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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.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Paula's Birthday

Thank you to the entire school for helping me celebrate my birthday! on Oct 27th

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Building Creative Expression Through Art


In 1920, Piaget said, "Young children actively construct their knowledge by interacting with the world around them."

What Piaget meant is that young children need to touch, see, explore, and manipulate objects to develop and learn new ideas.  Young children should have daily opportunities for creative expression.

 Creative, open-ended art taps into three key developmental areas for young children.  First, it allows an emotional outlet, encouraging children’s active expression. Secondly, it builds the executive functions which relate to planning, monitoring, focusing, as well as solving problems. And third, open-ended art strengthens fine -motor skills. 

 But most importantly, children enjoy making art; open-ended art allows them to be happier with the process.  Children are less stressed in an open, nurturing setting and the process of art--as well as the final product--benefits greatly from this relaxation.

With that in mind, where do we start when providing children with open-ended art projects?  (All these experiences can be offered in a school setting, but they're also possible at home.) Where exactly do we begin?

Open-ended, free expression can be fostered with easel painting, watercolors, clay projects, finger painting, beads, cloth-weaving, and much, much more. The medium is secondary to the idea that art must be "process-oriented." This fancy term is actually quite simple. It means the act of creation--the how and why a child makes something--is just as, if not more, important than the final product.

As adults we are very concerned with products: the all-consuming end result. But in their innocence and pure curiousity, children are not so caught up in the endgame. They simply take pleasure in making things. Each and every experience is beautiful to them. As Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
So, what are the characteristics of process-oriented art? For one, there are no step-by-step instructions. The art is spontaneous and natural, rather than copied, prescribed or otherwise deemed "right" or "wrong." Process-oriented art is totally unique to the child, and is based around the exploration of the techniques, tools and materials used to the make the art itself. In addition to being entirely born of the child's imagination, the art must also be relaxing or soothing for the child. Process-oriented art should not be stressful, by definition.

One of the most important skills that parents and teacher can learn is not to judge children’s art. Instead, ask them what they made and compliment the colors not the lines, such as, “You mixed two colors together and made a new color!” Comment on the child’s process not the product.  Children’s art is one way they experience the world through feelings and imagery. This art creates a sense of wonder and curiosity.

Let’s honor children’s art by allowing them the opportunity and material to make their own creations.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday   April 12, 2016

Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and salsa. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom by creating your own healthy tacos .  Photos to come!!!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Music Education

11 Facts About Music Education

1. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.

2. Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.

3. Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they're proven to improve academics.

4. Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.

5. In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).

6. Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance.

7. Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests.

8. A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory.

9. Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to a greater understanding of language components.

10. Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training.

11. Schools that have music programs have an attendance rate of 93.3% compared to 84.9% in schools without music programs.



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Monday, March 14, 2016


Purim is celebrated with a public reading—usually in the synagogue—of the Book of Esther (Megillat Esther), which tells the story of the holiday. Under the rule of King Ahashverosh, Haman, the king's prime minister, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of Persia from destruction. The reading of the megillah typically is a rowdy affair, punctuated by booing and noise-making when Haman's name is read aloud.
Purim is an unusual holiday in many respects. First, Esther is the only biblical book in which God is not mentioned. Second, Purim, like Hanukkah, traditionally is viewed as a minor festival, but elevated to a major holiday as a result of the Jewish historical experience. Over the centuries, Haman became the embodiment of every anti-Semite in every land where Jews were oppressed. The significance of Purim lies not so much in how it began, but in what it has become: a thankful and joyous affirmation of Jewish survival against all odds.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Children Learn So Much From Cooking from NAEYC

Children Learn So Much From Cooking!

by: Kelsey Stevens 
Preschoolers pressing fresh tortillas during a Cooking Class - YUM!                       
Cooking with children has innumerous benefits from laying the foundation for basic math concepts to instilling healthy eating habits. 
  • Children strengthen their fine motor skills through cutting, pouring and scooping.
  • They develop a basic understanding of math concepts like understanding volumne through measuring different ingredients.
  • Children learn the concept of sequencing through reading recipes and discussing what comes first, second, and third in the cooking process.
  • Children expand their vocabulary as they are exposed to new words and terms.
One of the greatest benefits to cooking with children is helping them develop an adventurous and diverse taste palette.
Children are more likely to try different ingredients and foods if they experience them at an early age.
We believe that children learn best through play and when they are able to fully engage all of their senses. 
The textures, smells, and tastes from the various ingredients provide an unmatched organic experience with an ability to enthrall, entice, and spur a sense of wonder in the children’s eyes. As educators, we foster each child’s independence and encourage the exploration of culinary creations, igniting a sense of accomplishment which provides an insatiable desire to push boundaries while we work together to create tantalizing results. Let’s eat!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Pride in Our NAEYC Accredited School

With The One School’s NAEYC site visit and assessment now behind us, we can all take a deep breath, a sigh of relief and find the opportunity to celebrate. But as we continue to move forward, we wondered how many of our families really know just what NAEYC is or what kind of prestige being a NAEYC accredited school gives us.

“NAEYC” stands for National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is the world’s largest organization of early childhood educators. NAEYC established its accreditation system to raise the quality of early childhood education, and to help families and others identify high-quality child care centers, preschools, kindergartens and other early childhood programs. NAEYC accredited programs are committed to providing  top-notch educational services to young children and their families. While the accreditation process examines all aspects of a program including health and safety, teacher qualifications and administration, the true focus is on the quality of interactions between teachers and children and the nature of the child’s experience.  To earn accreditation, a center’s programs must comply with national standards of quality that go well beyond state health and safety licensing requirements. The NAEYC accreditation criteria address all aspects of an early childhood education program, including teacher qualifications and development, teacher to child ratios, teacher/child and teacher/family relationships, curriculum, physical environment and health and safety. The school is reviewed by a national commission of experts in child care and early education. Early childhood programs that substantially comply with the NAEYC guidelines are accredited for a five-year period.

And so, we seek re-accreditation of The One School’s outstanding program. Since our initial accreditation, we have continued to work to maintain a level of quality expected of NAEYC accredited programs. Pursuing NAEYC accreditation demonstrates our commitment to best practices and continuous quality improvement, including ongoing reflection of classroom and program practices.

We hope that this is why you have chosen The One School for your child’s early learning experience. Our mutual support of staff and families makes this school an extraordinarily special place that we can all feel a connection to and pride in what we can accomplish together. Our children are learning every day and for this, we say thank you to each and every family for being the best part of The One School.