Welcome to the Netivot Shalom Preschool! For more information, please contact Lauren Kindorf, our CNS Preschool Director at preschool@netivotshalom.org or 510-549-9447, ext. 110.

Monday, October 27, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Nevonim - haShavua - October 24, 2014 / Tishrei 30, 5775

Hello, all, and welcome back to a full week! 
After all of our special events and explorations about the Tishrei holidays, including shofar, apples and honey, a Rosh HaShana Seder, kittel, Sukkot, 4 minim/Species, and Simchat Torah, here are highlights of this week:
Stories about Noah and Na'ama, in the form of felt boards, books, a special  pillowcase, and animal play were dominant
  • We experimented with keshet/rainbow patterns through various art media like chalk,crayon, even challah! 
  • We played "ice cream store" outside 
  • We read a very silly Book with no Pictures
  • We practiced and performed a Noah's Ark play! 
  • We looked at maps, exploring land and water 
  • Dirt play outdoors: messy is fun! 
  • We investigated prisms
  • We had two outings going to the West Branch Library to read stories with our favorite librarian, Nora, on Wednesday and playing at Berkeley Way Mini Park on Thursday.
Shabbat Shalom u'mevorach!
Judy, Ruth and Anna

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

October 24   Tishrei 30
This week we have been expanding and exploring sensory play!
-On Monday we made the Ooblek from cornstarch and water. 
-Indoor water play
-Out in the play yard, the children have been playing with dirt and mud in our plastic turtle pool.
-more finger-painting this week!
- We played with colorful soft pom-poms in combination with the grabbers we use at snacktime and also egg cartons. We did some sorting and counting.
-We cooked pancakes on Thursday for snack. 
-Melita came to see us with her guitar.
-We have pulled out some more complex puzzles.

-We are focusing on practicing in using language that is suitable for sharing and taking turns.

-We have a new documentation board up in the hallway about Tzva'im/colors and we are collecting and documenting thoughts and quotes about the images. 
-We baked challah on Friday for pretend Shabbat. 

- We were gifted some wheat grass and we offered it to Rena and Shira. We let them enjoy it outdoors on blanket while their cage was cleaned. 
- We continue to take opportunities to look at and spell out our written names This happens when we pick a name to feed the guinea pigs, when we write names on challah bags, when placing a name on a piece of art, any time is a good time to learn to recognize our names. 
-We have some great books in our reading corner right now
"Lefamim"/Sometimes - A book about emotions in Hebrew
"Germs are Not for Sharing" - All very relevant for us, we wash our hands often at school
"Tusikim"/Tushies -  A book in Hebrew about both animals and humans and using the potty
"Gobble It Up!" - a songbook with a CD about animals surviving and eating.
"One Fish. Two Fish. Red Fish. Blue Fish." - A Dr. Seuss classic
We hope you have a pleasant weekend.
Shabbat Shalom!
Ofra and Vered

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hashvua'im/The Two Weeks

Hashvua'im/The two weeks
October 20, 2014
26 Tishrei, 5775
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
The last couple of weeks have been delightful and we would love to share with you what we have been up to.
-We made and hung decorations in the Sukkah
-We enjoyed eating our lunches in the Sukkah, and then spending time outdoors in the courtyard. We brought some balls and colorful cones to play with after our meals.
- We have been playing with our toy tools, we observed how the Sukkah is built with beams on the side and a schach/what we call the sukkah's roof.
-We hammered wooden golf tees into our play dough and styrofoam.
-Ofra brought in her saw and the children watched her cut a stick of bamboo to the right length to help support our ficus plant growing in the kitah.
- We have a couple books about Sukkot that we have been enjoying.
Sensory Activities
-We played with cacao mulch outside in our sensory table and it smells like chocolate.
-We played with sticky foam and our small farm animal toys.
- We had a very fun and messy foam paint experience all over the table. The children used their hands to mix the paint. We also took some paper and laid it on top of our painty table to make foam paint prints.
-We have a giant cardboard tube that we have been using to send our toy cars down the ramp
- We had a great time involved in some big body play in social hall. We used our tumbling mat, our tunnel, scarves and ribbons, and of course the kids love to play with the plastic chairs that live in the social hall. 
- We had a visit from our new substitute teacher named Ahava.
-We had visits from Melita our music specialist. And we had visits from Rabbi Creditor. Both of them bring their guitars when the come to see us!
-Ofra brought in her Ukulele this last week to share music with the children.
There is more to come!
Thanks for reading
Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Vered

Saturday, October 4, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
Erev Yom Kippur
October 3, 2014 ~ Tishrei 9, 5775

This week in Nevonim, we:

-learned about Selicha/forgiveness and gave each other stamps to heal hurt feelings

-explored one of the old streetlights that Dan gave us since the city replaced them with energy efficient ones--thanks, Dan!

-made sock puppets and put on lots of puppet shows

-sang a song with Melita about helping each other

-made leaf art that reminded us of lips and prayer and kind words

-went went the park and did Tashlich, symbolically throwing away "bad" things we didn't want to hold onto form last year into the water of Strawberry Creek

-talked with Menachem about the Avodah  service of Yom Kippur and the Kohen Gadol's/high priest's blessing the people

-read Apple Days and made applesauce

-made new playdough! It's rose-colored.

