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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.

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

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