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 21, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
December 21, 2012
8 Tevet, 5773

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

We have had another very eventful week at school. Here are the highlights of what occured this week.

Sonsory Activities:
-We had a lot of sensory activities this week in the kitah.
-Play dough
-sticky foam
-ooblek
-ceramic clay in the play yard
-making sculptures out of our old play dough
- glueing different materials like feathers, craft sticks and pipe cleaners.

Shirim/songs:
-We are enjoying a new songbook called "Pete the Cat". Pete wears white shoes that he loves. They change color depending on what he steps in. Pete is a cool cat, he does not mind one bit.
- We have been singing Frere Jacques in French and English. One child came to school singing it and now we all know the words.

-One day the geshem/rain made it so that the play yard was all wet and we played indoors instead. We played in the social hall with our large cardboard boxes, our tunnel and the kid's chairs that live in the social hall. We ran around and we also read some good books.

-Like most Monday's, we had Havdallah with Malka and the Nevonim in the sanctuary.
- Some of the kids showed interest in measuring their height again on our height chart that is still hanging on our wall from the beginning of the schoool year. We noticed that the children have grown taller!

-The children helped with the process of making a documentation board for Channukah. They helped decorate the poster with snips of paper or paper that they ripped into small pieces. We then put a frame around each photograph. When we return from our break, we plan to make more. The documentation board is now posted in the hallway outside of our kitah.

- We talked about how Anna will not be joining us on Friday because she will be flying to Israel. We talked about how Collin (who has been volunteering and subbing at our school since last year) will be teaching in the kitah with Ofra on Friday.
-We had a really pleasant time with Collin.

We wish you all a wonderful winter break.
L'hitraot for now.
Ofra and Anna

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah
December 21. 2012
Tevet 8 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a very cold, cozy and emotional week as we all (parents and teachers especially) appreciated the love that we have. In the kitah, we explored winter themes, talking about signs of winter. On Monday, we did an experiment where we put water in a bag in the freezer to see what would happen, on Tuesday, we added salt and food coloring to see what would occur to the great chunk of ice we created. We also spelled the word for winter in Hebrew (Choref) with our bodies, using Aleph Bet Yoga. On Tuesday, Melita sang with us, we made playdough, we played Mr. Fox outside and we made art with tissue paper, water and glue to illustrate a winter book called "Bearymore". We also had the great fun of popping corn in honor of a winter book we read called "The Bear Snores On." On Wednesday, Menachem came to the kitah wrapped in a pink blanket that covered his face to teach us abou the parashah "V'yigash" when Joseph meets his brothers again, but they do not recognize him. We practiced looking into each others' eyes as a way to recognize each other. We also made oatmeal which was a warm treat on a cold day. In small groups, we started weaving and leaarning Hebrew games. On Thursday, we did wintery glitter watercolors, we learned and acted out the song "Yonatan Ha'Katan", a song about a boy who climbs a tree, looking for chicks, and ends up with a hole in his pants instead. All week we read lots of winter tales by Jan Brett
 
Today, we played Jewish twister, used fabric pens on fabric to make a variety of things. Also today we reintroduced our old friend "Shabbatasaurus" who is a plastic dinosaur that connects school to home, by visiting each child for one Shabbat. The families celebrate Shabbat as they normally do in their households and write, draw or photograph their experiences in a notebook which also accompanies the dinosaurt. The next week, the dinosaur comes back to class and we read aloud its adventures during circle time. Children love this act of sharing school and home. We started with A and will work our way through the alphabet so that every child will get a turn (we promise!) Thursday, was a good day to explore fire and the sun since it was Orange/Yellow Day, and today was a very cozy Pajama Day.
 
Also all week a theme emerged about space and space travel. We built airplanes and space shuttles out of bristle blocks, put thme in a space museum, gave tours, and one day had a shuttle mission to freezing Neptune (our truly cold play yard), another day to Mars, Mercury, the Moon, Uranus, Venus and Saturn. We researched the planets on the computer, printed out space maps, and acted out the solar system, and the planet's rotations at circle (just in case you were looking for some themes to explore over winter break!)
Shabbat Shalom! Have a great, safe and happy vacation until we meet again next year.
Nevonim Teachers,
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

Monday, December 17, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim


HaShavuah

December 14, 2012
Tevet 1 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

Sorry for the lateness - it was so busy last week that this didn't go out in time! We had an action-packed week of Chanukkah. On Monday during our family celebration, we made wooden chanukiyot, played dreidel bingo, did science experiments with flame, made Maccabee and soldier costumes, and performed our Chanukkah play. Tuesday, we had Pink and Purple Day which was a big hit and has really helped these colors be appreciated by all our kitah. To honor other colors, we would like to make this Thursday (Dec. 20) yellow and orange day - so wear those colors if you have them! Tuesday we also sang Chanukkah songs with Melita and later in the day invited Shu Ren's Chinese language immersion children to join us in the sanctuary to celebrate Chanukkah with us. Menachem joined us and sang and taught about the holiday; we performed our play again, and one of the Shu Ren classes sang us a song in Chinese that the teacher wrote about Hanukkah to the tune of Dreidel! It was great fun, and we all sang songs together as well. Wednesday, we performed the play a third time for Tobie and William! We made art by melting colored candles onto plain white candles for several days. We also had our own "sticky art lab" by making window collages on sticky paper. We made a wonderful group mural created by dipping dreidels in paint and then spinning them on a giant piece of paper. On Wednesday we also went on a field trip to Helios Corner to visit with the residents including Gary who comes to our kitah every Monday. The Helios staff prepared art projects for us, we sang Chanukkah songs for them, and we brought dreidels to share. Menachem came to the kitah on Thursday to teach us about last week's parashah. He stood on a chair to show us how Joseph saw himself as a leader who is bowed down to in his dreams. Also on Thursday, Nora came to read books to us in the kitah - our favorite was a very funny book called Stuck! On Friday we played a dreidel shape game at circle and sent home lanterns that some of the children made.

We also wanted to let you know about a very helpful book we have been reading and referring to a lot in class. It is called "How Full is Your Bucket?" and teaches about being kind to others as a way to feel better about yourself, and how when you feel good yourself, you are more likely to be nice. It has a great message that really works!

It was a fun week.

Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee
--
Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

HaShavua'im - Nachshonim

Hashvua'im
December 17, 2012
4 Tevet, 5773

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
I apologize for the delay in getting Hashavuah out the last couple of weeks. Here are the highlights of the last two weeks.

Dec. 3 - Dec. 7
-At snack time, we had a visitor. A fly! We had a discussion about how flies are not dangerous and do not sting. We then retrieved our basket full of small plastic bugs and our bug flash cards with images of various critters.
-We sang every song we know about bugs, insects and spiders.
-The children used the toy bugs in creative ways. They put them in pots and pans and on plates, and imprinted them into play dough.

-We continued to play with our huge cardboard boxes.

-The children grew an interest in sevivonim/dreidels that began with a Channukah story that we read. We then took some sevivonim out of the closet to see what they look like and how they work.
-We sang Hannukah songs in both Hebrew and English to prepare us for the coming of the holiday.
- We made a trek to the Nevonim kitah to collect our three Channukiot. We also got a box of Channukah candles and the children played with them.
-We read the story of Channukah. We talked about how the Jews in the story of Channukah used oil to light their Menorah. We found one of our floating wicks that burn on oil and we had a chance to see how that works. We discussed how the candles we use at Channukah are usually made of wax.

-We went up to Lauren's office to retrieve a book. We saw her big blue guitar so we brought it down to the kitah, tuned it and strummed together.

-On Tuesday we played in the social hall because it was wet outside. We went upstairs to Lisa's office to let her know that we would be makiing some noise in the social hall below and we shut her door for her. On our way Down, we discovered a GIANT channukiah that lives near the window.

