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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, May 29, 2013

Power of Art

Over the last several years the focus of US education has been fixed firmly on the sciences. But research shows that the arts help children do better in all subjects and improve the likelihood that they will stay in school longer.
The Obama administration is putting this theory to the test by investing $2m (£1.3m) for arts education in eight of the most poorly performing schools across the country.
At Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Boston, the results have been dramatic. In just three years the students at the once-troubled school have improved their basic academic skills and many say the arts have changed their lives.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Keep the Joy in Learning

In her TedTalk, "When Education Goes Wrong: Taking the Creativity and Play out of Learning", Nancy Carlsson-Paige from Lesley University shares this message:
"When we watch children play, we understand how central play is to healthy development — to children’s emotional, social, and cognitive health and learning. Through play and hands-on activity, children build ideas and relationships that become the foundation for success in school and life. Today’s overemphasis in schools across the country on standards and testing is pushing down to younger children and resulting in more and more direct instruction at the expense of play and active learning.

"When we drill and grill children, we cut out the powerful natural capacities they bring to the learning experience — their creativity, original thinking, capacity to problem solve and invent new ideas, their natural ability to cooperate, initiate, and persevere. When we take these amazing capabilities children have out of the education experience, we take the love out of learning. We take the joy out of learning. What we have to do is figure out: How do we create an education system in this country that nurtures and develops and builds onto the magnificent capacities children bring with them when they come to school?"


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Potty Training

Many ask each year how do I train my toddler to use the potty.  We know we cannot pressure our little ones as they need to be ready physically and emotionally.  I found a great article that may help you begin the process.  We are here also to help give suggestions if needed.


Happy Early Father's Day

Thank you to all our Dads, Granddads, and special men in our children's life for celebrating an
early Father's Day at our school!  It is always special to see our children with their special men in their lives.  We so enjoyed being part of your celebration!
Paula and the Staff

Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

 Great celebrations in our classrooms!!!

Shabbat in the Sanctuary

When you Count your blessings 1 2 3
If you count your blessings you will see
that the world is a better place to be
When you count your blessings
1, 2 ,3

                                                       All Together- We love Mommy

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thank you for honoring our Teachers!

This is officially Teacher Appreciation Week and we will now be celebrated in big box and office stores, bookstores and of course teacher supply stores.  The parents and administrators at our schools have planned special breakfasts or lunches and children are arriving with flowers and tokens of love. It is one week a year that teachers are honored and officially appreciated.
In the spirit of gratitude and appreciation, I propose that we begin the new practice of a more frequent appreciation of teachers because I know, first-hand, the amount of thought, time and energy teachers devote to their classrooms, parents of their students and mostly to the students themselves. Teachers are teachers 24/7 and it is one of a handful of jobs that are more than a job, more like a lifestyle.

Again thank you to our PTO for our yummy celebrations all week!

And thank you to all my teachers for their dedication to their students and school!!!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you to the PTO (all our parents)  for arranging breakfast and lunch for the staff all week!  Thank you to all my teachers for dedication to our children and school.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Project Approach

…research shows that creativity can suffer when people are promised rewards for creative work, when learning conditions stress competition and social comparisons, or when individuals are highly aware of being monitored and evaluated by others. Conversely, creativity generally thrives in environments that support personal interest, involvement, enjoyment, and engagement with challenging tasks” —Beghetto & Kaufman, 2013

The Project Approach offers teachers a way to develop in-depth thinking while engaging the hearts and minds of young children. Teachers take a strong guidance role in the process while children study topics with purpose and flexibility. Project work presents many opportunities for young children’s ideas to be valued, their creativity to be encouraged, their interests to be nurtured, and for their learning needs to be met.

Positive Thinking

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.
-Peace Pilgrim