Gmar CHatima Tova, 
Nevonim Staff

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hashvua'im​/The last two weeks - Nachshonim

Hashvua'im/ The Two Weeks
September 24, 2014
29 Elul, 5774
Shalom Nachshonim Families,

The last couple of weeks have been lots of fun as we prepare for tonight's Rosh Hashannah.
We are happy to share with you the highlights of the last two weeks in the kitah/classroom
Rosh Hashannah
-We sliced and ate the three apples we observed. One red, one yellow and one green. We tasted them all and we made a chart on the wall to mark which ones are our favorites. -We made apple juice in a juicer both last week and this week.
-We made a new batch of yellow play dough, yellow just like the apple we observed. 
-We have been singing all the songs we know about apples. "Apple Pie", "Way Up High in the Apple Tree", and "Tapuchim U'dvash"/Apples and Honey.
-We had a honeycake gifted to us from the Nevonim children.
-We have been reading a lot about the shofar and today, we had a very special visit from Baruch. He is Ofra's friend and he makes shofarot! He brought in a skull the kudu animal with two large horns attached to it, one he had already turned into a shofar. Baruch talked about the kudu and he blew the shofar for us. 
-We tasted honey after lunch a couple of times these last two week.
We found a rainbow on the ceiling! The sun light was reflecting off of a CD on the windowsill and it bounced onto the ceiling. We now have a disc in the science area for the children to use and make rainbows on the ceiling and wall when the sun comes through. 
-We had an art project using liquid paints and applying the paint with droppers.  We let the paint soak into the coffee filters we were using and we can see how the primary colors we were using change when they mix
-We made a rainbow! We mixed liquid paints with the water in glass jars so we can see the colors through the glass. We then lined them up in order.
-We have many books about colors in our reading corner as we continue exploring the keshet /rainbow.
-We have been talking about safety with scissors. We talked about how to carry them safely by hiding the sharp part and how it is important to sit when cutting. 
-We have three firefighter hats in the kitah. 

-We have been singing "I've Been Working on the Railroad". We found that we have that song on one of Melita's music albums. It has been requested a lot the last couple of weeks. The children often play instruments as we sing.  
-We had visits from Melita.

-We hung more art on the walls.
-We have been reading poems from our gigantic book of nursery rhymes.

Enjoy the chag/holiday.
Shanah Tova!
Ofra and Vered

Friday, September 19, 2014

                   HaShavua ~ Nevonim
               September 19, 2015 ~ Elul 24, 5774

This week in Nevonim:
  • We looked at apple branches, leaves, and fruit from Yael's tree. Some children did observational drawing.
  • We heard Where the Wild Things Are and asked, "Where and when can we be wild?"
  • We heard stories about cats since we often play at being kittens and cats!
  • We ate round challah to get ready for Rosh HaShana.
  • We made "Rude Vegetable Stew"  (based on a book about root vegetables and Rosh HaShana called Talia and the Rude Vegetable Stew) and learned about tzedaka in the form of food.
  • We  visited the shul's giant food tzedaka box-the red barrel in the lobby. We added to it!
  • Some of us planted apple seeds in cups, adding compost from our worm bin.
  • We visited Hadas' aba Dan in his bucket truck as he installed street lights on University Ave! He told us about saving energy and showed us his special gear.
  • We made and ate oogat d'vash-honey cake.
  • We used round apple parts in painting to make prints.
  • Melita visited us and we sang about bees and butterflies.
Songs we've been singing:
  • Tapuchim ud'vash l'Rosh HaShana
(tune: Clementine)
  • Dip the apple in the honey, say a bracha loud and clear,
          Shana tova umetuka, for a happy sweet New Year.

(tune: Dreidel song)
  • I have a little shofar, I blow it every day, 
           and when I hear it calling, for a sweet year I pray.
           Oh, shofar, shofar, shofar, I blow it every day,
           and when I hear it calling, for a sweet year I pray.  

Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach!
Yehudit, Ruth, Anna, and Simone
  • If you ordered honey for the preschool fundraiser, it is available in the front office!
  • Tuesday, 9:15 Rosh Hashana Seder - Families Welcome!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
September 12, 2014 ~ Elul 17, 5774

Highlights or our active week:

  • Inspired by Buzz!, a book about a bee farm in Israel,  we made beeswax candles
  • We painted with red, green and yellow apple colors
  • We chose our favorite apple flavor from Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith and reviewed the tree fruit bracha/blessing: Boray P'ri Ha'Eytz!
  • Some children were "spies" so we went outside to spy for some signs of fall
  • Some children made Shana Tova /A Good Year cards, and some blew a Shofar !
  • In the afternoon we read lots of dragon stories
  • Menachem taught us this week's parasha, about including people in the community
  • We heard the story about the star inside the apple, and made prints from apple cores to see the stars inside
  • Some children tasted rimmon/pomegranate and enjoyed a story about a magic one
Reminder: Support our preschool through the purchase of t-shirt and honey. Contact Lauren for details.

Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach!
Ruth, Anna, Yehudit, and Simone

Welcome to the Netivot Shalom Preschool! For more information, please contact Lauren Kindorf, our CNS Preschool Director at preschool@netivotshalom.org or 510-549-9447, ext. 110.

Our friend Josh visited school today and brought his oboe!