Dec 10 - Dec 14 (Last week) The week of Channukah!
-On Monday we had a small gathering in the kitah to celebrate Channukah. We decorated wooden spinning tops and played with sevivion. We also had special visitors of of grandparents and parents.
-We lit the Channukiah at school.
-We observed the candles getting smaller as they melted.
-We also discussed and covered safety rules when there is an open flame.
-We were invited to see the Channukah play that the Nevonim were practicing.
-We did an experiment with oil and water in bottles to see how they interact with each other. We observed that no matter how much we shake it up, the oil always rises to the top.

-We filled our paint jars with colors that we mixed from primary colors.
-We grabbed some primary color paddles from our closet. (As you can tell, we have a closet full of wonders!). When one color is placed on another we can see what color the two mixed together makes.

- We found two squeeze bottles that are prefect for watering our plants.

That is all for now. We are looking forward to another week here at school.
Shavuah Tov
Ofra and Anna

Monday, December 10, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah
December 7, 2012
23 Kislev 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We have had a fun-filled week of Hanukkah learning. All week we have been singing Hanukkah songs (including with Melita), reading Hanukkah books: favorites have included "Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins" and the "Golem's Latkes". We made chanukiyah paintings over several days and many children wrote the words in Hebrew and English. On Monday we lit a candle in the dark to see why light is so important and special this time of year. Also over several days, we made many tie dye paper towel art which we are turning into stained glass for windows and shades for candles so we can make a giant chanukiyah out of them. We started writing our own Hanukkah play (which some of you willl see on Monday if you come to the classroom for our 9-10:00 family event). We rehearsed the play several times, so it should be good! On Thursday in circle we played an imaginary ball game and then an imaginary latke game. We made a giant cardboard chanukiyah for our wall. We counted out how many candles we need for all 8 nights of Hanukkah and discovered that it is 44! Today in circle, we heard the Hanukkah story again but with a feltboard to illustrate it.
We also did Havdalah with Nachshonim. Menachem came in on Wednesday to teach us this week and next week's parashot both of which are about Joseph the Dreamer. We learned how not everyone understood his dreams - you can check out more detail on the video link that Menachem sent. Conveniently for us, Menachem was wearing a very handsome, pink shirt that day because we have been talking a lot in class about how pink and purple are not just colors for girls (since we have been hearing a good deal of teasing to the contrary). In honor of this color diversity and to avoid stereotypies (in Berkeley?), we are officially making next Tuesday "Pink and Purple Day". We are encouraging children and teachers to wear pink or purple if they have or can borrow it, or we will provide pink and purple paper crowns so that we can all celebrate these colors. We learned an interesting fact today by observing our rat Boris (who is a boy); he seeks out and prefers pink above all other colors. We also read a book by Kevin Henkes, Morris and Chloris, But Mostly Delores" which features a mouse named Boris and always addresses gender stereotyping of children's activities.
We also have read a fabulous book several times this week called "How Full is Your Bucket/" which addresses why people are sometimes unkind to each other and how it fills us up more to be treated kindly and to be kind.
It was a good week with rain, twin birthdays and a busy holiday coming up!
Chag Sameach, Shabbat Shalom,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee


Monday, December 3, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah She'avar
December 3, 2012
19 Kislev, 5773

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

We had a very busy week last week, we would love to share our excitement with you.

-Netivot Shalom Preschool has adopted Borris, he is an extremely friendly black rat. On Monday last week, Borris stayed in our classroom. Borris will be living in the big kitah with the Nevonim and the guinea pigs will be living with us in the small kitah.

-We continue with our favorite song books. They seem to be quite popular. What tends to happen is that a child will pick a song book, bring it to a teacher, and then the children find instruments to play along as we sing.

String Instruments
- At circle time, we had a discussion about the strings of the guitar. We observed and listened to how the tone that a string makes depends on how tight it is.
-We then stretched a rubber band to see that it also makes a noise.
- On Tuesday we used small cardboard boxes and stretched rubber bands on them to make pretend guitars that make noise when strummed.
-"I've Been Working on the Railroad" has been an extremely popular book selection. There is the part in the book about "Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, strumming on the old banjo". That someone might be Laney's Ima Pamela! Pamela brought in her banjo to share with us. She let the kids strum and listen to the tones of the banjo. It was pretty neat to see a real one. Todah for the learning experience Ima Pamela!

- We also had a pleasant visit from Ima Jenni, Kaila's Ima. She came into the kitah to play and read and experience the day with us. In fact, she got to experience the band that forms when we sing from song books. Todah for your company Jenni!

-Wednesday was a very rainy day so we spent some time in the social hall. We used our balance beams in the social hall for the first time. We also put on our raincoats and went out to the courtyard to play and run in the rain.

- At circle time, we held a discussion about hard toys versus soft toys and how hard toys should not be thrown in the classroom because it is not safe. We covered that we can throw balls all we want outside in the play yard.

-The teachers provided the children with three large cardboard boxes and the kids enjoyed jumping in an out of them and filling them up with things. One box was so big it held five children and one teacher!

- We had a special activity that was provided to us by Irene, who is Naomi's grandmother (Naomi is a student in our Nevonim kitah). Savta Irene is a botanist and she brought us kalanchoe plants and we planted them in pots. Each pot is labeled with a name, another way for us to practice name recognition every time we water our plants.

-Some of the children got very excited about the art that had been placed in their cubbies to take home and chose to hang some of them on the wall.

That is all for last week, we will keep you posted about our activities this week in the near future.

Shavuah Tov/ Have a good week
Ofra and Anna


Friday, November 30, 2012

Hashavuyaim - Nevonim

Hashvuyaim
November 30, 2012
Kislev 16 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a short week last week where we focused a lot on Thanksgiving. We leraned a song about the earth and giving thanks. We also learned a song about dirt making our food, as a way to appreciate the earth's harvest. We voted on what seasonal treat we wanted to make to send home for Thanksgiving. We decided to make apple sauce which we hope you all enjoyed. One day, we peeled and cored the tapuchim, the next day we cooked the sauce, put it in jars and wrote our names on labels. We also made persimmon jam (from Eli's tree) which we ate in class. On Tuesday we sang songs with Melita including "Thanks Alot"/. On Wednesday, we had the fun of having family helpers, several siblings and even one son!
We continued our exploration of Peter and the Wolf on Monday when Nana Teri brought her cello in and we listened to her play, learned about string instruments, and even got to try plucking and bowing. We made a wolf cape to use in dramatic play and used our carpentry skills to make a rainstick which was a great project.
We also did Havdalah with Malkah, welcomed a new class pet rat named Boris and played Scooby Doo in Hebrew.
This week we started our learning with an awesomely fun field trip to the Oakland Zoo! Thank you to all the parent (and grandparent) drivers. We divided into four groups - the bats, the tigers, the giraffes and the elephants. In these small groups we explored the zoo, answering questions the children had posed, and identifying different species. We had our lunch in the children's area and had a great time. Several groups had even more fun navigating the zoo using the zoo map.
We continued with this emergent theme of maps in the kitah. We looked at a world map and one of Alameda county where we noted how many of us live in which cities. We made a amp of our kitah and one of the shul, which we used to find the giant chanukiyah upstairs. We also continued zoo learning by talking about our favorite animals and planning activities about them. The favorite animals were tigers and sun bears - we are planning gmaes, paper mache and other projects. We also posed the question, "Why were there pumpkins in Cages?" The next day we did research on the computer about many animals (sunbears, ligers, and even dinosaurs named Argentinasaurus. The Oakland Zoo website has a direct webcam link looking in the sun bear's cages. Their information answered our question about pumpkins, since all animals need enrichment, things to play with, just like people. Following this, many of us pretended to be sun bears.
We revisited last week's parashah since we weren't together as a class. In it Jacob has a dream and angels ascend on a ladder that connects the earth to the sky. We made a ladder out of paper mache one day, painted it the next day,and danced with it the next day, singing "Malachei Ha'Melachim."
Menachem came to teach us about this week's parashah, focusing on how Jacob and Esau were separated by the river Tabok, and how many of us have family in far away places. In circle, we also talked about Jacob marrying Rachel (and Leah) and so sange "El Ha Maayan" which includes Rachel in it.
At lunch we listened to several Jewish Stories; The sun, the moon and the stars, the Idol Breakers, and one about Aaron and Moses. We also picked many pomegranates from our trees (rimonim ), juiced them, added honey and made pomegranate lemonade. From the skins and seeds that were leftover, we make pomegranate prints which are on the wall in the science area.
We ended the week by starting talking about Hanukkah, which we will continue for the next few weeks. We told the story at circle, read books, sang songs and started making dreidels. Lots mor to come next week!
Shabbat Shalom,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee


 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Netivot Shalom Preschool is now Accepting Applications for Fall 2013 Enrollment!

