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, July 30, 2012

HaShavuah

Hashavuah
July 27, 2012
8 Av, 5772

Shalom Preschool Families,

-This week we did a lot of merrymaking. We danced to The Macaroons,
drumming along with tambourines and blocks. We also danced to old
favorites like HaGeshem, The Rainbow Song, and Dudai Dun Digee Dai.

-We played restaurant several times this week. The children took food
orders on notecards. This helped them learn about the sounds letters
make, how to write the letters, and how to spell the words. When
bring people's orders to them the children were learning that a cloth
can be an olive and cheese pizza, just as the letter "z" can make the
"ts" sound.

-Speaking of olive and cheese pizza, inspired by the restaurant game,
we made individual pizzas on Thursday using English muffins, tomato
sauce, two kinds of cheese, olives, and corn.

-Nora the Librarian also came on Thursday. She read many books to us,
including one called The Gumdrop Tree. After reading this story she
gave each child a gumdrop, kosher of course.

-On Wednesday we did Yoga with Sarah. The children learned many Yoga
poses including frog, dog, dragon, lion, fish, tree, crab, table, and
bridge. The children even made some poses of their own, including a
pose for the Hebrew letter bet.

-And of course we continued with many other wonderful activities
including morning tefillah, painting, drawing, creations with paper,
markers, scissors and tape, lego building, block building, train track
building, playing family, playing animal family, and various forms of
soccer.

-On Friday we celebrated Pretend Shabbat with Elijah's Ima Liora
leading us in ritual. We sang Hinei Mah Tov to three different
melodies, including a call-and-response version led by Asher's Abba
Matthew. Aviv's entire family was in attendance including her Savta,
Saba, Ima, Abba, and her two younger sisters.

More excitement to come next week!
Shabbat Shalom,
William and Shirlee

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

HaShavuah - (a bit delayed)

Hashavuah
July 20, 2012
30 Tamuz, 5772

Shalom Preschool Families,

-This has been a week of visitors. Gary, from Helios Corner visited
the classroom on Monday. Tuesday we had our regular singing with
Melita. On Wednesday Ruth's son Ezra helped out in the kitah and
Collin dropped by for some mandolin playing and lunch. Sarah did yoga
with us on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Caitlin's friend Michael
substituted for William for the first hour of the day on Thursday and
Shirley was with us in the afternoon. What a joy to share our
classroom with so many wonderful visitors.
-We also welcomed a new child into our kitah this week. Unfortunately
Aviv will only be with us for the Summer months.

-We continue our explorations of food. This week this has included
working in our garden, making chef's hats and baking potato pudding
(inspired by a picture book). We also counted, sorted, and played
with mini toy fruits, in both Hebrew and English. We read "What's for
Lunch?" and "I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato," which was fun since
Ruth's son Ezra really doesn't like tomatoes. We played restaurant,
complete with waitstaff to write down your name and your order for the
day. We made prints from toy fruit for an ongoing mural. We also
sang and danced to Animal Action and the Tummy Tango.

-And of course we continued with many other wonderful activities
including morning tefillah, painting, drawing, creations with paper,
markers, scissors and tape, lego building, block building, train track
building, playing family, playing animal family, and various forms of
soccer. We even made letter imprints in Play Doh.

-And on Friday we celebrated a double birthday for Raya and Yarden,
who both made crowns, with the help of friends, and turned chairs into
decorated thrones. Yarden brought in assorted berries for snack. And
while Yarden declined the invitation we did sing Yom Huledet Sameach
to Raya while William and Ruth raised her in her throne five times,
one for each year of her life. For Pretend Shabbat Yarden and Raya
helped our Shabbat family, the Kirsch family in honor of Hazel's last
day at Netivot Shalom Preschool, with all the steps of Friday night
Shabbat.

More excitement to come next week!
Shabbat Shalom,
William and Ruth

Friday, July 13, 2012

HaShavuah - SUMMER FUN!

Hashavuah
July 13, 2012
23 Tamuz, 5772
Shalom Preschool Families,

Yet another week of learning, exploring and fun.

