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.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hashavuah - Nachshonim

Mon, 19 February 2018
4th of Adar, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

The Nachshonim have really been enjoying their Purim exploration, at any given time passing by our classroom you may here a Purim song, a book about Haman, Queen Esther, Uncle Mordecai, and King Hashvehosh, or the yeladium retelling the story themselves. We have heard, “ bow down to me”, “ we Jewish we don’t do that”, “you must leave, you're not nice to the Jewish people”.  

On Monday we joined Nevonim for Havdalah where Noam and Judah were the helpers.

Tuesday we explored Purim symbols such as masks, pictures of Hamantaschen/oznei-haman , groggers and felt characters.

Wednesday we had a special guest .Itamar’s ima come in during snack and read two books in Hebrew for us.
 
Thursday we got to use grogers as Mira told the story of Ester, and each time we heard the name of Haman we all shook our graggers and said “BOO”. 

Friday we all got ready for our Shabbat practice by making our challah, decorating our bags, and hearing Shabbat stories before we went into the Sanctuary.

In the yard this week we all helped make a river in the sandbox, we used shovels to dig the river and that poured water and watched the water flow down the river.

This week we will be finishing our groggers, and baking  Hamentashen. We will also have a parade in our costumes. More information to come.

After talking with the yelidium we noticed that they are all very interested in Music, instruments, dancing and singing. After Purim we will be exploring all the above so if you play an instrument, love to sing, dance or read a book let us know we would love to have you come in and share with the classroom.

Shalom,
Miri and Jennaba

Monday, February 12, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

February 9, 2018
24 Sh'vat, 5778

This week we used craft sticks as props for action play

Alexandra's mom, Aliza, read us the story "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" at circle time. We love it when parents come to read to us! If you are interested, you can register here https://go.rallyup.com/cns-readathon 

We made pom pom showers! and then cleaned up as a team!
 
We had a group conversation about respecting each other's space and work, and how to communicate without hurting our friends, even when we are upset.

Colin brought his amplifier and proved again that it's all about that bass

We read and acted out "Pete the Cat and His White Shoes"

We discovered a new pet spider, and named it Spidey /Aurora. We also made spider webs with Elmer glue and string

Outside, we built the double swing, and we played with the hammock. We also spent time jumping on cushions.

Quick reminder- next Friday, the 16th, is staff development day. School will be closed

Shabbat Shalom,
 
Anna, Colin and Angelina

HaShavuah -Nachshonim

11 February 2018
26th of Sh'vat, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

We continued on Monday with our exploration of construction, the yeladium helped cut out a garage from the cardboard boxes we had in the room, they hammered, drilled, and sawed all around the classroom what we heard, “ you can drill here “, “ the chair is broken we need to hammer it”, “ I going to saw the box and fix it” and “can I help you, you need to hammer right here” great teamwork.

We also had Havdalah with Nevonim. Eitan and Matan were two of the helpers this week.

On Tuesday the class got to experience once again measuring, pouring and mixing when we made new yellow playdough. At snack time we had a picnic out in the courtyard we all enjoyed purple sweet potatoes and cucumbers/m'laf'fon . hTey all thought it was a funny word to say. During snack Aliza, Alex’s mother came out and read us a book, Mouse Paint which is one of the Nachshonim’s  favorite.

Today we played with the yellow playdough we made yesterday and the yeladium brought over the construction tools to explore with.

It's Thursday and we are back to measuring and mixing with so many new experiences with our building and fixing things we made “sand Cement” which is just like real cement using cookie cutters we had all kinds of molds, some rolled it, others smashed it, what we heard, “this feels bumpy”, “ my fingers are dirty”, “it’s cold”, “can we take it outside?”

Shalom,
Miri and Jennaba

Monday, February 5, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshohim

19th of Sh'vat, 5778
Sun, 4 February 2018
Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

It's been a busy and exciting week for the Nachshonim! We continued with our construction exploration with the yeladium painting pieces of wood that are now in the yard and being used for building. The children have been busy with dump trucks and mixing sand and water to create cement in the yard.  

Nevonim invited us to share Havdalah with them, and Eitan, who come back from his trip to Israel, got to share the beautiful gift he bought back, Havdalah candles, besamim bags and a book all about Havdalah. Thank you to Eitan and his family!

