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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, October 31, 2013

Fall is Here in Our school

We had such a good time making our hallway a beautiful fall
day.  Thank you teachers for decorating outside your rooms and
to Robin, our art specialist, for hanging our leaves and
preparing the final touches!!!

All dressed for Fall Day

Friday, October 25, 2013

Visit from Abraham and Sarah at Shabbat

Genesis 18:16
Abraham and Sarah were the focal point of  Shabbat!
We learned together that is so important to welcome guests into our home.
It is a mitzvah called Hachnasat Orchim.  Torah tells us that we should  go
above and beyond for our guests and  be polite when we visit others .

Parks make us Smarter -- Science proves it!

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Our Shining Stars are now smarter as they enjoyed a morning at the Park.
Our first field trip of the year!
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Last year, a group of Edinburgh architecture researchers asked a dozen students to take a walk. They began
on a tree-lined shopping drag, turned along the tranquil northern edge of the Meadows, one of the city’s larger parks, and wound up in a busy commercial district some half-hour later. The pastoral section of an otherwise urban jaunt, the researchers found, induced a significant increase in meditative thinking.
This may not strike you as a novel discovery. Thanks to Henry Thoreau’s trip to Walden Pond, Teddy Roosevelt’s sojourn in the Badlands, and America’s other legends of retreat, the idea that nature has restorative powers is deeply embedded in our culture. Science is in support: A raft of studies credit bucolic settings with reducing aggression, alleviating depression, and improving mental function.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rabbi Alon 's "Raising a Spiritual Child"

Those who attended Rabbi's class on raising a spirtitual child learned of this week's parsha from the Torah.
In Parashat Vayeira, we learn about our patriarch Abraham, who kindness to guests was exemplary.  Abraham kept the sides of his tent open so that he could watch for the arrival of guests.  On this particular occasion a\Abraham was in this tent recovering from circumcision.  However, when he saw the strangers coming, he swiftly ran to offer the very best that he and Sarah could offer.  The welcome he and Sarah provided included providing the guests water for washing their feet and bidding them to rest in the shade.
The guests were also served a leisurely feast that consisted of cakes of fine-meal and tender calf.  Abraham was such a gracious host that when they left, he began....walking with them to send them off."  Genesis 18:16

Modeling more than the standard level of courtesy, Abraham embraced the spirit of hospitality. Rabbi encouraged those to use this story to help teach the importance of welcoming guests into our home.  

Here are some practical ways in which you can practice hospitlaity!
1.  Encourage your children to regularly particpate in playdates at your house
2.  Encourage them to accept invitations when they are invited to play at another children's homes
3. When you have house guests for an overnight visit, encourage your children to participate in making your guest feel comfortable.  They can set the table for dinner, or help bakes cookies for dessert.
4.  When you are invited to someone's house for a meal, model for and explain to your children the importance of bringing a small gift as a way of showing your appreciation.

These are some examples that evolve some sort of action:  planning, cooking, decorating, serving and ultimately demonstrating a genuine concern for and care about others.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Away for the Weekend

Our backyard from our Condo on Beech Mountain, NC.
I  enjoyed a cool relaxing weekend in North Carolina.
I am sorry I missed the holiday Bazaar.  I heard it was a huge success!
I believe the fresh cool air and scenery helped me come back refreshed and ready
for a great October week!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Don't Miss our Holiday Boutique

Please come support our school at the Holiday Bazaar
and get volunteer hours for just coming!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Helping Your Child Take Responsibility presented by Ginny Luther

Quoted from Ginny Luther's Newsletter

Routine is really the core of safety for all of us. We love to predict what is going to happen next because it helps us to feel more in control of our path. We can plan better and get more accomplished. As adults we rely on these daily from making lists to help remind us to using a GPS to guide us. We like to KNOW what is going to happen next. It helps us feels secure.
          Routines are important for children as well: especially young children who do not have mature self-talk that allows them to "think ahead" or predict the outcome of their choices. Toddlers are totally in the moment shifting from activity to activity needing on-the-spot redirection to help them stay on course. Four-year-olds make pictures in their heads that they talk out loud and of course they talk incessantly. They do not have much forethought in what to keep silent in their heads and what they can blurt out to others. Sometimes what comes out of their mouths is darn right scary.

Ginny Luther shared with us at our Parent Round Table Oct 2,

Emotions are critical for learning.  We are not in control of our child’s emotional responses.  Kids react in the moment.  Most of us parent out of guilt and based on how we were raised.
If we let them know what we want from them rather then what we don’t want they have a picture of a goal and are set up to succeed.  Whatever you focus on they will value.

Kids respond to your intent and energy.  Empathy is the key to communication.  This is when you can see and feel another’s point of view. 

It is so important to understand why children react in different situations.  We were so fortunate to have Ginny Luther, CCDI, LGA
Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor and Loving Guidance Associate  talk to us about the right way to discipline.  Interested in more information, please let our office know!

Telling and Retelling Stories

 The magnetic quality of the stories are the universal power to remember, entertain, inspire, create, and know.
Reading aloud and telling stories are both effective ways to share literature with young children and to support language and literacy learning. Children learn through retelling.  The first telling of a story for the teacher to a group of young children is an exciting introduction to the content, while retelling of the same story allows children to revisit the tale and refine their understanding. This pleasurable experience helps children develop concepts about words, print, and books.  Retelling also helps children build frameworks, characters, and vocabulary to use when they create stories.

Our school was filled with books from our Scholastic Book Fair to our participation in Read for the Record sponsored by the Literacy Coalition. We value children reading and teachers and parents reading aloud to their children.  Thank you, parents for supporting literacy for your children by donating books to the classroom.  They are greatly appreciated!!
Lisa from the Palm Beach Children's Hospital read us Otis by Loren Long

                Thank you to Amanda and Jennifer for leading our 
                  Scholastic Book Fair

We loved our breakfast and wearing pajamas
to school for our Scholastic Kick-off day

Thank you to all those who helped make the Scholastic Fair a success!