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 - Nevonim

September 7, 2012
20 Elul 5772

Dear Nevonim Parents,

What an awesome week of learning we have had! Our first day we explored
the word Chaver (friend in Hebrew), we reconnected with old and new
friends, talked about our summer adventures and about what it means to
be a chaver in our kitah. We learned to spell the word with our bodies
through Aleph Bet Yoga. We also built a bayt (house in Hebrew)
collectively with each child conributing a block. Some of us in a small
group read a book called "Captain Jiri and Rabbi Jacob" based on a
Jewish folktale; from it we learned "not to fight", "to stand up for our
friends" and "it's ok to make mistakes" (all quotes from the children).

On our second day we focused on the value of Chesed (Lovingkindness in
Hebrew). We spelled this with Aleph Bet Yoga and we talked about how we
are loving and kind with examples from the kitah. We played a
cooperative puzzle game in small groups. We read "5 Little Gefiltes" and
compared being a mensch to be Chesed. At lunch we read a Jewish version
of Little Red Hen where all the animals are in Israel and they offer to
help and cooperate instead of the usual avoidance of responsibility!
The children understood the differences in the stories right away!

On our third day we explored the value of K'vod (respect in Hebrew)/ We
talked about and acted out what respect looks like; we spelled the word
in Aleph Bet Yoga and we learned to say Kol Ha'Kavod to each other when
we have done a "good job". We made real fruit salad, learning all the
words in Hebrew, then later in circle we made pretend cooperative fruit
salad and sang "Artic, Menta, Chocolat, Banana". At lunch we read "The
Pillow Stone", a story from Talmud Hulin 91b which evokes the idea of
cooperation (stones working together to become one pillow instead of
fighting). We read "The Dragon and the Knight" by Tomie de Paola about
a dragon and knight who don't really want to fight each other. In a
small group we "read" to each other In the Deep Blue Sea, a book which
many of the children can "read" and we then had it read to them in Hebrew.

Finally, today, we made challah and challah bags, we sang Shabbat songs
including Bim Bom and Shabbat Dinosaur and we set up our own Shabbat
table at circle time, choosing symbols of Shabbat for our table. At
lunch we heard the story of "the Stain on the Table" which tells how
Rabbi Akiva spilled wine on purpose in order to take away from the shame
an older man felt when he spilled on the table first. We discussed how
this is "Consideration of Others" - V'ahavta cmocha l'rayahtcha (treat
others the way you want to be treated.) In small groups we played
clafim (cards) including the game Milchamah (War) which promoted great
math skills and was fun!

Of course all week was also filled with exploring new dressup clothing,
a new arrangement of the toys, art outside and inside, and a very
elaborate and evolving Bubble Store: game that the children invented.

We hope you have a peaceful Shabbat and weekend. We will see you on
Monday when we begin a full week of Rosh HaShanah fun.

Nevonim Teachers,

Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

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