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

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