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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.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Benefits of Boredom- Please Read

Benefits of Boredom
February 26, 2014

"Hail wasted moments of doing nothing — imagination's playground," asserts Peter Bregman in Psychology Today (May 2013). He talks about when you are bored: "The mind in this state has no particular aim. It's not efficient or directed. It revisits experiences, scans for opportunities, plays with problems — and that's when creativity comes alive. These days, we rarely reach the point of boredom, thanks to gadgets and anytime, anywhere entertainment. Occupying our brains is too easy — and that's killing our creativity. "When was the last time you rode an elevator and didn't pull out your phone? Every free moment has become an opportunity to get something done, or at least to be entertained. But doing nothing, being bored, is a precious thing. My best ideas come when I'm running without my iPod, simply sitting, or waiting for someone, or lying in bed before I go to sleep. These 'wasted' moments are the ones in which we most often unconsciously connect the dots."

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Professional Development on the Outdoor Classroom- February 17

Monday, February 17 our staff was busy learning how to improve our outside learning and bring the outdoors into our rooms.  A great day of learning.  Here are a few ideas we learned!


  • Add different activities, scavenger hunts   Give children jobs that are nature-related
  • Plant items in old tires
  •  Make sure children have time for spiritual moments
  •    Learn more about the outdoors on our nature walk
  •    Use books on their level to explore nature them using Jewish terms
  •   Use nature apps .
  •     Add more science into our centers
  •    Bring microscopes into the classroom
  •   Add sea shells, sponges and different sand that goes with our  environment
  •   For twos, the most important nature experience is sensory
  •    Children need to experience nature, not learn facts
  •    Storywalk- incorporate literacy, nature, exercise, and sensory  activities
  •    Make nature pocket books, nature walk activities, abc nature book.    Draw and color what you find.
  •    Use wilderness and not just playground and garden
  •   Learn about composting and the study of worms
  •    Use technology to learn about things we find in nature
  •  Give a job to incorporate our plants/garden
  •    Encourage children to ask questions and let them have the freedom to touch in nature
  •    Digging is ok
  •    Plan a mud day for the spring
  •    Unstructured time is important outside

No obstacle tip 6

For some fun exercise, help your youngster build an obstacle course.  Use empty cereal boxes
to scoot around, a table to crawl under, a large cardboard box to wiggle through, and a pile of pillows to dive into.  The key?  Create obstacles for child to go over, under, through, and around.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Exercise and Physical Activity Tip 5

Exercise/Physical activity is an important component for your health.  At least an hour a day will help children feel less stress; have better self-esteem; be more alert at school; keep a healthy weight; build and keep healthy bones, muscles and joints; and sleep better. just remember when children are young, exercise isn't exercise----it's just plain fun!  

Monday, February 10, 2014

How Much Juice? Tip 4

Q:  My children love to drink juice.  Should I try to limit how much if it they drink?

A:  The short answer is "yes".  While juice has nutrients, it also has a lot of sugar.  Believe it or not, a 12 ounce glass of apple juice can contain 10 teaspoons of sugar.--the same as in a can of cola-- and a glass of grape juice can have 15 teaspoons of sugar.  Encourage your children to eat fruit rather than drink juice.  They will consume fiber along with more nutrients.  If your kids do have juice, try to limit it to a glass a day.  Choose varieties marked 100 percent juice, and stay away from those labeled "fruit drink",or " fruit cocktail".  the best bets are orange or grapefruit juice since they have more natural vitamin C and less suger.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Did you Know? Tip 3 on Healthy Living

Research shows that students who skip breakfast have shorter attention spans and don't do as well on tests. Make sure your youngsters get up in time to have a nutritious breakfast either at home or at school.
Tip:  If he's having trouble waking up early enough, move his/her bedtime back.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to read people as well as you read books and to know how to use that information wisely.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Healthy Shopping Tip 2

When you go to the grocery store, "shop the perimeter first"  The outside aisles are where you'll usually find fresh produce, healthy dairy products and fresh meats. fill you cart mostly with those items, and then get what you need from the middle of the store.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Healthy Heart Month- Tip 1

Snack attack
"I'm starving"  When your child bursts through the door after school  she's probably hungry.  Whenever is in the house is what youngsters will eat--- so shop with that in mind.
Get interesting fruits and vegetables in different colors.  Buy mango or peach salsa, and let your child dip in veggie sticks.  Offer choices, but she will only be choosing only from the healthy foods you have in the house.