 
Netivot Shalom Preschool provides the young child with a learning environment
rich in Jewish content, with a focus on the Hebrew Language.
The curriculum emphasizes learning as an interactive process,where children learn through a concrete, play-oriented approach. We accept and respect each child's differing levels of ability, development and learning style, and we design our curriculum to reflect the range of the children's needs and interests.
 
We are open from 8AM-5:30PM Monday through Thursday and 8AM-3:30PM on Fridays.
 
Netivot Shalom Preschool is open to all children ages 2-5 (as of 9/1/13).
For more information or to arrange for a school tour, please contact our Preschool Director, Lauren Kindorf, at 510-549-9447 ext. 110 or preschool@netivotshalom.org.

--
Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

Monday, November 26, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah she'avar/last week
Nov. 26, 2012
12 Kislev, 5773

Shalom Nachshonim families,
Last week we had a short week, but still plenty to share with all of you.

- We have a new student in our kitah. Our new friend Itamar moved to berkeley from Israel and we are happy to have him.

- We had Havdallah with Malka and the Nevonim in the sanctuary.

- More song books! Including "I've Been Working on the Railroad", "If You're Happy and you Know It" and "Over in the Meadow". And 10 Shirim Rishonim is still a big hit.

- We now have a sign-in process for the children as well the adults. The children can find their photograph on the board with their name and move it from baba'it (at home) to bakitah (in the kitah).
- We have been using our "do" and "done" cups. They are attached together with tape and in them we keep craft sticks with names written on them. This helps us know who's turn it is to feed the guinea pigs.
- Both of these two things are helping the children with literacy skills of recognizing their own name as wells their friend's.

Another week has begun and we are looking forward to telling you all about it at the end of the week.
We hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving weekend.
L'hotraot
Ofra and Anna.



Monday, November 19, 2012

HaShavuayim - Nachshonnim

Hashavuah
November 16, 2012
2 Kislev, 5773

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
I did not have a chance to send Hashvuah last week, so I will fill you in about our activities last week and this week.
LAST WEEK
- In the last Hashavuah that was sent out, we forgot to tell you about a special activity that we had. We invited Rabbi Shalom Bochner who works upstairs to come and meet us in the library because we were interested in seeing what was inside the Torah. Shalom took a Torah out of the Aron Kodesh and opened it for us on the table. We spoke about what it is made of and how the wooden part that holds the scroll is called Etz Chaim (Tree of life) and how the paper is made out of an animal skin and called parchment. Shalom told us that it can take a sofer (a person who writes books or Torah) a whole year to write a Torah. We talked about how when the Torah is out, it is important not to touch the ink and how we have a special tool called a yad (which means hand) to help us follow the words as we read. We then made our way to the art room upstairs where some miniature Torahs are kept.
 
-We had Havdallah with Malka in the sanctuary with the Nevonim.
 
STAV (AUTUMN)
-We continued making collages from natural materials like fallen leaves, and including some of art materials we have on the shelf.
-We mixed paints from primary colors. We made some of the colors we saw in the leaves we had been bring into the kitah such as brown, dark green, yellow, orange, and dark red.
-We have begun hanging our artwork that is autumn inspired on our wall.
 
-We continued talking about shapes and at circle time we decided to discuss the circle shape. We looked at some toys that are in the shape of a circle and we talked about how the way we were sitting was in the shape of a circle.
 
-Last week on Tuesday, we had a small group with a couple of children out for illness. Another small group of three year olds in the Nevonim kitah came to join us for snack and music time with Melita.
 
-Still, the book of songs called "10 Shirim Rishonim"/First Ten Songs, is a hot item in the kitah.
 
-We made grilled cheese sandwiches on Wednesday and ate them for snack. However, they were not grilled, they were baked.

-We have been enjoying the book and song "Baby Beluga" by Raffi. We even discovered that we have the song on a Raffi tape cassette and we had a chance to hear his recording.
 
-Another very popular book right now is "What Color Is Your Underwear?", which is exciting for those of us who wear underwear and those who don't.
 
THIS WEEK
-Since we have been interested in leaves for the last couple of weeks, we decided to try some edible leaves. We tasted parsley. cilantro, lettuce and spinach. We also included the guinea pigs in the leaf tasting. Shira and Rena seemed to love the leaves the most.
 
-We have been singing songs about colors at circle time in Hebrew and English.
 
-The children have been enjoying song books so we introduced another songbook called "The Creepy Crawly Calypso", about a calypso band of bugs. We have been listening to the CD and counting the critters, learning the names of the critters and learning about instruments and what they sound like.
 
- The children are still involved in gluing and creating collages.
 
-We played with Ooblek on Thursday
 
-We had a chance to run around the social for a bit on Friday when it was rainy.
-We now have the book "Rain" by Robert Kalan and illustrated by Donald Crews sitting in our reading corner.
 
-On Friday, the Nevonim made a rain stick out of a large cardboard tube. They delivered it to our kitah while we were eating lunch to show us how it sounds like geshem/rain and they left it in our kitah so we would have a chance to play with it.

 
Sof Shavuah Tov/We hope everyone has a pleasant weekend.
Shabbat Shalom!
 

HaShavuayim - Nevonim

Hashvuayim (2 weeks)
 
November 16, 2012
Kislev 2, 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,
 
Last week, on Monday, Malka came for Havdalah, on Tuesday Melita came for shira, and on Wednesday, Rabbi Creditor came to the kitah to teach us about the Torah parashah "Chayei Sarah"; he told us the story of how Isaac and Rebecca met in the desert, how when he saw her, he "fell off his camel!" The children loved this take on the story, and proceeded to make a large paper mache camel over several days. Other children made 3 dimensional house models including a desert scene, complete with an ohel (tent) like Abraham and Sarah lived in. On Wednesday, we also had a visit from Josh Kornbluth (as you know from a previous email), we loved learning from him the difference between oboes and our elbows and he even let some of us try blowing into the reed from his instrument - it was quite lively.
 
All week children explored more math and sets with a game called Rummikub and all of us continued our exploration of Peter and the Wolf with lots of plays, books and learning about mammals.
 
This past week, we enjoyed conferences with parents on Monday. We enjoyed Melita's visit on Tuesday and we worked at showing her "cavod" respect. We decorated notes for parents teaching them a few of the many Jewish values we have been learning all year, cavod (respect), chesed (lovingkindness) and derech eretz (table manners). We finished our paper mache camel and the children mixed and chose the paint for his body. We have been so excited about Peter and the Wolf that we, as a group in circle, wrote our silly version of the story entitled "Pizza and the Wolf". We are working on writing it down and choosing instruments to represent the new characters. We will keep you posted.
 
On Wednesday, we really enjoyed hachnasat orchim (welcoming visitors) as Saba Stu and Abba Peter joined us with their instruments, knowledge and humor. We heard and saw Stu's saxophone, clarinet (the cat in Peter and the Wolf) and his bass clarinet (bigger and lower). We got to see and hear Peter play a cardboard tube (which he taught us made higher sounds the smaller it got), a seashell, as well as his tuba. We heard them play the eensy weensy acavish (spider), parts of Peter and the Wolf, Yankee Doodle, ABCD as well as a fun version of Mayim to which we joined in song. We learned about how different instruments make sounds, how vibration plays a role in making sounds, how mouthpieces and reeds work, and how much fun musicians seem to have.
 
