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.

Monday, February 13, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Feb. 10, 2012
17 Shevat, 5772

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

This week we had many Tu B'Shevat related activities that were exciting this week. Here are the highlights of our week in the Nachshonim kitah.

- Our science area is filled with tree related materials. We have pieces of wood that have been cut into rings and sanded. We also have two pomellos and one yellow grapefruit. We have been rolling the fruits and the children have been using them in various play. We planned to eat them at the end of the week. On Friday at snack, we sliced them up and we got to taste the two fruits. Both were yellow on the outside, but the pomello was pink on the inside and the grapefruit was yellow on the inside.
- Our tree sculptures make our kitah feel like a forest. We read "In the Forest" as we were pretending to be in the forest when we brought our trees to the reading corner.
-We continue to read lots of  books about Tu B'Shevat and trees.
- We ate the alfalfa sprouts that we grew!
- The radishes in our "root vue" have sprouted first before the carrots and green onions. We can see their roots through the window.
- We collected all the stuffed animals that live in trees. We then used them in the branches of our tree sculptures.
- We made a large fruit salad for snack on Thursday with fruits that grow on trees.
- We had a very pleasant and special Tu B'Shevat seder with Rabbi Bochner who works upstairs. We ate three types of fruits. Fruits with a peel, fruits with pits and fruits that you can eat the whole thing. We said Tu B'Shevat blessings. We also opened the window and sang Yom Huledet Sameach / Happy Birthday to all the trees outside.

-After our Tu B'Shvat seder, we took the opportunity to explore our building and to see the offices of the people who work here. As we walk through the building, we always talk about keeping our voices down because people work here. Now we have a sense of what these work spaces look like. In Lauren's room, we saw a large collection of books as well as some toys and games that she keeps there.

-There are a couple of new documentation boards on the wall in the hallway. Please take some time to have a look at what we have been up to here at school. We have begun writing quotes from the children of their thoughts when they see these images.

- Some of our children got to hold our guinea pigs this week when went into the big kitah with the Nevonim.

- Some children have grown an interest in pretending that they are cats.

-We made Challah for Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom,
Ofra and Anna

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