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, July 11, 2016

HaShavuah - SUMMER FUN!



HaShvua'im

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!

Reminders:

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

Friday, June 17, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

June 16 2016 
 
Hello, all,
 
Here's what we've been up to for the last days of school ...

In honor of Shavuot, we read stories of Ruth, Mount Sinai, and the giving of the Torah. We celebrated all things wheaty, from wheat grass (we're growing our own) to cheesecake with dates (milk and honey to the max). We examined a Sefer Torah/Torah scroll and learned about the atzei chayim/wooden rollers that support it (and us)!

The last few days of school were punctuated by another "beach day," collage making, shaving cream construction, and spending time with Melita and Menachem. Of course, our BaDerech ceremony, picnic in the new yard, and our final closing circle gave us a chance to smile, laugh, and cry. 

B'hatzlacha/Great success to our friends moving on to K, transitional K, and Israel!
 
We wish you all a happy and safe summer!

Judy, Ruth, and Ofra

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavouah - Nachshonim

 
  • Mon, 13 June 2016 = 7th of Sivan, 5776

  • HAPPY SHAVUOT

Highlights from our week:

Gluing feathers and colorful wooden squares

*  Ofre turned 3 - Happy Birthday

*  We made apple juice with Ofra’s professional juicer

*  So fun to run @ the social hall

*  We made art from natural materials 

*  We had so much fun on beach day


At the sensory table we played with:
Water and floating flowers
Fresh flowers and potpourri
Water and water wheels
Shredded paper

We enjoyed singing and dancing with Melita 
On our last pretend shabbat of the year with our friends and family we said goodbye to our oldest Nevonim friends

Some of the books we're reading:

Inch by inch
Mesiba shel chayot (Animal party)
Going to sleep on the farm

We hope you had a wonderful long weekend.
 
Looking forward to seeing you all,

Anna, Simone and Vered
 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavouah - Nachshonim

  • Sun, 5 June 2016 = 28th of Iyyar, 5776

Highlights from our week:

• We Our butterfly came out of his chrysalis this week.  It was very exciting and we released it into nature.  We are now observing another caterpillar 

*  We made some drawing inspired by the butterfly

*  We’ve mixed tempera paint

*  We made gluten free pancake and ate them with strawberries and plums 

*  we mad some art that resembles butterflies by folding the paper in two


@ the sensory table we played with:
Hay and farm animals 
Water, corks and rocks
Water and sea creatures
Ice

We enjoyed singing and dancing with Melita and on pretend shabbat with our friends and family

Some of the books we're reading:

Butterfly
Mix it up
Hatinok haze (this baby)
Eliezer ve hagezer (Eliezer and the carrot)
The cloud police
Beach day

This week we will have Beach Day on Wednesday.  Please send you child with a swim suit and a towel.  Please apply sunscreen on them prior to arriving to school we will reapply as necessary.

We hope you’re enjoying this weekend.

Anna and Vered

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah - June 3   26 Iyar 
 
Lots to report from these last 2 weeks:

  • We have a sensory table in the kitah now, containing fun things to explore like pompoms and cones. Would you like some ice cream??
  • We made sand playdough with sand from our yard!
  • We watched a caterpillar become a butterfly, and set it free in the garden. It's an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, yellow and black. Miraculous!
  • Celebrating wheat as we count the Omer, we made scones, french toast with dates and challah with dates-delicious! We have been reading library books about bread from all over the world.
  • We juiced apples and added wheatgrass we grew in the kitah. Ofra taught us that chlorophyll would turn the wheatgrass green, and it did!
          We celebrated the birthdays of Orly and Nili with a vegetable train
  • For Lag BaOmer we had a medura/bonfire (pretend) outside, and enjoyed baked potatoes and watermelon, like they do in Israel (for real)!
        We pressed flowers onto fabric.  These pieces of art are hanging in the kitah.  
        Come see!
Onward to Shavuot.

Shavua tov,
Judy, Ofra, and Ruth

Thursday, June 2, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavuah
May 27   19 iyar

So many things have happened lately!
 
We have caterpillars in the classroom, and we watched one of them grow, turn into a chrysalis and become a beautiful butterfly- that we released outside. We drew our caterpillars and the butterfly with various colors, like colored pencils, crayons and pastels.

We made Hummus and did blue-and-white art, in honor of Israel's birthday. We also decorated the classroom with Israeli flags.

We also celebrated Viola's birthday- happy birthday big girl! :)

We played with all kinds of wooden shapes and built and manipulated them.
We played with our geo-boards, stretching rubber bands and making different shapes
We also made art with liquid paint dripped on coffee filters. 
We did some collage art, which involved cutting, gluing and taping.
We did some stamping are with primary colors- blue, red, yellow.
We traced the outline off the kids on a big piece of paper- you can see the outcome on our wall.

We had a picnic- we took our lunch boxed and ate outside in the yard
We built a pretend fire for La"g Ba'Omer

We had lots of sensory fun with water play, ooblek, playdough and bugs, shredded paper, bubbles, moon sand and sea shells, colorful pom poms, soft blocks, hay and horses, sticky foam, blue water and rocks, dry leaves.

We had lots of fun together at circle time- with games like "bug on a rug", "Whats missing" memory game and "scoobi-doo". We even had a dance party!

The books we read:
The very hungry caterpillar (in Hebrew and English), butterfly books, books about Israel, Russel the sheep, Ma'ase Be-5 Balonim (a tale of 5 balloons- an Israeli classic), Susan laughs, 10 apples up on top, Ze' Lo Argaz (this is not a box), Maisy loves lemonade, once upon a potty.

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Vered and Anna

Monday, May 23, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah - May 20

This week we took advantage of the glorious weather to enjoy a Park Day, and a "Beach" Day. Even if you didn't wear your beged yam/bathing suit, a splashing good time was had by all. We explored moon sand and shells in the sensory table, and ate avatiyach/watermelon too.
Did you know....
  • that on Mondays we harvest tavlinim/herbs for besamim/ritual spices at Havdalah, dry them during the week, and use them in our challah dough?
  • that we grow basil, lavendar, lemon thyme, oregano, sage, mint, rosemary, and tarragon?
  • that our veggies include corn, lettuce, parsley and kale?
  • that we have a random sunflower sprouting up?
  • that you can eat borage?
  • that our flower garden includes pansies, geraniums, succulents, and other plants left over from Shabbat kiddushim and then given a new home in our yard?
  • that we are growing yarrow, marigold, and coreopsis, both for creating plant dyes and for attracting butterflies?
  • that one of our caterpillars is now in its chrysalis, with a few babies getting bigger every day?
See how we grow!
Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach,
Judy, Ofra, and Ruth