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

HaShavua'im - Nachshonim

Hashvua'im
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.
Shavuah Tov
Ofra and Anna

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