We also welcomed Rabbi Menachem who taught us about the parashah this week which tells the story of Jacob and Esau who both sought their father's blessing. We learned how Jacob pretended to be Esau by covering his smooth arm with something hairy so his blind father would think it was Esau. Today, from Anna, we heard more about the lentil stew with which Jacob bought Esau's birthright - (nice to know that sibling rivalry is not just in our own families!)
 
On Thursday, we made our own musical instruments from recycled objects and we showed them at circle. Because of our election last week, we followed through on our campaign promise of burritos (which the children helped make) and orange juice for snack. After snack, we filled our wagon with the many diapers and baby supplies that have been donated (thank you to all the donors!) and we took a field trip to the Womens Drop-In Center - we got lots of thank yous and smiles as we crowded into their building. We enjoyed ourselves afterwards by playing at the adjacent park.
 
All week we have been working on a huge rainstick by nailing nails inside a big cardboard tube. It was a wonderful project that allowed the children to hammer easily and safely and produced a lovely sounding instrument. We learned about notes, composers and created a water xylophone at circle. We also sang lots of Shabbat songs.
 
Shabbat Shalom,
 
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee
 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Day in the Nevonim Room!

We had our own mock election in the kitah today, complete with ballots, a polling station and "I voted" stickers. The results;

 
16 votes for Obama, 2 for Romney (although the children might have thought they were voting for Rami!)

We also voted on important classroom decisions;
18 votes to have lunch outside today and 1 vote to eat inside
10 votes for burritos next week and 9 for pizza (it was too close to call at first)
14 votes to have juice at this meal and 3 to have milk
 
It was a very exciting, well-run and fun election, as well as a great learning experience.
 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hashavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah

November 2, 2012
Chesvan 17 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

We have been working and having fun with a few themes this week.  We have been listening and acting out Peter and the Wolf a lot.  We have expanded this interest by looking at instruments and music, as well as talking and learning about wolves.  We got some new editions of the story including a fun Maurice Sendak narrated CD of the Jewish Peter and the Wolf, Pincus and the Pigs.  We also heard the story of the Boy who cried Wolf.  We learned most of the words for the story in Hebrew.

Some of us have kept up a strong interest in mammals and birds.  We did animal art and talked about animals that nurse and birds that lay eggs.  We followed up an interest in penguins by making and eating our own snack penguins made out of hardboiled eggs and black olives.  We did some experiments with the eggs beforehand.  

Today, some children performed a play of this week's Torah parashah with the reenactment of the angels visiting Sarai and Avram before Isaac was born.  We have been reinforcing the related value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests).

In keeping with the birth of Isaac, we welcomed a guest at Pretend Shabbat who was visiting from the Women's and Children's Drop-In Center nearby on Acton Street.  As you know, we have been collecting and buying with our tzedakah money supplies for mothers of babies who need these items donated.  The big box is now empty and we encourage you to bring more through the end of next week.  The children got to count our tzedakah money and then go and spend it in a "store" of baby supplies that we set up.  It was a great experience.

Children on their own also set up a bookstore/library where they "processed" books and unlocked them for us.  We celebrated Giants fever Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and even formed our own Netivot Shalom Preschool game one day with a few eager batters and pitchers.  We saw a lot of children wear orange and black (catom v'shachor).

In small groups we looked at building and vehicle cross-sections, we played a mathematical game called "sets" and we looked more in depth at several books by acting out the stories as away to expand on our literacy skills. 

We enjoyed visits by Malkah for Havdalah and Melita for music.  One day we tried having a silly day by having circle in the sanctuary and having snack all day so that children could come eat when they were hungry.  It was a fun experiment.  We also enjoyed having Rabbi Menachem teach us a different part of the parashah where Abraham and his nephew Lot need space from each other and divide up their land and flocks, only to realize that they miss each other.  We have been missing many of our friends and teachers as illness has been rampant - refuah shleimah!

Shabbat Shalom,

Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

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Lauren Kindorf
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Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

Friday, November 2, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah

November 2, 2012
Chesvan 17 5773
 
Dear Nevonim Parents,
 
We have been working and having fun with a few themes this week. We have been listening and acting out Peter and the Wolf a lot. We have expanded this interest by looking at instruments and music, as well as talking and learning about wolves. We got some new editions of the story including a fun Maurice Sendak narrated CD of the Jewish Peter and the Wolf, Pincus and the Pigs. We also heard the story of the Boy who cried Wolf. We learned most of the words for the story in Hebrew.
 
Some of us have kept up a strong interest in mammals and birds. We did animal art and talked about animals that nurse and birds that lay eggs. We followed up an interest in penguins by making and eating our own snack penguins made out of hardboiled eggs and black olives. We did some experiments with the eggs beforehand.
 
Today, some children performed a play of this week's Torah parashah with the reenactment of the angels visiting Sarai and Avram before Isaac was born. We have been reinforcing the related value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests).
 
In keeping with the birth of Isaac, we welcomed a guest at Pretend Shabbat who was visiting from the Women's and Children's Drop-In Center nearby on Acton Street. As you know, we have been collecting and buying with our tzedakah money supplies for mothers of babies who need these items donated. The big box is now empty and we encourage you to bring more through the end of next week. The children got to count our tzedakah money and then go and spend it in a "store" of baby supplies that we set up. It was a great experience.
 
Children on their own also set up a bookstore/library where they "processed" books and unlocked them for us. We celebrated Giants fever Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and even formed our own Netivot Shalom Preschool game one day with a few eager batters and pitchers. We saw a lot of children wear orange and black (catom v'shachor).
 
In small groups we looked at building and vehicle cross-sections, we played a mathematical game called "sets" and we looked more in depth at several books by acting out the stories as away to expand on our literacy skills.
 
We enjoyed visits by Malkah for Havdalah and Melita for music. One day we tried having a silly day by having circle in the sanctuary and having snack all day so that children could come eat when they were hungry. It was a fun experiment. We also enjoyed having Rabbi Menachem teach us a different part of the parashah where Abraham and his nephew Lot need space from each other and divide up their land and flocks, only to realize that they miss each other. We have been missing many of our friends and teachers as illness has been rampant - refuah shleimah!
Shabbat Shalom,
 
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

HaShauvah - Nachshonim

Shalom families
We are still talking about the autumn, some of the kids brought falle leaves, and we used them for gluing and art projects.
We also looked at them, noticed the different colors, sizes and shapes, and happily spread them around the Kitah
We played with ooblek, and some of the kids submerged our leaves in the ooblek.
We cleaned the guinea pigs' cage on Monday, and moved them to the Nevonim for the week. On Friday we cleaned the cage again and took them back to our Kitah. The kids helped with spreading newspaper and clean bedding in the cage, and taking the little guinea houses out of the cage and back in when it was clean.
We now have "Baby Baluga" on our book shelf. We have been singing and reading it, and also listening to it on the tape recorder.
Ofra brought in heirloom Zuni corn that she grew in her garden. The Zuni corn is very colorful, and each ear lookes different.
We have a new magnet board hanging behind the art shelving unit. We have been using magnets with different shapes and colors, which gives us the opportunity to go over what shapes and colors we see.
Ofra was sick this week, and didn't come to school, so we got to spend some time with William on Thursday and with Caitlin on Friday. We also sent "Refua Shleima" to all our sick friends and teachers: we gathered love from our hearts and sent it up to the sky to reach Ofra, Lauren, Asher, Laney and Josh
Shabbat Shalom everyone!!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah

October 26, 201210/Cheshvan, 5773


Shalom Nachshonim Families,


Another enjoyable week at Netivot Shalom Preschool! Here are some of the things that we did in the kitah this week.

STAV /Hebrew for AUTUMN
- We observed more fallen leaves with magnifying glasses this week. On Friday, we observed many leaves that all came from the same tree. We noticed that all the leaves had similar shapes, but each one was a different size with it's own coloring.
- We tasted some pomegranate seeds from our fruiting tree in the play yard. It was much too sour for us.
-We read more of the books that Hadas and Ima Jess brought in from the library about apples
- We had another round of making apple juice in Ofra's juicer. Even the Nevonim were inspired to make apple juice too.