Here are the highlights of our week here in the kitah.

- We continue our explorations of food.
-We have some great food related books currently in our library. These
include books like "Bim and Bom", a story about Shabbat, mitzvot and
baking challah, the very singable "Jamberry," "Bread, Bread, Bread,"
with pictures of different kinds of bread from around the world, "Peanut
Butter and Jelly," with clapping and hand motions, Dr. Seuss' "Ten
Apples up on Top," and perennial favorite "I'm the Biggest Thing in the
Ocean."
-We also rad "Growing Vegetable Soup" at circle time and talked about
the different kinds of plants we can eat and what they need to grow. We
will expand on this next week.
- We also read Tomie DePaola's "Pancakes for Breakfast" and then make
pancakes which we ate for snack.
-We are remembering all the brachot for different kinds of food. This
week we have focused on "Sheya Kol Niyei B"dvaro" which is recited for
milk, yogurt, cheese, and water, among other things.
-We also read a new PJ library book, "The Wisdom Bird," about King
Solomon's wisdom and kindness.
-We followed up our visit to Helios Corner with a visit from Gary who we
met there last week. We played catch with him and he read books to us.
-We also read books about visiting "old folks homes" like the classic
"Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge and the PJ library book "Say Hello
Lily."
-On Tuesday we worked on our large communal painting from last week,
adding collage materials.
-We had a visit from Melita on Monday and we sang together.
-Sarah came and did Yoga with us focusing on animal poses and Aleph-Bet
Yoga.
-We have a new soccer goal and a shiny new ball. We played lots of
soccer this week.
-We also played with blocks and legos, creating towns and palaces.
-There has also been a lot of crowns created in our kitah this week. We
will build on this next week.

More excitement to come next week!
Shabbat Shalom,
William and Ruth

Friday, July 6, 2012

HaShavuah - SUMMER FUN!

Hashavuah
July 6, 2012
16 Tamuz, 5772

Shalom Preschool Families,
 
Yet another week of learning, exploring and fun.
 
Here are the highlights of our week here in the kitah.
 
- We continue our explorations of food.
- We continued our discussion about different flavors of food. The children named of the flavors they were familiar with. The named sweet, savory, salty, sour, and bitter.
- After we talked about different flavors, we thought it would be appropriate to taste foods with these different flavors. On Thursday we had some taste testing. Then the children told us what kinds of flavors they tasted. We had raisins for matok/sweet, raw cacao for mareer/bitter, ginger for chareef/spicy, and salt for malu'ach/salty. We forgot to slice and taste the lemon for chamutz/sour! Hopefully we won't forget twice and we will have that experience next week.
-We have some great food related books currently in our library. One of our favorites is "Food For Thought", where the author makes animals and characters out of food.
-We baked oatmeal cookies on Tuesday for our friends at Helios Corner Apartments, where we visited on Thursday.
- On Friday we read "Bim and Bom", a story about Shabbat, mitzvot and baking challah.
 
-On Monday we made a large communal painting that we revisited a couple of times this week.
 
-We had a visit from Melita on Monday and we sang together.
 
- We continue to play with the wonderful model mishkan and various objects that Emah Stephanie has shared with us.
-At circle time, we set out the Meedbar/desert (a yellow piece of felt) and set up all these objects that go with the mishkan. We then looked at our book that has only images of the deserts in Israel. We talked about how Ofra will be flying to Israel this weekend to visit her family.
 
-We had a very pleasant filed trip to Helios Apartments to visit our friends who live there. We gifted them the cookies we made and did various activities when we were there. We did some art activities and we got to blow bubbles outside.
- We have been reading a couple of books related to senior centers and visiting them. One is "Say Hello Lilly" and the other is "Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge".
-We talked about the purpose of senior centers and how they might help people. We talked about how there in an elevator at Helios because climbing stairs can be tiring when you get older. We also talked about making new friends and neighbors.
 
More excitement to come!


Shabbat Shalom,
Ofra and William