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 18, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

May 18, 2012
26 Iyar 5772

Dear Nevonim Parents,

We had a very busy week. We made lots of caves and forts.  We made a foot bath with the stepping stones.  We made many melted wax stained glass pieces. We sang with Melita.  We now do yoga with Leslie and Sara on Wednesday afternoons.  We went to the park on Tuesday and had our lunch for snack in picnic form so that we could come back and celebrate Naomi's 4th birthday with a fruit bouquet! Many of us had soccer class on Tuesday and others were sad on Thursday that Shorashim had ended!
In anticipation of Shavuot next week, we have been reading, telling and acting out the story of Ruth.  Today we looked at the letters that spell out Ruth and we made them with our bodies with Aleph Bet Yoga. We have been talking about the theme of going to a new place and what it would feel like - Naomi and Elimelech leave the land of Judah for Moab, and Ruth leaves Moab to return home with Naomi. 

We have also begun the thinking process of where to donate all the tzedakah money we have raised this year.  Some of the early suggestions were giving it to poor people or to Helios Corner, where the children visited the elder residents earlier in the year.

We decorated our mishkan Shalom with lots of sparkling beads and lights and the same beads keep reappearing as "otzar" (treasure) that we are finding. 

We spent time noticing that snack one day was Pretzels and Peas (both beginning with P) and another day Bananas and Bread (both beginning with B).  We have had fun coming up with other food alliteration. We have also noticed that many of our emerging writers who wrote their names in English left to right at the beginning of the year, are now integrating Hebrew order and often write their names in reverse now!

On Thursday Bennett (Caitlin's boyfriend) came to the kitah in his EMT uniform to talk to us about working in an ambulance and first aid.  He taught us the different ambulance calls and told us always to be cautious around ambulances since they are often on call for an emergency even without the sirens.  We learned about blood pressure, heartbeats and oxygen.  He also introduced how to use all the emergency child - size first aid equipment we have in our new Magen David Adom pretend kit (Red Cross in Israel is literally Red Star of David).  This kid includes splints, a neck brace and bandages. 

One day this week our afternoon children played a game mixing up the initial sounds of children's names and then mixing up the ends of the names challenging them to listen and decipher initial and ending sounds.  At rest time they listened to the Beggar King, a story about King Solomon.

A reminder that we will be going to Urban Adamah on Wednesday next week! Long pants and fully-enclosed will be a must. Also, please refill your changes of clothing as the weather gets warmer and water play happens.

In anticipation of Leyl Sahvuot, (where we stay up all night studying) we will have a highly requested PAJAMA DAY on THURSDAY!

Have a great weekend,

Nevonim Teachers

Caitlin, Ruth, Shirlee and William

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