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, October 26, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah

October 26, 201210/Cheshvan, 5773


Shalom Nachshonim Families,


Another enjoyable week at Netivot Shalom Preschool! Here are some of the things that we did in the kitah this week.

STAV /Hebrew for AUTUMN
- We observed more fallen leaves with magnifying glasses this week. On Friday, we observed many leaves that all came from the same tree. We noticed that all the leaves had similar shapes, but each one was a different size with it's own coloring.
- We tasted some pomegranate seeds from our fruiting tree in the play yard. It was much too sour for us.
-We read more of the books that Hadas and Ima Jess brought in from the library about apples
- We had another round of making apple juice in Ofra's juicer. Even the Nevonim were inspired to make apple juice too.

-HAVDALLAH! We had a special visit from our friend Malka and she had Havdallah with us on Monday. Havdallah is what we do to greet the new week when Shabbat is over. Some of the things we do are light a twisted Havdallah candle, we smell the delightful and sweet aroma of spices for a delightful and sweet week, and say blessings. Malka is the grandmother of a former student of ours and we are pleased that she has chosen to keep coming in on Mondays for this special ritual with us for a couple of years now.
 
- The children have learned a couple of new songs. We have been singing "Two Little Kitty Cats" and the children have been acting it out. We have also introduced "I'm a Little Tea Pot".
 
- Our communal art project has turned into a group mixed media project. We painted on it some more this week, and we glued some leaves and scraps of paper on it too. We have also hung it up to beautify our space.
 
- We have been practicing sneezing and coughing into the crook of our arm. We have a song in Hebrew called Hashafan Hakatan/The Little Rabbit. The rabbit forgets to close the door and then he gets sick with a runny nose. The song ends with the Rabbit sneezing. We have also been reading and singing "There Was and Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves" (perhaps she'll sneeze, AAAACHOOOOO). So this has given us a chance to talk about the importance of covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing to keep germs from spreading.
 
- A popular book in our kitah right now is called "10 Shirim Rishonim" / Ten First Songs. These are classic Hebrew songs that we have on a disc called "100 Shirim Rishonim".
 
- On Monday, we had another fire drill since not everyone was present for our first fire drill. Now all of our Nachshonim children know what to do if an emergency ever happened. By popular demand, we even had a third fire drill on Tuesday.
 
- On Tuesday, we walked into the sanctuary to have a look at the Torahs in the Aron Kodesh. We talked about how the words in the Torah are not written on paper, but rather on parchment that is made from an animal's skin. Again, we talked about how people do not touch the Torah when they read it, they use a special tool called a yad/hand. On our way out, the children grabbed stuffy Torahs that we brought back into our kitah.

- On Thursday we baked pancakes for snack and ate them with honey.

- On Friday we baked challah of course.

Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim/ The Eithical treatment of animals.
-This a Jewish mitzva that we continue to practice at school. We make sure that we are always gentle and calm with our guinea pigs. We make sure that they get healthy food and clean water. We clean their cage twice a week so they will be comfortable in their space. Even when we find spiders out in the play yard where they might get stepped on, we always carefully move them to the bushes to ensure that they do not get hurt. Also, we take care of our worms by feeding them our food scraps and making sure that the soil and compost they live in stays moist.
 
We want to remind everyone that we will continue to explore stav/autumn and you are all invited to bring in some found leaves for science and art projects. Any day next week would be fine to bring these in.

See you next week!
 
Shabbat Shalom!
Ofra and Anna

Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

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