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Early Childhood Center-School Year 2016-2017

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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 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. 

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