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, September 10, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

September 7, 2012
20 Elul, 5772

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

Our first week of school as has been delightful and smooth. Here are the
highlights of our week in the kitah/classroom.

- We are getting ourselves familiar with the kitah, our play materials,
the play yard and our daily routine. As well as getting to know each other.

-Some of the specific things we have discussed are safelty rules. We
have talked about safety with scissors and how to hold them in a safe
way when we are walking with them. Also, we have been practicing using
our walking feet when we are indoors.

- We have been practicing our hand washing skills A LOT! We have a
special hand washing song we sing as we scrub.

- We have had some enjoyable circle times this week. We have been
pretending to sleep until Anna tells us "Boker Tov"/good morning and we
all wake up. We then sing Mode Ani. We also sing songs, read books
and do movement activities with our bodies.

-We had a look at our worms in the worm compost bin the we keep in the
play yard. We discussed how they eat our scraps of food and make soil
for our garden.
-The following day we fed our worms banana peels from our snack that day.

-We have been enjoying a great book called "Little Blue and Little
Yellow" by Leo Leoni. The story is about two collered dots that are
friends and they turn green when they hug.
-The children made paintings using blue and yellow paint and applying
the paint with q-tips. We are able to see how mixing the two colors
together makes green, just like Little Blue and Yellow in our story.

-We discovered a bee in the play yard on Thursday and we grew and
interest in her. She then flew away. The teachers retrieved a science
book from Lauren's office called "From Flower to Honey" that
describes the process of bees making honey.

- The children have been enjoying a song we like to sing and play called
"Dance Around and Jump Around". We dance until the song tells us to
stop, and then we work on freezing. We do something similar when we sit
down from snack or lunch, where we sing a song about drumming on the
table and then we "stop".

-The children have been making lots of paintings this week at the easle.
We will be hanging many of them on our walls next week.

We are both thrilled to get to know you and your children. We are
looking forward to more excitement and exploration next week!
Shabbat Shalom!
Ofra and Anna

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