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, October 18, 2019

HaShavuah October 18, 2019

HaShavuah October 18, 2019 Tishrei 19, 5780 We spent all week focused on Sukkot - we ate snack and lunch in the Sukkah, we made decorations and we had lots of fun. On Wednesday night, as many of you know, we had a great Preschool Dinner in the Sukkah - Thanks again to Miranda and Jeremy for organizing, Alexandra for her leadership, Rabbi Chai and Elizheva for their teaching and everyone who helped set up and clean up! On Friday both classes ate lunch together in the Sukkah. Then we even had Ma'agal Shabbat in the Sukkah. Miriam and Moshe shook the Lulav and we all said the blessings for sitting in the Sukkah and for shaking the Lulav. In Nevonim, our Sukkot learning continued with a Sukkah stroll to Judy's sukkah! We made the brachah on the 4 species, sang Ufros Aleynu about the Sukkah of Peace, enjoyed a special snack, and even saw bamboo and a lulav on the walk over. In the kitah we made a mini-Sukkah from cardboard. The mysterious dragon Garlock visited our classroom and left us stickers and sparkles. We had a lot of fun making art and decorating our faces with his gifts. A magical unicorn named "Luna" brought us some unicorn goo (really oobleck) and we loved playing with the rainbow mess! In Nachshonim we played in the sukkah and learned about the lulav and etrog. We painted lots of sukkah decorations which are hung up in the Sukkah. We have been really enjoying the easel in the classroom. We read stories about Sukkot. We made challah.

Friday, October 11, 2019

HaShavuah October 11, 2019

HaShavuah October 11, 2019 Tishrei 12 5780 We learned about Yom Kippur, took a break for Yom Kippur, and then started having Sukkot fun - singing songs with Melita and making decorations with Judy. At Ma'agal Shabbat Moses and Miriam talked to us about "scach", the very hard to say word which is the plant covering for a sukkah. We said a S'hichiyanau prayer including one for Aurora's first Shabbat with us. We also sent a big r'fuah shleimah to our friend Ari who had surgery today. We remembered how we sent one to Noah a few weeks ago and now he is healed! In Nevonim, we read a "Yum Kippur" story. We did Sukkot puzzles and chose Sukkot books for our library. We read a book about "Rude Vegetables" and kindness. Then we cut open several seed packests and began sprouting our own "root" vegetables. We made a long paper chain for the Sukkah. We sang a song about the 4 species - Arba Minim. We learned about the Lulav and Etrog and we began the K'ton'ton Sukkot story. We made sun prints with Elizabeth. We chose which part of the kitah we will protect and take care of this week, as we are all shomrim, guardians, of the class. We did a rainbow scarf/dragon/Sukkot dance around the shul! We happily welcomed our new classmate Aurora! Today, ema Danielle came to talk to us about her job as a nurse. She gave the children tongue depressers and stickers. Everyone showed a lot of kavod and said thank you to her for coming. We have been practicing our empathy with our friend "Trashy the Raccoon" puppet. In the afternoon, some of us have been reading books and practicing our letters in bookclub with Khaled. In Nachshonim we made paper chains to put in our Sukkah. We did Havdalah. We read Sukkot books. We made playdough. We played a lot with our friends in the yard, the social hall, the courtyard and our classroom! We are all getting really good at taking turns and listening to each other's words.

Friday, October 4, 2019

HaShavuah October 4, 2019

HaShavuah October 4, 2019 Tishrei 6 5780 We had a very short, but a very full, week of learning. Melita taught us a new Yom Kippur song, along with many old favorites. At Ma'agal Shabbat, Moses talked to us about how sad he was not to be able to enter the land of Israel, and how sometimes we all get disappointed, but then he and Miriam shared lots of hugs. In Nevonim, we went on a field trip to Strawberry Creek Park to practice Tashlich. We talked about what we want to let go of. We threw those things into the creek. Some of the things we threw including hitting each other. After that we had fun in the park. Thanks to ema Danielle for joining us. We heard the story of the Ziz and how "sorry" is the hardest words. We wrote "I'm sorry" cards and learned the Hebrew word, selichah. We looked at the white Torahs and used a cool apple-peeling machine! We soaked beans that we cooked and ate the next day. We used spray foam to build structures with foam blocks. In Nachshonim we read a Tashlich story and sang our holiday songs and heard Tekiya Gedolah. We practiced hugs when we wanted to help a friend, saying "are you ok?" We also had a lot of fun outside with our new shovels in the sandbox.

