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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, January 27, 2014

Our 3-4 year old classes are studying Florida Animals using the Project Approach

                                   Busch Wildlife were our experts as part of our Project 
                                         Approach on Florida Animals.  All classes visited with
                                                                   Busch Wildlife

                                 Parents of bears, elephants and  turtles classes were
                                    invited  to learn together about the animals


"The Project Approach to early childhood education is one that incorporates project work as an important part of the larger curriculum.  A project is an in-depth investigation of a topic — ideally, one worthy of the children's time and energy.  In the course of these investigations, children are encouraged to formulate questions to be answered by the investigation, to make predictions about what the answers might be, and to compare their findings with those predictions.  The children are also encouraged to represent their ideas, theories, hypotheses, and predictions using a wide variety of media such as drawing, role-playing, and making models. 

"One of the major benefits of the Project Approach is that it supports children's intellectual development while also providing contexts for the application of their growing academic skills.  The intellectual dispositions, most of which are in-born in all children, include the dispositions to be curious, to make sense of experience, and to explore the environment.  Good project work capitalizes on these intellectual dispositions.  In the course of efforts to represent their theories and findings, their desire to learn and apply the basic academic skills involved in literacy and numeracy typically emerge.  The purposes and uses of these basic academic skills gradually become clear and meaningful to them. In this way, project work is complementary to the more formal parts of the curriculum in which children are aided in the acquisition of basic skills."

Our Toddlers Are Always Listening!

In "Who's the Boss? What We Can Learn about Leadership from Two-Year-Olds," in the Exchange Essential, Leading People, Kathy Price-Pillow points out that two-year-olds "have natural leadership skills. That means that they know what to do to get others to do what they want."  She cites the example of listening skills:  
"Many of us have learned that when you are around young children, you have to watch what you say. If not, you are bound to hear them repeat something that you would prefer they didn’t! Why is that? It’s because two-year-olds are excellent listeners. In fact, their listening skills are far superior to that of many adults. To them listening is power — the power to learn, grow, and develop.

"Two-year-olds learn about their world by listening, and great leaders can do the same. If leaders will commit themselves to learn better listening skills, they will find it leads to better recollection of important facts and issues later on, and results in fewer miscommunications. Improving your listening skills tends to increase people’s respect for you; people tend to like, and respond better to, those who take the time to listen to them. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Whole Child

We educators  and parents love to divide children's learning into "subject areas" or "domains." Doing so is helpful in many ways. By focusing on discrete topics - like language and literacy or science or math - we can assess whether children are developing the many skills and understandings they will need in order to become adults fully equipped to participate in life. But if we are not careful, we can fool ourselves into thinking that learning takes place in segments. In reality, it is crucial for educators and parents to recognize that children learn and develop best when they gain skills holistically. Children are able to develop skills and understandings in many areas at the same time as they engage in personally meaningful explorations of the world around them. This is why learning with nature is such a powerful motivator for holistic development.

Hans Furth. a Piaget scholar says,

"The importance of movement thinking should not be underestimated.  If the six year old child does not have fundamental control over both general and discriminative movements, he will find it difficult, if not impossible, to move his eyes across the page, look up and down from the chalkboard to his paper, hold a pencil, or compete in play with his peers...If bodily movement is well under control, children can expend minimum energy on the physical mechanics of the task and maximize energy on the thinking related solution."

Friday, January 17, 2014

Birthday of the Trees

Thank you for joining us at our celebration this morning!!!!!

We celebrate Tu BiSh'vat by expressing joy and thankfulness for trees, harvests, and the natural world. Many families plant trees at home and in Israel, and eat delicious fruits and greens in celebration of this “New Year of the Trees.” During this agricultural festival, we care about our and consider our obligation to care for the environment and our sacred responsibility to share the fruits of God’s earth with all.
We celebrate Tu BiSh'vat by expressing joy and thankfulness for trees, harvests, and the natural world. Many families plant trees at home and in Israel, and eat delicious fruits and greens in celebration of this “New Year of the Trees.” During this agricultural festival, we care about our and consider our obligation to care for the environment and our sacred responsibility to share the fruits of God’s earth with all.
You can incorporate social justice themes into your Tu BiSh'vat celebration in the following ways.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
In honor of Tu BiSh'vat, make a commitment as a family or with friends to focus on one or more of these environmental practices:
·         Reduce waste by buying products that use less packaging.
·         Use the reverse side of paper as scrap paper or for art projects.
·         Learn about your community’s most up-to-date regulations on recycling.
Get Back to Nature
Adopting natural areas, such as parks, streams, and roadsides, are projects individuals of all ages can get involved in to enhance the beauty and environmental quality of natural green spaces. Together with family members and friends, you can informally “adopt” an area simply by pledging to clean it regularly and advocating to the local government for its needs; in some areas, more formal adoption programs are available. Cleaning up a natural area near home can make a big difference – not only to the ecological health of the area itself, but to the esteem of the neighborhood around the area. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Taking a Deep Breath

You may have noticed that I have not blogged in awhile.  This Sunday, January 12, the Open House was breathtaking and I am still catching my breath.  Thank you to all that helped make this event so successful.
I am so proud to be the director of The One School.  We are now registering for the fall.  Special thanks to Amy Russell and Liz Perez  and many PT0 families for making the garden ready to plant for our teachers and children.  Check the Temple's facebook to see who was there!

                                                                Lots of crafts
The beautiful garden

Planting is fun!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Join Us for Our Open House on January 12

We are so excited about our name change to The One School at Temple Beth Am.  I hope all of our families will be able to join us as we host our "first open house" from 3pm to 5pm on January 12 at the school.
The open house will allow families the opportunity to experience "a day in the life" at The One School.  Activities offered reflect The One School approach to "celebrating the whole child" and will include guided tours,petting zoo, crafts and enrichment activities, storytelling, cooking, music, dance, art and sports.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The One School Garden

This Saturday, January 11, beginning at 8:30am, we will place the path, mulch and begin potting some plants.

....  Children benefit in so many ways from increased contact with the natural world.  Let’s give them the gift of well-designed outdoor spaces that help them discover the true treasures of our world."