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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.

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.

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