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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.


April 5,2017                            It Looked Like Spilt Milk

We have been studying weather this week with the children with a concentration on wind and clouds. Today we read the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk. In this book the clouds looked like all all different things but in the end it was just a cloud. The children went outside, laid in the grass and gazed at the clouds. Then they used puffy paint (shaving cream and glue) to create what they saw outside. They saw:
Sage: Alligator and airplane
Liam: White
Elijah: Dragon Mickey
Hollis: Bird and Tower
George: Dragon
Ellie: Crocodile 
Dominic: Helicopter
Sofi: Airplane
Elliott: Letter "U"
Ella: Puppy Dog
Ella Rose: Airplane 

March 30, 2017                       Passover Experiments 
On Passover we dip parsley into salt water to remind us of the bitterness the Jews (slaves) endured during the times under Pharaoh. The children hypothesized how salt water is made in regards to the ocean (see picture below). Then they hypothesized how we would make some at school. Ms. Jackie brought in hot water from home and kosher salt. The children picked parsley from the garden and even found some mint to smell on the way. They slowly mixed the water and salt together until it dissolved and then dipped their parsley in it to taste the bitterness. The children actually enjoyed the taste! 

March 10, 2017
Happy Purim! 
Chag Sameach! 

Thank you for joining us at our Purim Shabbat and celebrating in this joyous holiday. 

March 8th, 2017
Hamantashen Bakers

The Bears and Turtles joined the Elephants in making hamantashen. Each class made their own batch with the help of Ms. Michelle. For this recipe we used sugar cookie mix, 1 stick of melted butter, 1 egg and 1/4 cup of water. The children added all of the ingredients, mixed and made their own hamantashen. A hamantashen is a triangle cookie with a preservative filling in the middle. It traditionally consists of apricot, poppy seed or mun.

March 8th, 2017                                  
     Purim Play 
Purim is a joyous holiday that celebrates the Jewish peoples freedom and Queen Esther's bravery. Ms. Lorraine joined The One School once again to aide the children in the retelling of the story of Esther. The children played the characters and did a fabulous job re-enacting the parts. 

Here's King Ahashverosh and his party partners 

Uncle Mordecai and Queen Esther 

The King is in need of a new Queen after Queen Vashti left. All the fair ladies in the Shushan wanted to be the new Queen. 

Meet Queen Esther!!! 

Haman demands that all the people of Shushan bow down to him. Mordechai says "NO! Jewish people bow down to only God." Haman gets very very angry. 

The King asks to speak with Queen Esther when he hears that she is upset about something. He doesn't know that Queen Esther is Jewish. She tells the King that Haman (his advisor) wants to banish all of the Jewish people. The King becomes angry and banishes Haman instead. 

March 1, 2017     
with Coach Jay 

Warming up our bodies with Coach Jay.     

Going through the obstacle course using our loco-motor skills and hand-eye coordination to make our way through.

While keeping one foot behind and bringing the other forward the beam slowly comes down. 

A great morning with Coach Jay learning and growing as we end our class with bubble play. The children are working their hand-eye coordination some more as well as parallel play. Bubble play also enhances problem solving and works the left side of the brain.

January 22, 2017
Dr. Jason

The One School had a visit from Dr. Jason. He showed the children what healthy teeth and gums look like and what unhealthy teeth and gums look like. The children shared with Dr. Jason their favorite healthy treat. Dr. Jason showed them how to brush their teeth and floss. 

What did you learn with Dr. Jason?

January 20, 2017

Busch Wildlife

Ms. Rebecca visited The One School from Busch Wildlife. She brought with her an alligator, skunk, opossum, snake and gopher tortoise. 

The children practicing holding up two fingers to pet the animals. 

Taco the baby alligator. Alligators have three eye lids. 

Gopher Tortoise  "slow poke" lives on land and grows with his shell. 

The red rat snake "Sherbert" is an albino snake who smells with his tongue. 

"Sweet Pea" the opossum who is related to the kangroo. Sweet Pea has a pouch like kangaroos and is nocturnal. We learned this word today. The children had to be very quiet when it was time for Sweet Pea to visit as she was sleeping and Ms. Rebecca had to gently wake her up. 

"Pretty Boy" is the shy skunk we met. He too is nocturnal and likes to eat bugs and vegetables. 

January 13, 2017
Happy New Year!

We are very excited to be back at school! The children got reacquainted with one another very nicely and engaging in play and creating elaborate creations with one another. Teamwork was witnessed all week and it was beautiful. Also this week the children learned about Florida animals. In specific we concentrated on alligators. We did lots of songs and felt board stories together. 

