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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, April 29, 2013

Gardening in our Bumblebee Class

Parsley from our  Tu'Bishevat planting and  Sunflowers from Israel

Project Approach Teaching in the Pre-k Program

After the Pre-k trip to the park, the children's interests
centered around recycling
Our study chart
Recycled creations!
Stop by the hallway and read what some of our children made with recycled materials.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Power of Talking

The Power of Talking
The key to early learning is talking — specifically, a child’s exposure to language spoken by parents and caretakers from birth to age 3, the more the better. It turns out, evidence is showing, that the much-ridiculed stream of parent-to-child baby talk — Feel Teddy’s nose! It’s so soft! Cars make noise — look, there’s a yellow one! Baby feels hungry? Now Mommy is opening the refrigerator! — is very, very important. (So put those smartphones away!)
All parents gave their children directives like “Put away your toy!” or “Don’t eat that!” But interaction was more likely to stop there for parents on welfare, while as a family’s income and educational levels rose, those interactions were more likely to be just the beginning.
The disparity was staggering. Children whose families were on welfare heard about 600 words per hour. Working-class children heard 1,200 words per hour, and children from professional families heard 2,100 words. By age 3, a poor child would have heard 30 million fewer words in his home environment than a child from a professional family. And the disparity mattered: the greater the number of words children heard from their parents or caregivers before they were 3, the higher their IQ and the better they did in school. TV talk not only didn’t help, it was detrimental.

Week of the Young Child

Please take the time to see how our classes celebrated the Week of the Young Child.  Each class enjoyed reading many books from one author.  They all voted on their favorite book.  Check out all the displays in our preschool hallway!  Thank you, parents for choosing a quality accredited school for your children. We are honored to teach your children.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

TBA Community Garden Groundbreaking

I want to thank all those who made this wonderful event happen.  Gardening is a process that never ends.
So those who help with the garden will continue to support and give of their time.
Special thanks to Liz Perez and her committee (Jenny Wolpert, Jamie Spitzer, Robin Walder,
Deanne Lansat, Krista Alterman, Limor Briskin, and Karen Feller, Amy Russell) for making the garden happen.
Thank you to all our donors for contributing monetary funds for our beginnings.
Thank you to Krista Alterman for helping to develop our design, for the beautiful poster for the event, and for delicious cupcakes.
Thank you to Amy Russell for supporting every event and project that our PTO takes on and for all those cut up vegetables.
Thank you to Derek for building our wooden deck,
Thank you to Fran Sachs for representing us as the VP of education through the Temple, and supporting all the changes to our playground.
Thank you to Rabbi Alon and Mr. Brett for planning our garden dedication.

Thank you Derek for our deck
Fresh fruit and vegetables for our snack and cupcakes-yum yum!

One more big Thanks to Liz, Greg, and Maya Perez  for caring so much, and dedicating so much time to our garden project!  Purple writing is for Maya

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Our Pre-k Nature Adventure Field Trip

Our pre-k classed enjoyed a field trip at our local
Indian Creek Park.  We had a wonderful nature adventure

We had music with Mr. Brett at the park

             This was our the scavenger hunt!      As you are walking through the park, notice all of the beautiful nature around you.  Please collect as many interesting things that will fit into your brown bag.  These items will be taken back to the classroom to be observed and used for a special activity.
o   Find your favorite tree and give it a hug J
o   Pick a leaf or two from the tree and do a leaf rubbing.
o   Skip from the tree to the bridge.
o   Stop at the beginning of the bridge and take a deep breath!
o   Walk onto the bridge.  While on the bridge, look down and see if you notice anything swimming in the water!
o   Make up a special nature prayer.
o   Draw your favorite living thing at the park.
o   Have funJ

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony- April 17 at 5:00 p.m.

"When nature provides the building materials, it is as if everything has a purpose and reason. The branches fall, they are used by flora and fauna (which includes us), and then they return to the earth from whence they came. Be part of our garden experience!  Join us tomorrow for our garden groundbreaking!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Guest Author, Helene Sola

Thank you to Helene Sola for sharing the story,  Loo Loo and the Fabulous Marvelous Rexxaroo.
Our children were so excited to meet a real author of a book.  This was our kick-off  program
for our literacy month and Week of the Young Child!

Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebrations

                  We celebrated Israel's 65th birthday at Temple Beth Am's Morning Shabbat

Join Us Tonight at Juno  Beach Marcinski Road- 5:30p.m.
Service and Israeli Dinner-fun for the whole family!

Monday, April 8, 2013


If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening.
-Marge Piercy

Garden Groundbreaking, April 17th

FOR THE Garden groundbreaking
Preschool Parents—here is why YOUR FAMILY SHOULD get involved in the community garden:
·         Healthy eating is the foundation of good health.  Studies show (time after time) that children are much more likely to eat healthy food that they understand and are involved in—a garden is an excellent start to teaching children to “eat the rainbow”.  A diet high in whole foods is one of the best ways to build immunity, avoid future disease, and even dodge the common cold.
·         Gardening is great exercise and a beautiful exposure to spiritual lessons.
·          This is a low-key way to make memories and teach lifelong lessons.  Nature is waiting!
April 17, 2013
5 - 6:30 PM
TBA Preschool playground

Please RSVP to the Temple office- how many adults and children are coming!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Cardboard Boxes are the Best

Check out this article on movingsmart blog. Forget all those expensive toys and get a nice size cardboard box.  Children can learn so much by using their imagination and exploring freely with just a plain cardboard box.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Each moment is a place you've never been. -Mark Strand

Adults naturally are inclined to "help" children who are experiencing challenges. It is hard to stand back and watch children struggle. But don't! Children can be quite persistent, and often learn, when adults resist intervening.