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 16, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

March 16, 2012
Adar 22 5772

Dear Nevonim Parents,

We have had a very wet week. We had several fun days in the social hall
with the parachute and other large motor skill indoor activities. Today
some of us took a rainy day walk. In the kitah we made collages from
bookcovers. We did a play about Caitlin stealing a puppy - we had parts
for bailiffs, guards, police, lawyers and a judge. We concluded that
stealing is wrong because of the ten commandments, but Caitlin did not
hurt the animals and thus respected "bal tashchit". We sang with
Melita. Some of us conducted a science experiment with chalk and water
and developed our own hypothesis. We made family chains "sharsharot"
from foil and yarn. Colin and the children have been busy repairing the
new wall in the mishkan. We also acted out, read, and listened to two
different recordings of Peter and the Wolf.

The children can all recognize the different instruments now - violin,
drums, flute, etc.. We mixed up chalk and salt for a sand sculpture
since we have started talking about Pesah and what Egypt looks like. We
made a model of Egypt at circle and started telling the story from the
Torah. We are impressed with how much your children already know! We
heard a story about Elijah's cup. We read "Nachshon the Brave" which is
based on a Pesah midrash about being brave, and having faith in order to
be free and face one's fears. We also read "Miriam and her Brother
Moses" which tells the Pesah story from Miriam's perspective (with input
from fish in the River Nile.) In anticipation of our radishes growing
for Pesah, we tasted a giant daikon as well as kohlrabi.

The children made a thank you book to acknowledge Menachem's ten years
of being a Rabbi. We want to thank the parents for letting us have a
great day of learning on Wednesday. Some of the results of our
discussion about ourselves as professioanl Jewish Early Childhood
Education are posted as a web near the Nevonim classroom.

Thank you to all who have volunteered to drive for our field trip on the
29th. We may still need a few more. We will let you know.

Next week, we have some special visitors to our kitah. Willa Mamet, a
congregant and a mezuzah artist, will be coming on Monday to demonstrate
her wood skills. On Tuesday, we will have Leslie Gordon (also a
congregant) and her caregiver Sara come teach animal yoga with the
children. They will come for the next three weeks. We all be talking
about people with disabilities in preparation for this, as most of
you may know Leslie has cerebral palsy and is in a wheel chair.

We hope you have a great weekend - it will no doubt be a wet one!

Nevonim Teachers.

Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

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