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, March 20, 2017

Ha'Shavoua She'Avar - Nachshonim

March 20, 2017  22 adar, 5777

So much happening in the Nachshonim class!

- We played with shaving cream

- We had a special activity on "Pi day", 3/14. Aba Judd brought in an activity about circles and segments of circles
 
- We played with our sorting/ counting bears, and with big Legos on the carpet
 
- We finally got to enjoy an avocado that we picked from the neighbor's tree. We waited more than a week! The other one will be ready next week.
 
- We had a wonderful field trip to Ofra's community garden and to strawberry creek park. The children picked and ate kale, parsley and lettuce from Ofra's plot. We also picked lemons from the tree to take with us.
 
- Out in the play yard, we enjoy the "monkey ropes" that are now tied across from the deck to the canopy.  The children are hanging and flipping upside down. 
 
- We also love Angelina's hammock out in the play yard

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hashvouaim - Adar 1-12 March 17 ~ Nachshonim

Shalom Families, 

Two weeks of PuRiM FuN!

Last week we made groggers: We painted and decorated them, and after the paint dried we filled them with beads and sealed them.
We sang Purim songs at circle time and with Melita
We told the Purim story with puppets at circle time
Shadow play: we traced our shadows outside, and noticed how our shadow follows us wherever we go
We worked with buttons- threading and sorting
Field trip! we crossed the bridge over strawberry creek. We played in the playground, observed the creek and tossed pebbles, twigs and leaves to the water. We want to thank our volunteers again! we really appreciate your time and your helping hands- you made this possible!
Ofra brought her fruit picker because we couldn't reach the strawberries growing on our strawberry tree. We picked a few and shared them. We also picked two avocados from the neighbor's tree and we are waiting for them to ripen.

This week, we did face painting
We played with animal masks and got really silly
We used the puppet theater with puppets and stuffies
We made Mishloach Manot and Hamantachen
We are enjoying some song books with CDs, that we have never heard before
We had a wonderful Purim parade at school- we walked inside the building, and on the streets, wearing our costumes, singing and shaking our groggers. Thanks to all the family members who could join us
Lastly, we have been reading stories about new babies and becoming big brothers, as we welcome Matan's and Noah's baby sisters to our Kehila (community). 
 
Shabbat shalom everyone, and HAPPY PURIM!!!
 
Ofra and Anna

HaShavua, Adar 12, 5777~March 10, 2017 ~ Nevonim

Purim! Just like Hamentaschen, our week was filled with sweetness*:

 *Oznei Haman/Hamentaschen! We made these with Matthew's grandma. 

*Triangle art! Come see our sparkly display.

*We built Shushan palace from:
Lego
Cardboard bricks
Styrofoam
Wood, both indoors and out
Fabric

*We acted out the story with puppets and our horse-on-a-stick.

*We decorated Mishloach Manot boxes with glitter, and delivered them to shul friends.

*We had 2 Purim parades with our costumes and ra'ashanim/ noisemakers.

*We delivered matanot la'evyonim from Lilah's family to the Rabbi, to give to those in need

Purim begins Saturday night.

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach,
Judy, Ruth, and Krissy

Monday, February 27, 2017

HaShavu'im - Nachshonim

February 24     28 shevat

Shalom Kulam,

Last week ...
We glued pieces of paper we ripped and cut the previous week
We strung beads on pipe cleaners
We played with ooblek at the sensory table outside
After playing a few rounds of  "what's missing" at circle time, the children took a blanket and a few objects and started playing among themselves
We spent time singing together and using musical instruments after lunchtime.
We celebrated Rafi's 3rd birthday! Mazal Tov!
Aba Dan (Matan's Aba) did a science experiment with us, using the ooblek at the sensory table, and speakers with music, and we watched the ooblek dance on top of the speaker (I'm all about that bass!)
Now that spring is almost here, the sun shines through our Kitah's window at lunchtime, and we are back to making reflections of rainbows with CDs on our ceiling and walls

This week...
We made pancakes for snack
We made a new documentation board with the children's help- find it on the wall over the lunch boxes 
Picture day- we had our individual photos and a class photo taken by the lovely Shoey
We made art with glue sticks and collage materials
We started reading Purim books in preparation of the upcoming holiday

Shabbat Shalom everyone! 

"Here comes the sun, it's all right!!"

Hashavuah - Nevonim

February 24   28 shevat
 
​We've had a lot of scientific experiences these weeks, between 
Dan the Science Man

​ teaching us about vibration and sound, and visiting the Lawrence Hall of Science! ​  
 
  • With Dan, we even got a taste of what must've been experienced at Sinai: The Torah tells us that the entire nation "saw the sounds." We saw sound move via ooblek and baking soda, on the surface of a container containing a speaker! Dan used his signal generator to create tones that the substances reacted to.
  • At LHS we loved our program called Hop, Wiggle, and Roll, where we got a chance to pet a rabbit, chinchilla, and turtle, watch a turtle race, and learn about these special creatures. 
We also experimented with the wonders of carbon paper, emptying and filling at the sensory table and investigated the inside of a music box.

Nadav shared his violin with us, and we had fun with Picture Day.
 
We ate outdoors and even made lemon muffins with the lemons from Lauren's tree ...
 
and here is Shabbat--hooray!

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach,
Judy, Ruth and Krissy

Monday, February 13, 2017

HaShvuayim, 2/10/17 - Shvat 14, 5077

Hello, all!
Our Tu B'Shvat and nature focus had led to varied activities:

-We transplanted a ficus tree, a Tu B'Shvat gift from Krissy. Todah rabbah, Krissy! Our new tree lives in the kitah.

-We have been reading about trees, using natural materials to create tree-inspired art, and discussing trees and growth. The Lorax had been a favorite.

-We transplanted kale sprouts!

-We will see if our big mystery seeds will sprout in a baggie with a wet cotton ball, in a sunny window.

-We did experiments and made hypotheses with Dan, Sivan's dad.
​Children knew that scientists r
ead books
​ and​
collect bones
​, and Dan added that they ​
ask questions
​ and d​
o tests
​ t​
o uncover the truth.
​They m​
ake guesses
​ called hypotheses​
,
​and ​
do experiment
​s
. How many ping pong balls can we fit in the jar
​? was the question we set about answering. But "in the jar" is not "on the jar," so ​
​everyone
 must understand the same question.
​ Just liket he jars can be filled with ping pong balls, they have air in them even when they appear to be empty.​ Using a c
andle
​, Dan showed us that 
oxygen
​ is in the jar​
.
​We saw the jar
 r
​u​
n out of air! Flashlights illuminated the smoke, which acts like air. 
​​

-We baked a Tu B'Shvat-themed challah, incorporating species that grow in the Land of Israel.  We even tasted pomegranate juice!
 
Shabbat Shalom Umevorach, and Tu B'Shvat samayach!
Judy, Ruth, and Krissy

Sunday, February 5, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

February 3     7 shvevat

Tu Be'Shvat is in the air ...

We made a tree from a cardboard tube and branches that the kids brought to school. We brought some tree critters and put them up on our tree
We added tomato seeds to our seed bag
We observed carrots from the farmer's market, that still have the green tops. We talked about root vegetables. Then we ate them for lunch.
We pulled out our box of nests and observed them at circle time. We got to hold the small hummingbird nest and feel the soft spot in the middle.
We watch our carrots grow in the root view. Right now, we see one squiggly root through the glass.

We also re-introduced the scissors, and enjoyed cutting paper as a morning activity

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone
Shabbat Shalom
OfrAnna