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, October 28, 2011

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

October 28, 2011
30 Tishrei, 5772

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

We have exciting things to share with you about the highlights of our
week at school. We continued our explorations of corn as well as our
interest in worms.

- Ofra brought an ear of fresh and uncooked corn to lunch on Monday for
everyone to taste. We looked at the structure of the corn and how it is
covered by many layers of the husk. At circle time we passed the husk
around to sense what it feels like
- Anna reread the book "Teeras Cham"/ Hot Corn at circle time. Many of
the children joined in at the parts where the characters in the book
sing "Bim Bam Bam. Teeras Cham!"
-For snack on Tuesday we ate Teeras Cham! The children removed the husks
themselves. Then they filled a pot with water and our corn. We all
walked to the big kithchen to put it on the stove and turn on the flame.
- OOBLEK!!! A combination of cornstarch and water makes for an excellent
sensory experience.
- We baked a corn casserole that we ate with our lunches on Thursday.

- We fed the worms more bananas this week.
- We have a selection of books about worms from the library including
"Diary of a Worm" and "Bob and Otto". Bob and Otto are a caterpillar and
worm. They play together very well until one day Bob the caterpillar
feels the need to climb up a tree and Otto the worm feels the need to
dig in the dirt.
- We have been listend to and singing "The Worm Rap" from Melita's CD.
This is a song about the things that worms do not have or need such as
bones, eyes, teeth and feet.
- We covered our eyes at circle time to imagine what it feels like to be
a worm in the dark.

- We noticced that the sun is no longer shining dirctly on our stack of
CDs, which means that a rainbow was not appearing on the ceiling. Right
now at lunch time the sun shines on the carpet. We brought down two CDs
that are now in the science area. The children can now place them in the
sun and make rainbow reflections on their own. It is a great science
experiment to see how we can control in which direction the sun reflects.

-We enjoyed munching on some parsley the we have been growing in the yard.

- We have new documentation boards hanging in the hallway. Have a look
at what we posted and you will be able to see for yourself some of the
things we do at school. We have been jotting down some quotes as the
children speak about the things they see in the images.

We hope everyone has a pleasant weekend.
Shabbat Shalom

Ofra and Anna

HaShavuah - Nevonim


October 28, 2011

30 tishrei, 5772


Dear Nevonim Parents,


        We had a very exciting week filled with a lot of building and baking, just like in the book Bim and Bom! We were really inspired by the work we did to build our Sukkah and wanted to learn more about the steps of construction. We read “Bruno the Carpenter” amd “Fix-It Sam." We began to take down our Sukkah, but as we removed the decorations some children pointed out how easily our Sukkah could be converted to a train depot, a house, or a fort. We are now in the process of deciding what our Sukkah will become.

    We expanded our construction skills by borrowing styrofoam and golf tees from the Nachshonim kitah for hammering practice.
Then Caitlin made a trip to Habitat for Humanity and purchased some 'real' tools. We practiced using screwdrivers and screws in Styrofoam and soft wood. We used these construction skills to make a plan for a fishing pole built with wood and magnets. The first pole off the production line is ready for use in the water table!

      We baked individual corn muffins and ate them with some of our homemade butter for snack. We read “Bruno the Baker." We were so excited about baking we began a pretend bakery and used playdough to make cupcakes, challah, and muffins. We made a pretend pie at circle time and each child contributed their own favorite fruit. 

We also read “Bruno the Tailor” at circle. We continued to work on our tye-dye paper towel quilt. It is hard work! 

As we do every week, we shared Monday morning Havdallah with the Nachshonim class. Melita came to sing with us on Tuesday, and after circle we took a stroll to the library. There were six new, and very funny books for us to hear this week, each one made us giggle. We stopped at the park on our way back to our kitah!

Ruth was helping her son get ready for his Bar Mitzva on Thursday and Friday, so we met a new substitute teacher, Sarah! We welcomed her and played many name games so she could get to know us.

We had a lot of fun this week!


Shabbat Shalom


Nevonim Teachers,


Caitlin, Ruth, Shirley

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

HaShavuah - Nevonim

October 19, 2011
21 Tishrei 5772

Dear Nevonim Parents.

