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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, January 28, 2015

The Benefits of a Simpler Lifestyle

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about” —Angela Schwindt

Children are simplistic. They simply enjoy life without complications.  While adults often feel the need to make sure that their children have everything and experience everything, this sometimes is not the best for our children, or for us. By practicing “minimalism” or a more simple, yet meaningful approach, we can avoid the trappings of consumerism and purposely impart positive values to our children. Some of the most important lessons about life and minimalism have been learned by watching our children and learning how they deal with life situations.

Avoid too much stuff. Children don’t know how to be pretentious unless someone educated them to be so, which creates the problem associated with unnecessary possessions, clutter, and debt created from buying unaffordable things. We all have witnessed the fascination our child had with the box the toy came in, rather than the expensive toy itself. Did all that extra stuff we bought our children for the holidays make our children happier? Where are those toys today?

Nourish a few close friendships. It is healthier for your child to play with one or two close friends than for your child to spend most days alone with electronic toys and screens. Your child will develop essential social, communication and physical skills by playing with a friend at the park, in dramatic play, or building a castle. These are times of incredible enjoyment.

Hugs and quiet moments are important. Listen to your children and engage them in conversation. Read books together and go for walks. Every moment together does not need to be a big show or adventure to one of those great parks in Orlando. For adults, as well as for our children, a simpler lifestyle is less stressful and improves our emotional and physical well-being. Sometimes it’s truly the simpler experiences that provide the best memories.

Enjoy your children and remember that living simply has its benefits.

Paula Deakter, M.Ed., is Early Childhood Director of The One School at Temple Beth Am, Jupiter. Visit TheOneSchoolJupiter.com or email TheOneSchool@templebetham.com.

National School Choice Week

This week we are celebrating National School Choice Week!

Our children are our ambassadors and tell us that we have chosen the right school.
They like our school for so many reasons.  Some are:

Our friends are here and we have lunch together
We have the best teachers
We love our garden
It is a great place to learn
We love our housekeeping center
We love our art center

Friday, January 23, 2015

Learning what Nature has to Teach Us

Why does Judaism have a holiday just for trees ?
We are told that the human being is the guardian rather than the master of God’s creations.  God created the world and made human beings “partners in the world of creation” (Sabbath 10A) .  As guardians and custodians of the world (Genesis 2:15) we are obliged to preserve nature and to guard it against destruction of damage.
At Tu-Shevat  we are reminded that it is our responsibility to care for the earth.  In the early childhood setting, it is our responsibility is to make sure that nature education is part of their learning.  We then can remember how important it is for children to enjoy nature and learn about nature.

Bring Children and Nature Back Together
As young children develop, the natural world offers concrete offers concrete and authentic learning experiences. Activities focused on nature support learning in all developmental   areas.  Cognitively, children develop by exploring the natural world, asking questions about what they find. Hypothesizing about what will happen, discovering life cycles of plants and animals, and just wondering about nature
So as parents how can we restore nature-based play to our children’s lives.  Here are some ideas
1.     Use your own memories of nature play to guide the experiences you’d like today’s children to enjoy
2.    Be an advocate for nature play.  Talk it up with friends, teachers, and parent origizations
3.    Get the kids to a rich natural area and let them decide what to do and explore.
4.    Stay off clock as much as possible.  Watch their play not your watch
5.    Frequent nature play is what best build kid’s lasting bonds with the natural world@
6.    There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!

As we celebrate our new year for the trees, we redouble our efforts to help take care of our earth.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Take Play Outdoors

"Children are not born knowing about the world in which they will live. It is only through playful contact with that world that they create the learning experiences that allow them to make this world their own. In so doing, they not only develop new concepts, but also facilitate mental growth."

These insights are provided by David Elkind in his article, "The Values of Play,"
"Because play is the dominant drive during early childhood, most learning during this age period is self directed. No one teaches the child to crawl, turn over, stand up, and walk. No one teaches the infant to babble all the sounds of all possible languages or how to put words together. We may model this, but it is the child who decides to follow that model."