December 21, 2012
8 Tevet, 5773
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We have had another very eventful week at school. Here are the highlights of what occured this week.
-We had a lot of sensory activities this week in the kitah.
-ceramic clay in the play yard
-making sculptures out of our old play dough
- glueing different materials like feathers, craft sticks and pipe cleaners.
-We are enjoying a new songbook called "Pete the Cat". Pete wears white shoes that he loves. They change color depending on what he steps in. Pete is a cool cat, he does not mind one bit.
- We have been singing Frere Jacques in French and English. One child came to school singing it and now we all know the words.
-One day the geshem/rain made it so that the play yard was all wet and we played indoors instead. We played in the social hall with our large cardboard boxes, our tunnel and the kid's chairs that live in the social hall. We ran around and we also read some good books.
-Like most Monday's, we had Havdallah with Malka and the Nevonim in the sanctuary.
- Some of the kids showed interest in measuring their height again on our height chart that is still hanging on our wall from the beginning of the schoool year. We noticed that the children have grown taller!
-The children helped with the process of making a documentation board for Channukah. They helped decorate the poster with snips of paper or paper that they ripped into small pieces. We then put a frame around each photograph. When we return from our break, we plan to make more. The documentation board is now posted in the hallway outside of our kitah.
- We talked about how Anna will not be joining us on Friday because she will be flying to Israel. We talked about how Collin (who has been volunteering and subbing at our school since last year) will be teaching in the kitah with Ofra on Friday.
-We had a really pleasant time with Collin.
We wish you all a wonderful winter break.
L'hitraot for now.
Ofra and Anna
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, December 21, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110
December 17, 2012
4 Tevet, 5773
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
I apologize for the delay in getting Hashavuah out the last couple of weeks. Here are the highlights of the last two weeks.
Dec. 3 - Dec. 7
-At snack time, we had a visitor. A fly! We had a discussion about how flies are not dangerous and do not sting. We then retrieved our basket full of small plastic bugs and our bug flash cards with images of various critters.
-We sang every song we know about bugs, insects and spiders.
-The children used the toy bugs in creative ways. They put them in pots and pans and on plates, and imprinted them into play dough.
-We continued to play with our huge cardboard boxes.
-The children grew an interest in sevivonim/dreidels that began with a Channukah story that we read. We then took some sevivonim out of the closet to see what they look like and how they work.
-We sang Hannukah songs in both Hebrew and English to prepare us for the coming of the holiday.
- We made a trek to the Nevonim kitah to collect our three Channukiot. We also got a box of Channukah candles and the children played with them.
-We read the story of Channukah. We talked about how the Jews in the story of Channukah used oil to light their Menorah. We found one of our floating wicks that burn on oil and we had a chance to see how that works. We discussed how the candles we use at Channukah are usually made of wax.
-We went up to Lauren's office to retrieve a book. We saw her big blue guitar so we brought it down to the kitah, tuned it and strummed together.
-On Tuesday we played in the social hall because it was wet outside. We went upstairs to Lisa's office to let her know that we would be makiing some noise in the social hall below and we shut her door for her. On our way Down, we discovered a GIANT channukiah that lives near the window.
Dec 10 - Dec 14 (Last week) The week of Channukah!
-On Monday we had a small gathering in the kitah to celebrate Channukah. We decorated wooden spinning tops and played with sevivion. We also had special visitors of of grandparents and parents.
-We lit the Channukiah at school.
-We observed the candles getting smaller as they melted.
-We also discussed and covered safety rules when there is an open flame.
-We were invited to see the Channukah play that the Nevonim were practicing.
-We did an experiment with oil and water in bottles to see how they interact with each other. We observed that no matter how much we shake it up, the oil always rises to the top.
-We filled our paint jars with colors that we mixed from primary colors.
-We grabbed some primary color paddles from our closet. (As you can tell, we have a closet full of wonders!). When one color is placed on another we can see what color the two mixed together makes.
- We found two squeeze bottles that are prefect for watering our plants.
That is all for now. We are looking forward to another week here at school.
Ofra and Anna
Monday, December 10, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
December 3, 2012
19 Kislev, 5773
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We had a very busy week last week, we would love to share our excitement with you.
-Netivot Shalom Preschool has adopted Borris, he is an extremely friendly black rat. On Monday last week, Borris stayed in our classroom. Borris will be living in the big kitah with the Nevonim and the guinea pigs will be living with us in the small kitah.
-We continue with our favorite song books. They seem to be quite popular. What tends to happen is that a child will pick a song book, bring it to a teacher, and then the children find instruments to play along as we sing.
- At circle time, we had a discussion about the strings of the guitar. We observed and listened to how the tone that a string makes depends on how tight it is.
-We then stretched a rubber band to see that it also makes a noise.
- On Tuesday we used small cardboard boxes and stretched rubber bands on them to make pretend guitars that make noise when strummed.
-"I've Been Working on the Railroad" has been an extremely popular book selection. There is the part in the book about "Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, strumming on the old banjo". That someone might be Laney's Ima Pamela! Pamela brought in her banjo to share with us. She let the kids strum and listen to the tones of the banjo. It was pretty neat to see a real one. Todah for the learning experience Ima Pamela!
- We also had a pleasant visit from Ima Jenni, Kaila's Ima. She came into the kitah to play and read and experience the day with us. In fact, she got to experience the band that forms when we sing from song books. Todah for your company Jenni!
-Wednesday was a very rainy day so we spent some time in the social hall. We used our balance beams in the social hall for the first time. We also put on our raincoats and went out to the courtyard to play and run in the rain.
- At circle time, we held a discussion about hard toys versus soft toys and how hard toys should not be thrown in the classroom because it is not safe. We covered that we can throw balls all we want outside in the play yard.
-The teachers provided the children with three large cardboard boxes and the kids enjoyed jumping in an out of them and filling them up with things. One box was so big it held five children and one teacher!
- We had a special activity that was provided to us by Irene, who is Naomi's grandmother (Naomi is a student in our Nevonim kitah). Savta Irene is a botanist and she brought us kalanchoe plants and we planted them in pots. Each pot is labeled with a name, another way for us to practice name recognition every time we water our plants.
-Some of the children got very excited about the art that had been placed in their cubbies to take home and chose to hang some of them on the wall.
That is all for last week, we will keep you posted about our activities this week in the near future.
Shavuah Tov/ Have a good week
Ofra and Anna