We had a special guest, Linda, Noam’s mom, who baked stuffed apples, read books and did gardening yoga with us. The yeladium experienced first hand what it is to have sav'lanut/patient,  as they had to wait there turn to pour and stuff their apples.  They all loved their stuffed apples! If you are interested in coming in to lead an activity with the children, email Lauren to set up a time.

On Thursday we made the challah dough for Shabbat, once again we practiced sav’lanut  as the yeladim waited to measure,  pour, and stir.  

Shalom,
Miri  and Jennaba

HaShavuah - Nevonim

February 2, 2017  
17 shvat, 5778

Shalom Families
 
This week we made a spider ambulance, to rescue the huge spider we found in the play yard
 
We made 3D glasses using eclipse sunglasses and red and blue cellophane paper.
 
We learned about Parashat HaShavoua- the 10 commandments. We discussed how the commandments basically say we should be nice to each other.
 
We went on a field trip to Ofra's community garden, to nibble on kale and look at trees and plants. Thanks Brenna, for coming along

We had Tu BeShvat Seder, guided by Judy Massarano. We learned about, and tasted, a lot of different fruits, and even ate flowers! That was exciting (and not very yummy)

Our grass heads are sprouting! The children water them every day.

The children play with spray bottles outside and practice sharing and  taking turns.

We built a tent on top of the deck, using a green tarp tied to the trees. We brought pillows and hung out.

Some of the children conducted a self directed Ballet lesson on the rug. They practiced, and during circle time put on a show.

Read-a-thon is coming up! Look for updates from Aliza

Have a wonderful new week everyone.
 
Anna, Colin and Angelina

Monday, January 29, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

January 29, 2018    12 sh'vat, 5778

Shalom Families,
 
This week, incorporating the Mizva "Hachnasat Orchim" (welcoming guests), we invited the Nachshonim for Havdallah. As Besamim (spices) we used rosemary that Rafi brought from his garden.
 
We also welcomed Zahava to our classroom. She came with her drum, and we played and sang together. She played some songs that included different roles, and the children practiced taking turns.
 
In the Tu BeShvat department, we made grass heads with wheat grass and dirt in a stocking.
We played with sticks and branches, sometimes wrapping them with yarn
We sang plaenty of Tu BeShvat  and tree songs with Melita and without her. Songs like "The Almond Tree is Flowering"(HaShkedia Porachat in its English version), Way Up High In The Apple Tree, I Wonna Grow, My Roots Go down.
 
We played a lot with rhythm sticks, and marched around
 
We played with squishy balls in the indoors sensory table
 
Menachem came to tell us the story of Parashat HaShavoua and we decided to enact it on Ma'agal Shabbat (Shabbat circle). Some children played Moses, some played Miriam, one child was Nachshon and some were the water, rising to cover him and then moving away.
 
Reminder: This upcoming Wednesday we will be having Tu BeShvat Seder with the one and only Judy Massarano. On Tuesday we will be going to Ofra's community garden.
 
Have a sweet new week
 
Anna, Colin and Angelina

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

12th of Sh'vat, 5778
Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

We started the week off by joining the Nevonim Kitah for Havdalah to welcome in our new week.  We plan to start doing Havdalah in our own Kitah next week when Eitan returns from Israel and bring us our own Havdalah set.  The yeladim have been enjoying the experience of cutting with scissors out on the table, using their scissors to cut different animals and images from nature magazines.  Speaking of Nature the yeladim planted yellow bell pepper seeds. We can't wait to see them grow!  Along with planting, we have been exploring other things that come from nature such as pine cones, acorns, and leaves as we continue talking about Tu B Sh'vat.  The yeladim are enjoying the exploration of Tu B'Shevat with nature hazara.

Menachem visited and sang songs with us and received many hugs after telling the story, the parting of the sea.

 After talking with the yeladim we realized that construction and the time difference between here and Israel are topics of conversation.  We heard questions like "what time is it for Eitan?"  "How do you build a house?"  We brought in cardboard boxes some construction tools and watch the yeladim explore and use their imaginations.  


Shalom,
Jennaba and Miri