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, 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

Friday, May 13, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Chag Samayach! 

We learned about and celebrated our love of Israel all week. Here are some of the things we did:
  • flag-making
  • learning about the flag's connection with the tallit 
  • looking for Hebrew all over the kitah
  • studying maps of Israel and Jerusalem
  • singing songs about Israel
  • participating in an "archaeological dig" in our sand pit
  • parading with flags and songs 
  • making and eating hummus--yum!
  • playing "Red light, green light" and other games,  in Hebrew
  • viewing pictures of the old city of Jerusalem
  • examining items from Israel like games, books, and pottery
  • visiting the "Kotel"
Sababa! It was very cool.
Shabbat Shalom u'mevorach,
Judy, Ruth, and Ofra

Monday, May 9, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavouah - Nachshonim

Sat, 7th May 2016 = 29th of Nisan, 5776

 
Highlights from our week:

*  We celebrated Sara turning 3 - Mazal Tov!

*  We’ve practiced cutting yarn with scissors 

*  Collage making - ripping and glueing 

*  Transportation , What a Fascination - singing and playing with the felt board

*  We’ve made gluten free pancakes from scratch with raisins in them

*  We brought out the funny card - you can look at them when you drop off - a fun activity

*  We hung the Israeli flag in our Kitah in excitement for Yom Haatzmaoot

*  We also looked at photos of Israel and Vered brought photos to show of her when she was a little girl in Israel 

At the sensory table we played with:
Water and sea creatures
Sawdust, trucks and people
Colorful shaving foam
Shells with magnifying glass

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

Some of the books we're reading:

We all go traveling by (book and song)
Oh, No!
Le Doda Tova, Haya La Kova
Let’s visit Israel
My friend rabbit 
 
We’d like to wish all our wonderfully amazing mothers Happy Mother’s Day!!!  Spending the days with your children we can see all the hard work you have put into them. We appreciate you! 

We hope you’re enjoying this weekend with your family.

Anna, Simone and Vered

Monday, May 2, 2016

HaShavouah - Nachshonim

HaShavouah - Nachshonim
 
Fri, 22 April 2016 = 14th of Nisan, 5776
 
 
 
 
 
Highlights from our week:

*  Lots of Magna tile 3D creations on our light table

*  Tasting Parsley with Salt water

*  Chametz cleaning and looking using flashlights, dustpan and brush

*  What’s Missing - our memory game using passover icons

*  We made pretend Matza with playdaugh 

*  We made art mixing glue with sand 

* At the sensory table we played with colorful water beads

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

Some of the books we're reading:

First Book of Sea Creatures
This is Passover
Ma Nishtana
I Have Four Questions

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Passover

We hope you have a wonderful week with your children and families.
 
חג חירות שמח

 
Anna, Simone and Vered

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Nevonim Families!
 
I hope everyone has been enjoying the Pesach break! We would like to fill you in on the two weeks that led up to Pesach.

Pesach activities:
- Inspired by the journey through the desert, we learned how to make sand play dough for sculpting.
- We talked a lot about water in the story of Passover, and talked about sweet and salty water.
-We added salt to our temper paints as an experiment. It makes the paint watery and have a bumpy texture when dry. 
- We sang every Peach song we know!
- We took a field trip to the community garden to collect Chazerret and Carpas (lettuce and parsley) for our seder plates. Thanks to Kazia, our friend and preschool volunteer, for joining us!
- The children made matzah from scratch in the oven.
- We acted out parts of the Pesach story. 
- We made sock puppets inspired by the people in the Pesach story
- The children washed the babies in the sensory table. 
- The children did some dishwashing with sponges in the sensory table as we were thinking about cleaning in preparation for Passover
- We used with brooms, wet rags and dust pans to clear the Kita of chammetz .
- We made charoset!
- We played hiding games with the pretend afikomen 

-We had a chance to collect rain water in jars and add powder paint for art making. 


 
 
Chag Sameach!
Ofra, Ruth and Judy

Monday, April 18, 2016

Shlosha Shavuot - Nachshonim

Shlosha Shavuot - Nachshonim
April 17th, 2016 - 9th of Nisan, 5776 - ט׳ בְּנִיסָן תשע״ו


Highlights from our last three weeks:

*  Art  - We made a communal painting, used stamps and sharpened our own pencils

*  Sensory - We immersed ourselves in packing peanuts in cardboard boxes, played with soft blocks and shaving foam, oozed in ooblek,  played with kinetic sand, sawdust, pom poms

*  We’ve celebrated Ella’s birthday with fruit and cream parfait.  Delicious!! 

*  Cooking - We made Banana and Rice milk smoothies. We made Charoset with apples, raisins and cinnamon and boiled eggs.

*  We set our slugs free back to nature

*  We practiced our Fire Drill routine

In preparation for passover we did Chametz cleaning - finding “challa” in the room, we washed dishes and babies at the sensory table. We played with plastic frogs, pretended to be slaves and crossed an imaginary sea.

Some of the books we're reading:

Dira Le haskir
Bear snores on
Who’s in a family 
Daisy goes to preschool
Hands are not for hitting
We all go traveling by
I have four questions
Big brother little brother
One Special day
The egg
Big book of sea creatures
Passover books
 
 
 
 
 
We hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Looking forward to seeing you all next week healthy and happy

Anna, Simone and Vered

Monday, April 11, 2016

HaShavua'im - Nevonim

Hello, all,

Here are some highlights from the last 2 weeks:
 
Last week was brought to you by the letter P. We planted (corn, fennel, and kale seeds), began to learn about Pesach/Passover, played in packing peanuts, and went to the park.
 
This week:
- we were visited by a wild turkey (it strolled in the lot, flew onto Lauren's car, then onto a rooftop),
- put our babies into baskets on the Nile (blue fabric),
- looked at all kinds of Haggadot, and even
- took a journey from slavery to freedom (including walking on dry land between our blue carpet sea.
- We sampled Hard boiled eggs as well.
 
On Friday we did a lot of planting of herbs, and learned how to carefully remove a leaf to eat, but only when the plant is big and strong.
 
Shabbat Shalom umevorach,
 
Judy, Ruth and Ofra