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, March 23, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim - March 23

March 23, 2012
29 Adar 5772

Dear Nevonim Parents,

As this week brought the true start of spring, we have been talking
about Pesah's spring symbols, its story and traditions. We read several
books about new babies (since we also have quite a few of those in our
families!) In learning about Egypt, we have been talking about the
desert, its climate and its animals. We made desert sand paintings and
had Shirlee tell us a desert story. We tasted matzah for snack with
butter one day and "sabras" cactus afikomen many times. We read "Sammy
the Spider's First Passover."

We have been talking a lot about "Hachnasat Orchim" (welcoming guests)
as we have had several guests to our kitah this week. On Monday we
welcomed Willa Mamet who brought with her wood and the mezuzot that she
makes from them. It was very exciting. We read "Mezuzah on the Door"
in preparation and will be making our own mezuzot soon. Melita came as
always on Tuesday. We also had Sarah and Lesley come and do Passover
animal yoga with children. They became frogs and locusts as well as
many other animals. We learned important lessons about slowing our
bodies down, and being patient. We have been reading books about
peoples' differences and disabilities. Rabbi Shalom came into the kitah
on Wednesday and taught us about Pesah, including the song "Avadim
Hayinu" (We were slaves in Egypt)..

In small groups this week we did a science experiment putting out a
flame with baking soda and vinegar. We wrestled in pairs with safety
rules (as a way to appease some necessary large motor aggressive play).
We checked on our plants. We have also been practicing our skills as a
kehillah (a community) by discussing and voting on several issues. One
of the Jewish values is"Kol Yisrael aravim zeh l'zeh (All Israel is
responsible one to another.) For example, on Tuesday we voted on
whether to go to the park or not. 10 children wanted to and 8 didn't so
we split up and had one group go and one stay. At other times, we vote
on which song to sing or story to hear and we go with a majority rule
with very few complaints!

A reminder that next Thursday is our field trip. We have all the forms
and enough drivers but we will need car seats or boosters. We will send
out an email on Monday listing who is driving whom so we can
coordinate. Drivers, don't forget your forms for Lauren. Also, you can
send your children with lettuce and celery for the little farm that day.
Have a great weekend.

Nevonim Teachers,

Cailtin, Ruth and Shirlee

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