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, April 15, 2011

[nevonim5771] HaShavuah


11 Nisan 5771
April 15, 2011
Shalom Everyone,

This HaShavuah is for the last two weeks.  The children have been crazy for the big legos the past two weeks.  We also introduced fuse beads which require great focus and fine motor skills.  Dress up play has also taken a turn for the glamorous with fancy headwear all the rage (the children call their fancy fabrics "shmatas").
Mostly, of course, we have been focused on Pesach.  We recapped the story of Joseph and his brothers.  We told the story of Moses life.  The children especially love the part about the baby Moses in the teva floating in the Nile.  They have acted this out multiple times in multiple ways over the past two weeks.  They have also been acting out other parts of the Pesach story, pretended to be Pharoah, Moses, and a host of other characters.  We also read many Pesach books, including ones from the PJ Library.  We used clay lke the Hebrew slaves making bricks, made origami frogs and origami matzah covers, and painted desert structures which we used in the sandbox.  We made matzah in a hurry and ate it with cheese for snack. We made matzah brei!  We have sang many, many Pesach songs including "Mah Nishtanah."  We looked at what symbols we have on the Pesach table and talked about what their meanings.  It has been such a full two weeks that I know I am leaving things out (like the pyramid building that happened just this morning, Oh! and of course we cleaned the classroom throughly, removing all chametz!).  This list is just a sample to give you an idea of some of these wonderful things we have been doing for Pesach.
Shabbat Shalom v'Chag Sameach,
Dinah, Eve, Ruth, and William
William Levwood

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