Another short week, but another fabulous week of Sukkot and Simchat
Torah. We started the week by learning about the symbols of Sukkot,
the four species. We talked about which plant has smell and which has
taste, and how people can be different from each other as well. We
smelled the etrogim that Naomi's family brought in from their tree We
took turns saying the blessing and shaking the lulav. We learned
that one of the reasons we shake it is to make the sound of rain,
because we want the rains to come to help with crops. . One day we
ate snack in the sukkah and the next day we ate lunch in it,
overlapping with our Nachshonim friends. On Tuesday, we sang with Melita
and then went for a nice long "Sukkot Stroll" to Nevo's house.
We sat in his sukkah and took turns shaking his family's lulav and
etrog and admired all their lovely decorations. On his short street
(literally Short Street) we were lucky enough to visit three sukkot!
We played eye spy in one of them and compared what was the same and
what was different about each one. We had shade, could have seen the
stars if there were any, and noticed that the walls are temporary. It
was a great field trip - thanks to Elana and Adam and their neighbors
for their hospitality! We saw pictures in our kitah of a squirrel
eating the pumpkin that we put into our play yard sukkah - so now we
know who really enjoys fruits and vegetables as sukkah decorations!
In keeping with building our sukkah, we have been practicing with our
pretend tools, building lots of things including machines. After the
holidays, we will expand into the interests of our children by
starting to use real tools! Today, we used our lulav shaking skills
to expand to shaking cream to make butter! - it was a huge and tasty
success. We also looked at our collection of miniature Torahs at
circle - every child got a chance to hold a Torah and say the Shema.
We also unrolled a miniature Torah to see how incredibly long the
Torah is. We sang "Torah Torah" and anticipated dancing with the
Torah for the upcoming chag. We also took short trips into the
social hall to see the adults who were enthusiastically praying in the
sukkah and dancing with the lulavs for Hoshana Rabbah Services and the
mystical beating of willows! We really packed a lot in!

Chag Sameach,

The Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirley

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashvua'im/ The two weeks
October 19, 2011
21 Tishrei 5772

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We would like to share with you a list of the interesting things that occured in the kitah these last couple of weeks. They have been short school weeks, but still very condensed with explorations.
- As the sukkah in the court yard was being constructed. We had oportunities to go and see Milt and his crew building it up.
-We sang songs in Hebrew that Anna taught us about Sukkot.
- We discovered a small Sukkah in the play yard that the Nevonim had constructed
- Last week we made decorations for the sukkah out of fallen leaves that we had gathered the week before. We then hung them up this week in the sukkah.
-We ate our lunches in the sukkah on Monday and Tuesday and then enjoyed playing in the courtyard and inside the sukkah.
- Last week we used our toy hammers and pretend nails (they are actually wooden golf Ts) to hammer into styrofoam. We were practicing the building skills that people use to build sukkot.
- Out in the play yard, we had the oportunity to hold and shake the lulav. We listend to the sound the palm makes and looked at all the plants that are part of the lulav.
- We gathered some stuffie Torahs for our kitah. We danced and sang while holding them in our hands in honor of Simchat Torah
- We looked at our miniature Torah scroll as we discussed how during the time of Simchat Torah we come to the end of the stories inside and start all over again.
- We walked to the sanctuary today and had a look at the Torahs inside the Aron Kodesh. We noticed that the Torahs are still covered in white decorative fabric for the chagim.
- We are still seriously interested in our worms inside our worm bin. Last week we fed them a banana peel.
- We noticed that the food we had put in the worm bin in the past is no longer there, what we have now is a dark colored compost that is perfect for our garden.
- We had some indoor water play. We looked at the water in the tubs we put out and when the water was still and we were able to see our own reflections in the water, just like a mirror.
- These last couple of weeks, Ofra has been bringing ears of corn for lunch. This led to a conversation about who likes corn and how we like to cook it (or uncooked the way Ofra likes it). We then read the classic book in Hebrew called Teeras Cham/ Hot Corn, a story about a group of children who march and sing about hot corn. We also used our felt board pieces that coincide with the story.
We are looking forward to continuing our topics of interest next week.
Chag Sameach L'Kulam
Ofra and Anna

Monday, October 3, 2011

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