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, December 2, 2011

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah
December 2, 2011
6 Kislev 5772
 
Dear Nevonim Parents,
 
In keeping with PJ Havdallah week and with winter approaching,  we had a very cozy week.  On Monday we have started having a weekly obstacle course lthat encourages age motor play in the social hall.   We celebrated Asher A's Birthday with delicious frozen yogurt popls.  We started weaving on small cardboard looms.  We had Havdallah with Malkah and Nachshonim in the sanctuary/  We read many versions of Stone Soup including Bone Button Borscht and Pumpkin Soup.  Over several days we made our own Stone Soup - first we gathered the vegetables, then we picked our own herbs, then we chopped,  then we washed, then we measured, then we cooked.  Over two days we ate the soup for snack - once with big pieces of vegetable, the next day with all the veggies (but not the stone) blended together - yum! 
 
While collecting the herbs from our herb garden we found a mushroom which we brought inside, we then did research on the internet and then collected a spore sample to see what kind of mushroom it was - with an important lesson that we don't eat mushrooms we find!
 
On Tuesday, we sang with Melita and we danced with scarves and played rhythm games.  We went on a field to Charlie Dorr Park on Acton Street since we wanted a dry sand area for building sand castles.  We played Bingo several days.  We made bubble wrap prints on large paper bags for an ongoing tzedakah project with Jewish Children and Family Service that delivers meals to the elderly and housebound. We built forts and used flashlights and had Pajama Day Fun on Thursday and Friday. Today we created a large tentlike fort where we could all fit for circle - we read the "Bear Sleeps On" and popped corn and brewed herb tea as the animals in the story did.  It was a great experience to watch the corn pop and talk about how it happens.
 
We hope to see you all tomorrow night for more pajama fun at PJ Havdallah Night.
 
Next week we will be talking about Chanukkah and as always encourage children to bring in a family chanukiyah from home to share with the rest of the class - we will make our own Chanukiyah Museum and study the similarities and differences among them - we will take good care of them, but perhaps choose to send those that are special and sturdy!
 
Shabbat Shalom,
 
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirley

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