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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, June 25, 2014

Cognitive Ability for Early Childhood

"In spite of their many advances, preschoolers can be illogical, egocentric, and one-dimensional in their thinking," observe Heather Tomlinson and Marilou Hyson in Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age Eight.   Piaget referred to these years as a 'preoperational' stage of development, emphasizing that children ages 2 to 7 are less capable in their thinking compared with older children.  More recent research indicates that preschoolers have greater cognitive abilities than has been sometimes assumed, at least when children are in familiar situations and tasks are clearly explained to them."

"Preschool children can appear to know or understand more — or less — than they actually do.  At times they seem mature and relatively advanced in their thinking, and then later seem limited and inflexible.  As preschoolers move from and between simpler to more complex thinking skills, it is helpful to remember that they are not merely functioning less effectively than older children or adults; their narrow focus on a limited amount of information at any given time is actually useful while they are learning so many things so rapidly.  That is, because they are just on the cusp of grasping a variety of concepts, words, and skills at a new level, they learn best when they can attend to just one thing at a time... rather than attending to multiple things."


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