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 29, 2011

HaShavuah - July 27

27 tammuz, 5771
July 29, 2011

Shalom Netivot Shalom Families,

Another exciting week has passed and we have the highlights of our week
listed here for you.

-This week we continued our progress on our Netivot Shalom Camp book and
we finished it up at the end of the week. The children have decided to
call it "I Love Netivot Shalom Camp". As a group we look at the images
on the pages and write down our thoughts and quotes. Come in and read it
sometime this coming week and you can see what we have been up to.

- We keep finding more spiders on our play structure and we keep moving
them to the bushes where they won't get stepped on.

- At circle time on Monday, the children and William used our tape
recorder to practice call and response the way William sometimes does at
circle times.

- On Tuesday we had an excellent fild trip to The Berkeley Youth
Alternative Community Garden a few blocks away. We got to see what kinds
of plants Ofra is growing in her plot as well as the plants growing in
other's garden plots. On the way, we passed by Tobie's and Shirley's
homes and both of them came out to see us. Shirley even decided to come
along and join us on our field trip. Tobie considered it but was unable
to join us. In the garden itself we saw a huge variety of plants,
flowers and edibles. We some older kids gardening with the BYA garden
programmer. We checked out the bee hives that we keep there. One bee box
has a wooden panel that can be removed revealing a window with a view of
the inside of the bee hive. We saw how it gets very crowded in there
with bees, the honeycomb, and the honey of course. The children had a
chance to pick some tomatoes and harvest some carrots. On the way home,
Shirley brought out her little dog Daisy and we had a chance to say
hello by petting her. When we got back to school, we ate carrots,
tomatillos and plums with our lunches.

- On Wednesday we planted three types of organic carrots in the play
yard garden bed.

- We opened up the worm bin and took out some compost to use in the
garden bed. While we were at it, we held the worms in our hands. One
child commented a few times on how "cute" they were. We mixed the
compost with our existing dirt before planting the carrots.

- Inspired by "Pancakes for Breakfast" by Tomie DePaolo we cooked
pancakes for snack. We made gluten-free and buckwheat pancakes. We had a
discussion about gluten and how it is not good for some people's bodies.

- We read "Eliezer v'Hagezer"/ "Eliezer and the Carrot" this week. On
Friday we got to act it out at circle time. A child acted as the carrot
by laying on the ground and we had Eliezer, Elisheva, Avigail, the dog,
the cat and the mouse pull left and right together to get the carrot out
of the earth.

- Our insect identification book was used several times this week. We
found a couple of insects that nobody knew to identify. One child
suggested we use our book to see what the insect is named. We are pretty
sure that what we found were weevils. Another time we identified an
earwig and even found the matching information card from the set we are
keeping in the science area.

- We continue to enjoy the many books we have written and illustrated by
Tomie DePaolo.

Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and William

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