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, November 19, 2012

HaShavuayim - Nachshonnim

November 16, 2012
2 Kislev, 5773

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
I did not have a chance to send Hashvuah last week, so I will fill you in about our activities last week and this week.
- In the last Hashavuah that was sent out, we forgot to tell you about a special activity that we had. We invited Rabbi Shalom Bochner who works upstairs to come and meet us in the library because we were interested in seeing what was inside the Torah. Shalom took a Torah out of the Aron Kodesh and opened it for us on the table. We spoke about what it is made of and how the wooden part that holds the scroll is called Etz Chaim (Tree of life) and how the paper is made out of an animal skin and called parchment. Shalom told us that it can take a sofer (a person who writes books or Torah) a whole year to write a Torah. We talked about how when the Torah is out, it is important not to touch the ink and how we have a special tool called a yad (which means hand) to help us follow the words as we read. We then made our way to the art room upstairs where some miniature Torahs are kept.
-We had Havdallah with Malka in the sanctuary with the Nevonim.
-We continued making collages from natural materials like fallen leaves, and including some of art materials we have on the shelf.
-We mixed paints from primary colors. We made some of the colors we saw in the leaves we had been bring into the kitah such as brown, dark green, yellow, orange, and dark red.
-We have begun hanging our artwork that is autumn inspired on our wall.
-We continued talking about shapes and at circle time we decided to discuss the circle shape. We looked at some toys that are in the shape of a circle and we talked about how the way we were sitting was in the shape of a circle.
-Last week on Tuesday, we had a small group with a couple of children out for illness. Another small group of three year olds in the Nevonim kitah came to join us for snack and music time with Melita.
-Still, the book of songs called "10 Shirim Rishonim"/First Ten Songs, is a hot item in the kitah.
-We made grilled cheese sandwiches on Wednesday and ate them for snack. However, they were not grilled, they were baked.

-We have been enjoying the book and song "Baby Beluga" by Raffi. We even discovered that we have the song on a Raffi tape cassette and we had a chance to hear his recording.
-Another very popular book right now is "What Color Is Your Underwear?", which is exciting for those of us who wear underwear and those who don't.
-Since we have been interested in leaves for the last couple of weeks, we decided to try some edible leaves. We tasted parsley. cilantro, lettuce and spinach. We also included the guinea pigs in the leaf tasting. Shira and Rena seemed to love the leaves the most.
-We have been singing songs about colors at circle time in Hebrew and English.
-The children have been enjoying song books so we introduced another songbook called "The Creepy Crawly Calypso", about a calypso band of bugs. We have been listening to the CD and counting the critters, learning the names of the critters and learning about instruments and what they sound like.
- The children are still involved in gluing and creating collages.
-We played with Ooblek on Thursday
-We had a chance to run around the social for a bit on Friday when it was rainy.
-We now have the book "Rain" by Robert Kalan and illustrated by Donald Crews sitting in our reading corner.
-On Friday, the Nevonim made a rain stick out of a large cardboard tube. They delivered it to our kitah while we were eating lunch to show us how it sounds like geshem/rain and they left it in our kitah so we would have a chance to play with it.

Sof Shavuah Tov/We hope everyone has a pleasant weekend.
Shabbat Shalom!

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