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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, 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!

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