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, January 22, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

21 January 2018
5th of Sh'vat, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

We started our week introducing the yeladium to Tu B Shevat.  We let them know that we are going to be celebrating the “Birthday of the Trees” which was preceded by asking the question “ What do you know about trees?”  things we heard, “ trees have fruit” “that's right, apples, pears,” “ I have an apple tree”, “we can climb trees”, “birds live in trees.”  As the week continued the yeladium learned the parts of a tree and other nature words in English and Hebrew:

 Etz- Tree,  Teva - Nature,  Shemesh- Sun, Z'raiym-Seeds,  Aliym-Leafs,  Shorashim- Roots
Anafiym-Leafs, Chedek- trunk ,  Mayim- Water

They also were able to touch and feel parts of a tree, painted leafs with red blue and yellow, and as a group we placed celery in water added blue, red and yellow food coloring, ask “what happened to the celery?” (please take a look at our window ledge), as well as putting avocado pits in a cup of water with toothpicks to hold it up.

In the yard, we watered the plants, played with a water table with tree and nature items and looked for living bugs, and creatures under rocks, tree stumps etc.
Next week we will plant parsley for Passover, and continue to sing, read and experience Tu B'Shevat!

Miri and Jennaba

Hashavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Families
This week we continued our conversation about Tu BeShvat:
We talked about the life cycle of a tree and how pollen and seeds are spread with the help of animals. This was followed by a spontaneous session of drumming and singing "My Roots Go Down".
We read the beautifully illustrated "In a Nut Shell", about the life of an acorn. We also read "Chanan Haganan" (Chanan the gardener), AKA "the book with the funny trees" that talks about planting.
We sang Tu Be'Shvat songs, like "HaShkedia Porachat" (The almond tree is blossoming).
We used blue and yellow shaving foam to create shades of green
We made little trees out of pine and tree scraps
We read the story "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" in Hebrew, and after every phrase the children singsonged "No it isn't!". We are also playing with the felt kit for the story Spilt Milk, and we made "Spilt Milk" art, squirting white tempera paint on blue paper.
We read the story "Welcome", and talked about Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming guests).
The children enjoy leading the Bracha (blessing) before lunch. We are working on waiting for everyone to sit down first. :-)
We had a conversation about gun play. We discussed how when you shoot bullets at somebody, he or she may get really hurt! So now the children build "shooters" that shoot candy, marshmallows and raisins.
Another quick reminder, if you are able and willing to volunteer- please get cleared with Lauren. We need your help to do the really cool stuff, like going to Ofra's community garden on the 30th.
See you tomorrow!
Nevonim staff

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

14 January 2018
27th of Tevet, 5778

 Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

We continued our exploration of color mixing this week.  The yeladium were able to paint on different surfaces, like a light table, aluminum foil, coffee filters, as well as using different items to paint with, string, small round brushes, bingo bottles and their favorite, their fingers.  We added shaving cream, oil, and white paint to explore the different results.

They also were able to experience what happens when we put tiny water beads in water, some things we heard, “they get wet”, “ maybe they get sticky”, and “they get big and big”. Ask the yeladium what happened, we can tell you that they loved playing with them and things we heard, “they wet”, “wow so many of them”, “ they jumping off the table”, “look I see red, blue, yellow, green,”.   

Singing, dancing, reading and looking at books is always a must in our classroom.

As we move on the next few weeks will be introducing Tu Bishvat and all the wonderful learning experience that comes with such as, Taking care of our World ( Tikkun_olam), Trees and how they connect to Jewish values, and Recycling just to mention a few.

With all that said colors are still an ongoing learning experience its a natural course of events that happen throughout the day. The yeladium learn through play from their classmates and friends.  They learn by observing, interacting, and playing with other children in a group or individually. Jennaba and I will continue in directing, observing, assisting, supporting and monitoring each individually as they play and learn. Additionally,  we will observe their play in order to be certain that the “play-learning” curriculum is working.

If there's anything you need please feel free to ask we are always available and or will make time to be.

Miri and Jennaba

HaShavuah - Nevonim

January 12 / 25 tevet
Shalom Families
This week we started talking about Tu BeShvat- the birthday of the trees!
  • We read stories like A Tree is Nice and The Giving Tree.
  • We planted peas, snow peas and snap peas- hopefully the critters of Berkeley won't gobble them up this time...
  • We did ephemeral art using natural materials like acorns and pine cones.
  • We are exploring natural materials through magnifying glasses in both indoors and outdoors sensory tables. At some point this week, a few children tore up pieces of paper from a magazine and put them in the sensory table. It led to a conversation on how paper is made out of trees, and so it fits our theme.
  • We looked at different kinds of plants, and their parts, including succulents.
  • We had an hour long session of citrus fruit exploration. We looked at a pomelo, grapefruit, orange, mandarin and lemon. We noticed the different parts of the fruit and the part where it was connected to the tree. We noticed the differences and similarities between the fruits. We touched, smelled and of course tasted all of them (yes, even the lemon), and even made a chart of everyone's favorite fruit.
Regarding Parashat HaShavoua, we talked about how God asked Moses to go and speak to Pharaoh (i.e- "Let my people go"), but Moses was shy and didn't want to go alone, so God suggested he ask his brother Aaron to with him. Of course, Aaron was happy to help his brother, because that's what brothers do. The children named other people in their lives that they can ask help from, like parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and teachers.
We played a lot of music this week, with Colin and his Mandolin and Menachem  and his guitar. Sadly, Melita was under the weather this week and couldn't come. We send her Refu'a Shlema.
Outside, Angelina's rope- double- swing promotes communication between friends and an opportunity to practice team work
We read the story "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" using a felt board. Then Angelina poured some small spots of milk on a tray and the children shared what they thought it looked like.
We also read "The Most Wonderful Egg in the World" and talked about how each of us is special in our own way
Reminder- Monday is MLK Day, so we will see you all on Tuesday
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!
Anna, Angelina and Colin