-HAVDALLAH! We had a special visit from our friend Malka and she had Havdallah with us on Monday. Havdallah is what we do to greet the new week when Shabbat is over. Some of the things we do are light a twisted Havdallah candle, we smell the delightful and sweet aroma of spices for a delightful and sweet week, and say blessings. Malka is the grandmother of a former student of ours and we are pleased that she has chosen to keep coming in on Mondays for this special ritual with us for a couple of years now.
 
- The children have learned a couple of new songs. We have been singing "Two Little Kitty Cats" and the children have been acting it out. We have also introduced "I'm a Little Tea Pot".
 
- Our communal art project has turned into a group mixed media project. We painted on it some more this week, and we glued some leaves and scraps of paper on it too. We have also hung it up to beautify our space.
 
- We have been practicing sneezing and coughing into the crook of our arm. We have a song in Hebrew called Hashafan Hakatan/The Little Rabbit. The rabbit forgets to close the door and then he gets sick with a runny nose. The song ends with the Rabbit sneezing. We have also been reading and singing "There Was and Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves" (perhaps she'll sneeze, AAAACHOOOOO). So this has given us a chance to talk about the importance of covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing to keep germs from spreading.
 
- A popular book in our kitah right now is called "10 Shirim Rishonim" / Ten First Songs. These are classic Hebrew songs that we have on a disc called "100 Shirim Rishonim".
 
- On Monday, we had another fire drill since not everyone was present for our first fire drill. Now all of our Nachshonim children know what to do if an emergency ever happened. By popular demand, we even had a third fire drill on Tuesday.
 
- On Tuesday, we walked into the sanctuary to have a look at the Torahs in the Aron Kodesh. We talked about how the words in the Torah are not written on paper, but rather on parchment that is made from an animal's skin. Again, we talked about how people do not touch the Torah when they read it, they use a special tool called a yad/hand. On our way out, the children grabbed stuffy Torahs that we brought back into our kitah.

- On Thursday we baked pancakes for snack and ate them with honey.

- On Friday we baked challah of course.

Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim/ The Eithical treatment of animals.
-This a Jewish mitzva that we continue to practice at school. We make sure that we are always gentle and calm with our guinea pigs. We make sure that they get healthy food and clean water. We clean their cage twice a week so they will be comfortable in their space. Even when we find spiders out in the play yard where they might get stepped on, we always carefully move them to the bushes to ensure that they do not get hurt. Also, we take care of our worms by feeding them our food scraps and making sure that the soil and compost they live in stays moist.
 
We want to remind everyone that we will continue to explore stav/autumn and you are all invited to bring in some found leaves for science and art projects. Any day next week would be fine to bring these in.

See you next week!
 
Shabbat Shalom!
Ofra and Anna

Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

HaShavuah - Nevonim


Hashavuah
October 26, 2012
10 Chesvan 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We started our week with geshem, rain, and so we focused on this theme for a while. We sang geshem songs, we played in puddles, we were very industrious in our drying of the tricycles and play structure, we read a book called Umbrella nad we made rain sounds, we did a feltboard of a rain book and many of us were penguins inside and out. We also looked at plankton in a jar that Noa brought in.
Rabbi Menachem came in on Wednesday and taught us about this week's Torah parashah which was the portion he had for his Bar Mitzvah when he was thirteen. We also sang a song based on the portion "Lech L'cha". We talked about what it would be like to walk with friends to a new place even if you don't know where you are going.
We turned our summer stories into a book for the whole kitah to share. We used modeling clay to make letters to spell things. We did Havdalah with Malkah. We sang with Melita. We talked about our new tzedakah project and prepared a box to collect things for babies. We listened to Peter and the Wolf many times and are really focusing on it as a way to match sounds with words and pictures.
We also had a lot of interest in shapes through our magnet tiles so we focused a lot on architecture and building and shapes and how they fit together. We have been working on building a great city mural. We have learned words like mansion, skyscraper and pinnacle. We looked at different kinds of triangles, isosceles, equilateral, acute and obtuse. We tried building with just triangles and saw how challenging that can be. We learned the names of shapes in English and Hebrew and made shapes with our bodies and played a shape finding game.
One day we made our own snack, looking at the shared shape of potatoes and apples and the shared etymology of the word in Hebrew (tapuach and tapuach adamah). We made mashed potatoes with cheese and we made fresh apple juice from organic apples.
Shabbat Shalom,,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

--
Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Language Development Research at Mills College

Shalom Families,
 
I recently received an email from some young researchers in the Language Development Laboratory at Mills College who are exploring young children and second language aquisition. As all of our children are involved in a second language school program and some of you use a second language in the home, I told  them I would share their information with all of you. There is an explanation of their research below and information is posted outside both classrooms. Please consider volunteering to bepart of the interesting work they are doing at Mills College.
 
The Language Development Laboratory at Mills College, Under the supervision of Dr. Priya Mariana Shimpi, is looking for infants and children from 6 months to 6 yeasrs of age to participate in new studies about the development of early communication skills. These studies take arouond 45 minutes and are designed to be fun for parents and children.
 
For more information or to volunteer call (510) 430-2166 or email babytalk@mills.edu.

--
Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

Monday, October 22, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
October 19th, 2012
3 Cheshvan, 5773

 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We have a lot of things to share with you about our week. Here are the special things that occurred at preschool:
 
Autumn activities
- We gathered fallen leaves from our play yard and brought them into our kitah. We placed them in our science area. We noticed how each one has a different color.
-We read "Autumn's First Leaf", a story about three leaf friends at the top o a tree and how they transform in the fall to yellow.
-We have been discussing how this time of the year is called Autumn and some of the things that happen now, such as leaves turning and falling and the kinds of fruit in season now.
- On Tuesday, we had a special activity. Hadas and her Ima(mama) Jess shared with us their experience of when they went apple picking recently. They brought in a box of apples. They also brought in photographs of the the day they went picking and we got to see where the fruit came form. They brought in apples with lots of different colors. We enjoyed tasting the apples with various things such as sunflower seed butter and honey. We also got to taste apple juice.
-Jess also brought in some library books about apples and we have been reading them this week.
-On Wednesday, Ofra brought in her fruit/veggie juicer and we made fresh apple juice with the apples that Hadas shared with us.

- We made a large communal painting that we plan add more to and to hang when finished.
 
- We fed the guinea pigs some cilantro and some wheat grass. As usual, we also changed their bedding twice this week. On Monday and on Friday.

- At circle time on Thursday, we had our first fire drill. Now we know what the fire alarm sounds like, the children helped make the siren noise as we walked out of the building. We now also know which door to exit if an alarm were to go off.

Noah's Ark, (This week's Parsha)
- We have been reading books about Noah's Ark. We talked about how it is one of the stories written in the Torah.
- We have a wooden Noah's Ark, with pairs of wooden animals inside.
-On Thursday, a small group of Nevonim came outside to practice a Noah's Ark play with a live audience, us.

- We have some new documentation boards outside in the hallway. With images of activities and the children's quotes.

We will see you next week.
 
Shabbat Shalom!
 
Ofra and Anna

Friday, October 19, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
October 19th, 2012
3 Cheshvan, 5773
 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
We have a lot of things to share with you about our week. Here are the special things that occurred at preschool:
 
Autumn activities
- We gathered fallen leaves from our play yard and brought them into our kitah. We placed them in our science area. We noticed how each one has a different color.
-We read "Autumn's First Leaf", a story about three leaf friends at the top o a tree and how they transform in the fall to yellow.
-We have been discussing how this time of the year is called Autumn and some of the things that happen now, such as leaves turning and falling and the kinds of fruit in season now.
 
- On Tuesday, we had a special activity. Hadas and her Ima(mama) Jess shared with us their experience of when they went apple picking recently. They brought in a box of apples. They also brought in photographs of the the day they went picking and we got to see where the fruit came form. They brought in apples with lots of different colors. We enjoyed tasting the apples with various things such as sunflower seed butter and honey. We also got to taste apple juice.
-Jess also brought in some library books about apples and we have been reading them this week.
-On Wednesday, Ofra brought in her fruit/veggie juicer and we made fresh apple juice with the apples that Hadas shared with us.

