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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, June 16, 2014

Can Babies Read and Write?

In her article, "Can Babies Read and Write?" in the Beginnings Workshop curriculum unit, Young Children and Writing, Deb Curtis draws this conclusion:

"Adults have all the power in children’s lives.  We are their window and access to safety, comfort, and engaging experiences.  Children are smart enough to know this from the time they are babies.  They have laser-like attention to what we care about and they want to imitate, please, and be a part of what we say and do.  If you look at cultures around the world, children learn to do what adults value and believe children can accomplish because this is what they focus on and take time to teach children to do.

"But with this power comes responsibility.  Young children can learn about literacy if that is what we care about and focus on with eager attention in a playful, loving relationship.  But we should ask ourselves:  What are we and they missing when we spend so much of our time focused on literacy skills?  What about the scientific discoveries and magic in a puddle of water; the complex, creative work of pretend play; the deep, spiritual connections from time together in the natural world; or the adventure and sense of accomplishment in toddling up a hill?  Babies can read and write, but should they?"

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