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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

In Honor of International Mud Day

It’s mud season again and good things are being made. How about a chocolate mud pie, decorated with yellow dandelions? Or a luscious cupcake sprinkled with sand and cherry petals? Finish it off with some soup full of new leaves, tiny twigs, or leftover acorns. Cooking season has begun with creativity, happiness, and generosity from both nature (with abundant loose parts) and children (eager to share a “taste” of their fresh creation

Our children enjoyed celebrating mud day by cooking with
mud,  and putting it all over our bodies!

Benefits of Playing with Mud

  • Creative expression and invention (mud can become anything!) 
  • Problem solving opportunities (e.g. how to make soup thin or thick, how to make mud meatballs stick together)
  • Cooperative play possibilities (e.g. let’s cook dinner, let’s have a restaurant, let’s feed the baby—you be the baby) 
  • Stress reduction (being outdoors in nature helps children relax) 
  • Building stronger immune systems (research indicates that some exposure to dirt helps build resistance to bad bacteria) 
  • Growing affection for the stuff on our earth—soil, stones, sand, and growing plants (leading to care for our planet)
  • Date: June 24, 2014
    Author: Mary Rivkin

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