- We made a large communal painting that we plan add more to and to hang when finished.
 
- We fed the guinea pigs some cilantro and some wheat grass. As usual, we also changed their bedding twice this week. On Monday and on Friday.
 
- At circle time on Thursday, we had our first fire drill. Now we know what the fire alarm sounds like, the children helped make the siren noise as we walked out of the building. We now also know which door to exit if an alarm were to go off.
 
Noah's Ark, (This week's Parsha)
- We have been reading books about Noah's Ark. We talked about how it is one of the stories written in the Torah.
- We have a wooden Noah's Ark, with pairs of wooden animals inside.
-On Thursday, a small group of Nevonim came outside to practice a Noah's Ark play with a live audience, us.
 
- We have some new documentation boards outside in the hallway. With images of activities and the children's quotes.
 
We will see you next week.
 
Shabbat Shalom!
Ofra and Anna


HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah
October 19, 2012
3 Chesvan 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had such an awesome week of learning, full of Noah's ark and related themes. We read many versions of the story and put on many plays. The text of one is as follows:
1. G-d tells Noah "Soon there will be a flood."
2. Noah builds the ark
3. Noah's family and the animals get on the arks
4. There is rain for 40 days and 40 nights
5. They find dry land and they are happy!
A group of children performed this at Pretend Shabbat, complete with animal costumes. We wrote Noach in Hebrew and in Aleph Bet Yoga. We sang songs including the old camp favorite "Rise and Shine" version of Noah's ark; we changed a favoirte white dove song to include an ark, and we changed a game about a zoo train to be an ark walk. We did our Noah's ark puzle many times and we played other ark games as well including jenga ark building. The arks built from magnet block this week almost outnumbered the children! Related to the flood, we did a floating/sinking science experiment and came up with a few good science sentences. One day Rabbi Menachem came to the kitah and built and then destroyed a tower of Babel to teach us the end part of Parashat Noach which is where G-d gives people many different languages.
Today we had a fun building snack for Asher's fifth birthday. We look forward to seeing you all next week.
We also did Havdalah with Nachshomin. We sang with Melita. We played scocer in teams. We played word/lettter guessing games with our name. We went to the park and it felt like summer, but we looked for and found many signs of fall.
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee
 


HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah she'avar (last week)
October 18. 2012
2 Cheshvan, 5773
 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
We did not have a chance to send out Hashavuah to you at the end of last week, but it is never too late.
 
Last week was quite short because of Simchat Torah at the beginning of the week. Here are the highlights of what happened in the kitah last week.
 
-On Wednesday, we baked sweet potatoes that Tobie gifted us. We sliced them, brushed on olive oil and added salt. We ate them at snack time.
 
- We changed the guinea pigs' bedding and the children helped with the process. We also fed them some carrot tops that Tobie shared with us.
 
-We played in the yard with a small group of Nevonim children.

- We did some gluing and collaging.
 
- We noticed many leaves out the play yard that have fallen from the trees. We started a discussion about Autumn and how the leaves chance colors and fall off the trees during this time of year.
 
- We have been using lots of Hebrew in the kitah. By communicating and through song.

- We have been enjoying our toy guitar and toy ukulele.
 
-The children sang and danced along as Ofra played music on her ukulele.
 
-We had a delightful visit from Nora the librarian. She sang some songs with us and read us some great books.
 
-On Friday, we made challah as usual and enjoyed our pretend Shabbat with all of the kids at Netivot Shalom Preschool.
 
You will hear from us again tomorrow, we will keep you posted on all the interesting things we have been up to this week.
 
L'hitraot/see you soon
Ofra and Anna

--
Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

Preschool Gallery Hour at with CJM with OCTOPRETZEL

Dear Families,

On Sunday, November 11, from 10-11:30 AM, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is delighted to be partnering with Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool for Preschool Gallery Hour, when the Museum opens early specifically for preschoolers and their families!

Doors will open at 9:45 AM sharp, and admission tickets can be purchased (kids are always FREE, and adult admission is $12 per head).

Families can participate in the following activities at their own pace:

1) Create day/night city collages celebrating the opening of "The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951" in the Education Center Classrooms;

2) Informally tour our brand new photo exhibition, led by preschool educators and plenty of hands-on activities;

3) Move to the groove of Bay Area favorite OCTOPRETZEL (a correction from my first posting), with teachers from Music Together opening the act at 10:45am sharp!

After the program, why not grab some lunch at our eatery, American Box Café @ the CJM, featuring local, sustainable fare for the whole family? (For kids, the café offers such favorites such as: Kids Grilled Cheese Box; AB & J Box-Chef Chad's Almond Butter and House-made Jam Sandwich; and a Corn & Cheese Quesadilla. Snacks and desserts have a healthy bend as well.)

We truly look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Preschool Gallery Hour. Our address is 736 Mission Street, between 3rd Street and 4th Street.

See you soon, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Daniel

Daniel Barash
Family Programs Manager
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
www.thecjm.org

--
Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

Monday, October 15, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah

October 12, 2012
26 Tishrei 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

Now that the holidays are over and the Torah cycle has started anew, we focused a lot this week on the parashah of the week - Breysheet (Genesis) with the story of Creation. On Wednesday, Rabbi Menachem came into the kitah for his first visit of the year. He brought his guitar, led us in the prayer for studying Torah, told us the story of Breysheet, and then taught us a "happy niggun" (wordless song). After dividing the waters and making land, was the creation of light - we celebrated this by saying goodbye to our old unsafe wooden box (I am sure many parents are happy to see that gone!) and welcomed in our new light box. We have all been enjoying having a light table to test materials on - for example, see-through magnetic blocks create amazing lit structures, and science materials look very different.

On Thursday, Nora came to read us books which is always a great experience. We also sadly took our sukkah down, but we are happy for geshem (rain). We have been working on a Breysheet mural, starting with light, land, water, plants, animals and finally people and all their creations. It has led to some great discussions - did God make something or did people.....
We picked our first rimon (pomegranate) from the yard. We opened it, using a science experiment, and then ate it! The box from the light box has also been a fun emergent project, one day it was the cockpit for a rocket/plane (since watching the shuttle fly overhead a few weeks ago was a great classroom experience), then it became a building project with pretend tools. We found that the pretend saws actually cut through the box! Then the box remnants became tumbling and dancing props until finally it found its home in the recycling.

One day we had a small group read and act out the story of Hannah and her Shabbat dress, one group help set up pretend Shabbat, and another group play cards. Today, Ruth brought in two of her 3 week old chickens (Yoko and Nutmeg) because we were learning about the creation of animals that fly. They spent a peaceful morning in the mishkan, well fed and well observed by many friends, who soon became chicks themselves.

A small group of children this week had a meeting about teasing and how that feels; they brought us books to look at and we are working on instilling the value of treating your friends the way you want to be treated.

Shabbat Shalom,

Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee


Jewish Wisdom for Spiritual Parenting with Rabbi Creditor

Jewish Wisdom for Spiritual Parenting

with Rabbi Menachem Creditor

5 Thursday Mornings at 9:15 - 10:45

Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 13
Cost: $72-$118 (sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds)
Every decision we make as parents touches psychological, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of our children's lives. Judaism's perspective on parenting can provide a wide-angle view to see beyond specific "issues" into the larger context of a child's life (and a parent's!). Jewish Wisdom for Spiritual Parenting, taught by Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Congregation Netivot Shalom in
Berkeley, will be an experience of text and context, conversation and sharing with fellow parents, touching on questions of Play, Speech, Love, Rest, Purpose, and Habit. Out of this learning, we will gain insight and clarity of purpose as parents and as people. For information or to sign up, please contact Serena Heaslip at serenaheaslip@yahoo.comor 510-290-8095.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Preschool Gallery Hour with Netivot Shalom Preschool!!

Dear Families,

On Sunday, November 11, from 10-11:30 AM, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is delighted to be partnering with Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool for Preschool Gallery Hour, when the Museum opens early specifically for preschoolers and their families!

