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, December 3, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah She'avar
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.

String Instruments
- 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

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