Welcome !

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.

Shining Stars A

January 26, 2018

Pirate Day

Shining Stars had a wonderful day playing pirates.  We put on our eye patches, and made fun pirate noises all morning. Ms. Rhea found a real  map and led us to some valuable hidden treasures.  The map led us to the secret garden, over the bridge, and a hunt for the bounty. Our jewels and pirate coins were amazing!  The class had a wonderful day of fun and imagination.

January 25, 2018


We are so lucky to have 2 interns from Wm. T. Dwyer High School this winter. Today Tracy helped our students learn about flags from other countries. Her lesson included flag identification, and then emphasized the Israeli flag.  The students then made their own Israeli flag.  As an extension, some children made flags from other countries, too.

January 12, 2018

Winter in Florida 

We celebrated winter Florida style.  Our class enjoyed feeling pretend snow; some of us even had to wear mittens. Our snowman never melted. Best of all snowball fights were so much fun!

December 18, 2017

Children Around the World with Lorraine

Lorraine Posner Arcus came to our school to teach the children about cultural diversity. She brought costumes, dolls, instruments, books, and music from different countries. She introduced the children to various cultures by sharing her doll collection, dressing the children in traditional costumes, and having the children act out the biblical story "The Tower of Babel." The exciting event concluded with a "Peace Dance" to Israeli music.

December 7, 2017
                           Candle Making

The children in the Shining Stars classes had the opportunity to make their very own shamus candle for Chanukah.

November 3, 2017

Fall Fun

Shining Stars have been falling in love with autumn.  All week long we have been engaged in activities emphasizing fall while flexing our fine motor skills. We discovered pumpkin fun while cleaning out our huge pumpkin.  Toasting the seeds gave us a delicious treat. Artistically, we used our hands to decorate and paints leaves.  Watching how drops of water change the leaves was a great sight. Pine cone painting made our fall trees so special.

October 30, 2017


Fire safety was front and center when our local fire department came for a visit. A program emphasizing what we need to do to be safe gave our shining stars a guide to home safety. Calling for help, dialing 911, differentiating between tools and toys, was fun and informative. Our tour of  the fire truck as well as the paramedic truck was exciting. Afterwards a multi step , following directions activity, yielded a wonderful fire truck, with our shining stars photo as firefighters.


This week we began the Second Step program. The theme of welcoming shows you care, and helps others feel they belong. Building these skills helps develop classroom community. We introduced Michael, the puppet, who connected with each child making them feel part of our class group. We paired up with a friend, and a puppet, and then we showed them around the room, pointing out our favorite areas. During the week a parent brought their child to tour our school. We beamed with pride as the children greeted her and showed her around our room. We rounded out the week reading    Have You Filled Your Bucket Today , a book that emphasizes being kind to others.

September 22, 2017

Rosh Hashanah Fun

Shining Stars have been very busy preparing for Rosh Hashanah.  We made beautiful cards and mailed them to our families;special challah covers for our scrumptious homemade challahs were a festive treat. We brought in our favorite type of apples, taste tested them, and voted for our favorite kind. Eating apples dipped in honey gave us a taste of this holiday treat. We made delicious homemade applesauce; yummy in our tummy! Lastly, we measured ourselves in apples;comparing ourselves to each other. Preparing for the holidays gives us an opportunity to work across all the academic and creative areas while having loads of fun.
Making Rosh Hashanah cards 

Using the office stamp machine

Mailing Rosh Hashanah cards 

Eating apples dipped in  honey 

Eating apples dipped in honey 

Making round challah

Making round challah

Eating apples and honey 

Making applesauce

Making applesauce

Measuring ourselves in apples

Our favorite apple graph

August 25, 2017

Welcome to the Shining Stars 

Our Shining Stars class has been so excited to return to school.  We welcomed our friends, both old and new. We learned routines, rules, and responsibilities. Teamwork helps us through the day. It's fun to meet our friends on the playground. We are excited for the great year ahead.

Reading after lunch

Playground fun

Dramatic play 

Listening center

Shabbat in the Sanctuary

Garbage truck excitement !

Teamwork involves us all.

Singing with Mr. Brett

Ms. Stacy Library Lady

Giving Tzedakah

Graphing our eye color

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