Doors will open at 9:45 AM sharp, and admission tickets can be purchased (kids are always FREE, and adult admission is $12 per head).

Families can participate in the following activities at their own pace:

1) Create day/night city collages celebrating the opening of "The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951" in the Education Center Classrooms;

2) Informally tour our brand new photo exhibition, led by preschool educators and plenty of hands-on activities;

3) Move to the groove of Bay Area favorite Asheba, with teachers from Music Together opening the act at 10:45am sharp!

After the program, why not grab some lunch at our eatery, American Box Café @ the CJM, featuring local, sustainable fare for the whole family? (For kids, the café offers such favorites such as: Kids Grilled Cheese Box; AB & J Box-Chef Chad's Almond Butter and House-made Jam Sandwich; and a Corn & Cheese Quesadilla. Snacks and desserts have a healthy bend as well.)

We truly look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Preschool Gallery Hour. Our address is 736 Mission Street, between 3rd Street and 4th Street.

See you soon, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Daniel

Daniel Barash
Family Programs Manager
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
www.thecjm.org

Phone: 415.655.7852
Fax: 415.655.7815
Email: dbarash@thecjm.orgmailto:dbarash@thecjm.org


Friday, October 5, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah
Oct. 5, 2012
19 Tishrei, 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

We had a short, but sweet Sukkot week. We built and decorated our sukkah in the yard with lots of fabric and decorations. We ate snack, lunch and celebrated Nevo's 5th birthday in the shul sukkah. We sang lots of sukkot songs. We went on two separate Sukkah strolls, one to Shirlee's house (we saw two sukkot) and then a much longer one to Nevo's house (where we also visited two sukkot). We compared building materials, siding, sckrach (covering), decorations and how they were furnished. In the last sukkah we told a group story about animals in the sukkah based on Bubbe Isabella's Sukkot cake. Then we walked home through the BART station and created a collective story based on what we saw on our walk. In circle, we shook the lulav, said the blessings and discussed the meaning and symbols of the holiday. Today we had Pretend Shabbat in the sukkah and we began talking about Simchat Torah - we also made flags for the holiday.

We baked pumpkin bread which we have been eating all week. We played Jewish symbol Bingo. We played cards. We read and created a play for a book called Clever Cat.

It was a good week - hope you have a good weekend and Chag Sameach.....

Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
Oct. 5, 2012
19 Tishrei, 5773
 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
The last couple of weeks have been eventful, with holidays and many interesting activities in the kitah. Here are some of the highlights of the last two weeks.
 
-We officially have Jai as a member of our Nachshonim kitah! We welcomed Jai to his first day of school this week on Thursday.
 
Last week:
Sukkot
-On the Thursday after Yom Kippur, we made a trip to the social hall to look at the people building the sukkah out in the couryard. Wthen went back at the end of the day to see the progress.
- We pulled out our workbench and our toy tools. We also have safety goggles and work gloves.
- We used our toy hammers with the playdough we made the week before. Hammering on the workbench can be very noisy, this way the children can hammer and we can feel comfortable with the noise level.
-We talked about how we will eat our lunches in the sukkah once Sukkot begins.
-We sang Sukkot songs in both Hebrew and English.
 
-We had a chance to run and play in the social hall. We danced and sang "Ooga Ooga" a few times (a song in Hebrew). The children used the large space for lots of running. In fact, they ran all ran in a circle in the same direction till they were out of breath.
 
- We found a bee in our kitah that was no longer alive. We observed the insect and talked about what we saw.
 
Colors
- We mixed paint colors from the primary colors and we now have every color of the rainbow.
-We have been singing "Orange Is a Carrot" and "Purple grapes" at circle times. Both are sung with image cards.
 
- On Friday, Ofra was not at school and Caitlin, one of the Nevonim teachers, was sitting in for her. Caitlin enjoyed spending time with the Nachshonim.
 
This week:
Sukkot
-Out in the play yard, we discovered a sukkah that the Nevonim have built. We found a large dried palm leaf on plant and we removed it from the plant. We placed it on top of the sukkah as the schach.
-This week, we ate our lunches in the sukkah.
-We have been playing with our stuffy lulavs and etrogs. While we were eating lunch in the sukkah, we had a chance to look at a real lulav and etrog. In Hebrew, the lulav and etrog are called "arba'at haminim"/the four species. Anna told us about the three plants that make a lulav, and including the etrog, that makes four.
 
- We celebrated Jai's 2nd birthday on Thursday with a special snack that he brought in. The children helped slice the strawberries. At circle time, we lit a candle for Jai and sang happy birthday to him. We then sang "Hayom Yom Huledet" (translated to "Today is a birthday) in Hebrew.
 
- On Thursday, the Nevonim went on a field trip and we had a chance to play in their classroom while they were away. We took out the guinea pigs, Rena and Shira, and we pet them and fed them hay.
 
-Out in the play yard, we have noticed that the pomegranate trees have lots of large fruits on them.

-On Friday, we cleaned the guinea pigs cage and gave them new clean bedding.
 
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach to everyone, enjoy your holiday and we will see you Wednesday.
 
Ofra and Anna

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah
September 28, 2012
12 Tishrei 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a good week, beginning with Yom Kippur and ending with Sukkot. For Yom Kippur we blew the shofar a lot! We told and retold the story of Jonah and the whale, including creating a performance piece in class, and concluding with a whale challah for Pretend Shabbat. We gave each other bandaid stampers as a way to say sorry for having hurt each other this year. We had a closing circle before Erev Yom Kippur with achim and achayot helping lead it (older brothers and sisters who came to join us).
For Sukkkot, we started designing and discussing how we will build our sukkah, which emerged into looking at blueprints as a way to plan a building (we looked at blueprints for Ruth's house). We watched the team who is building the shul sukkah as they started constructing it. We made many sukkot decorations including paper chains and paper mache fruit (as last year we had a squirrel that ate our real fruit). In a small group, we read "the House on the Roof: A Sukkah Story", then we did a play of it for the whole class.
We also played with bubbles and played Aleph Bet Bingo (working on math and literacy skills). We put our sea creatures in the water table and kept talking about sharks and whales and other creatures all week including a shark song in Hebrew (karish). We also discussed Ruth's new baby chicks who will will probably make a visit to the kitah after the chagim (holidays) Chickens know better than to come anywhere near a shul during the holidays....
Have a great weekend and beginning of Sukkot. We will see you on Wednesday and we will go on our Sukkah walk on Thursday so be sure to send your children to school in good walking shoes!
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee


Friday, September 21, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah

September 21, 2012

5 Tishrei 5773

 

Dear Nevonim Parents,

 

We had a short but very sweet week.  We started the week by talking about Tashlich, the custom of casting one's sins into a moving body of water between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  Since children have no sins, we discussed mistakes we made last year that we don't want to make this year (we got examples like hitting and yelling).  We read two beautiful books about the tradition - one called New Year  at the Pier and one Tashlich at Turtle Rock.  Then with great parent volunteers (thank you Kara, Peter and Laura), we headed out on our first field trip to Strawberry Creek Park.  We cast our crumbs (mistakes) into the water from the bridge, and then played and took advantage of the slide still being there!

 

We have expanded Tashlich to include talking about water and water creatures.  Many of the children are very interested in the sea creature toys we have; some have become sharks and whales etc. outside.  We read a book on Thursday that Menachem brought back from Ghana called Crocodile Bread.  We looked at what was the same and what was different about the lives of the children in the book.  On Friday, we followed their directions and made our challah dough into a crocodile which was great fun.

 

We made a giant whale out of newspaper and then covered it in paper mache.  We heard the story of Jonah and the whale which is traditionally chanted on Yom Kippur.  We also sang "Jonah Lives in the Belly of the Whale" sung to the tune of "We all Live on a Yellow Submarine" and written by William.

 

In small groups we played lots of math chicken games, set up for Pretend Shabbat (counting out cups and other fun tasks).  We also made French Toast one day, and playdough that same day.  We played a game called Scooby Doo that allows all the children to perform something for their friends and we played the whole thing in Hebrew!  We have also been having lots of fun with music games inspired by the Wednesday class.  We welcomed back our friend Rikki which has been a nice way to start this new year.

