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 30, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

March 30, 2012
7 Nissan 5772

Dear Nevonim Parents,

We had another great week of Pesah learning and fun. We started the
week by completing our desert sand sculptures (which are really salt and
chalk) and we thought they turned out beautifully. We learned a new
desert song in Hebrew. We read several books about new babies and we
talked about spring as the season for new things in nature. We did more
yoga with Sara and Leslie - we all became Israelites crossing from Egypt
through the Red Sea to Canaan, but since we have been talking about
disabilities, each group of 3 children had one child tie a scarf around
a leg which he/she then could not walk on so the children had to learn
to give and accept help to make it to safety. It was fun and
educational, but we did lose a few Israelites along the way! After this
we took a very windy walk to the library to hear more books from Nora.
On Wednesday, we read the "Littlest Frog" and talked about the plagues
and Pharoah "hardening" his heart. We also played with our many toy
frogs and sang "When Pharaoh Awoke in His Bed". Rabbi Shalom taught us
Dayeneu and we talked about the Pesah foods we eat on the Seder table
and what they represent.

In small groups, we did Aleph Bet Yoga, we played Red Light/Green Light
and we started making a fan which resulted in the very exciting
situation of Caitlin cutting her finger and needing stitches - this led
to a flurry of medical related interest which we will continue with next
week. Together we made pickles which we will eat next week as the
kitchen will be closed for Passover. Thursday was an awesomely fun day
as we all loaded up into cars and drove to Tilden. Thank you so much to
all the parent drivers and non-drivers who brought the plethora of
carseats and boosters! At Tilden we were so lucky to have clear skies
and a great naturalist named Ranger James. He led us on an amphibian
walk to several manmade ponds - we saw a rough-skinned newt, a
California newt, a salamander, frog eggs/tadpoles, and we heard many
frogs. We also saw deer, turtles, ducks and many banana slugs. After
we walked back to the nature center as is if we were these animals, we
had a picnic and then fed lots of celery to the Little Farm animals -
cows, goats, sheep (there were many baby lambs), ducks, geese and two
very sleepy pigs.

Today, Shabbatasaurus goes home with Ziporah and thus has visited every
house in the kitah! Thanks for all your hospitality and fun reports
back. Wild Thing will be done making the rounds in a few weeks.

We want to remind everyone to start bringing back their books from last
year which document each child's time at Netivot Shalom Preschool - we
are ready, unbelievably, to start filling them again with this year's
happenings! Next week Colin will be in every day subbing for Ruth.

Have a great weekend,

Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

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