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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, September 18, 2014

Effective Parent Involvement

"Around the world, parents have dramatic influence on how their children learn.  But Parent Teacher Association meetings are not where learning happens."  This is the observation of Amanda Ripley in her book, The Smartest Children in the World (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2013) in which she explores why students from Korea, Finland and Poland do so much better than US students in math. She continues...

"Research shows that parents who are most active in their children's schools do not tend to raise smarter children.  The real impact happens mostly at home.  Parents who view themselves as educational coaches tend to read to their children every day when they are small; when their children get older, they talk with them about their days and about news around the world.  They let their children make mistakes and then get right back to work.  They teach them good habits and give them autonomy.  They are teachers, too, in other words, and they believe in rigor. They want their children to fail while they are still children.  They know that those lessons - about hard work, persistence, integrity, and consequences - will serve a child for decades to come."


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