 

Have a great and peaceful Shabbat,

 

Nevonim Teachers

Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee
Ruth

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
September 21, 2012
5 Tishrei, 5772
 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
We had a short week, but still quite exciting! Here are some of the things that took place in the kitah this week.
 
-To begin with, we would like to share with all of you that we love to dance and sing, and we find ourselves doing just that often throughout the day.
 
-We have placed a height chart on the wall and we have made marks to see how tall the children are.  We plan to use this again at the end of the school year to see how much we have grown.
 
- On Tuesday, we made green play dough together. We used the electric skillet to prepare it so we had some discussion about staying safe when it is on.
 
- We have been reading many books about feelings and how to make each other feel good, such as "Hands Are Not For Hitting", "The Way I Feel", and books about friends.
 
- Ofra brought in a yellow corn to eat at lunch time. She also brought a decorative corn that she grew at the community garden. It is very colorful, and the kernels are shades of purple, blue, red and orange. We were able to compare the two. We have put it in our science area to observe and explore.
 
- On Friday we baked challah to take home and for our pretend Shabbat.
 
- We have been using lots of Hebrew in the kitah. We have been singing, reading and conversing in Hebrew.
 
- We hung more art on the well to brighten our environment.
 
We hope everyone has a pleasant weekend.
Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and Anna




Wednesday, September 19, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah
September 14, 2012
27 Elul 5773
 
Dear Nevonim Parents,
 
While this was our last week of learning this year, it was a wonderful week.  We played with lots of ideas and concepts of Rosh HaShanah.  We explored circles and roundness through games, art and food!  We played a guessing game at circle time using Rosh HaShanah symbols.  We made round art on a spinner with round berachot for New Year's greetings.  We also used spyroart to explore circles further. 
 
We ate pomegranates, apples and made our own egg-free round challah in a spiral shape. We opened a pomegranate  (rimon) and coundted the seeds - we estimated it to be 613 just like the mitzvot.  We also looked at shapes in nature including spirals, stars, and circles.  With the round challah, we had a birthday party for the world (Happy 5773) and lit a candle which the ruach (wind) blew out for us.  We read the book The World's Birthday: A Rosh HaShanah Story. 
 
In order to look at how the shofar announces the new year we read "Wake Up and Beat the Drums".  We practiced blowing shofarot that Nevo's family loaned us, and we got a surprise shofar show from Naia's abba Peter.  We also read a book about a secret shofar in Spain.
 
We ate lots of apples and honey and sang many songs about them with Melita and without her.  We sang Apples and Hoeny, Thanks Alot, A Bee Song and Apple Tree. We played a game of "Who took the apples from the apple jar?" and one where children had to carry apple pieces in a spoon without dropping them.  We read a book called "The Apple Tree's Discovery" about the hidden star inside apples and we talked about what it special inside each of us that is a gift (matanah) from G-d.
 
On Wednesday, Beekeeper Alice brought a real working hive, honey and bee supplies to teach us about D'vorot (bees). In addition to being hands-on, interesting and tasty, this visit inspired bee play all week.  The mishkan became a hive, our bees buzzed around, gathering nectar and putting it in the honeycomb.  Like Alice, our beekeepers used a feather to tickle us and smoke to scare us.
 
Besides this fun, we had a visit form librarian Nora to read to us.  We welcomed back our guinea pigs (chazirei yam).  We played with new magnet blocks and moon sand.  We played cards.  In the afternoon a group of children constructed a new stepstool for our higher sink.  We also enjoyed used rhythm sticks in small groups.
 
On Wednesday, we will walk to Strawberry Creek Park to do our own tashlikh.
 
Shanah Tovah!
 
Nevonim Teachers,
 
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
September 14, 2012
27 Elul, 5772
 
 
Shalom Nachshonim Families!
 
Week two of school has been very exciting for us here at Netivot Shalom. We would love to share with you the highlights of our week.
 
- We read "The Shofar Calls to Us" and we learned about the different calls of the shorfar. We even used our voices to make the calls and our hands as the shofar.

-We brought in a couple of Shorfarot to our kitah for us to have a closer look and to have an oportunity to blow into the shorfar.

- We had a special visit from Rabbi Shalom Bochner who works upstairs. He met us out in the play yard with a very long shofar. Shalom showed us how he blows into the shofar to make noise and he taught us about the different calls the shofar makes.
 
-We had our first visit from Melita, our music specialist. She came with her guitar and we all sang together.
 
-While listening to Melita's CD on our stereo, we were changing a disc and one child pointed out the there was a rainbow on the wall (a reflection from the CD in the sunshine through the window). We pulled out two CD's from our closet that we use in our science area to make our  own rainbows on the ceiling.
 
-We have been placing our art on the walls.
 
- We finally got to meet our guinea pigs, Rena and Shira. We have been feeding them hay everyday, changning their water and feeding them treats like bell peppers.
 
-The Nevonim children made challah dough for us and together we baked a large round challah for Rosh Hashanah.
 
- On Thursday, we had another special visit from Nora the librarian. Nora comes to see us once a month and she brings with her an excellent selection of stories to read and she sings with us too.
 
-The Nevonim children delivered us some apple sturdel that the baked and we got to have a bit after lunch on Thursday.
 
- On Thursday, we did some apple tasting at snack time. We had three different types of apples: red, green and yellow. We had a chance to try them all. We then made a chart of all the children and what their favorite apple flavor was.
 
- We had a visit from our friend Jai, Jai will be joining the kitah in the beginning of October and he will be visiting us a couple of times with his parents before he begins.
 
- On Friday, after eveyone packed up their lunch, we got to eat apples with honey.

-We have been singing the Rosh Hashanah song "Tapuchim u'Dvash"/Apples and Honey a lot this week, and dancing to it.

-We then cut the apple cores in half to see that the seeds grow on the inside in the shape of a star. We used these apple cores to make prints with paint.
 
We hope everyone has a fantastic Rosh Hashanah.
Shana Tovah!
Ofra, Anna, and Tobi




Monday, September 10, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
September 7, 2012
20 Elul, 5772


Shalom Nachshonim Families,

Our first week of school as has been delightful and smooth. Here are the
highlights of our week in the kitah/classroom.

- We are getting ourselves familiar with the kitah, our play materials,
the play yard and our daily routine. As well as getting to know each other.

-Some of the specific things we have discussed are safelty rules. We
have talked about safety with scissors and how to hold them in a safe
way when we are walking with them. Also, we have been practicing using
our walking feet when we are indoors.

- We have been practicing our hand washing skills A LOT! We have a
special hand washing song we sing as we scrub.

- We have had some enjoyable circle times this week. We have been
pretending to sleep until Anna tells us "Boker Tov"/good morning and we
all wake up. We then sing Mode Ani. We also sing songs, read books
and do movement activities with our bodies.

-We had a look at our worms in the worm compost bin the we keep in the
play yard. We discussed how they eat our scraps of food and make soil
for our garden.
-The following day we fed our worms banana peels from our snack that day.

-We have been enjoying a great book called "Little Blue and Little
Yellow" by Leo Leoni. The story is about two collered dots that are
friends and they turn green when they hug.
-The children made paintings using blue and yellow paint and applying
the paint with q-tips. We are able to see how mixing the two colors
together makes green, just like Little Blue and Yellow in our story.

-We discovered a bee in the play yard on Thursday and we grew and
interest in her. She then flew away. The teachers retrieved a science
book from Lauren's office called "From Flower to Honey" that
describes the process of bees making honey.

- The children have been enjoying a song we like to sing and play called
"Dance Around and Jump Around". We dance until the song tells us to
stop, and then we work on freezing. We do something similar when we sit
down from snack or lunch, where we sing a song about drumming on the
table and then we "stop".

-The children have been making lots of paintings this week at the easle.
We will be hanging many of them on our walls next week.


We are both thrilled to get to know you and your children. We are
looking forward to more excitement and exploration next week!
Shabbat Shalom!
Ofra and Anna