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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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

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