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, July 13, 2018

HaShavuah - Summer Fun - Week 3

July 13, 2018 25 Tammuz 5778 What another lovely week we had at Summer Fun. A reminder that I will be away for two weeks and if you have any scheduling issues or changes, please let Angelina know. This week we made oobleck and fairy goo and mixed them together as a science experiment. We also made clay sculptures. We made collages with diverse materials. We made lemonade which we later used to make popsicles with berries to celebrate Shaya's 4th birthday. Outside we experimented with pulleys, ropes and buckets to pull up water and other materials to the deck. The afternoon children helped open the packaging for a new toy barn, which we decided is not a barn for children or toy animals, but a barn where toys live. The packing material scattered all over the yard and the children were helpers, practicing "Shomrei Adamah" to collect the materials (even using the pulley they invented). On Friday Rabbi Chai led another great Ma'agal Shabbat, using her puppets Moshe and Miriam to teach about the Israelites taking 40 years to reach Israel. We counted our toes and fingers with a buddy to equal 40. She also taught us the word Chumash for the five Books of the Torah from the word Chamesh (Hebrew for Five). We were joined by Emah April, Emah Leora and Emah Brenna and Teo's Savta who was visiting from Jerusalem.

Friday, July 6, 2018

HaShavuah - Summer Fun Week 2

We started the week by having Malkah join us to lead Havdalah. We added to our fairy garden by hanging streamers and planting fairy flowers (pink Echinacea). We built our own individual fairy houses out of boxes and flowers.We made fairy sand with soap, shells, and glitter. We explored many kinds of art projects including spray bottles of paint on a giant box from the garden shed that some children helped Ruth and Colin put together. We played with balance beams to make obstacle courses inside the kitah. We made fairy sand with soap, shells, and glitter. On Thursday we made challah dough and Melita came to sing favorite animal and transportation songs with us. On Friday we baked our challot and had our very first Ma'agal Shabbat with Rabbi Chai. She brought with her a guitar, her beautiful voice, lots of ruach, and two new puppet friends, Moshe and Miriam, to teach us Torah. We were also joined by Ruth and the new Youth Education Director Elizheva. It was a good week of learning!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Ha Shavuah - Summer Fun Week 1

June 29, 2018 16 Tammuz 5779 We had a wonderful week of summer fun. We welcomed a new friend named Reef as well as many old friends! We made marble paintings with small and medium boxes with red, yellow and blue paint. Melita came and sang with us. We played with kinetic sand. We had lots of outdoor pool time, outdoor art time and even outdoor snack time. The theme that emerged this week was fairies. We talked about fairies, brainstormed fairy houses, and then we designed and built our own fairy houses and garden which will be a project we keep going all summer. Next week we will add plants. Friday was bittersweet as Lauren led us in her last (for now!) ma'agal Shabbat. We will miss her, but we welcomed in Ruth as our new director. Shabbat Shalom

Monday, June 4, 2018

HaShavu'im - Nevonim

June 1, 2018 8 sivan, 5778 Shalom everyone, Last week we did a lot of art projects! We made soap bubble art with Lauren We made fold over art with acrylic paint and with a mixture of glue, paint and glitter in squirty bottles We also made water color drawings We had a fun visit from Zahava. She came to play with us when Angelina was away Outside. we played catch with Colin, and also helped him fix the outside sensory table. This week we started our teacher swap. Jennaba came to be with us one day, and Miri came for two days. It was fun. We created a lot of art with craft sticks, glue, tape and oil pastels We also did some ephemeral art. We looked at different parts of a melon through a magnifying glass. Later we ate it for snack. We had a lot of yarn in the sensory table, and the children used it in various ways like leashing stuffies, cutting and throwing it up to "make it rain" Some of the children were 'baby raptors' this week We played different games in small groups, like 'Duck, Duck, Goose' and creating marble runs Outside, we watered our beans, corn, sunflowers and peas. We also filled up the basketball hoop base with water and the children are shooting hoops! Shabbat Shalom, Anna, Colin and Angelina

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

May 25, 2018 11 sivan, 5779 Shalom Nachshonim families, We had Monday off in observance of Shavuot. On Tuesday Jennaba was out and Marie joined us in the kitah. We brought out the sticky foam and the yeladim used scissors to cut it like they do with play dough. The sticky foam stuck to just about everything! The children also explored plastalina (modeling clay) that Miri brought in. Later on in the yard we sifted some sand from the sandbox and brought it in to the kitah to play with. The yeladim also helped shovel the sand into the buckets to be sifted they watched as the sand went from having wood chips, leaves and other debris to becoming soft smooth sand again. Melita joined us and we all sang songs together especially songs about animals which is always a favorite in our kitah. After lunch the yeladim have been doing a lot of exploring in the kitchen area and putting on "Shabbat dinner." Building choo choo trains out of chairs is also a very popular activity these days! Shabbat Shalom, Miri and Jennaba

Thursday, May 24, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

May 18, 2018  4 sivan, 5778

Shalom Kulam

Last week we had our parent teacher conferences. It was a pleasure to have a quiet time for some adult conversations. Please remember that you can ALWAYS approach us and if we cannot help you at the moment we will schedule a time to speak.

We did fold over art with tempera paint in squirty bottles

We had another beading session

We played "what's missing", first with a teacher leading the game, and then with a child leader.

We played in small groups in the social hall, and built our marble run in the small classroom

We had a fun session with Colin's mandolin

We finished a WHOLE HUGE watermelon in about two hours. What can I say- we work well as a team...

More in the food department- we tried to make cheese corn muffins for Shavuot. but they didn't turn out so yummy...

We talked about how the people of Israel used to go to the Temple with their first harvests, to give it as offerings to the Cohanim (priests)

We read the book "You're Welcome" about excluding. We are also reading "How full is your Bucket"

Outside, we brought a big box, that turned into a trampoline, and later to a pool. Colin brought a few pool noodles that turned into jet packs. We also turned our slide to a water slide

This week, we harvested our first snow pea, to celebrate Shavuot! We cut it to 8 pieces (!) and shared it.

We also planted more sunflowers, and some succulents
 
We are practicing playing catch with bean bags and real balls

We made art with liquid paint and droppers

We celebrated Shavuot this week- we decorated baskets, crowns and bracelets. We brought fruit and "Bicurim" (first harvests) from home and had a Shavuot parade. We filled a big basket with all our offerings and later it was delivered to people in need.
 
We also sang some Shavuot songs with Melita

On Thursday we had Pajama day, complete with snuggles and cuddles, blankets and nap books galore.

Have a great long weekend everyone, see you all on Tuesday!
 
Anna, Colin and Angelina

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

May 18, 2018   4 sivan, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

Today we joined Nevonim for Havdalah Raina and Noga were helpers. Miri was out and Marie and Taylor joined us.

We decorated Shavuot fruit baskets which we will use for our parade tomorrow. Read books about Moses receiving the 10 commandments and talked about rules and words that may hurt others,“no hitting”, “ you can’t run out the door”, “I’m not your friend”, “you can't play with me” our some of what was said.

With baskets in their hands and song in their hearts... we joined Nevonim for a parade around the school stopping off at the office and handing out some fruit ending up in the Sanctuary leaving all the fruit to later be taken to someone who may be in need.

 The dramatic play area has gone from two yeliudim exploring to four in the past week noticing this has started us all thinking that space may be too small on Thursday we moved the book area with the dramatic play area which allowed for a bigger dramatic area and a cozy book area. Talking with the yeliudim they have expressed that we should add more pillows, blankets,  and lovies.

Shalom,
Miri and Jennaba