Monday, January 8, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Families,

It was so exciting to reunite after the long winter break!

This week we had some fun sensory activities, like making new, minty-green playdough, q-tip painting, drawing with white oil pastels on big crinkly paper, face and body painting, and playing outside in the rain with wet sand and fallen leaves .

We read "The happy book", about a girl from Ghana, and talked about what makes us happy.

We shared our adventures from the winter break

We read the book "how full is your bucket" and talked about our own personal buckets and how we can help keep ours and our friends' buckets full. We also did a little exercise, in which each child chose a friend in the circle to say something nice about.

The children enjoy singing the Bracha (blessing) before lunch and snack all by themselves

We celebrated Teo's birthday, and the kids enjoyed telling him what they liked about him

We built a "tent" under the deck outside, with a big piece of tarp, and the children "went camping"

We welcomed a new substitute teacher, Maya- she was wonderful with the kids and we like her plenty!

It has been a wonderful first week! See you all on Monday

Nevonim staff

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

18th of Tevet, 5778
January 5, 2018
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
Hope you all had a wonderful winter break.  The yeladim were all very excited to come back and share all the fun they had during their break.
Before winter break we asked the yeladim “ what they like about coming to school?” things we heard, “playing with animals” “going to the yard” “painting and coloring” and so on.  With that in mind and knowing that “Learning occurs when children are engaged in collaborative activity about something that deeply interests them …our the first week back, we dove into color mixing, painting, and recognizing colors in Hebrew and English.
Educators tell us-that art encourages fine motor skills, neural development, and problem-solving abilities and that it can be used effectively to teach and understand other key subjects such as reading, writing, math, and science.
Artists tell us that -art is important for its own sake—as a source of beauty and expression, as well as simply for the process of creating.
Children tell us- that art is fun, an activity they enjoy.
We started with a few books, Dog's Colorful Day, Mouse Paint, Pantone Colors, and Pete the Cat loves his white shoes, with a few Hebrew books as well,חגיגה של צבעים (A celebration of colors), and in both English and Hebrew, little blue and the little yellow. The yeladim also experienced color sorting, painting with a strainer, using eye droppers, having little cups to mix red and yellow, blue and red, red and blue and see what happens. They were all very surprised to see the color green, orange and purple emerge. Please keep an eye out for the pictures that will be displayed of our Color adventure.

Miri  and Jennaba

Monday, December 11, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Families,

We were amazed at how focused the children were as we sat on the rug and introduced the upcoming holiday. At any given time you may hear Chanukkah songs, or see spinning dreidels, the yeladim placing candles on a Chanukiah, or a book being read about Judah the Maccabee. Our favorite has been listening to the yaladim retelling the story of the Maccabees.
Some of the things we have heard :
“A mean king named Antiochus told the Jewish they can’t do Shabbat in the temple.”
“No more celebrating Shabbat!
“No more going to the Temple, and no more Torah!”
“Temple was dirty with animals, you don’t bring animals in the temple”
“That they walked in with mud, stones, and put  garbage in the Temple.” “They broke furniture and knocked things down; they smashed the jars of oil that were used to light the menorah.”
“Judah the Maccabee and all the others cleaned up the temple” “took the animals away”
Finally getting to the part that there was only a “tiny, tiny bit oil left and Judah the Maccabee was worried that it would only be enough for one day.” There was a Miracle, and how many days did the oil last ? “there was enough oil  for 8 days!”

We set up the Chanukiah and talked about the Shamash, the helper candle.  We explained how important it is to respect people who help us. Who helps you? Things we heard,”my ima helps me” “aba helps me go to the bathroom” “when I fall ima gives me a bandage.”
Then we thought what a great time to talk about “Mitzvot” doing something nice for someone who helped you. What are some things you can do to help someone? “When someone is sad give them a hug” How can we help ima and abba? “ I help wash table”, “I help put all my toys away”.
So as you can see Chanukkah leads to so much more than “ The Festival of Lights”

We also took the opportunity to learn about other things that light up, flashlight, some toys, candles with batteries (they don’t burn you).  The yeladim also got to dance with a colored disco light, which illuminated the classroom with green, red, yellow and blue light.

Shabbat Shalom,
Miri and Jennaba