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 14, 2016

Hashavuah - Nevonim

Shana tova! 

In this busy time on the Jewish calendar, here's what Nevonim have been up to:

-Tashlich at Strawberry Creek Park
-Making a new challah cover for Rosh HaShanah
-Counting our tzedakah coins to see if we have enough to make a donation
-Visiting the food barrel in our foyer and making donations together
-Learning about Sukkot and watching the shul Sukkah being built
-Making decorations for our shul Suhkkah
-Talking about how to be a friend
-On Friday we built our own model Sukkah soon!

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach!
Judy, Ruth and Colin

Hashavuah - Nachshonim

Hi Families!

The last two weeks were full of holiday themes:
Last Wednesday, our new teacher Krissy was with us, and we made round pancakes for snack time.
We talked about Yom Kippur, and how we should pay attention to the feelings of the people around us, and try not to hurt them. This was accompanied with books like "Understand and Care" and "The Way I Feel".
Sukkot preparation- The work bench and tools are out for play.We sing Sukkot songs like "Patish, Masmer" (hammer and nails). We also built with the big cardboard blocks and hammered "nails" to playdogh. We are following closely the building of our big communal Sukkah, and we went to visit the builders a few times to notice the progress. We also made a big communal painting to decorate the Sukkah. Right now it's decorating our room- come and see!
Sensory/ Manipulative activities: We played with shaving cream, and had our wooden zebras graze in a sticky foam field.
Another interesting thing- We started sharing the play yard with our Nevonim friends, what fun!
More books that we read: Sometimes It Looks Like Spilled Milk, Doda Tova (aunt Tova), Cat's Colors, Teddy Bear's Picnic, Sukkot books.

Have a wonderful Shabbat!
Go puddle jumping!

Ofra and Anna

Friday, September 30, 2016

Hashavu'im - Nachchonim

Week of September 26, 2016 / 26 elul, 5776

Hello families!

In the last two weeks we did plenty of things...

Last week...
We made blue and green hand prints, and combined them to make green hand prints. We also moved on with our color explorations, to autumn colors- we mixed yellow and red powder paints in our ooblek and created orange!
Colors are a big hit at this point, and we especially enjoy looking at the rainbow created on our ceiling by the sun's reflection on our CD's.
We practice leaving all our screams outside, and using inside voices when we are in the building- this actually created a funny routine, in which we all scream a lot right before we enter the building and get ready for lunch.
Getting ready for Rosh Hashana- we are talking about Tapuchim U'Dvash (apples and honey) for a sweet new year. We looked at different jars of honey and noticed that the colors are different. We also tasted the honey, and each one tasted a little different and had a different texture. 
Learning about bees and honey, we have been reading the book "from flower to honey". We also got to look at a honeycomb up close
The books we read: Baby Balouga, Hands are not for hitting, Rosh Hashana books, Bark George, Ten apples up on top.

This week...
We mixed red and yellow to create orange and did some salad spinner art with the liquid tempera paints, on round paper (round, for the new year!)
Talking about round challas for Rosh Hashana, we looked at other circles we can find in the Kitah, magnifying glasses, magnetic shapes, the rings of the redwood stump, plates, etc.
We made apple rings with our special apple peeler/cutter/corer. We then put the apple rings in Ofra's dehydrator, and the next day we ate dried apples with our snack.
We did three color apple tasting, and made a chart of which apple flavour we liked the best (come in and check it out!)
We brought the light table to the Kitah, it's very exciting
We danced the Freeze dance, and Animal Action (both from the CD "kids in motion")
Out in the play yard, we planted kale and lettuce seeds, and we played in the turtle-kiddie-pool on the hot days.
We went on another walk around the building and noticed that the Torah in the sanctuary is "wearing white" in preparation for the holidays.
At circle time we talked about how we need to be aware not to knock down other people's projects.
We had our first fire drill this week! We will have one every month, to make sure we are all prepared in case of an emergency.
Books we read: Hallo Hallo Aba, One special day, Pete the cat and his new shoes, Gobble it up, The carrot seed, Go away big green monster, Night night little green monster, We're going on a bear hunt, Good night owl
Shabbat Shalom everyone!
Week of September 26 / 23 elul
This week:

 Apple peeling, apple dehydrating, apple songs for Rosh HaShanah!
We also played with and made art inspired by circles, as the New Year comes around with its new opportunities for growth.
We decorated bags to hold Rosh HaShanah treats that we made for our families including cards, round crayons, and oogat davash/honey cake!
Come see our chag mural, with art inspired by a Rosh HaShanah plate of Yehi Ratzon foods, symbolic foods from the. Sefardic tradition.
We ate these foods at a Seder for Rosh HaShanah.
May the year be full of sweetness, good health, and blessings for all.
Judy, Ruth, Colin and Angelina

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