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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hi everyone!

It's been two weeks since the beginning of the school year, and we have been so busy!!
On our first week, we started to get to know each other, created new bonds and new friendships, while practicing and participating in our daily routines, like washing hands with our hand washing song ("Wash,wash, wash your hands, getting them all clean, don't forget the tops and bottoms, and the in- betweens").
We practiced safety with scissors- how to hide the sharp part when walking.
We went on a Tiul / trip through the building. We took the elevator upstairs to check out Lauren in her office, we went into the library and had a look at the Torahs that live there. We observed University Ave. from the windows upstairs, and then we took the elevator down and went running in the social hall and court yard.
We made some Q-tip art with tempera paint and oil pastels on black paper, and even got a chance to frame and hang some of the artworks- don't forget to take a look!
We met our friend Melita and her guitar. She will come to sing and play with us every Thursday morning.
We also read many books and sang many songs in Hebrew and English. "Driving my Tractor" is a hit songbook!!
On our second week we did some blue and yellow art with finger paints and tempera, inspired by Leo Lionni's book "Little Blue and Little Yellow". We discovered that, just like in the story, when blue paint and yellow paint "hug", they turn green!
We jumped on a giant mattress outside in the play yard. We also talked about safety in the play yard, like keeping the sand low and watching our heads when crawling under the deck.
We made new playdough, and it's extremely PINK (as requested by one of the kids)...
We went on another Tiul, this time to visit Daniel in his office, and to the sanctuary, followed by running and playing in the social hall and the court yard.
We have been playing Ofra's Ukulele, dancing and singing. This week's hit- "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
We welcomed a new friend to our Kitah/classroom- welcome Noam!!!
Finally, we looked at a Shofar and talked about it, and on Friday Aba Peter came to show us, and blow, his two Shofars. It was very impressive.

Have a great weekend everyone
Shabbat Shalom!

Ofra and Anna

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hello, all!
It's been a wonderful two weeks in the Nevonim kitah. Here's some of what we've been up to:

Exploring the concept of height by measuring everyone
Learning about the shofar from our friend Peter Warhaftig, a congregant,  parent alum, shofar blower, and SF Ballet Orchestra tuba player
Upcycling - making new crayons from old ones
Loving to sing and dance with Melita

Jumping on the giant trampoline/mattress!
Exploring circles through painting and coloring
Welcome/Bruchim HaBa'im sign for the hallway - we colored it every day!
Sorting crayons and pastels

Challah dough making every Thursday
Harvesting corn and herbs from our garden!
Absorbing the sound of the Shofar every day during this month of Elul, reminding us that Rosh HaShana is on the way
Getting to know the kitah and each other, and all of our routines...

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach!
Judy, Ruth and Colin

Monday, July 11, 2016

HaShavuah - SUMMER FUN!


These last 2 weeks of Summer Fun were filled with adventures of all kinds. Melita sang with us, we made challah dough (today's loaves featured dates, lemon, and our very local garden herbs), and had visits from Collin and Ofra!
Come visit our finger paint gallery!
Garden news: The corn is much taller than Ruth! We have transplanted a few herbs for better sun exposure, and our borage is much loved by friendly bees doing their work. The lettuce is delicious, the kale is much bigger, and herbs are plentiful.

Bikkur Cholim: Those bees I mentioned led to a wonderful lesson in the mitzvah of caring for the sick. One child stepped on a bee, and was very sad. Friends surrounded her to sing songs, offer comfort, and even use the stethoscope to check on her. She requested the song "Let It Go," and by the next morning, she did!


We love seeing the healthy lunches kids are bringing--keep 'em coming! We can strive for "zero-waste" lunches: using reusable containers is wonderful. We serve milk and water (water is available throughout the day), and you can send a water bottle if you like--better than juice!

Thanks for being mindful of gates and doors to help us all feel safe--much appreciated!

