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, April 16, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim


28 nisan, 5778

Shalom Nachshonim families,

Welcome back!
 
We all enjoyed coming back to our classroom after break.  We welcomed in the week with Havdalah in the Nevonim Kitah and Noam was the helper. 
 
The yeladim enjoyed messy sensory play at it's best with lots of shaving cream and blue food coloring! 
 
We had lots of fun doing q-tip painting, and in honor of  Yom haatzmaut (Israel's birthday) the whole class made a blue and white collage.  The yeladim used shredded paper, sparkles and pom-poms for the collage, you can see it on the wall over the book area. 
 
During our time in the yard the yeladim worked really hard together in the sandbox pouring water through a pipe into a whole they had dug in the sandbox.  It was quite a team effort!  They also built bridges with wood blocks and took turns walking on it and helping each other walk on it. The bridge kept falling so the yeladim once again worked together to figure out a way to make it sturdier.   It was really great to see them working as a community.

Shabbat Shalom,
 
Miri and Jennaba

HaShavuah - Nevonim

28 nisan, 5778

Shalom everyone!

It was so great to reunite and meet everyone after the break! I believe everybody grew by at least an inch (not the teachers, though, sadly...)

We did some finger paint art, using primary colors.

Angelina brought various kinds of loose herbal tea. We put it in the indoors sensory table and we use it for playing as we added farm animals, as a sensory activity (touching, smelling, looking and sorting) and for art- with glue on paper.

We made the elephant toothpaste experiment (here's a link in case you want to try this at home. https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/elephants-toothpaste/
Here's how it looked like in our Kitah: https://photos.app.goo.gl/7z8q8qGOgpk3qcnf2)

Still on the topic of mess, the children love making "potions" at the snack table. This week, we mixed mandarin peels with boiling water and created a fresh smelling natural spray that we can spritz on our plants.

We made fruit smoothie and shared it with our Kehila (community)

At circle time we were reminded of how we should take care of each other, help out and use our words. Anna said- "We are a..." and the children completed: community/ group/ pack/ family.

Outside- we showed love and kindness to the earth and animals by helping earth worms, that came out after the rain, and placing them in safe places

We also sorted seeds and got them organized for spring planting

We started talking about Yom Ha'azmaut, Israel's birthday. We read stories like "And Shira Imagined" and sang songs like "Erez Israel Sheli" (my country of  Israel). We also looked at a Talit and compared it to the Israeli flags we hung in the Kitah

See you  all on Monday

P.S- don't forget to sign up for parent-teacher conferences. We will have 2 conferences at each time slot, so two teachers can attend each meeting. Please don't add your name if there are already two meetings at that time. Thanks!!

Monday, April 2, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Friday, 30 March, 2018
14th of Nisan, 5778

Chag Sameach ve Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

We started our week by exploring the story of  Pesach, reading books and singing songs. 

On Tuesday Miri was sick and Colin joined us. We had so much fun showing him the classroom and dancing to our favorite songs. We also loved the warm weather.

On Wednesday the yeladium made their own matzah covers. In the yard, they tied a rope to a box which they filled up with lots of different size wood pieces and got to experience what it was like for the Jewish Slaves to pull and push heavy bricks.  Then a few of them were Slaves, others Moses or Pharaoh, and they started acting out the story. Things we heard, “ no rest for you” “ we are hungry and need a break” “Pharoah please let us rest” and “ no, you will work day and night”. 

Thursday the yeladium had a great time experiencing “ Cleaning up for Pesach.” They cleaned up the classroom tables, chairs, paint off the doors/ walls, toy shelves, and the classroom floor.  We also loved reading the book Matan shared with us about “Baking a Passover cake for mom’s birthday”. We thought the yeladium would love to make it during the break. All you need is Matzah, spread with a cream cheese and jam mix, and then another piece of Matzah. Layer as high as you like and ENJOY!

Friday was a 'different' and bittersweet. We did not make challah or decorate our bags due to  Erev Pesach. We also said goodbye to our chaver Matan who we will miss very much. We wish him well. 

