Robin's Reflections

Read BEECC Director Robin Cohen's thoughts about BEECC and early childhood education, as published in Congregation Beth Emeth's monthly Shofar Newsletter.

How many languages do you speak? Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could speak hundreds of languages? Think of how much that would stimulate your brain. Think of how many ways you could express yourself. Believe it or not, here at BEECC we believe children do have hundreds of languages – hundreds of ways of expressing themselves...

September 2018: FEEDING YOUR SOUL 
You never know how people are going to impact you and the impact you are going to have on others. Sometimes it catches you out of the blue – like it happened to me today.

“The most important thing is not what you did, it’s what you are going to learn from it.” When I was asked to write and (literally) frame the most powerful quote from my seminar to Reggio Emilia in March of 2016, this is the quote I chose.

July 2018: MYTH-BUSTERS!
Cleanses are all the rage these days, and being that this is the anniversary of my very first Shofar article, one year’s cycle of sharing my thinking surrounding the experiences at our preschool, I would like to do a little column cleanse.

One of my favorite things about Judaism is how it is filled with traditions. As the school year comes to a close, I have been thinking a lot about the connection between Jewish traditions and life transitions.

On a walk with my mom and children during my visit to Long Island over Passover, I discovered a huge branch covered with fuzzy buds lying in the middle of the sidewalk. I of course needed to figure out a way to take it back home to BEECC since it was filled with potential!

Spring is here! And as those fresh tender new leaves are appearing on the trees, I have “growing” on my mind. There is so much growth happening in the preschool – on so many levels.

Have you ever taken the eye exam that tests your peripheral vision and you have to click a button every time you see a squiggly line?

February 2018: SHABBAT SING
Shabbat is one of my all-time favorite holidays – No matter how unpredictable a week you have had, Shabbat is a constant and consistency in our lives each and every week.

January 2018: THE GIFT OF TIME
As I spent time in the Gimel (3-year-old) classroom this morning, I couldn’t help but smile at what came to mind. Time. A refreshing version of time. The kind that reminds me of what life should be about.

December 2017
As the holiday season was approaching, the faculty and I spent some time thinking about what this meant for our youngest citizens. How do we get them through the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and New Years with joy and purpose?

November 2017: THREADS 
Imagine you are a quilter. You put a lot of time and thought into the kinds of fabrics and patterns you want to use. It can be the highest quality fabrics and the most elaborate and intricate designs, but ultimately, without the thread, it won’t all come together.

October 2017: NEW BEGINNINGS
In thinking about the values behind the High Holidays, and the school we aspire to be at BEECC, I cannot help but connect the two to the idea of “new beginnings”.

September 2017
Last month I wrote about what is at the core of our program here at BEECC – our image, or view of children. We respect them as competent and capable thinkers and researchers. One important piece I didn’t get to was what we strive to do at BEECC to support this view.

August 2017
At BEECC, we are inspired and influenced by many prominent researchers and theorists. We are also influenced by various philosophies. One of the main philosophies that we are inspired by is the Reggio Emilia Approach.