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, September 19, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

September 14, 2012
27 Elul, 5772
Shalom Nachshonim Families!
Week two of school has been very exciting for us here at Netivot Shalom. We would love to share with you the highlights of our week.
- We read "The Shofar Calls to Us" and we learned about the different calls of the shorfar. We even used our voices to make the calls and our hands as the shofar.

-We brought in a couple of Shorfarot to our kitah for us to have a closer look and to have an oportunity to blow into the shorfar.

- We had a special visit from Rabbi Shalom Bochner who works upstairs. He met us out in the play yard with a very long shofar. Shalom showed us how he blows into the shofar to make noise and he taught us about the different calls the shofar makes.
-We had our first visit from Melita, our music specialist. She came with her guitar and we all sang together.
-While listening to Melita's CD on our stereo, we were changing a disc and one child pointed out the there was a rainbow on the wall (a reflection from the CD in the sunshine through the window). We pulled out two CD's from our closet that we use in our science area to make our  own rainbows on the ceiling.
-We have been placing our art on the walls.
- We finally got to meet our guinea pigs, Rena and Shira. We have been feeding them hay everyday, changning their water and feeding them treats like bell peppers.
-The Nevonim children made challah dough for us and together we baked a large round challah for Rosh Hashanah.
- On Thursday, we had another special visit from Nora the librarian. Nora comes to see us once a month and she brings with her an excellent selection of stories to read and she sings with us too.
-The Nevonim children delivered us some apple sturdel that the baked and we got to have a bit after lunch on Thursday.
- On Thursday, we did some apple tasting at snack time. We had three different types of apples: red, green and yellow. We had a chance to try them all. We then made a chart of all the children and what their favorite apple flavor was.
- We had a visit from our friend Jai, Jai will be joining the kitah in the beginning of October and he will be visiting us a couple of times with his parents before he begins.
- On Friday, after eveyone packed up their lunch, we got to eat apples with honey.

-We have been singing the Rosh Hashanah song "Tapuchim u'Dvash"/Apples and Honey a lot this week, and dancing to it.

-We then cut the apple cores in half to see that the seeds grow on the inside in the shape of a star. We used these apple cores to make prints with paint.
We hope everyone has a fantastic Rosh Hashanah.
Shana Tovah!
Ofra, Anna, and Tobi

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