Happy 4th Birthday Elijah!! Thank you for celebrating with us. 

Creating sand castles for their shells and animals to live. 

"A special aquarium for sea animals like turtles and alligators." - Sofi


Teamwork Makes The Dream Work! 

Sofi made the water on the table and Elliott made the turtle on top of the grass. The turtle is eating the grass and will then go have a drink of water. 

"It's and 'E' for Ellie!" 

Creating seas and mountains for water animals. Alligators live in the water. They can eat turtles but these turtles and alligators are friends. 

Having fun painting 'rocks'

December 9, 2016                            
                                                      Mazel The Shabbat Puppy

Ms. Jan read the the book The Shabbat Puppy by: Leslie Kimmelman featuring Mazel. On Friday Mazel came to visit The One School and stopped by the Bears class. He enjoyed spending Shabbat with us, show -n- share, tzedakah and everyone listening to the story all about him. 

December 6, 2016
                 Chanukah Play with Ms. Lorraine Arcus 

Ms. Lorraine Arcus came to The One School to aide in the retelling of the Chanukah story. The children dressed up as Maccabbees (George and Hollis), Soldiers (Ellie and Elliott), King Antiocus (Elijah) and an elephant (Sage). They re-enacted the story even finding the special oil that lasted eight days instead of one! 

A great and mighty Maccabbee 

Strong Soldier 

Brave Elephant 

November 18, 2016
                                                                                       Happy Thanksgiving 

Enjoying pumpkin pie from Ms. Carol with whipped cream and turkey cookies from Ms. Betty. 

November 14, 2016                         
                              HTHT: How Our Stomach's Work

Ms. Cheryl from High Touch High Tech came on Monday to teach us about our stomach's and nutrition. She told us that nutrition has to do with your tummy and food. It is about the food you put into your belly. For her experiment she told the children that she ate 3 apples, a whole bag of candy, 6 donuts and washed it all down with soda. Sofi expressed that "daddy's can only drink soda." Ms. Cheryl mixed vinegar and baking soda together put a balloon over it which represented her and we all watched as the bubbles from the mixture made Ms. Cheryl's balloon grow. The bubbles represented the acid in her belly. 
The children learned the word esophagus  which is the tube that goes all the way to the stomach. The stomach contains acids which break down the food and distributes the nutrients throughout the body. Our bones are also important as they grow stronger with all the healthy food we eat. Ms. Cheryl had everyone try to eat a saltine without their teeth!!!

this is a special mixture that turns from liquid to powder. Then it sets and turns to gel. It is the same gel product found in diapers. 

November 1, 2016


with Coach Jay

Coach Jay from My Gym warmed up the Bears with animal movements. He then taught them how to do a back flip using his special supporter. The children's favorite part of My Gym is the puppet show at the very end. 

September  22, 2016

Apples Exploration

Why do apples turn brown? We placed some apple into 4 mason jars and closed the lid on 3 of them. Each jar contained something different: water, air, tonic water or fizzy water, and lemon juice. Some of the children wanted to try to fizzy water but weren't to thrilled with its taste. Each morning we observed the changes to our apples and recorded them for the entire week. The apples in the lemon juice never turned brown! 

The Elephants were so kind to host us and the Turtles to make apple - strawberry sauce. The children sliced their own apples and strawberries and covered their ears as Ms. Michelle blended all of the ingredients together before putting it in the slow cooker. 

Ms. Jackie read the book "Ten Apples Up On Top!" by Dr. Seuss. Each Bear recieved an apple as the book progressed and we explored with our bodies if we could balance like the lion, tiger and dog. 

September 12th, 2016

High Tough High Tech
Our 5 Senses

Mr. Tom and Ms. Brooke joined our class on Monday to share with us the joys of our 5 senses. SIGHT - eyes, but not while we sleep, SMELL - nose, TASTE - mouth and tongue, TOUCH - hands, feed and whole body (skin), HEARING - ears.

Mr. Tom and Ms. Brooke turned off the lights and using our sense of SIGHT and an LED flashlight the children could see a rainbow with special glasses. They were asked to find the colors of the rainbow. 

Next they explored their sense of SMELL and TASTE with jellybeans. Using our pinching fingers, we pinched our nose closed and chewed on a jellybelly. We were surprised to learn that if you pinch your nose you cannot taste what is in your mouth.

Ice packs were used as erasers on the pads and the body parts such as ears, nose, hands and elbows could be placed on them to turn them blue. 

