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, June 6, 2011

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah
June 3, 2011
1 Sivan. 5771
 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
I hope everyone had a pleasant week. We had a few new activities in the class as well some really special moments.
 
-This week we have been using our "Feely Can" which is a short cylindrical tube that is wide enough to fit in a hand. It has a fuzzy sock glued on the top so putting your hand inside feels soft and warm. We place an object inside and lay out three objects on the floor, one of which is exactly like the one inside. Then a child can reach in to touch and feel the object with their hand and based on how it feels and the objects placed infront of them, they then can quess what it is.
 
- We pulled out our "tub of bugs" from the closet, the children were inspired by the toy flies we were using with the "feely can". The "tub of bugs" has many different kinds of little bugs and critters, and multiples of each. Through play, the children have been classifying and sorting the bugs. We have also explored some of the things we can do with these bugs and play dough. We made prints of various critters in our play dough. We have also been inspired to sing songs about bugs like "shoo fly don't bother me" and " The Ants go Marching 1 by 1"
 
- We have also been exploring bugs through science books and our bug flash card set. It was great to see the kids recognize the bugs in the images and find them in our tub of bugs.
 
- For Yom Yerushala'im/ Jerusalem Day, we made a trip to the nevonim kitah to see the Jeruslam that they had built out of blocks. Alas, Jeruslam had been knocked down by the time we arrived to see it. We had some special time with Rabbi Creditor in the sanctuary. He met all of the preschoolers in there with his guitar and sang with us songs about Jerusalem. We had another look at our poster of Jerusalem, noticing the wall around the old city and how it is all made out of stone.
 
- We started discussing the upcoming chag of Shavuot. We began the discussion by looking at some dried wheat. We talked about how this wheat is used to make four. We spoke of how wheat gets harvested at this time of year and how a long long time ago, people used to make a pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem with all of their harvested foods to celebrate the harvest.
 
-Another Shavuot topic we discussed was Moses climbing Mount Sinai when he recieved the ten commandments. We talked about what the commandments mean to Jewish people and how G-d gave the commandments to Moses in order to help the Israelites know the best way to treat each other. We agreed that we have rules in our kitah that also help us know the best way to treat each other. We will be compiling a list of kitah commandments next week.
 
- In addition to the discussion of Moses recieving the commandments, we had a very interesting and sweet discussion about G-d. The children shared their thoughts of G-d. Here are some of the responses we revieved. "G-d is in the sky." "G-d is Jewish." "G-d is in the mountain." This is likely to be the start of more similar conversations.
 
Sof shavuah tov v'Shabbat shalom
Have a nice weekend
 
Ofra and Shirley

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