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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, October 5, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Oct. 5, 2012
19 Tishrei, 5773
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
The last couple of weeks have been eventful, with holidays and many interesting activities in the kitah. Here are some of the highlights of the last two weeks.
-We officially have Jai as a member of our Nachshonim kitah! We welcomed Jai to his first day of school this week on Thursday.
Last week:
-On the Thursday after Yom Kippur, we made a trip to the social hall to look at the people building the sukkah out in the couryard. Wthen went back at the end of the day to see the progress.
- We pulled out our workbench and our toy tools. We also have safety goggles and work gloves.
- We used our toy hammers with the playdough we made the week before. Hammering on the workbench can be very noisy, this way the children can hammer and we can feel comfortable with the noise level.
-We talked about how we will eat our lunches in the sukkah once Sukkot begins.
-We sang Sukkot songs in both Hebrew and English.
-We had a chance to run and play in the social hall. We danced and sang "Ooga Ooga" a few times (a song in Hebrew). The children used the large space for lots of running. In fact, they ran all ran in a circle in the same direction till they were out of breath.
- We found a bee in our kitah that was no longer alive. We observed the insect and talked about what we saw.
- We mixed paint colors from the primary colors and we now have every color of the rainbow.
-We have been singing "Orange Is a Carrot" and "Purple grapes" at circle times. Both are sung with image cards.
- On Friday, Ofra was not at school and Caitlin, one of the Nevonim teachers, was sitting in for her. Caitlin enjoyed spending time with the Nachshonim.
This week:
-Out in the play yard, we discovered a sukkah that the Nevonim have built. We found a large dried palm leaf on plant and we removed it from the plant. We placed it on top of the sukkah as the schach.
-This week, we ate our lunches in the sukkah.
-We have been playing with our stuffy lulavs and etrogs. While we were eating lunch in the sukkah, we had a chance to look at a real lulav and etrog. In Hebrew, the lulav and etrog are called "arba'at haminim"/the four species. Anna told us about the three plants that make a lulav, and including the etrog, that makes four.
- We celebrated Jai's 2nd birthday on Thursday with a special snack that he brought in. The children helped slice the strawberries. At circle time, we lit a candle for Jai and sang happy birthday to him. We then sang "Hayom Yom Huledet" (translated to "Today is a birthday) in Hebrew.
- On Thursday, the Nevonim went on a field trip and we had a chance to play in their classroom while they were away. We took out the guinea pigs, Rena and Shira, and we pet them and fed them hay.
-Out in the play yard, we have noticed that the pomegranate trees have lots of large fruits on them.

-On Friday, we cleaned the guinea pigs cage and gave them new clean bedding.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach to everyone, enjoy your holiday and we will see you Wednesday.
Ofra and Anna

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