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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.


February 2018
Life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly

We are so fortunate to have the Monarch Butterfly thriving in The One School Garden.
There are so many magical and learning moments captured in this unit.
It all starts with a trip to the garden.
Can you find the tiny caterpillar eggs that are left on the leaves of the milkweed?
The children observe the caterpillars in the garden.
We come inside an read and reread 
The lessons are many, the children learn hands on the life cycle from egg, to larva, to pupa(cocoon ) to monarch caterpillar.
We also learn what the caterpillar in the book eats to grow.
Fruit lots of health fruit.  When he snacks on junk he gets a big belly ache.
We then bring the caterpillars indoors to their own butterfly netting.  We keep count on the classroom calendar to learn how long it will be until we see the butterfly.
It happened 11 days later, we walked in an their they were popped out.
We took them to the garden to release them, hence a priceless experience.

New Year in The One School Garden

When walking through the garden the children take time to look, smell and feel the different plants, animals, herbs and seeds growing in nature.
After reading "The Earth Book" by Todd Parr the children understand how they can all make a difference in their own way to protect and repair the world.
Tikkun Olam means to "Repair the World."

The little creatures of the milkweed, Monarch caterpillars 

The tomato seeds we planted back in November now have the beginnings of tomatoes 
 The small little plant that now has broccoli growing from it, and we can take this and snack on this health food

The herbs that we take delight in smelling 

The green beans that we pick from the vine, can be eaten as well.  We can take the seeds out of them and replant so we have more beans. 

October 11, 2017
Sukka Time
Sukkot sometimes referred to as the Feast of Booths, is a harvest holiday that arrives in early autumn soon after the Jewish New Year.
For eight days families and friends gather in the Sukkah to eat and share songs and stories.
After reading Sammy Spider's First Sukkot, the children understood the concept of the "Sukkah".  They played with dolls, using imagtive play to dine on fruits and vegetables.  

We created our own mini Sukkah's with recycled fruit containers 
We beaded with pipe cleaners beads to hang as decorations  

The children are using their curiosity to weigh the small pumpkins

We visit the outdoor sukkah and read the story"Bubbe Isabella and the Sukkot Cake" 
In this story different animals visit the Sukkah, the first is the caterpillar 
Followed by a moth 

We visited our outdoor garden to see the our monarch caterpillars 

Making more Sukkah decorations 

The three's classes have a group snack in the outdoor Sukkah 

Mr. Brett visits us with some songs to follow our snack.

September 7, 2017
After reading "I Like Myself" and "Me I Am", the children looked in the mirror and 
made Silly Self Portriats

"I looked in the mirror and what did I see,
I saw a reflection looking at me
I saw my ears, my eyes, my nose,
My mouth and my teeth
I like what I saw and made a portrait of me"
Using raw materials the children had a blast exploring and discovering so many
different ways to make "ME"

APRIL 24, 2017
Science High Touch High Tech
Mr. Tom asks us to sit on the rug together to explore, and observe and feel some rocks, gems and minerals.

Mr. Tom brings us all to the table, we  pretend to be little scientists with our magnifying glass.  We observe which rocks we can find in volcanoes. 

Mr. Tom handled all the ingredients for the steps in make a volcano explosions.
He mixed H2O, vinegar, baking soda and food coloring.

We put on our saftey goggles. 
The volcano explodes 

March 8, 2017
Purim is a joyous holiday.  It recalls long ago in Persia the story of King Ahasuerus decides to banish his queen Vashti.  He is on the search for a new queen.  Esther wins the kings heart.  Esther's cousin Mordecai comes with her to the kingdowm.  Mordecai warns Esther to never reveal that she is Jew.  The kings prime minister, Haman, is an evill man.  He tells the king to banish all the jewish people.  Esther tells the king she is Jewish and Haman is banished from the Kingdom.
                                                     The children made their own crowns.

                                           The background is a pretend castle that the children
                                      worked on cooperatively as a class to make one big castle

                                                          The king on his throne

                                                 All the fair madiens walk before the king

                                                     The king picks Esther to be his queen
The wicked Haman plots against the Jewish people.  Out with Haman.

MARCH 8th, 2017
Hamantaschen Day 
Haman was an evil man in the story of Purim.
A special Purim treat are Hamantaschen(A Yiddish word meaning Haman's pockets) three cornered cookies filled with jam.  Today we the three year old classes prepared  hamantaschen to bring home to their families.

MARCH 7, 2017
The children were in the garden discovering the real monarch caterpillars.  We followed their lead and went forward with the lifecycle of the caterpillar. 

