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, May 11, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

May 11, 2012
19 Iyar 5772
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We have been continuing to count the Omer with great excitement each day.  On Wednesday, Rabbi Shalom helped us acknowledge Lev B'Omer, the 32nd day of the counting of the Omer. He sang with us a song about appreciating God's light.  He retold the story to us that we have been talking about all week, about the history of Lag B'Omer, about Rabbi Akiva and about his student Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai  who hid in a cave in Peki'in where the secrets of the Zohar was revealed to him.  A spring miraculously arose to give water and a carob tree to give  food.  We celebrate him and his teachings on Lag B'Omer which is both his birth and death dates with a huge bonfire.  Rabbi Shalom told us that in Israel, in Meron, the bonfire is so big that it can seen from outer space!
The bonfire we made in class, although not as large or as real, was equally exciting.  The mural of it is hanging in the kitah.  Outside we also made a cave to hide and meditate in and had our kumzitz (bonfire) snack and circle and lunch outside on Lag B'Omer - we had roasted potatoes and cheese.
In addition to that holiday, many children chose to make artwork for their mothers for Mothers Day - we discussed at circle some ideas that included artwork with hearts and flowers which is why you see many in your cubbies and around the classroom.--
We also made many more flowers for Shabbat Yeledeinu.  We experimented with stamps and paper.  We played with tinker toys.  We did Havdalah with Malkah, singing with Melita, Yoga with Leslie and Sarah. We had our first ever, very successful, soccer classes and we read lots and lots of books and used lots and lots of Hebrew!  Today we talked about meditating about God and what the children see - some answers included God made the world, everything, horses and trains!
Have a great Shabbat and weekend, and Shabbat Yeledeinu,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

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