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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, November 25, 2013

Scott Board Memorial Thanksgiving Program and Luncheon

The word Thanksgiving can be interpreted as giving thanks.  And today our community came together to give thanks for so many reasons.  We are so lucky to have our wonderful children who we cherish.
We are so lucky that so many in our community help in taking care of this world on child at a time.  Our Head Start friends enjoyed doing Thanksgiving crafts with our parents as others help prepare the beautiful meal donated by Morse Geriatric. Each child went home with gifts, and a basket of educational materials was given to Head Start teachers. Our teachers helped prepare our children so that they could sing words of joy and thanks. Thank you, Mr  Brett, our song leader who instills the love of music to our children. So many in our community donated their time today.  Thank you to Jana Taylor for organizing this event.  Special thanks to Dotty Wisch for always being there each year to volunteer to help with our program.  All food that was not eaten was donated to El Sol on military trail.  So many people to thank and so much to be grateful for.

                                     Thank you Jana Taylor
                             PTO moms preparing for Headstart
                                     Great Celebration
Gift for Headstart teachers

                                                 Headstart friends enjoyed the show
                                                   Thank you Alfredo and Marcello

                                     Thank you Mr. Brett
Thank you to all those that made our Thanksgiving celebration
so successful!
                                Kulanu- All of us Together!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

How to Win At Losing- Keeping our Children Healthy

Dr. Cathy Drour shared important information on keeping our children healthy. Pattern of food choices develop very early. And more importantly, they change our brain chemistry. Our job as parents are to make good health choices for our children before we cannot. Cathy gave us a great brochure to help guide families practice healthy living. 
5 eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day! 
2 limit recreational time to two hours or less every day (for under 2- no screen time)
1 Get one hour or more of physical activity every day
0 Drink zero sugary drinks every day.  Drink more water and low-fat milk.

Also check out the website" We Can" -ways to enhance children's activity and nutrition.

We have extra brochures in the office.  Come by

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Raising a thankful Child

Look for ways to be involved in community giving with your child.  These are some of the ways you can give right at Temple Beth Am Preschool!

1.  Bring in your old Halloween costumes to donate to Israel for Purim
2.  Pick a dreidle to buy a gift for children. JAFCO is the organization that cares for abused, neglected and special needs children in the Jewish community, and to work in partnership with families and the entire child
welfare community.
3.  Bring in dog and cat items for our collection for Peggy Adams Shelter.  With our visit from Mazel, the dog, we will be studying that we need to take care of animals that do not have homes.  Our collection begins at Kid's Shabbat this week.
4. Bring canned items for Headstart as part of our Thanksgiving program.
Collection will begin next week.

Jafco collection

Shubert has been visiting Shabbat and telling stories

You may have heard about Shubert,  He is a very special puppet who
really cares about our school and wants are children to learn about gratitude and other values The last two weeks Shubert has been talking about Thanksgiving and giving thanks. Being appreciative and thankful for what one has and for what others do for us are values that parents want their children to develop as they grow.
One great tip:  Keep gifts reasonable!  Why?  As children grow, it can be challenging to teach gratitude if they receive everything they ask for.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Good Mother

"I often hear people saying, 'Scott is such a great dad.' My husband is a great father. He is affectionate and fun, and he spends a lot of time with our kids. He bathes them and changes diapers and takes them out for ice cream and tries to soothe them when they’re sad. But it occurs to me that we set the bar much lower for fathers than we do for mothers.

"Because all those great things that my husband does, I do, too. I smother my kids in hugs and kisses. I say, 'I love you,' with my words and my actions throughout the day. I take them to the beach with their friends and keep them reasonably clean and reasonably well fed. I read their favorite books to them over and over again until the words feel like they’re melting my brain. And still, the Good Mother voice pops up to remind me that it’s just not good enough.

"One of the hardest things for me about being a mom is that I make about 107 little decisions every day, and most of the time, I am totally winging it. Unlike work at a paid job, I don’t get regular feedback on how I’m doing.

"So I think that as moms, we need to tell each other, 'You are such a good mom.' And we need to really hear it when our friends or family says it to us. We all parent differently. We parent from our personalities and from our wounds. From our heads and our hearts. We parent from our unconscious family patterns and from tips on books and blogs. And it is never perfect because we are human and messy, and our kids are human and messy."

"The Good Mother", Lynn Shattuck


Friday, November 1, 2013

Spanking May Leave a Lasting Impact on Children

Spanking may leave a lasting impact on children, well past their initial punishment.  This is the conclusion of an article inPediatrics, "Spanking and Child Development Across the First Decade of Life
  • Children who were spanked often early in life by their mothers were more likely to be aggressive later in childhood compared to kids who weren't spanked at all.
  • Being spanked by dads was also linked to vocabulary and language problems in kids.
  • Mothers who were still spanking their child by the age of 5 — no matter how often — were more likely to have a child who was more aggressive than his or her peers by the time they turned 9.
  • Mothers who spanked their child at least twice a week when they were 3 also had children more likely to have these problem behaviors.
  • Children who were spanked at least twice a week by their fathers at the age of 5 were more likely to score lower on vocabulary and language-comprehension tests