Shalom,

Miri and Jennaba

Monday, March 26, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Nevonim Families,
 
As Pesach approaches:
 
  • We told the story of Moses and his adventures. We started when he was a baby, telling a little bit more every day, and got all the way to the other side of the Red Sea.
  • We brought out babies and baskets, Afikoman covers, cleaning supplies and a Sedder plate.
  • We made cardboard Afikoman and the children took turns hiding them in the classroom. 
  • We talked about the making of bread, and showed the children how to separate the wheat kernels from the surrounding shell, then used pestle and mortar to ground up the wheat. The kids enjoyed trying it out and ended up grounding many other things.
  •  We talked about the rising of the dough and how the people of Israel didn't have time to wait and that's why to this day we eat Mazzot on Pesach. We observed the process by following the rise of our Challah dough. 
  • We also sang  "Ma Nishtana" and "Dumam Shata" ("Silently sailing", a song about Moses in the basket), and Melita sang many other holiday songs with us.
 
This week we gave our share in the collective effort to help the refugees. The children took all the coins in our Tzdakah boxes, sorted and counted them. At circle time, Lauren took the money we counted and the children went with her in groups to the store to buy self care items like shampoo, tooth brushes, deodorant and more. On their way, the children shared with members of the community and the clerks at the store what they were buying and why.
 
We had a very exciting visit from Rabbi Stu Kelman and Peter Wharahftig, who came with their musical instruments: Clarinet, bass clarinet, tuba, flute, and their ancestors- the Shofar and a conch shell. We learned about high and low sounds and attempted to blow air in the certain way that's needed to play the Shofar and the Tuba.
 
Marcie, Angelina's roommate, bought a box full of strawberries for us, and we gobbled them up. This inspired us to read  "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear".
 
We wrote thank you notes for Peter, Stu and Marcie, for sharing their abundance with us.
 
We had another exciting visit from three 8th graders from Tehyia day school, Adam, Jack (our Sarah's big brothers) and Lilly. They came to read stories for us on Friday. They stayed for a whole hour and we were very VERY excited with their presence.
 
Angelina found a dead crab on the beach and we examined it carefully ... outside, of course!
 
We did mesh art with nets and tempera paint.
 
Have a beautiful weekend!
 
Anna, Angelina and Colin

Monday, March 19, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom everyone,

This week we had plenty of indoor activities ...
 
We brought the cash registers, and the children are making money out of different colored paper
 
We also brought a few keyboards and laptops, phones and stationary. We have a very productive office/ bank. Calls are being made and letters are being sent.

We used balance beams and blocks to create intricate and complex structures and obstacle courses, that sometimes took up most of the blue rug.

The nameless manipulative toy that Anna dug up on Ebay is still a hit. We use it to build wheels, candy-shooting machines and rescue devices.

Clean up has become another form of group effort, reinforcing our value of kehilla, as the children work in teams to clean up the different areas of the classroom

Outdoors ...
 
We played in the rain outside, and found an earthworm. We talked about how it came out of the ground because the ground became too wet from the rain. We "saved" it and put it on the ground near the neighbor's fence. We then found another HUGE WORM! It was very exciting, and worth getting a little wet.

Have a wonderful new week

Nevonim staff

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Sun, 18 March 2018
2nd of Nisan, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

Today we went to the Nevonim for Havdalah and Raina was the helper. We continuee to explore music and listened to African music while playing the drums.

Tuesday Menachem came to sing with us .We also Matan and Yossi join us for lunch. Miri put on a puppet show of  Peter and the Wolf.

On Wednesday we turned our classroom into a disco with strobe lights and music. The Yeladium had so much fun dancing and singing to their favorite music.

Thursday Militia came to sing with us and shared a song with us about Passover.  We also got to go play outside in the rain. Judah's family lent us a standing drum to use in our classroom. Tthank you for sharing, Judah.

A Reminder:  Join us on Tuesday, March 20th at 10:45 a.m. Rabbi Stu Kelman, Klez clarinetist, and Peter Wahrhaftig, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra tubist, will be coming to share their instruments and musical talents with us!

Shalom,
Miri and Jennaba

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 9, 2018

Shalom Kulam,
This week we had Havdalah with the Nachshonim led by Miri
 
We have some new-yet-retro manipulative toys that inspired lots of new creations
 
We read about and acted out being bugs and slugs

We made lemonade from ginormous lemons that came from Lauren's lemon tree. Of course, we shared it with our friends the Nachshonim

We made elephant toothpaste.

We built an obstacle course on the rug and took turns jumping over it

We ate buggers at snack. It was yummy and full of protein!
(If you shove an edamame bean into a pretzel, it kind of looks like a nostril with a green surprise in it... Four year old humor is The Best!) 

On Friday we met our third and last Rabbi candidate. She told one of Colin's favorite stories "The Stone Cutter" and we had a great Ma'agal Shabbat. 

Have a wonderful week full of health!!!
 
Anna, Colin and Angelina