Our senses are fun to discover, play and learn through everyday. 

September 9th, 2016


Welcome to our blog! This week we focused on kindness, what it means to be kind, what it looks like and how we can be kind to our friends and family. I introduced a kindness tree where the children can earn multiple bears to fill up our tree on a daily basis. At the end of the week the children can see how much kindness they have achieved as a class by seeing how full our tree is. They were very excited to begin filling our tree. 
I read the book "The Kindness Quilt" by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace." The story talks about a little bunny whose teacher assigns the class a Kindness Project to complete. They must draw a picture of what kindness looks like to them. At the end the teacher took all of their drawings and made a quilt out of all of their drawings. We completed the same project as a class as well. Come and see your child's picture of kindness and our quilt. 

This week we also focused on ourselves. The shapes of our face: circles, triangles, ovals and squares. The children each made a self-portrait of themselves depicting what they see in the mirror. Their self-portraits are hanging in the back of the room. 

Thank you to Lona and Derek Cooper for our new Tough Track trucks. The children are scooping up blocks, rolling marbles on them and placing people in the driver seats. Can't wait to see what else they come up with. Thank you again for your contribution. 

We had our first My Gym of the year with Coach Jay. He taught us forward rolls and helped us explore the scarves. 

March 17,2016

Chidush Project

The word Chidush means renewal and Temple Beth Am is updating and renovating our building. Our children were able to to participate in our groundbreaking by signing the first beam. The children really enjoyed participating in the beginning of this project.

We signed The Bears Class of The One School

March 11,2016

Busch Wildlife

Busch Wildlife came to visit The One School on Wednesday! Please click the play button to see what animals came to visit us. 

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March 1,2016


Jack E. and his family caught a butterfly over the weekend and brought it in to share with our class to kick off our butterfly lesson. We fed the butterfly milkweed from our garden and a little agave in its water.

 At the end of the day we let the butterfly go to be with nature. As soon as we opened the container the butterfly flew right to Jack E.

    "The butterfly loved me"                                                              "It's on my leg!"

February 18,2016


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November 12, 2015

Playground Reconstruction

We have been observing the construction of our new playground, while playing and enjoying ourselves on the 2 year old's playground. who knew Little tikes cars are so much fun!

October 1, 2015

Planting for the Season

 Ms Kerrie and Ms Tia came to our class today and helped us plant tomatoes and carrots for our garden.

 We filled our pots with soil and pat them down

 We then poked a hole in the center of our soil and placed 4 seeds in the soil.

       Finally we put the seeds to bed and covered them with soil. Now we are just waiting for them to sprout.

September 29, 2015

Snack in the Sukkah

In the Sukkah Ms. Amanda is showing and sharing a pomegranate with the Bears class.

 The bears class was excited to have some apples, pomegranate, and assorted fruit with lemonade. yummy!
 Everyone enjoyed a nice refreshing fruit snack with some Sukkot cake in the Sukkah with their friends and teachers.

 Ms Michelle from the Elephants class read
the story " Bubbe Isabella and The Sukkot Cake"
while the children enjoyed their special Sukkot cake. Thank you Michelle!

Everyone enjoyed their Sukkot snack while listening to Ms. Michelle speak about the Sukkot.

September 29, 2015

Sisterhood Comes to Read to our children

 Ms. Carol from the temple's sisterhood came to our classroom to read us a story about Sukkot. We enjoyed listening and learning about Sadie's Sukkot Breakfast.

August 18, 2015

First day of School

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 Bears 2014-2015

May 8, 2015

Happy Mothers Day

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April 27, 2015

Yom HaAztma'ut

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April 17, 2015

The Week of the Young Child

 Music Monday:  

Music allows the child to openly engage one another through music, language, and develop their literacy skills. Children should enjoy and have fun! The turtles invited us to share in their Music Monday outdoors on our beautiful playground with their musical instruments.  Julia from the turtles conducted a rendition of the A-B-Cs with a few of her friends. 

 Taco Tuesday:

                                                                Thank you Ms. Paula and all of the volunteers who helped supply our Bears tummies with yummy tomatoes and lettuce from our garden, salsa, cheese and taco shells.  We read the book Dragons Love Tacos which got the children excited to make and try their own tacos. Grady packed his taco full of all the ingredients and Ily made hers more like a salad.

 Work Together Wednesday:

 The Bears, Turtles and Elephants love to get together whenever we can and work together. On this special "Work Together Wednesday" each class brought a cooperative toy and the children shared with one another. They were encouraged to use legos with lincoln logs and magna tiles with lego people. Jax from the Turtles easily got the hang of the concept.

