We’re Hiring!

HEAD TEACHER/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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A House on Beekman started a preschool program in Sept 2014 that fosters the development of 3-5 year olds and prepares them to enter Kindergarten. We are seeking a Head Teacher that will also serve as the Assistant Director to continue to lead our children in their academic, social, emotional and spiritual development.

QUALIFICATIONS:

*Valid Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education or Related Field (must be in process of obtaining NYC certification if from another state)

*3 or more years experience teaching children under 6 years of age

ROLE DESCRIPTION:

*Head Teacher of 4-5 year old students

*Serve as Director when Head Director is not present

*Assist Director in Curriculum Development/Child Assessment/Parent Support

*Communicate with parents and encourage their input regarding the growth and development of their children

*Accompany Director on home visits

*Hold 2 parent/teacher conferences per child per year

*Actively participate in staff training and development

KEY CHARACTERISTICS:

*Aligns with the mission and vision of A House on Beekman

*Builds and maintains a positive, nurturing and supportive relationship with children and families

*Maintains a safe and healthy environment in the classroom and on the playground

*Possesses the ability to set and maintain professional boundaries with families

 

Email sloan@ahouseonbeekman.org with your cover letter and resume to apply!


Becoming Good Stewards!

When choosing our after-school character trait of the month, we try to reflect on what we’ve been noticing in our work with the kids—what seems to be on their minds, what they are currently curious about, what are they struggling with—and be responsive to that.  Some months have been obvious; for example, gratitude in November as we celebrate Thanksgiving and generosity in December as we celebrate Christmas.

Our focus for February all began with a pencil sharpener.  We had noticed that our electric pencil sharpeners were constantly breaking.  We realized that this was often because kids were shoving pencils in eraser-end first!  It was a relatively small problem, but it got us thinking about the importance of caring for the things we’ve been blessed with.  This led us to the topic of stewardship—how are we to care for and use the resources and opportunities God puts in our lives?

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When teaching about stewardship, especially to kids, it can be easy to focus simply on how we spend our money.  But over the course of the month, we discovered that stewardship means so much more than that.  The leaders began the study by acting out Jesus’ “Parable of the Talents.”  The kids cracked up at Jassen’s nervous servant character and Seanette’s shocked and dismayed master, reacting to his “buried talent.”

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We spent the next month thinking about what this message meant for each of our lives.  The kids were helped to ask themselves questions they had never reflected on before—what has God given and entrusted to me?  What gifts? What talents?  What relationships has he put in my life?  What opportunities has he placed in my path?  And most importantly—what would it look like to boldly and thoughtfully use those gifts to bring him glory and join in his incredible work of renewal?

Even our littlest kids discovered that they have talents and special unique gifts that can be used to help and bring joy to others—from computer skills to joyful singing to acrobat moves!

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The month culminated in a special opportunity to speak and perform at A House on Beekman’s Winter Benefit this upcoming Tuesday.  The after-school dance team and the older kids in the program have been preparing and rehearsing to share their skills and their stories.  They are eager to get on that stage and boldly use the gifts God has given them.

We’ve come to realize that stewardship is about so much more than tithing.  It’s about recognizing what an honor it is that God trusts us with time, opportunity and ability and encourages us to get out there and use it.  This is true of each child at after-school and, over these past weeks, we’ve seen them embrace and celebrate it. To think that it all started with a broken pencil sharpener!

Keep Fit Friday!

IMG_1424Being raised in a family that made time to enjoy physical activities such as swimming, riding bikes, and playing sports influenced me to pursue a career as a personal trainer. On top of that the love of Christ was also introduced early on to my siblings and me by my parents. Combining my faith with a passion for fitness, I’ve grown to understand that our health and capabilities are all gifts from God. To this day it is my strong belief that when we honor our health we honor Christ. We express our gratitude to the gift-giver when we take care of the gift. 

Fitness Friday’s at A House on Beekman is meant to encourage health as a whole – body, mind, and spirit. I strive to make fitness fun, especially in this group setting. But I also strive to make the classes educational, teaching proper form, techniques, and programming that help reduce or prevent pain in the body and show how to use our exercise time efficiently. I also have the hope to encourage family engagement through movement, like I was brought up. It’s not only beneficial for the body and mind but also uplifting to the spirit and to our relationships with others, be it family, friends, or neighbors. Mindful, quality time spent with our loved ones balances out this virtuous cycle which also includes overall health conditioning, more energy to care for our everyday needs and very importantly, a foundation for setting good and active examples for our children.

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We not only honor God when we take care of our health but we also honor our lives presently to help establish a strong and secure future. With good health we are able to accomplish the tasks given us with more strength, energy, and optimism. And when we take care of our health to the best of our ability and allow God to do the rest and the impossible, we have more opportunity to live the lives He designed for us to live. IMG_0957

**Our Fitness Friday class is every Friday from 9:15am – join us!**

Letters, Language, and Literacy!

At A House on Beekman Preschool, our days are filled with words! Talking, reading, writing, labeling, telling stories, using mediums like shaving cream, salt and play dough to form letters and shapes, looking at print of all kinds, and reciting poems and rhymes are all part of our daily routine. Early literacy plays a key role in creating a learning environment that research shows is linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates and enhanced productivity in adult life.

Skyla practices writing her name in shaving cream!

Skyla practices writing her name in shaving cream!

All the areas of a child’s development, including literacy, are interrelated and interdependent. The more limited a child’s experiences with language and literacy, the more likely he or she will have difficulty learning to read.

Students take turn labeling parts of Jalice's body during large group time

Students take turn labeling parts of Jalice’s body during large group time

We want our kids to reach the following literacy milestones for their specific age-group:

• Enjoy listening to and talking about storybooks

• Understand that print carries a message

• Make attempts to read and write

• Identify familiar signs and labels

• Participate in rhyming games

• Identify some letters and make some letter-sound matches

• Use known letters (or their best attempt to write the letters) to represent written language especially for meaningful words like their names or phrases such as “I love you”

Mahogany draws and writes after dictating a special Valentine message.

Mahogany draws and writes after dictating a special Valentine message.

Through engaging, hands-on experiences we believe our kids will learn

to love reading, writing and communicating as they prepare to enter

the world of elementary school. We are proud of their effort and

progress and can’t wait to see them turn into avid book-lovers!

Mistah loves using markers to practice writing letters!

Mistah loves using markers to practice writing letters!

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of words!

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.”

Psalm 19:14