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 - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
Here are the hightlights of our activities in the kitah both this week and last week.
 
Last week,
-Ofra was away in Spain (Having an excellent time by the way) and Nina with in as our substitute teacher.
-The children practiced Aleph-Bet Yoga with Nina and Anna, it was an opportunity for the children to explore the things that their bodies are capable of doing.
- At circle time last week, the children sang "Thanks A Lot", a song that we have learned from Melita.
- The children practiced their balancing skills by walking on the edge of the sandbox, an activity that has been enjoyed a lot. Inspired by our snail/mouse song, the children were walking slowly like a snail or quickly like a mouse.
 
This week:
- We celebrated the birthdays of Ellie and Danielle this week!
 
Pajama activities
- At the beginning of the week we talked about PJ Havdallah that is happening at Netivot Shalom this weekend. We discussed having a pajama day at school and the children expressed excitement.
- We read "Bear Snores On" at circle time, a story about about a hibernating bear who missed the party in his lair.
- We have included several nightime/sleepytime books in our library such as "Owl Bablies", "Good Night Moon", The Napping House" and more.
- As we do often at circle time, we pretend to sleep and then "Wake Up!" Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
Here are the hightlights of our activities in the kitah both this week and last week.
 
Last week,
-Ofra was away in Spain (Having an excellent time by the way) and Nina with in as our substitue teacher.
-The children practiced Aleph-Bet Yoga with Nina and Anna, it was an oportunity for the children to explore the things that their bodies are capable of doing.
- At circle time last week, the children sang "Thanks A Lot", a song that we have learned from Melita.
- The children practiced their balancing skills by walking on the edge of the sandbox, an activity that has been enjoyed a lot. Inspired by our snail/mouse song, the chidlren were walking slowly like a snail or quickly like a mouse.
 
This week:
- We celebrated the birthdays of Ellie and Danielle this week!
 
Pajama activities
- At the beginning of the week we talked about PJ Havdallah that is happening at Netivot Shalom this weekend. We discussed having a pajama day at school and the children expressed excitement.
- We read "Bear Snores On" at circle time,  a story about about a hibernating bear who missed the party in his lair.
- We have included several nightime/sleepytime books in our library such as "Owl Babies", "Good Night Moon", The Napping House" and more.
- As we do often at circle time, we pretend to sleep and then "Wake Up!" The moment after we wake up we sing "Mode Ani".
- We talked about and acted out night time routines such as getting dressed in Pajamas, brushing teeth and reading books.
-We sang "Thank you G-d" and the children mentioned the things they are grateful for. Then we sing about it. Some of the mentioned that the children are grateful for are mermaids, giraffes, kitty cats, and princesses. 
-On our two pajama days we used a large blanket to snuggle under for story time. We also sang "Ten in the Bed" several times.
 
- We cooked eggs in a nest on Wednesday. We did this by taking an upside down cup and using it to cut a circle out of a slice of bread. We cracked an egg and dropped it right in that hole and cooked it that way.
 
- We made some Q-tip paintings with tempera paint.
 
- We have included some collage materials at the easel that the children stick to the wet paint.
 
-We found a snail in the play yard today. Anna taught the kids a song in Hebrew that is sung to snails when they are asked to come out. "Berale, tze achootza" which means Berale, come out! The children took turns holding the snail in their hand and had the opportunity to look at it up close.
 
 
We would like to remind you all that we will be observing Channukiot next week. Please bring yours in to share with the kitah, we will take good care of them and be sure they get back to you before Channukah starts.
 
We hope you have pleasant weekends.
Shabbat Shalom
Ofra v'Anna

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

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Netivot Shalom PJ Havdallah Page!

PJ Havdalah-wear your pajamas!

Saturday, December 3, 06:15 pm
1316 University Ave, Berkeley, CA, FREE


Please join us at Netivot Shalom in Berkeley for Havdalah with Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Amazing Story Teller Liora Brosbe.Come receive your free PJ Library lunch box and share a snack afterwards. Families are encouraged to bring new pajamas, pillows, or new/gently used blankets to be donated to the Ursala Sherman Village, a shelter for homeless families. Questions? Contact michelle@jfed.org

Havdalah Family Resources!

- Havdallah How-To pdf!