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.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

HaShavuah She'avar

Hashavuah She'avar/ Last week
May 30, 2012
9 Sivan, 5772

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
Here is a little bit of information about what went on in the kitah last
week as we prepared for Shavuot.

- We talked about the pilgrimage that people would take a long time ago
to get to Jerusalem with their season's harvest.
-At circle time, the children were asked what kind of harvest they would
like to take with them if they were to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
-We discussed the tradition of decorating a synagogue with plant life
and fruits for this chag.
-We also shared the story of Moses climbing Mt. Sinai in the desert when
he received the 10 commandments.
- At circle time on Monday, we made our "kitah commandments". The
children mentioned the rules and guidelines that we have at school and
we wrote them down on a large sheet of paper as they were mentioned. We
have posted it on our wall if you would like to see what the children
came up with.
- We had a very special visit from Rabbi Shalom Bochner. He came into
our kitah and sang some songs with us and he shared with us a bit about
the chag of Shavuot. We also had a great experience with Shalom in the
sanctuary when he took the Torah out for us to have a look at the real
thing! We got to see what the Hebrew inside looks like up close. We were
sure not to touch the parchment with our hands. Shalom explained a bit
about how a Sofer, the person who writes the Torah, uses a feather for
the ink and how it takes many, many months to finish.

-We looked at our tzedakah box again, the one that we use at pretend
Shabbat. This time, we also looked at a large plastic bag that is full
of all the coins we have collected from pretend Shabbat. Each child had
the opportunity to hold the bag by themselves to feel how heavy all
those coins were.

-We had another opportunity to look at our miniature Torahs.
-Inspired by the miniature Torahs, we decided to make our very own
Torah. We layed a long piece of butcher paper across our tables and the
children drew on it. Later in the play yard, we searched for two sticks
to use to roll up our scroll. We learned from Shalom that they are
called the Etz Chaim/ tree of life. Some children helped label the
things in the torah, such as the story of Moses, Sukkot, blessings, and
Hebrew.

More exciting news from the Nachshonim kitah coming soon.
Ofra and Colin

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