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, July 15, 2011

HaShavuah - July 15

July 15, 2011

Shalom Preschool Families,

We continued our explorations of authors and illustrators this week,
along with many other interesting activities and moments throughout the
Here are some of the highlights of this week:

- From the public library, we now have a vast selection of Ruth Krauss
books. Ruth Krauss was Crocket Johnson's wife, and as we found out last
week, Johnson drew some illustrations in a couple of her books. We
discovered that Ruth Krauss has a few different people illustrate her
books. Some are illustrated by Maurice Sendak. In fact, one book she
wrote called "Bears" has a character in it that looks and is dressed
just like Max from "Where the Wild Things Are".

- At circle time on Monday, we listened to our tape recorder. Last week
we recoreded our circle time and we used it this week to guide our
circle time. We got to sing along with ourselves.

-We are still interested in the PJ Library book "I love Camp" by Todd
Parr. We related it to ourselves here at Netivot shalom. The children
mentioned the things we do and like at school in the summer time. The
teachers have been listing the things they mention as well as shooting
some photos of the very things they are talking about.

- While reading "I Love Camp", we talked about the page that shows a
campfire. We discussed how we don't have a safe place for campfires at
Netivort Shalom. From there we began to talk about fire safety. We had a
firedrill to practice our evacuation plan. We also talked about "stop,
drop, and roll", so we know what to do if we ever get into some danger
near a fire.

- We baked pies on Wednesday, we were inspired by Harold, because with
his purple crayon he made many pies and ate a piece of each one. We made
apple pie.

- On Thursday at cirlce time, we read " What a Good Big Brother", a most
relevant story to read right now seeing as we have a new big brother in
the kitah. Mazal tov to the Sorek Family, Hagit, Nadav and Ido, on the
birth of their new baby boy!

- We discovered a roley poley bug in the dirt. We watched it crawl on
the cement for several minutes. The chidlren also discovered a spider on
the play structure building a web. We observed it for several minutes
before we put it in the bushes to be sure we didn't step on it.

- The dead moth we found last week, and then misplaced last Friday was
rediscovered under a piece of furniture. We put it in our magnifying
container in our science area.

- We played with our toy bugs in play dough. We identified the insects
and bugs that we were familiar with from our selection of little bug toys.

- We did some collage work with glue and various materials.

- Some children got involved in writing notes and tucking them away in
our "kotel". This "kotel" is located in the corner of the room where the
"mishkan Shalom" is located. On the wall is a wooden lattice where the
kids have placed their notes.

- In our science area, we explored our magnets and used the image cards
that go with them. The children follow the patternes in the images and
replicate them with the magnets. We also explored different things that
can be done with magnets when the attract each other or repel each other.

- We are learning symmetry and counting and practicing our one-to-one
correspondense with our lady bug felt board activity. She has black dots
that the children place on her back.

We are looking forward to another week of great moments, as well as our
first field trip of the summer to Berkeley Way Mini Park.

Again, the invitation still stands for all of you to bring in your
favorite picture books to share with the kitah.

Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and William

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