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, 2011

HaShavuah - Nevonim

16 Iyar 5771
May 20, 2011

Shalom Everyone,

This week we made many different 3-D vehicles out of sticks and corks.
We also had a rainy day social hall train party (imagine train tracks
spanning the width of the social hall). Some children wrote letters
this week and made mail pouches for delivering them. And we made
volcanoes erupt outside in our play yard.

There has been some boasting in the classroom lately which inspired us
to talk about the difference between fiction, fact, and opinion (eg. it
may be your opinion that your 3-D vehicle made out of sticks and corks
is better than everyone else's but that is just your opinion, not a
fact). This also inspired us to read The Littlest Mountain, a book
about how God chose humble Mount Sinai for the giving of the ten
commandments, rather than any of the other taller or more majestic, but
also more boastful, mountains. This also introduced the children to the
ten commandments and the giving of the Torah which we will explore more
in the next two weeks leading up to Shavuot. We also read the wonderful
PJ Library book, No Rules for Michael, and talked about treating others
the way we want to be treated.

We read from VaYikra, chapter 23, which commands the counting of the
omer. The children asked why we are commanded to count the omer and we
discussed the fact that no reason is given in the text of the Torah. We
have a board in our classroom which we are adding a new sheaf to each
day when we say the blessing for counting the omer during circle time.
We also learned how to spell baruch/blessed with our bodies using
AlephBet Yoga.

We had a picnic snack sitting on the carpet around a pretend
koomzitz/campfire, celebrating Lag B'Omer just like is done in Israel.
Our snack was special as well for this Pretend Lag B'Omer, roasted eggs
and roasted potatoes! Later in the day we had celebratory dancing!

We also welcomed Nadav back from his extended visit to Israel. He told
us about all the things he did there, especially about the Dead Sea!

Next week we will be joining the Nachshonim on their first field trip as
they join us in our weekly trip to the park. We are hoping that the
children will all wear their Netivot Shalom Preschool t-shirts for the day.

And we are still waiting to receive books back from many parents so that
we can fill them with photos and artwork from this year. Please bring
these in next week (on Monday Wm is going to begin nagging, conjoling,
pleading, whatever it takes).

It is such a joy to teach your children, each and every one. Thank you
for entrusting them to our care.

Shabbat Shalom,
Dinah, Eve, Ruth, and William

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