Friday, September 27, 2019

HaShavuah September 27, 2019

HaShavuah September 27, 2019 27 Elul 5779 This is our last Friday of 5779, and somehow fittingly our power went out at Netivot Shalom for about an hour - we had lots of fun with natural light and flashlights!  A big thanks to Judy who let us bake our challot in the kosher oven at her house.  We celebrated the World's birthday, sang holiday songs, dipped apples in honey, listened to the shofar, and had a festive week.  At Ma'agal Shabbat, Rabbi and Moshe and Miriam had us all stand up for use to understand this week's Torah portion Nitzavim which means those who are standing because Moses tells the Israelites that God's covenant is for them and all the generations who will follow. We had a fabulous week going into more exploration of Rosh HaShanah. In the Nevonim class we made art inspired by honey, pollen, honeycomb and bees. We baked and decorated individual honey cakes with Judy. Our friend Peter Wahrhaftig came to blow the shofar with us- he is a professional tuba player and boy can he blow the shofar! We went on a tzedakah walk and we found 3 coin boxes and 1 food barrel! On Thursday Judy led a wonderful Rosh HaShanah Seder with lots of symbolic fruits and vegetables. We did a scavenger hunt in the shul for a gift left by a dragon this weekend - it was dragon fruit ! We found a basket of purple dragon fruits in the courtyard - they were purple and sweet inside!  We celebrated Rafi’s 4th birthday. We made yellow (turmeric) and pink (beet powder) banana pancakes. The kids loved both colors, but decided that pink were best! We made sculptures out of model magic. We had a pool party/water slide.  We filled up bottles of water and splashed one another.  We took care not to get any water in anyone's eyes. Everyone had so much fun and respected the rules.  We built a sand castle after the water party.  All the kids worked together, building, negotiating and decorating the castle.  They built a moat around it and made rivers of water coming out of the moat. In Nachshonim, we joined our friends in Nevonim to hear Peter blow the shofar.  We did Havdalah with Judy. We had lots of bee and honey play, and read two books about bees, including one about Israeli bees. We also read about apples and honey. We made honey cake and ate it.  We made pancakes.  We practiced blowing our pretend shofars.  We played with zebras in green playdough.  We sang songs using finger puppets on gloves - 5 green speckled frogs and 5 little monkeys. We went on a walk to the sanctuary and looked at the Torahs dressed in white.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Hashavuah September 20, 2019

HaShavuah September 20, 2019 Elul 20 5779 We have been having a lot of fun in the classrooms, getting ready for Rosh HaShanah and enjoying new and old friends. We all sang with Melita this week. In Ma'agal Shabbat, Rabbi Chai taught us about Selichot as puppets Miriam and Moses made amends with each other. She blew the shofar and then we all left the sanctuary to go to the streets withW a poster that the children made that says Thank You Earth in solidarity with today's Climate Strike. In the Nevonim class we made tzedakah boxes. We made a giant Shanah Tovah card with a beehive design. We tasted different apples and voted on which type tasted bast. The theme of dragons has emerged in children's play, and so we have included that in our curriculum. We did a movement/imagination activity where we learned about "dragon breathing" and we became dragons who flew around the shul. We transformed dress up into a tiger/dragon den. We had an ice skating party with ooblek. We had a fancy tea party. We decorated a tablecloth and made tea with herbs from our garden. We listened to Abiyoyo in a cozy fort that we made out of pillows and mats. We made fizzy ice cubes and played with them on white butcher paper. We observed the primary colors combine into secondary colors. We talked about reactions and rainbows! We made a poster to show how we feel about taking care of the earth, both because Rosh HaShanah is the birthday of the world and to use in today's Climate Strike. In the Nachshonim class, we learned the Apples and Honey song. We went on a tzedakah walk through the hallway and the offices. We played a lot outside and talked about how much we love the earth!

