making even more creative acts possible. The cycle repeats itself, with the new creative acts becoming yet another form of play at a higher level of understanding until they are mastered. Development, as Piaget ph rases it, is a spiral of knowledge moving upward through alternating play and skill.
"Another characteristic of constructive play, central to Piaget’s theory of development, is that the player herself must do the constructing. Meaningful learning is more likely when the child herself invents the alternative ways of doing something. In fact, if the child is only imitating alternatives modeled by a teacher or a parent, we do not call it play; it becomes drill. But if the child herself invents some new way to do something, the chances are that she will also better understand how that new way relates to the other ways that she has performed the act in the past."

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Healthy Children Healthy Lives

How people eat is often as important as what they eat," observe Sharon Bergen and Rachel Robertson in their guidebook, Healthy Children, Healthy Lives: The Wellness Guide for Early Childhood Programs

In the past meals took time to prepare and families gathered around a table to eat them together. As they ate their food, they spent time talking. Often this was a bonding experience. It also helped people stay healthy. By eating food they had prepared themselves, they knew what ingredients went into it. Eating together encouraged eating slowly, which aided digestion and helped them know if they were full or still hungry. Today the average family's schedules and the convenience of restaurant meals have decreased the time people spend preparing and eating food. Further, restaurant foods are often high in additives, sugars, and fats. These ingredients can affect immediate and long-term health and often lead to overeating and weight gain.

Help your children read their own bodies' cues so they know how full or hungry they are. To that end, children should be offered food at regular time intervals throughout the day. Additionally, children should not be required to eat when they aren't hungry. They should not develop a habit of snacking throughout the day, either. Food should be used to give their bodies energy. It should not be treated as a reward or a punishment. Children need food for energy and most of them eagerly choose to eat at allotted times.

 from Exchange Everyday

Friday, March 22, 2013

All About Passover

Passover is a festive holiday.  We enjoyed sharing our Pesach celebration with our families.  If you would like to have more information about this holiday, you can follow this link.

Earth Hour this Saturday

On Saturday, March 23, at 8:30 p.m., thousands of cities around the world will go dark for one hour during “Earth Hour”. “Earth Hour” is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the environmental challenges we all face, such as climate change.

Jupiter residents can participate in Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lights in their homes for one hour on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm. To learn more about Earth Hour, view the World Wildlife Fund's webpage.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Passover

                                 Thank you to all those that helped set up for our morning 
                                         Delicious charoset made by Ms Ruti, Ms Rhea, and Alfredo

Monday, March 18, 2013

What are we all "Enslaved" by today?

Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is a springtime holiday that celebrates freedom.  We remember that our ancestors were slaves in Egypt and retell the story of the Exodus- how they were set free.  What are we all “enslaved” by today?  Pressure to succeed in school or work?  Perhaps something else.  Striving for excellence is important, but are we putting too much pressure on ourselves to do it all? Are we making time to take care of ourselves and to do the things that truly makes us happy.   Passover  is a time to concentrate on freeing ourselves from which enslaves us and to appreciate the freedom we have.  How can we teach the difficult concept to our young children?  Do children need freedom?  Yes, but not in the same way.  What brings freedom to children is developing their independence and making good choices.  We encourage them to develop their inner scale of justice by encouraging and developing self –help skills at an early age.   Pride in achievement and desire to please parents motivate children’s self-help skills. When a child beams, “Look what I can do!” he is carving out a personal identity. He is also learning to be a cooperative, able member of the family and community.  He is developing his personal freedom. Sometimes parents have mixed feelings about children’s flowering abilities. On one hand, we applaud their determination to spread their wings. On the other, we cling to the closeness dependence offers. But encouraging developmentally appropriate self-help skills helps children in the long run. They become more self-assured, accountable, and responsible as they forge toward adulthood as we allow them the freedom to grow.  So at this time of year, we can explain to our little ones what freedom really is?  It is the right to make choices and to take care of themselves and their personal belongings. By including our children in activities, children will learn to contribute to the family.  Some great ideas for family preparation for the seder where children feel part of the holiday preparation and explore their personal freedom!.
1.     Do some spring cleaning in their room as part of Passover cleaning
2.     Help clean the cupboards of all bread products and substitue with
3.  Children can help cook by mixing ingredients for the seder
4.  Placing the items on the seder plate
5.  Helping to set the table
6.  And help tell the story of Passover at our evening seder!  And appreciate the freedom we have!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kudos to the PTO

Kudos and huge thanks to our awesome PTO for another hugely successful fundraising event last night! Your efforts on behalf of our school will benefit all of our children in so many ways. Also, thank you to everyone who attended the event and came decked to the nines! You made the evening fun and one to be remembered. And lastly, our most sincere congratulations to the evening’s honoree, Amy Russell. You are an inspiration to all of our families and we are forever grateful for all that you do.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

PTO Night Out

Sneak Peak at the PTO Night Out

Thank you to the Gala committee and other helpers
for honoring Amy Russell .  We are looking for a fabulous night out!