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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.
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Friday, February 10, 2012

HaShavuah - Neovnim

February 10, 2012
17 Shvat, 5772
Dear Nevonim Parents,

We had such a good week celebrating Tu bShvat Together. We learned a
song in Hebrew and English about almond trees blossoming as we drew and
admired apple blossoms in the kitah.
We learned about everything trees give us from fruit to oxygen to paper
- we made our own paper and in so doing recycled some of our old
artwork, We made paper soup, then ground it up into a "slurry", then
flattened it onto a screen and added leaves and glitter to it. We had
fun watching it take days to dry!

We made a habitat for the tiger snail that was visiting our kitah (first
we did research to find out what kind of snail it is and how to take
care of it). We also continued learning how to take care of our guinea
pigs, what they should eat and why, and how to clean their cage!

We sang tree sangs with Melita. The best present for the trees'
birthday was the beautiful rain on Tuesday that also meant we had rainy
day fun in the social hall instead of going to the park. We had fun
with trains, wheels and tumbling in a large space.

In preparation for our seder on Wednesday we made tablecloths for the
event by putting watercolor and pigment on fabric and then we put them
outside and let the rain "paint" them for us - they turned out quite
spectacular. Thanks rain! We also played a guessing game at circle
about where different objects come from, trees or other places. We made
a list which is in the hall about some of the ways that trees help us
and we can help them.

On Wednesday, a team of children helped set up the upstairs art room for
our festive seder with Rabbi Shalom. He taught us about the origins of
Tu bShvat that originally it was a tax holiday and a way for farmers to
keep track of the age of their trees so they could observe not picking
fruit from them for their first four years. We blessed and tasted
tangerines (you can eat the inside but not the outside), dates (you can
eat the outside but not the inside) and grapes (you can eat both). We
also had three different colors of juice to bless. The seder ended with
a reading of the Lorax and the singing of "Olive Trees are Standing."

On Thursday we made Hide and Seek muffins with dred tree fruit hidden
inside (cherries, prunes and mango). We read the Giving Tree and tasted
carobs that Savta Irene gave us. We also made her a thank you book for
leading the botanical tour this past weekend. We planted snowpeas in
individual pots and look forward to them sprouting. Today we planted
some Califonia poppies and the sweet potatoe plant we sprouted way back
in September.

We hope you have a great weekend!

Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirley

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