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, May 14, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
I apologize for the delay in getting our Hashavuah to you the last couple of weeks. It is never to late to share with you all what we have been up to.
Two weeks ago, which was Anna's last week:
- On that Monday, Ima Jeanine came into the kitah to cook with us. We made muffins in honor of Anna and her Birthday! We sang Happy Birthday to her.
-We looked at some new additions to our selection of baby photos.
-Baby Owl has now been at every child's home. We have begun to go back to the beginning of the journal to reread what the children were up to with Baby Owl.
-We had a new selection of toys in our science area including our small wild animals that are perfect for sorting and classifying.
-We also now have a very long train puzzle that the children were able to help each other with and complete without any teacher assistance.
-The guinnea pigs spent the whole week with us in the kitah. The children built a "maze" for them with building blocks. We put the guinnea pigs on a folded blanket as the children built their project around them. The structure was built so that they could not escape. However, the guinnea pigs stayed on their blanket with their hay, and never stepped off it once. I have a feeling that their lack of movement will not deter us from doing this again.
-We made a lot of mixed media art a couple of weeks ago. We did wax-resist paintings with crayons and watercolors. We made collages with glue and various materials, and we made lots of paintings at the easel.
-We held conferences with parents on Tuesday. It was great to catch up with everyone,
- We checked out the roots of our raddishes and carrots that are growing in our root-vue
-We continued to talk about Anna's pregnancy leave with the kids in the kitah. We discussed why Anna needs some time at home and we taked about how Colin and Nina will be in the kitah teaching while Anna is away.
Last week:
-We went on a field trip with the Nevonim to Berkeley way Mini Park. Thank you to our volunteers that helped make it happen. We had a lovely time.
-When Menachem was recording his song with the preschoolers. We had pulled out an old tape recorder, but unfortunately it was not working. Since then, Mr. Fix-it, also known as Ofra's Aba, has fixed it. We recorded our voices singing songs and telling stories.
-We now have 30 new beanie babies!! It has been very interesting to see how children use such a large amount of beanies.
- We prepared ourselves for Mother's day by making special paintings for our mother's.
- Colin shared his mandolin with us and let the kids strum.
- We have been looking at our Baby Owl Journal over the past two weeks. One parent sent the teachers an email with photos of baby owl at their home. We looked at these pictures on Ofra's iphone. Tobie also sent the teachers an email with a link to an article about an Owl who has nested in Berkeley hills and now has a baby. Using the iphone, we had a chance to look at what a real baby owl looks like.
-We had both Nina and Colin with us and it has been nice to have some new company in the kitah.
- On Wednesday last week, we had an unexpected and very involved reading time together. All the children chose to sit and listen to the stories instead of playing with toys.
- We danced to animal actions a few times at circle time last week. It is a great way to release lots of energy and enjoy ourselves.
We are looking forward to more excitement this week.

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