The class participated in a felt board representing the book. 
 The little white play doh balls the children made are the eggs.
These are the live "pupa" in our classroom wait to change to a clear chrysalis. 
We found the secret garden and took the story outdoors. 

The children feed their hungry caterpillars with celery. 

The are ready to go on the outdoor board. 

MARCH 1, 2017

with Coach Jay 

 Today Coach Jay had us warming up our upper bodies together as a class.
 We were streching out our upper arms .
You can tell how hard these girls are working their lower legs  
Each child participated one at a time in the obstacle course. 
This excersie works body dimension and spacial awareness 

 Here they come out of the cute colorful tunnel
They are using their whole body locomotor skill in addition they are using problem solving skills to get through. 

The are going on the balancing beam working their lower bodies. 

It looks like ordinary bubble fun, however they are using their peripheral vision and parallel play. 

FEBRUARY  24, 2017
Let's measure the roots of plants and vegetables from the garden.
Indoors we planted grass and beans in glass jars so we could moniter and measure the growth up.
We were also insterested in the "roots" that grow down, to see how they would grow. 
We used two tools to measure the roots and ourselves.  We used a tape measure 

                            We brought in some outdoor small plants and took a look at their roots.

We went outside to our community garden.  We pulled a carrot from the soil.
We explained this is a root vegetable.                                                                            

                We measured the root part of the carrot to see how many "inches" it measured with a ruler.
           We planted indoors in glass containers some grass seeds for the children to take care of.
                             While the grass grew up the children watched the roots grow in the soil.
                    Our children are taking care of this growth together in our classroom environment

         When we measured the carrot, it was the vegetable that was measure since that is called the root
          We measured the children with a tape measure to see how many inches they are now in                                        February. Let's see how they measure in May!!!                            

                      To compare we brought in oversided flowers to identify the roots.

                  We looked through our magnifying glass to study the roots of some outdoor bushes
                                         We identify and discover that not all roots look alike

                                  We compared the carrot root to the roots of the large pretend flowers.

February 10, 2017
Preparing for Tu B'Shevat and our program on 
Honi The Circle Maker
One one beautiful day we looked at the trees and plants in our school garden. 
The children found their favorite tree. 

We prepared for our program with tree insipired hats. 
We painted with colors we noticed in our garden.  We took some sticks and twigs and stickers to embellish with tree and flower stickers. 

Honi lived in a small village along time ago, he was very wise and the people counted on him for good advice. 

By drawing a circle and stepping inside of it he would recite a special prayers for rain.  One winter in Israel  during the rainy season, there was NO RAIN.

So Honi did took his stick, made a circle and stepped inside.  He then talked to G-d.  Sure enough the wind started and the rain came in. 
Then a woman appeared and started diggin a hole for her tree.  How long will it take for the tree to grow fruit.  It will take seventy years. 

We learned about the fruits from the carob tree, the date tree and the almond tree.  The children were all given an opprtunity to taste the fruits.

February 9, 2017
The Birthday of the Trees
Celebrating Nature

 Trees and the garden environment  help us to respect our earth
When Adam is placed in the Garden of Eden to "keep it and watch over it". 
The children admired with wonder the abundance of  caterpillars crawling around the flowers. 
Each child picked from the tomato tree one cherry tomato to enjoy at snack time. 

We walked over to the section of the herbs.  The children picked some herbs to taste at snack time. 

Not only did we enjoy the snack, we observed the seeds inside the tomato.

January 31
Easel Painting overlooking the Garden
We brought the painting easel outdoors.
Using our outdoor garden as an inspiration, we asked the children to observe what they see.  
Then they painted and below are their words.
 "I made a design and a flower."
 "I created a beautiful garden."
"I made a plant." 
"I created a flower." 
 "I created a flower."
" I made a roof on a house." 
"I made a plant." 
"I painted a house." 
"I painted a beautiful flower." 
I painted a owl and feet from a planter and flowers." 
"I made energy balls." 

"I painted a dinosaur."

January 30, 2017
Moving and Groving -With High Touch High Tech
                                        Ms. Cheryl taught us how to balance our little birds on a stand.   We learned                                                    the center of gravity to balance the bird.

                                                  Each child tried to do this on their own

                 Then we each were able to try a see saw scale.  We balanced bears, dinosaurs and cubes to                           see which ones weight more. They were even when both sides weighed the same.

                            Ms. Cheryl handed out little spinning tops.  This also was an experiement to see                      if it could balance on its own.  We need to spin each one before it could balance and spin.

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