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 22, 2011

HaShavuah - July 22

Shalom Netivot Shalom Preschool Families,

We have had a most enjoyable week at school and we explored and partook
in several new experiences.
Here are the highlights of our week:

- We took our first field trip of the summer to Berkeley Way Mini Park.

-We keep discovering more insects and critters in the play yard. We have
been taking close looks at them.

- We have been reading several insect and bug related stories, both
science related and fictional stories.

- Photographs of our summer activities have been developed and mounted
on paper. We are in the process of making Netivot Shalom summer camp
book, inspired by Todd Parr.

- We have begun writing words and quotes to go with the pages of our
summer camp book.

- We have been looking at a few other books by Todd Parr and enjoying
his style of art and how he draws his people with colorful skin.

- We pitched a tent in the play yard on Wednesday and had it up for the
rest of the week. The children explored how the zippers function. Books
were placed inside and the space became a reading tent. We wanted to
experience some "camping" at school. We discussed camp fires and
different things that happen when people go camping as the children played.

- We played with shaving cream out in the play yard on a table. The
shaving cream makes great "mortar" when we construct with our soft foam

- At the begining of the week. William was reading stories with the
children. He shared the book "Pancakes for Breakfast" by Tomie DePaolo,
which is a story without any words. There was silence as William flipped
through the pages and the children looked at the images. On Wednesday,
we used our tape recorder to creat and record the words for "Pancakes
for Breakfast", for every page the children described what they were
seeing. The following day at circle time we listened to our recorded
voices as we looked at the images.

- We currently have a large selection of Tomie DePaolo books in our
library that have been borrowed from the Public Library.

- We cooked scrambled eggs on Wednesday. The children cut red peppers,
green onions and grated the cheese. Each child cracked their own egg and
added the ingredients of their liking, then William cooked them up on
the electric skillet.

- We have had an excellent time with Yarden these last four weeks. Today
was her last day with us. The children and the teachers made a special
card for her expressing our gratitude.

We hope everyone has a pleasant weekend
Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and William

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