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 17, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim


December 14, 2012
Tevet 1 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

Sorry for the lateness - it was so busy last week that this didn't go out in time! We had an action-packed week of Chanukkah. On Monday during our family celebration, we made wooden chanukiyot, played dreidel bingo, did science experiments with flame, made Maccabee and soldier costumes, and performed our Chanukkah play. Tuesday, we had Pink and Purple Day which was a big hit and has really helped these colors be appreciated by all our kitah. To honor other colors, we would like to make this Thursday (Dec. 20) yellow and orange day - so wear those colors if you have them! Tuesday we also sang Chanukkah songs with Melita and later in the day invited Shu Ren's Chinese language immersion children to join us in the sanctuary to celebrate Chanukkah with us. Menachem joined us and sang and taught about the holiday; we performed our play again, and one of the Shu Ren classes sang us a song in Chinese that the teacher wrote about Hanukkah to the tune of Dreidel! It was great fun, and we all sang songs together as well. Wednesday, we performed the play a third time for Tobie and William! We made art by melting colored candles onto plain white candles for several days. We also had our own "sticky art lab" by making window collages on sticky paper. We made a wonderful group mural created by dipping dreidels in paint and then spinning them on a giant piece of paper. On Wednesday we also went on a field trip to Helios Corner to visit with the residents including Gary who comes to our kitah every Monday. The Helios staff prepared art projects for us, we sang Chanukkah songs for them, and we brought dreidels to share. Menachem came to the kitah on Thursday to teach us about last week's parashah. He stood on a chair to show us how Joseph saw himself as a leader who is bowed down to in his dreams. Also on Thursday, Nora came to read books to us in the kitah - our favorite was a very funny book called Stuck! On Friday we played a dreidel shape game at circle and sent home lanterns that some of the children made.

We also wanted to let you know about a very helpful book we have been reading and referring to a lot in class. It is called "How Full is Your Bucket?" and teaches about being kind to others as a way to feel better about yourself, and how when you feel good yourself, you are more likely to be nice. It has a great message that really works!

It was a fun week.

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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