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 - Nevonim

October 26, 2012
10 Chesvan 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We started our week with geshem, rain, and so we focused on this theme for a while. We sang geshem songs, we played in puddles, we were very industrious in our drying of the tricycles and play structure, we read a book called Umbrella nad we made rain sounds, we did a feltboard of a rain book and many of us were penguins inside and out. We also looked at plankton in a jar that Noa brought in.
Rabbi Menachem came in on Wednesday and taught us about this week's Torah parashah which was the portion he had for his Bar Mitzvah when he was thirteen. We also sang a song based on the portion "Lech L'cha". We talked about what it would be like to walk with friends to a new place even if you don't know where you are going.
We turned our summer stories into a book for the whole kitah to share. We used modeling clay to make letters to spell things. We did Havdalah with Malkah. We sang with Melita. We talked about our new tzedakah project and prepared a box to collect things for babies. We listened to Peter and the Wolf many times and are really focusing on it as a way to match sounds with words and pictures.
We also had a lot of interest in shapes through our magnet tiles so we focused a lot on architecture and building and shapes and how they fit together. We have been working on building a great city mural. We have learned words like mansion, skyscraper and pinnacle. We looked at different kinds of triangles, isosceles, equilateral, acute and obtuse. We tried building with just triangles and saw how challenging that can be. We learned the names of shapes in English and Hebrew and made shapes with our bodies and played a shape finding game.
One day we made our own snack, looking at the shared shape of potatoes and apples and the shared etymology of the word in Hebrew (tapuach and tapuach adamah). We made mashed potatoes with cheese and we made fresh apple juice from organic apples.
Shabbat Shalom,,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

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