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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."

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