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, January 20, 2017

HaShavuah - Nevonim

January 20, 1017   22 tevet, 5777

Hello, All,

These last few weeks we see so much growth and charge. Children are getting taller, beginning to absorb concepts, showing interest in letters, and then stepping back and starting all over. The cycle repeats again and again, until suddenly, a new stage has been reached!

Here are some of our latest adventures:

*We made carrot juice! We made carrot soup! We are getting to see how Ofra's juicer works.
*We used a book, Eliezer v'HaGezer, a classic Israeli tale, to engage in dramatic play and Hebrew learning.
*We read Matthew's book, Carrot Soup, and another story, The Carrot Seed.

Pam Weimer, from the Oakland Public School system, engaged us for more than an hour about the lives of bees! The children participated in four stations, all having to do with bees. They matched fragrances, they crafted their own antennae, they learned about the body parts of a bee, and they observed a hive in action. They were very involved for a long period of time, and had lots to share and questions to ask. They even learned the bee dance!

We donated our tzedakah of $50 to Habitat for Humanity. Some children knew the word "homeless." We expressed gratitude for our warm, dry homes.

Upcoming: Field trip to Lawrence Hall of Science, Feb. 15! Details to follow.
Picture Day, Feb. 22! Details to follow.

Shabbat Shalom,
Nevonim Staff

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

January 14, 2017  16 tevet, 5777

Shalom Kulam!

On Monday morning we did Havdallah. We had a close look at the twisted candle.
We played and explored our stacking magnets. We learned about how sometimes they attract and sometimes they repel.
We started talking about Tu-Be'Shvat, which will happen in a few weeks, and brought out plenty of books about trees and planting.
  • We made play dough sculptures with our old play dough, and twigs and leaves.
  • We made leaf art (we love spreading glue with our fingers).
  • We talked about wood and how it comes from trees. We looked at some of our wooden materials, and noticed that our furniture is made out of wood.
  • We brought down the Root-Vue, and planted some carrot seeds. We hope to watch them grow over the next few weeks. After planting the seeds, we read the book "the carrot seed" , and talked about how we eat the part of the carrot that is the root. We also looked at the seeds from Ofra's garden that are still attached to the plant, and talked about how the greens flower and then turn to seeds.
See you all on Tuesday!

Ofranna (that's Ofra and Anna!)

Friday, January 6, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom families,

Welcome back! We were so glad to see everyone after our long break!

This week:
We had Colin with us, subbing for Ofra until she got back from Israel.
We played with the geo-boards, Colin showed us how to play on rubber bands just like a guitar.
We played with our sorting bears, and arranged them according to color, size and pattern cards.
We played with play dough.
On Friday we celebrated Teo's 3rd birthday. Happy birthday!!
Shabbat Shalom everyone

Friday, December 16, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

 December 16     16 kislev

We made sufganiyot!
We went to the Vivarium!
We explored the mini-park!
We got ready for Chanukah!
We made art with chalk, ladders, and sand.
We learned about Yakov's struggle and trust in/help from Gd.

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah!

Judy, Ruth and Krissy

Monday, December 12, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

December 9   9 kislev 
This week ...

Using our senses we...

- Mixed tempera paints, using primary colors we made all the colors of the rainbow.
- We built with soft blocks and shaving foam
- We played with play dough and tools
It rained so we...
- Played in the rain and jumped in puddles. 
- When we got tired of getting wet we went inside and played in the social hall. 
- Enjoyed the song ילדה אחת ומטרייה אחת (one girl and one umbrella)- we listened to it on a CD, we read the song book and even enacted the scene with an umbrella.
We used stuffies to act out a story in Hebrew about a boy who didn't want to sleep on his own, and his stuffies come to join him
To stay safe...
We had another fire drill- now we know how to be safe in case of emergency.
We are still waiting for our butterflies...

Have a good week everyone!

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