Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool seeks to create a stimulating and enriching educational environment for each and every child.
We are devoted to helping children learn socialization skills, building their self-confidence and teaching them the preliminary skills to explore and experience the world independently from their parents.
In addition, we seek to ignite a spark in each child to lay claim to her or his Jewish heritage and commit him or her to a lifetime passion for learning.

Monday, September 18, 2017

HaShavuah - Nevonim

September15, 2017   24 elul, 5777

Shalom Families,

This week we talked about Rosh HaShana. We worked with circles, that symbolize the circularity of the year: The kids explored reflective CD's and solid wooden circles on the light table. We made salad spinner art, on round paper, using apple colors- red, yellow, green. We also created a communal painting, using round hard lids and soft sponges, but sadly the rain ruined it. At least we got to enjoy the process! We also made round Challah for Ma'agal Shabbat (Shabbat circle).
 
We talked about apples and honey, and read the book "from flower to honey", that explains how honey is made. We sang the song "apples and honey for Rosh HaShana" and talked about what "Shana Tova" means. Some of us chose to make cards for families and friends.
 
We had an apple tasting experiment- the kids helped make a chart (using our brand new and oh-so-fun Tempera sticks) which you can find hanging on our closet door, and each child tasted 3 different colored apples (red, yellow, green) and marked his favorite.
 
We found some beautiful red pomegranates growing on the row of trees near the sidewalk, and picked 3 of them. We talked about how eating pomegranates is a Rosh HaShana tradition and what it means (that you'll get to do lots of good deeds this year, as many as there are seeds). We looked, smelled, touched, and of course tasted the pomegranate (it was sour! But some kids loved it). We also made some pomegranate inspired art, with red oil pastels. 
 
Melita came to sing with us for the first time this year, and we sang "It all starts over again"
We had our first Havdalla of the year. 
 
Krissy, our beloved former teacher, came to work with us on Tuesday, it was very exciting.
 
There's some serious play going on with our working cameras. Some of the pictures they take are really good!
 
We did a lot of dancing this week, to the songs: My Roots Go Down, Animal Action the Freeze Dance!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
 
Anna, Angelina and Colin

Monday, September 11, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

The first week of school was pleasure. We are really happy to get to know your children. Here are the highlights of our week.


- We are getting to know each other's names and getting acquainted with each other.
- We are jumping right in and getting familiar with classroom routines and the schedule of the day.
-We have been looking at our family pictures on the wall.
-We are practicing washing our hands, we do that a lot at school. Before and after each meal and after visits to the bathroom. We sing a hand washing song as we scrub with soap. (to the tune of row, row, row your boat).
-The children made paintings with tempera and brushes.
- Playing with play dough.
-On Friday we made challah for Ma'agal shabbat (shabbat circle) and to take home.
-We have been singing a lot of classic children's songs in Hebrew. We have a song book and a CD.
-Ofra brought her ukulele to share with everyone.
-We have been singing a lot of songs together.


We look forward to another great week at school. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have anything on your mind.

Shavuah Tov

Ofra and Jennaba

Friday, September 8, 2017

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Families.

We had a wonderful first week! We were all very happy to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones (Welcome Ayelet and Shaya!)- that goes for children and teachers alike.
 
We did some Q-tip paintings, we used tempera paints on the easel outside, and played with ooblek in the sensory table. Another well loved sensory activity is sticky foam. 
 
We practiced our fine motor skills with beading of small beads on pipe cleaners, as we made necklaces and bracelets.
 
We made Challah dough for Ma'agal Shabbat (Shabbat circle).
 
Our second year Nevonim-ers have special quality time with a teacher every day, so we can focus on different, age appropriate activities, in small groups.
 
We read a few good books this week: The books "Oh- no" and "Today I will fly" encouraged a discussion about helping friends, and the book "Duck- Rabbit" helped us understand how we can disagree with someone and still stay friends.
 
On Friday we practiced our Hebrew some more, with the book "Et Ze" ("That").
 
