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, June 29, 2012

HaShavuah

Hashavuah
June 29, 2012
9 Tamuz, 5772
 
Shalom Netivot Shalom Families,
 
This week has been busy and exciting. Here are the highlights of our week
 
-At the beginning of the week, the children were included in deciding what foods we want to eat for the week and we made our snack schedule together.
 
- The childern singing "Jonah Lived in the Belly of a Whale" led to a discussion of what goes in our bellies.
 
-We read three Jewish stories that all related to feeding the poor. The first on is "Bagels from Benny".
- We read the Jewish folk tale "The Bitter and the Sweet". The story was about a begger who is not Jewish who comes to a Jewish neighborhood during Pesach. He is told that everyone opens their doors during Pesach and he will be able to receive some food for his hungry belly. At the seder, the begger leaves after he tasted the bitter herbs at the Seder because he did not like the flavor. Not only did we learn about the the flavors of bitter and sweet, but also about showing hospitality and feeding the poor.
- One child brought in a book to share at school of Jewish stories. We read one in which a child is rewarded by God for giving food to a hungry woman even when he and his family are in need of food themselves.
 
- After we read "The Bitter and the Sweet", we talked about bitter and sweet foods we like. Many children mentioned that chocolate is a sweet food they like to eat. William talked about how chocolate comes from a bean that is actually bitter.
- On Thursday, Ofra brought in cacao beans, We cracked open the husks with a mortar and pestle and removed the bean. We crushed them up with the mortar and pestle, we smelled it, and we tasted the raw unsweetened cacao. The children tasted small amounts and most of them seemed to enjoy the flavor. We will continue tasting different foods with different flavors next week.
-We remembered playing with the cacao mulch in our sensory table in the past and we got to see that the mulch is made from the husks of the cacao.
 
-We ate bagels and bananas for snack and we talked about "B" words. Some of the children mentioned words like "bouncing", "boundary" and "bracha".
 
- We are discussing the different brachot that are said for different kinds of foods.
 
- A moth who was no longer alive was found. We observed it under our large magnifying glass. A couple days later, a bee was found and we also had a close look at it under the magnifying glass.
 
- Ooblek on Wednesday and Thursday.
 
- Before lunch on Thursday, we discussed the proper way to wash your hands and we practiced by pretending together and singing the hand washing song.
 
- We have been using our toy binoculars from the science area. Ofra brought in a pair of real binoculars from home for the children to see the strong magnification of the real binoculars.
 
- We had a very special visit from Stephanie Trammel (Liam's Imah). She came in to tell us the story of last week's Torah portion. She laid out a piece of yellow felt and it became the midbar/desert. She had a miniature mishkan and miniatures of all the objects that the Israelites used to get close to G-d when they were in the desert such as a menorah, a place to light incense, a place to wash hands before entering the mishkan, and pretend people that made up the twelve tribes of Israel. Steaphanie was kind enough to let us borrow the materials she brought and now we can and explore them some more next week.
 
We are looking forward to another fun week. See you then.
L'hitraot v'Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and William

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