Artsy Thursday:

It is important for children to develop their creativity through art. Art enhances a child's problem solving skills, fine muscles and social skills. Children's imaginations should be able to explore through many facets. We provided the children with colorful paper, stickers, puff balls and more. They had the opportunity to make their own expression of art.  

 Family Friday:

 Shabbat Shalom Bear Families! Thank you for joining us for Shabbat today. The feeling of community and support of our youngest learners is first and most important to us. We love celebrating you and the unique role you play in your child's learning and development.

April 7, 2015

Making Matzah Brei

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April 3, 2015

Making Matzah Ball Soup

A traditional meal during Passover is matzah ball soup, so we decided to invite the Elephant class over and make our own matzah ball soup.

 We added 20cups of water to our packet of soup mix and 17 carrots (1 for each of our friends).
Then we mixed 2 eggs with matzah meal (ground up matzah), 2tsp of vegetable oil, mixed and let it stand for 15 minutes.

 While the matzah ball mix sat Ms. Amanda read a story about a family in search of all the ingredients they would need to make matzah ball soup.

Together we made stone soup and sang a song to go with it: "Put some chicken in the pot stir it up nice and hot, get it ready for Passover...for Passover. Put some carrots in the pot stir it up nice and hot, get it ready for Passover...for Passover."

This song is traditionally sang during Shabbat.

 The children rolled their own matzah balls and by lunch time it was ready to eat.

                                                        MMMMMMmmmm delicious!!!!!

March 13, 2015

This week we focused on the subject of weather, more specifically, clouds. We read the book Little Cloud by Eric Carle where a little cloud changes into all different shapes that he sees throughout his travels.  Following this story we went out to the playground in did our own cloud gazing where the children discovered all different shapes in the sky. Some found ducks, dinosaurs, lions and airplanes. Everyday they are finding so much more.

The children are recreating the story of Little Cloud using felt and a felt board.

Following our cloud gazing the children came in and used shaving cream mixed with glue to make what they saw in the clouds. Some of them chose to use their hands and some of them chose to use a paint brush. They then traced and cut out the letter "C" and glued on cotton balls.

Their clouds are displayed on our outside bulletin board along with their thoughts on what they saw. Feel free to stop by and take a look.

To wrap it up Ms. Jackie brought in blue Jell-O to represent the sky and we put on whip cream for the clouds. As the whip cream was distributed onto their Jell-O Sophie said "wow, that looks like a dog." 
Benjamin exclaimed "I can see my house."


BIG Bear hugs to Ms. Linda for helping us these last two days. 
Have a wonderful spring break and we will see you Monday the 23rd. 

March 6, 2015

Purim Day

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March 2, 2015

Purim Fun

Today all the 3’s had the chance to really get into the FUN of Purim.  The children were divided into 4 groups to make sure that everyone had a turn at all the activities!  This is what we did:

The children listened to the story of Purim and then made Purim character puppets:

 Groggers, the noise maker used to drown out the name of wicked Haman, were made from boxes of macaroni and then wrapped and decorated.  After our Purim parade and celebration on Friday, the boxes of macaroni will be donated to a local food pantry.

 Yummy eating time came when everyone made delicious hamentaschen (the jelly filled triangle shaped cookie meant to remind us of Haman’s hat)!

 Outside time was also part of our celebration!  Running and swinging and playing are important in every celebration!

February 24, 2015

Zucchini Exploration

In the beginning of the year all of the Bears planted their own zucchini. This is our zucchini from the garden. The children felt it and said it felt like an apple and looked like a cucumber. When we cut it open the children touched the inside of it. "It feels slimy" Grady said.

The children had 3 different choices of zucchini to try: grilled, raw or bread. When they were all finished we asked them to pick their favorite one.

After everyone had placed their bear under their favorite type of zucchini (grilled, dipped/raw, bread). Ms. Amanda helped the children count how many friends liked which kind.

February 13,2015

Busch Wildlife

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February 12, 2015

Live Caterpillars

The Wood family was so kind to bring in caterpillars and milk thistle from their house. We kept them in a screened house to watch them grow.
One Friday morning one of the caterpillars crawled to the top of the house and started wiggling,
It built itself a cocoon. We knew from reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar  We had 2 weeks to wait for the cocoon to come out. The children watched with great anticipation waiting for our caterpillars to turn into butterflies. They predicted how big they would be, what colors and what day they would emerge.
It wasn't quite 2 weeks and 1 hatched.