We sang a lot of songs that require the children's participation (like- "I am a fine musician", "Everybody do this just like me" and "If all of the rain drops were lemon drops and gum drops") and the children practiced taking turns, listening to others and waiting patiently (Which is NEVER easy, no matter how old we are...).
 
Of course, we had our first Ma'agal Shabbat for the year! What fun!

Have a great weekend everyone
Shabbat Shalom

Anna, Angelina, Colin and Marie

Friday, June 9, 2017

HaShavoua - Nachshonim


HaShavoua June 5-9 


Shalom everyone,

This week we played with pom-poms in the sensory table
We did some gluing, including collages of flower images, and yarn on cardboard. Mostly, we enjoyed making goopy puddles of glue and playing with them.
Lots of building with MagnaTiles and big Duplo Legos 
After noticing children squeezing into cardboard boxes, Anna and the kids made a trip upstairs to get the book "I am Maru" about a cat who does entertaining things.
We did some serious water play with squeeze bottles
We played inside Krissy's gigantic tent in the yard
We learned some facts about Beluga whales, and we keep adding more books to our library about sea creatures.
We "Baby Beluga" almost every day! The guitars always involved
We celebrated Alexandra's birthday on Thursday, and on Friday we celebrated Miriam's birthday! Mazal Tov!!
Today was the last Ma'agal Shabbat for this year. Time sure does fly...
 
Shabbat Shalom, Everyone,
 
Anna and Ofra

Friday, May 19, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshohim

 5-19-17 ~ Iyar 23, 5777

Shalom everyone

We started this week with parent-teacher conferences. It was a pleasure talking to you with undivided attention. This is the place to remind you all that if you need us or want to talk to us for any reason during the year, we can always find a time to sit together. 
 
We had a finger painting frenzy- the children enjoyed the sensory activity and the mixing of colors and creating new ones- they ended up making lots of art, some of it you can see on the wall.
 
We are enjoying our new red wagon in the play yard
 
The children invented a new game called "catch the lady bug". One child wears the lady bug costume while the others chase him/her in the social hall.
 
We are still inviting our Nevonim friends to join us for lunch and snack.
 
We did some drawing and writing with "teacher pens" (ball point pens)

Shabbat Shalom! Enjoy the weather :)
 
Anna and Ofra

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua, 5-19-17 ~ Iyar 23, 5777

What a week! 

In honor of Shavuot, we have been learning about grains. On Tuesday we went on the bus to Vital Vittles kosher organic bakery, and saw bread being sliced. We also saw machines that mix dough and mill wheat berries into flour, just like we did in the kitah that morning! We used our milled flour in this week's challah, together with our garden herbs. We enjoyed the bakery's cinnamon rolls as a treat, and they gave us fresh wheat rolls for the next day's snack.

On Wednesday, Megan, Nadav's mom, came to show us how to weave on our kitah's loom, and brought us mini looms for our own weaving! Over, under, over, under, our little fingers moved.

We enjoyed Melita's music and movement on Thursday, and welcomed Nate's dad to town on Friday at Ma'agal Shabbat.

Mazal tov to Ori, Nadav's Ima, on her Ph.D, and to Sarah, on her brothers' bar mitzvah!

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach,
 
Judy, Ruth, and Krissy

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

May 12, 2017  16 iyar, 5777
 
We had a very exciting week:
The fire fighters came to visit us! Eric the fire fighter put on his gear and showed us all the things he wears, including the mask, and a backpack with an oxygen tank. After that, we went to look at the fire truck. We also got a present- lots of red fire fighter hats

Other things that happened this week:
We played with giant boxes in the play yard, we put up the hammock again.
We went to Strawberry Creek park, where we played in the playground, ran around on the grass ant sat near the creek and threw sticks and leaves (but not ourselves!) in the water.
We enjoyed listening to a long story during circle time. The children sat and listened to all of  "Blueberries for Sal"
Those were this week's highlights.
 
See you all on Monday for Parent-Teacher conferences! 
 
Ofra and Anna