Clear out cubbies of wet clothing--water play is popular. 
Bring back sheets on Mondays--we need 'em.
Shabbat Shalom Umevorach,
Judy, Simone, Vered, and Ruth

Friday, June 17, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

June 16 2016 
Hello, all,
Here's what we've been up to for the last days of school ...

In honor of Shavuot, we read stories of Ruth, Mount Sinai, and the giving of the Torah. We celebrated all things wheaty, from wheat grass (we're growing our own) to cheesecake with dates (milk and honey to the max). We examined a Sefer Torah/Torah scroll and learned about the atzei chayim/wooden rollers that support it (and us)!

The last few days of school were punctuated by another "beach day," collage making, shaving cream construction, and spending time with Melita and Menachem. Of course, our BaDerech ceremony, picnic in the new yard, and our final closing circle gave us a chance to smile, laugh, and cry. 

B'hatzlacha/Great success to our friends moving on to K, transitional K, and Israel!
We wish you all a happy and safe summer!

Judy, Ruth, and Ofra

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavouah - Nachshonim

  • Mon, 13 June 2016 = 7th of Sivan, 5776


Highlights from our week:

Gluing feathers and colorful wooden squares

*  Ofre turned 3 - Happy Birthday

*  We made apple juice with Ofra’s professional juicer

*  So fun to run @ the social hall

*  We made art from natural materials 

*  We had so much fun on beach day

At the sensory table we played with:
Water and floating flowers
Fresh flowers and potpourri
Water and water wheels
Shredded paper

We enjoyed singing and dancing with Melita 
On our last pretend shabbat of the year with our friends and family we said goodbye to our oldest Nevonim friends

Some of the books we're reading:

Inch by inch
Mesiba shel chayot (Animal party)
Going to sleep on the farm

We hope you had a wonderful long weekend.
Looking forward to seeing you all,

Anna, Simone and Vered

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavouah - Nachshonim

  • Sun, 5 June 2016 = 28th of Iyyar, 5776

Highlights from our week:

• We Our butterfly came out of his chrysalis this week.  It was very exciting and we released it into nature.  We are now observing another caterpillar 

*  We made some drawing inspired by the butterfly

*  We’ve mixed tempera paint

*  We made gluten free pancake and ate them with strawberries and plums 

*  we mad some art that resembles butterflies by folding the paper in two

@ the sensory table we played with:
Hay and farm animals 
Water, corks and rocks
Water and sea creatures

We enjoyed singing and dancing with Melita and on pretend shabbat with our friends and family

Some of the books we're reading:

Mix it up
Hatinok haze (this baby)
Eliezer ve hagezer (Eliezer and the carrot)
The cloud police
Beach day

This week we will have Beach Day on Wednesday.  Please send you child with a swim suit and a towel.  Please apply sunscreen on them prior to arriving to school we will reapply as necessary.

We hope you’re enjoying this weekend.

Anna and Vered

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah - June 3   26 Iyar 
Lots to report from these last 2 weeks:

  • We have a sensory table in the kitah now, containing fun things to explore like pompoms and cones. Would you like some ice cream??
  • We made sand playdough with sand from our yard!
  • We watched a caterpillar become a butterfly, and set it free in the garden. It's an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, yellow and black. Miraculous!
  • Celebrating wheat as we count the Omer, we made scones, french toast with dates and challah with dates-delicious! We have been reading library books about bread from all over the world.
  • We juiced apples and added wheatgrass we grew in the kitah. Ofra taught us that chlorophyll would turn the wheatgrass green, and it did!
          We celebrated the birthdays of Orly and Nili with a vegetable train
  • For Lag BaOmer we had a medura/bonfire (pretend) outside, and enjoyed baked potatoes and watermelon, like they do in Israel (for real)!
        We pressed flowers onto fabric.  These pieces of art are hanging in the kitah.  
        Come see!
Onward to Shavuot.

Shavua tov,
Judy, Ofra, and Ruth