The children were so excited to release the butterflies in the garden that they chose a special spot to release them.

January 26, 2015

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

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December 18, 2014

How Our Garden Grows

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Earlier this year the children planted squash seeds with Ms. Kerri. Each child received their own pot, soil and seeds. For the first few weeks the children watched their plants slowly grow on the Elephants windowsill, and watered them everyday. After a while Ms. Kerri transferred our squash to the garden where we have watched it blossom into leaves. Last week our leaves sprouted its first squash of the season. Come to our garden and see all the beautiful vegetables our Preschool is growing.  

October 28, 2014

The Firefighters and Firetruck Visits The One School

 On Monday the Jupiter fire dept.came to visit The One School. The Bears proudly wore their firefighter hats they made to meet the firefighters. We were very excited to see Ms. Jackie dress up in the firefighter uniform. The boots Ms. Jackie had on had steel in the toe so if something fell on her foot she would be safe. She wore a hood around her neck and ears and a big heavy jacket to protect her from a fire. Finally she put on a breathing mask and helmet to protect her lungs and her head.

Next we went outside to explore the firetruck. We found a ladder,an ax, a BIG saw and a hose. The Bears, Elephants and Turtles all squeezed in front of the fire truck, "cheese."
Thank you Firefighter Bob for visiting The One School and teaching us about 9-1-1 and how to STOP-DROP-ROLL.

October 21,2014

 Sukkot and Simchat Torah

September 24, 2014

Making Round Challah for the New Year

We put raisins in our round challah.

 We made a special egg wash to go on top of our challahs. Eggs, water and honey for a sweet new year.

Each child painted the egg wash onto the challah.

"mmmm smells good."

September 20, 2014

The Sound of the Shofar

Rosh Hashanah is here and we have been learning all about it. On Rosh Hashanah We blow the shofar to bring in the new year. We were very luck to have Mr. Brett come into our class room and blow his shofar for us."Its really loud and long."

September 14, 2014

Making Friendship Applesauce

On Wednesday this week the Elephant class joined us in our room to make friendship applesauce. It is called friendship applesauce because we made it together with our friends. We all brought in a different kind of apple to add to the applesauce. 
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September 11, 2014

Tearing, cutting and gluing

 Today we learned how to tear construction paper into little pieces. Some children said "wow this is harder than I thought it was." After tearing we spread glue all over the paper and had the children put the torn paper on the glue to make the truck of our tree.

September 7, 2014

Apples, Apples, Apples

We have been discovering apples. Did you know every apple has a star inside? We found when you cut an apple in half every apple has a star inside. On Friday we tasted 4 kinds of apples, Granny Smith (green), Pink Lady(pink), Golden Delicious (yellow) and Red Delicious(red). We voted and the winner was Pink Lady. Some of the children even thought they tasted like strawberries.

September 4, 2014

Shabbat Shalom

In the Bears class every Shabbat we choose an Ema (mommy) and an Abba (daddy) to help lead us in our classroom mock Shabbat. Today it was Brielle and Alon who helped lead us in our blessings. They got to say the blessing over the wine/grape juice while holding special kiddush cups and even got to drink out of them.

August 26, 2014

Welcome to The Bears Class

We have been very busy in the bears class the last 2 weeks. We have been exploring our new classroom, discovering our new playground, and learning new songs, dances, rules and letters.

The Bears Have Gone Buggy

 In The Bears Class we have been very busy learning about insects.Did you know insects have six legs?


                                     We read books about bugs.

Do you know which insects live in Florida?.

     Butterflies and bugs were even found on puzzles.

We made patterns on our very own caterpillars. Fine motor skills, such as writing and cutting were used to create these cute creepy crawlers.

Butterfly math was lots of fun! We picked numbers and counted spots to match the numbers.

After reading The Itsy Bitsy Spider, we feed the spider
some insects for lunch.

What is your favorite insect and why? Come check out our language experience chart to find out  what your child said...

April 9, 2014

Happy Passover

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March 27, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

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March 14, 2014

Happy Purim

 We had such a great time dressing up in our costumes and marching around for Purim.


  1. Dear Ms. Amanda and Ms. Jackie, thank you so much for being wonderful teachers to our children. Anvika loves you both and is having lots of fun in Bears Class.


  2. Dear Ms. Amanda and Ms. Jackie, It was so much fun watching the pictures of animals and caterpiller-cocoon-Butterfly. Imagine the fun watching them real. The smiles on the faces of the kids was so amazing :-) Thank you.