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, January 13, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

January 13, 2012
18 Tevet, 5772

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

Another exciting week has passed and we have lots to share with all of you.

- Rikki has officially started her first week of school. It has been enjoyable to have a new face and friend in our kitah/classroom

-We have been exploring the theme of things that go with the use of wheels.
- We have, in our kitah, a very large cardboard tube. We have been propping it up on various furniture and it has become a tunnel/ramp for our toy cars to go down.
- We took plastic toy cars and put them in paint. We then used the toy cars to make tracks on a large sheet of butcher paper. We will be hanging this piece of art on our wall next week. Come and have a look!
- We have had several discussions about things with wheels. We talked about the shape of wheels and how they roll. The children named off all the things they could think of that have wheels. They came up with: bicycles, cars, motorcycles, firetrucks, our wheel barrow out in the play yard, our toy car out in the play yard, and our wagon.
-We also discussed the  things we see when we are inside of a car. We covered the process that a driver has to go through in order to drive a car. At circle time we acted out this process. We shut the door, buckled up, put the key in the ignition and stepped on the peddle as we turned our steering wheels. 
- We have been singing the songs we know that have to do with things with wheels. "Hene Rakavet"/ in Hebrew, it means "Here is a train", I've Been Working on the Railroad, and The Wheels on the Bus.
-Ofra brought in her rollerblades to school. She put them on out in the play yard to show how they work. The children were interested in pushing or pulling Ofra to make her roll on her wheels.

- On Monday we mixed paints in our paint jars so we would be ready for painting all week long.

- The cardboard tube is more than just a tunnel for our cars. This week it has also been used as a fire hose, and it is great to use when we tell secrets into each other's ears. If someone whispers in one end and someone listens on the other, our whispers are amplified.

- We had some sensory activities this week of Ooblek inside the classroom and shaving cream out in the play yard.

- We cooked French Toast for snack on Wednesday.

- We baked Challah for Shabbat, of course.

We look forward to seeing you all next week
Enjoy your extended weekends for Marin Luther King Jr. Day

Shabbat Shalom,
Ofra and Anna

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