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.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hashavuim - Nachshonim

December 2     2 kislev

Shalom families,

First thing we want to say is congratulations to Rafi for joining the Big Brothers Club last week! Sending love and kisses to Ima Mira and Aba Judd and baby brother Ari.
Last week we got to see Melita on Monday, because Thursday was Thanksgiving.We made a communal painting with car tire marks on big paper- it's hanging on the wall in the Kitah.We played with bugs in play doh and in sticky foam. We got messy with ooblek and foam paint. And we made pancakes for snack.
We got a wooden doll house to play with, and little wooden people to live in it. We also go a few cardboard boxes and enjoyed hiding inside them and placing them over our heads.
Our caterpillars have each made a chrysalis, and now we wait for them to come out as butterflies.
We have been playing a game called "Scooby Doo" at circle time. Each person gets a chance to show what they an do with their body. We also enjoy singing the song in Hebrew.
At circle time, we talked about digging for the toys we want in our bins instead of dumping them all out on the carpet. That way we won't have a big mess and we won't step on our toys and break them.

See you on Monday

Ofra and Anna

Friday, December 2, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

December 2   2 kislev

We have been Parsha busy! This week we talked about siblings, and made lentils recalling Ya'aqov and Esav's famous barter. Last week we sat in Avraham and Sarai's tent, with our Nachshonim and senior staff guests, eating chummus made by Nachshonim and pita that we made! We spoke of hospitality and sharing. 

Our artistic endeavors included folded symmetry art using tempera paint, ephemeral art, and a giant collage of lentil stew. 

Inspired by our Shabbatasauras home visits, we had an incredible field trip to the UC Museum of Paleontology! We took the city bus and saw the pterodactyl, T-Rex, a "computer about dinosaurs", and a brontosaurus' skull. We also saw a microscope!

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach!
Judy, Ruth, and Angelina

Friday, November 18, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

November 18 / 17 cheshvan

This week we continued our butterfly exploration:
We made fold overs with finger paint, and talked about symmetry and how the butterfly's wings are symmetrical. We played with butterfly hand puppets and toys that show all the stages (caterpillar- chrysalis, butterfly), books, toy bugs etc. We even put our caterpillars on the table for a closer look. We saw them move and eat, and some of the kids attempted to draw what they saw.
We got out some car toys and street signs. They were such a big hit that we also brought a giant cardboard tube, and sent the cars racing down the tunnel. 
We have been playing "what's missing" at circle time- we show a few objects, cover them and the take one away and ask the kids what's missing. Practicing our short term memory is fun!
Making Hummus: On Tuesday we looked at dried garbanzo beans, and soaked them. On Wednesday we looked at the beans after they soaked up the water, and noticed how much they expanded, and we started cooking them. On Thursday we made the hummus- we added garlic, lemon and tahini and put it all in the food processor.  
On Friday we had a snack party with our Nevonim friends. They made pita bread and lemonade and we shared our hummus. We sat together in their "tent," like Sarah and Avraham's, as they welcomed us to their kitah/classroom.

Shabbat Shalom everyone. Have a wonderful weekend.

Ofra and Anna

Monday, November 14, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shavua tov, everyone. Here are some highlights from the last 2 weeks:

  • Rabbi Kelman visited us to teach about Safrut, Jewish scribal arts. Thank you, Stu! 
  • We painted with foam
  • We created watercolor art
  • We took a Lech Lecha journey dressed as desert travelers
  • We made cauliflower cake!
  • We baked olive/za'atar challah
  • We built and sang about Noah's ark 
  • We played in the rain!
  • We took apart our indoor Sukkah
  • We made our own little Torah scrolls and investigated our classroom ones
  • We voted!
Looking forward to more fun learning,
Judy, Ruth, and Angelina

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Families!

Last week we explored water, after the rain. How it freezes when we cool it, and how it becomes steam when heated. We read the story "Polo and the Dragon" in Hebrew. In the story, a sea is turned to ice, and then melts with the dragon's fire. We made ice in containers, and the next day we explored it. We put salt on it and watched it melt, then we poured liquid paint on it and watched the paint spread in the cracks made by the ice. Very cool (pun intended)! We also made herbal tea with leaves from our garden. We noticed the steam as the water started to boil. We compared two kettles and sang "I'm a little tea pot". As we explored water, we also read the book "Float", about a boy and his paper boat in the rain. We made powder paint art, spraying water on the paint with droppers.
We made Black and white art, using white pastels, pencils and chalk on black paper, inspired by Be'Resheet and the separation of light and darkness.
During lunch, we listened to our food as we ate it, and noticed if it's crunchy.

This week we had Davita with us most of the week. We did q-tip paintings, and played with pom-poms, grabbers and egg cartons. We also played with foam paint- that was messy and fun! On Thursday, we made french toast for snack- so exciting!
Ofra's friend, Anthony, came to volunteer at school. He joined us in the play yard and ate lunch with us.
We now have photos with names of all the kids on the  Kitah door, and the kids can "sign in" in the morning and move their picture from "Ba'Bait" (at home) to "Ba'Gan" (at school).
Judy brought us two new special friends- caterpillars! We put them in the butterfly box and plan on caring for them and watching them grow and see what happens. We brought down books about butterflies and we sing butterfly songs. If you have fennel growing near your home, we would love to have a few new branches for our little ones to eat. Thanks!
That's all for now
Shavoua Tov! (Have a good week!)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

October 28 

These were the lats two weeks of the high holidays!

We made Sukkah decorations- we decorated cardboard with markers and oil pastels. The kids helped thread pieces of yarn through the cardboard so we can hang it. We also made a communal flag decoration.
We had a chance to look at a Lulav and Etrogh. We listened to the sound it makes when shaken, and we smelled the Etrog. We then practiced shaking our stuffy Lulav to and fro.
We found an earthworm in our yard and enjoyed looking at it and holding it, to feel who it wriggled in our palms.
This week we welcomed our new Friend Noah to the Kitah on his first day of school! Glad to have you with us, Noah!
We experimented with gluing wooden squares and yarn.
We made shapes with rubber bands on our geo-boards.

Conferences are coming up! Please make sure to sign in (the sheet is on the door) and let us know if you need child care.

See you on Monday for the REAL beginning of the year... :-)
Anna, Ofra and Davita

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