November 2, 2012
Chesvan 17 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We have been working and having fun with a few themes this week. We have been listening and acting out Peter and the Wolf a lot. We have expanded this interest by looking at instruments and music, as well as talking and learning about wolves. We got some new editions of the story including a fun Maurice Sendak narrated CD of the Jewish Peter and the Wolf, Pincus and the Pigs. We also heard the story of the Boy who cried Wolf. We learned most of the words for the story in Hebrew.
Some of us have kept up a strong interest in mammals and birds. We did animal art and talked about animals that nurse and birds that lay eggs. We followed up an interest in penguins by making and eating our own snack penguins made out of hardboiled eggs and black olives. We did some experiments with the eggs beforehand.
Today, some children performed a play of this week's Torah parashah with the reenactment of the angels visiting Sarai and Avram before Isaac was born. We have been reinforcing the related value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests).
In keeping with the birth of Isaac, we welcomed a guest at Pretend Shabbat who was visiting from the Women's and Children's Drop-In Center nearby on Acton Street. As you know, we have been collecting and buying with our tzedakah money supplies for mothers of babies who need these items donated. The big box is now empty and we encourage you to bring more through the end of next week. The children got to count our tzedakah money and then go and spend it in a "store" of baby supplies that we set up. It was a great experience.
Children on their own also set up a bookstore/library where they "processed" books and unlocked them for us. We celebrated Giants fever Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and even formed our own Netivot Shalom Preschool game one day with a few eager batters and pitchers. We saw a lot of children wear orange and black (catom v'shachor).
In small groups we looked at building and vehicle cross-sections, we played a mathematical game called "sets" and we looked more in depth at several books by acting out the stories as away to expand on our literacy skills.
We enjoyed visits by Malkah for Havdalah and Melita for music. One day we tried having a silly day by having circle in the sanctuary and having snack all day so that children could come eat when they were hungry. It was a fun experiment. We also enjoyed having Rabbi Menachem teach us a different part of the parashah where Abraham and his nephew Lot need space from each other and divide up their land and flocks, only to realize that they miss each other. We have been missing many of our friends and teachers as illness has been rampant - refuah shleimah!
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee
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