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, August 12, 2011


12 Av, 5771
August 12, 2011

Shalom Netivot Shalom Families,

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

-At circle time we read Pezzetino by Leo Lionni.  This book features a creature that is an orange aquare and other creatures made soley from colored squares.  In addition to this book we had many books by the legendary Lionni in our kitah this week.
-Lionni uses cut paper collage for the illustrations in his books and this week we also explored collage as a medium.  Our multimedia collages were made utilizing foam, tape, toothpick, feathers, cardboard, wood, and pipe cleaners.
-We also read the books Wet Dog and Doggone Dogs, both illustrated by David Catrow, the same person who illustrated I Ain't Gonna Paint No More.  Wet Dog can be read in a rhythm similar to the old school hip hop song Rapper's Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang.  And Doggone Dogs lends itself nicely to an Elvis-like rockabilly sound.
-Inspired by a book about magnets illustrated by one of our favorite illustrators, Crockett Johnson, we explored magnets this week and last.
-We also have books in the kitah introducing us to the work of artist such as Edgar Degas, Mary Cassat, Paul Gaugin, and Pablo Picasso.
-We made individual corn muffins with carrots by following a step-by-step recipe placed buffet-like at the table.  The next day we repeated the recipe, substituting olives for carrots as suggested by one of the children.
-We went to the library to hear a musician play songs about ladybugs, dandelions and crazy hair.  After that we went to the park.
-We are learning the alphabet with our alphabet train floor puzzle.
-At cirlce time we spelled tootim/strawberries, on Tuesday, using AlephBet Yoga.  We spelled rakevet/train, on Thursday.  And after hearing a story about monkeys following Caitlin around in the jungle and trashing her tent (literally throwing trash on it), we spelled kof/monkey, and kofim/monkeys. 
-Caitlin is one of the new teachers for this coming Fall in the Nevonim classroom.  She visited us on Friday, helping to lead our circle, among other things.  Another new teacher for this coming Fall, Anna, visited the classroom on Thursday.  I hope she returns after being chased by lions and a baboon! :)

Shabbat Shalom
Toby and William

William Levwood