Friday, September 13, 2019

HaShavuah September 13, 2019

HaShavuah September 13, 2019 13 Elul 5779 This second week of school has been busy for everyone! We forgot to thank Reef's abba, Lior, for the great music circle he did last week - it was a great treat for everyone! This week and last week Melita came to sing with both classes on Thursday, and started singing Rosh HaShanah songs with us. Both classes enjoyed the new pink outdoor kitchen addition that was donated to us by a CNS preschool alumna, Ricky! Lots of mud pies and cakes have been baked this week. We took advantage of the beautiful weather with lots of sand and water play. In Ma'agal Shabbat, we heard the shofar, and then learned from Moses and Miriam about the Jewish mitzvah of returning a lost object to its owner. We also gave a blessing to Noah to wish him an easy time with his tonsillectomy on Monday. We said S'Hechiyanu prayers for all the new things this week. We also welcomed back our teacher Zahava who will be helping us out in the afternoons. In the Nevonim class after Havdalah we compared a siddur (a daily prayerbook) to a machzor (holiday prayer book). We began making our own, full of wishes and drawings for the New Year. We learned about things we can recycle. We have been doing lots of Jewish holiday puzzles. We cut up sour apples form Judy's yard and we made apple prints for Rosh HaShanah. We made our own magic moon sand from the sand in our sandbox. We pretended to be blind mice and explored a giant jackfruit with smell, sound and touch. We guessed what color it would be inside (It was delicious). We mixed flour and water so we can make challah with yeast from our environment. We made a sensory obstacle course in the sand box with rope, leaves, wet sand, and logs. We leraned aobut how pineapples grow from their crowns, we put the crown of the pineapple we had for snack into water. We soaked black beans overnight and cooked them for snack. In the Nachshonim class, we are learning how to pass the Besamim around for Havdalah. When Judy asked the children to guess what was in the box of matches she shook, Nadav said, "teeth." When Judy asked the children what happened to the candle after it was extinguished, David said, "it broke." We explored a Machzor/Holiday Prayer Book, and picutres of shofarot and round challah. We also looked closely at the inside of an apple and saw....seeds! (and a star). We made apple prints from the apple. We learned the word for apple in Hebrew, tapuach. We also had an apple parade, looking for round shapes in the building. We even had an apple tasting, trying different colored apples.

Friday, September 6, 2019

HaShavuah September 6, 2019

HaShavuah September 6, 2019 6 Elul 5779 We had a wonderful first week of school! We were so happy to welcome all our old friends back and meet our brand new friends - Amalie, Ariel, David, Isaac, Kiren, Navah, and Sam. It was also the first week for our newest teacher Khaled who was welcomed warmly by all the children. The whole school and the synagogue are all gearing up for the High Holidays so much of our play and learning this week was about Rosh HaShanah. In our first Ma'agal Shabbat of the year, Rabbi Chai blew the shofar for us and her puppets Miriam and Moses helped explain that is our way of waking up for a new year. In the Nevonim class we celebrated Havdalah, moving from Shabbat into our first week. We made B'samim/herb bundles, taking the fragrance of Shabbat's peace into the days ahead. We used sage and thyme from our garden! We explored shofar sounds and made our own play shofars. We created a purple landscape with red, blue and silver watercolor ice cubes. We made pita pizza for snack. We played an imagination/gross motor movement game where we built an obstacle course and traveled through it to get to the "orchard". We filled baskets with apples (for Rosh HaShanah) and delivered them to friends. We mixed soil and filled pots with dirt so we can grow some vegetables in our kitah. We explored rainbows by making collages with glue and arcs cut out of colored construction paper. We practiced our scissor skills by giving a pretend dog a haircut! The dog's "hair" was made of yarn. We helped fill the sandbox with new sand for a new year (even finding some toys hidden from last year). We made rainbow oobleck on the water-table top. We put it on the ground and all the children took off their shoes and went "ice skating" on the oobleck. Everyone slipped and fell a few times, we were all covered in paint and all of the children laughed and screamed with joy! Related to Elul, אני לדודי ודודי לי (I am my beloved and my beloved is mine) we took a survey of some of the people who work in this building and we asked them what they thought friendship is. Pam said, "it's compassion, being kind to yourself and to each other". Elisheva said,"it's when you trust someone with your heart and your feelings". She showed us a way to use our hands in a gesture that means friendship, with one hand holding our friend's hand and the other hand on our heart. Ruth said friendship is listening. In the Nachshonim classroom, we learned about Havdalah, transitioning into a New Year! We smelled herbs (b'samim) from our garden. We learned a Shavuah Tov dance that Judy learned from her Dad! We explored shofars, their sounds and shapes. We read books about Rosh HaShanah and the shofar. We talked about friendship and the month of Elul. We read a story "How to Two", emphasizing sharing and including. We all had fun getting to know each other and the new routines of preschool.