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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshohim

 5-19-17 ~ Iyar 23, 5777

Shalom everyone

We started this week with parent-teacher conferences. It was a pleasure talking to you with undivided attention. This is the place to remind you all that if you need us or want to talk to us for any reason during the year, we can always find a time to sit together. 
 
We had a finger painting frenzy- the children enjoyed the sensory activity and the mixing of colors and creating new ones- they ended up making lots of art, some of it you can see on the wall.
 
We are enjoying our new red wagon in the play yard
 
The children invented a new game called "catch the lady bug". One child wears the lady bug costume while the others chase him/her in the social hall.
 
We are still inviting our Nevonim friends to join us for lunch and snack.
 
We did some drawing and writing with "teacher pens" (ball point pens)

Shabbat Shalom! Enjoy the weather :)
 
Anna and Ofra

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua, 5-19-17 ~ Iyar 23, 5777

What a week! 

In honor of Shavuot, we have been learning about grains. On Tuesday we went on the bus to Vital Vittles kosher organic bakery, and saw bread being sliced. We also saw machines that mix dough and mill wheat berries into flour, just like we did in the kitah that morning! We used our milled flour in this week's challah, together with our garden herbs. We enjoyed the bakery's cinnamon rolls as a treat, and they gave us fresh wheat rolls for the next day's snack.

On Wednesday, Megan, Nadav's mom, came to show us how to weave on our kitah's loom, and brought us mini looms for our own weaving! Over, under, over, under, our little fingers moved.

We enjoyed Melita's music and movement on Thursday, and welcomed Nate's dad to town on Friday at Ma'agal Shabbat.

Mazal tov to Ori, Nadav's Ima, on her Ph.D, and to Sarah, on her brothers' bar mitzvah!

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach,
 
Judy, Ruth, and Krissy

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

May 12, 2017  16 iyar, 5777
 
We had a very exciting week:
The fire fighters came to visit us! Eric the fire fighter put on his gear and showed us all the things he wears, including the mask, and a backpack with an oxygen tank. After that, we went to look at the fire truck. We also got a present- lots of red fire fighter hats

Other things that happened this week:
We played with giant boxes in the play yard, we put up the hammock again.
We went to Strawberry Creek park, where we played in the playground, ran around on the grass ant sat near the creek and threw sticks and leaves (but not ourselves!) in the water.
We enjoyed listening to a long story during circle time. The children sat and listened to all of  "Blueberries for Sal"
Those were this week's highlights.
 
See you all on Monday for Parent-Teacher conferences! 
 
Ofra and Anna

HaShavuah - Nevonim

May 12, 2017  16 iyar, 5777
 
Hello, all!
Last week we celebrated all things Israel, including 
  • enjoying some of our friends' pictures from their preschools
  • exploring the Israeli flag through all kinds of art media
  • taking a pretend flight
  • reading books and singing Israeli songs
  • making chummus
  • practicing the Alef-Bet
We also enjoyed our new marble run, did some torn paper collage, and had great fun with water on the warm days.

This week our focus shifts to the Omer, marking the days between Pesach and Shavuot. We explored wheat stalks and seeds today, looked at barley, corn, and millet, separated wheat from chaff. We even made pancakes!  We also made corn carrot muffins. We used an Omer counter that has a handle that turns. 

We had a very special visit from Engine Company #1, who taught us all about fire safety. We leaned about 911, smoke detectors, stop/drop/roll, and all the special compartments on the truck! There is even a surfboard!

This week we visited the park for some swinging, climbing, and ball playing. We also had a "bonfire" for Lag Ba'Omer (observed Sunday). Krissy brought her faux fire, we picnicked outdoors, and Leo played his violin!

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach, and see you Monday for conferences!

Judy, Ruth, and Krissy

Friday, May 5, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

This week we celebrated Israel's birthday!

We made blue and white flags- we painted on white paper with blue paint and attached flag poles
We ate hummus and pita bread for snack
We glued blue stripes and triangles on white paper

Also this week, we played with felt boards and lots of felt characters, accessories, animals, dinosaurs etc.
We enjoyed playing with clay outside

Have a wonderful weekend
 
Hope to see you on Sunday morning for our Preschool 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Friday, April 7, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

April 7, 2017   11 nisan, 5777

This week
  • We made "desert art" with sand and glue
  • We washed our "Baby Moses's
  • We turned the sensory table to the sea, with sand, water and sea shells
  • We are hiding our pretend Afikoman (made out of cardboard). Sometimes the teachers hide it, sometimes the kids do.
  • We brought some more baby dolls and put them in baskets, to float on the river Nile (Moses in the basket, משה בתיבה)
  • We had a fire drill on Thursday. On our way back to the Kitah, we acted out the crossing of the red sea- we put two big sheets of blue fabric, and spread them apart so we can cross in the middle
  • Sharing the story of  Pesach and Moses, we learned about Nachshon, who was the first to enter the water of the red sea, then the sea opened up and the people of Israel could cross
  • We did some sticker art
  • We had a lunch picnic in our play yard
Have a wonderful Pesach break, enjoy the spring, the holiday and the closeness of family

See you all on the other side!!

HaShavuah - Nevonim

April 7, 2017   11 nisan, 5777

Pesach is on the way! We decorated our own Matzah holders (3 pockets)! We even practiced our sewing. These are for square matzot.

Some children used old CD's for Seder plate art, while others tended their babies in baskets on the Nile. Some depicted the desert using sand and cork, while others used torn paper to form the parting waters.

We've been dusting! And--
Matza baking, building pyramids, even reenacting the Exodus!

We took a walk to the Berkeley Public Library. Some of the books seem to have as well, so if you find them at home, do bring them in after Pesach.

Happy Matzah!
Nevonim Staff