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.

Friday, October 26, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah

October 26, 201210/Cheshvan, 5773


Shalom Nachshonim Families,


Another enjoyable week at Netivot Shalom Preschool! Here are some of the things that we did in the kitah this week.

STAV /Hebrew for AUTUMN
- We observed more fallen leaves with magnifying glasses this week. On Friday, we observed many leaves that all came from the same tree. We noticed that all the leaves had similar shapes, but each one was a different size with it's own coloring.
- We tasted some pomegranate seeds from our fruiting tree in the play yard. It was much too sour for us.
-We read more of the books that Hadas and Ima Jess brought in from the library about apples
- We had another round of making apple juice in Ofra's juicer. Even the Nevonim were inspired to make apple juice too.

-HAVDALLAH! We had a special visit from our friend Malka and she had Havdallah with us on Monday. Havdallah is what we do to greet the new week when Shabbat is over. Some of the things we do are light a twisted Havdallah candle, we smell the delightful and sweet aroma of spices for a delightful and sweet week, and say blessings. Malka is the grandmother of a former student of ours and we are pleased that she has chosen to keep coming in on Mondays for this special ritual with us for a couple of years now.
 
- The children have learned a couple of new songs. We have been singing "Two Little Kitty Cats" and the children have been acting it out. We have also introduced "I'm a Little Tea Pot".
 
- Our communal art project has turned into a group mixed media project. We painted on it some more this week, and we glued some leaves and scraps of paper on it too. We have also hung it up to beautify our space.
 
- We have been practicing sneezing and coughing into the crook of our arm. We have a song in Hebrew called Hashafan Hakatan/The Little Rabbit. The rabbit forgets to close the door and then he gets sick with a runny nose. The song ends with the Rabbit sneezing. We have also been reading and singing "There Was and Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves" (perhaps she'll sneeze, AAAACHOOOOO). So this has given us a chance to talk about the importance of covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing to keep germs from spreading.
 
- A popular book in our kitah right now is called "10 Shirim Rishonim" / Ten First Songs. These are classic Hebrew songs that we have on a disc called "100 Shirim Rishonim".
 
- On Monday, we had another fire drill since not everyone was present for our first fire drill. Now all of our Nachshonim children know what to do if an emergency ever happened. By popular demand, we even had a third fire drill on Tuesday.
 
- On Tuesday, we walked into the sanctuary to have a look at the Torahs in the Aron Kodesh. We talked about how the words in the Torah are not written on paper, but rather on parchment that is made from an animal's skin. Again, we talked about how people do not touch the Torah when they read it, they use a special tool called a yad/hand. On our way out, the children grabbed stuffy Torahs that we brought back into our kitah.

- On Thursday we baked pancakes for snack and ate them with honey.

- On Friday we baked challah of course.

Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim/ The Eithical treatment of animals.
-This a Jewish mitzva that we continue to practice at school. We make sure that we are always gentle and calm with our guinea pigs. We make sure that they get healthy food and clean water. We clean their cage twice a week so they will be comfortable in their space. Even when we find spiders out in the play yard where they might get stepped on, we always carefully move them to the bushes to ensure that they do not get hurt. Also, we take care of our worms by feeding them our food scraps and making sure that the soil and compost they live in stays moist.
 
We want to remind everyone that we will continue to explore stav/autumn and you are all invited to bring in some found leaves for science and art projects. Any day next week would be fine to bring these in.

See you next week!
 
Shabbat Shalom!
Ofra and Anna

Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

HaShavuah - Nevonim


Hashavuah
October 26, 2012
10 Chesvan 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We started our week with geshem, rain, and so we focused on this theme for a while. We sang geshem songs, we played in puddles, we were very industrious in our drying of the tricycles and play structure, we read a book called Umbrella nad we made rain sounds, we did a feltboard of a rain book and many of us were penguins inside and out. We also looked at plankton in a jar that Noa brought in.
Rabbi Menachem came in on Wednesday and taught us about this week's Torah parashah which was the portion he had for his Bar Mitzvah when he was thirteen. We also sang a song based on the portion "Lech L'cha". We talked about what it would be like to walk with friends to a new place even if you don't know where you are going.
We turned our summer stories into a book for the whole kitah to share. We used modeling clay to make letters to spell things. We did Havdalah with Malkah. We sang with Melita. We talked about our new tzedakah project and prepared a box to collect things for babies. We listened to Peter and the Wolf many times and are really focusing on it as a way to match sounds with words and pictures.
We also had a lot of interest in shapes through our magnet tiles so we focused a lot on architecture and building and shapes and how they fit together. We have been working on building a great city mural. We have learned words like mansion, skyscraper and pinnacle. We looked at different kinds of triangles, isosceles, equilateral, acute and obtuse. We tried building with just triangles and saw how challenging that can be. We learned the names of shapes in English and Hebrew and made shapes with our bodies and played a shape finding game.
One day we made our own snack, looking at the shared shape of potatoes and apples and the shared etymology of the word in Hebrew (tapuach and tapuach adamah). We made mashed potatoes with cheese and we made fresh apple juice from organic apples.
Shabbat Shalom,,
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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Language Development Research at Mills College

Shalom Families,
 
I recently received an email from some young researchers in the Language Development Laboratory at Mills College who are exploring young children and second language aquisition. As all of our children are involved in a second language school program and some of you use a second language in the home, I told  them I would share their information with all of you. There is an explanation of their research below and information is posted outside both classrooms. Please consider volunteering to bepart of the interesting work they are doing at Mills College.
 
The Language Development Laboratory at Mills College, Under the supervision of Dr. Priya Mariana Shimpi, is looking for infants and children from 6 months to 6 yeasrs of age to participate in new studies about the development of early communication skills. These studies take arouond 45 minutes and are designed to be fun for parents and children.
 
For more information or to volunteer call (510) 430-2166 or email babytalk@mills.edu.

--
Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

Monday, October 22, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
October 19th, 2012
3 Cheshvan, 5773

 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We have a lot of things to share with you about our week. Here are the special things that occurred at preschool:
 
Autumn activities
- We gathered fallen leaves from our play yard and brought them into our kitah. We placed them in our science area. We noticed how each one has a different color.
-We read "Autumn's First Leaf", a story about three leaf friends at the top o a tree and how they transform in the fall to yellow.
-We have been discussing how this time of the year is called Autumn and some of the things that happen now, such as leaves turning and falling and the kinds of fruit in season now.
- On Tuesday, we had a special activity. Hadas and her Ima(mama) Jess shared with us their experience of when they went apple picking recently. They brought in a box of apples. They also brought in photographs of the the day they went picking and we got to see where the fruit came form. They brought in apples with lots of different colors. We enjoyed tasting the apples with various things such as sunflower seed butter and honey. We also got to taste apple juice.
-Jess also brought in some library books about apples and we have been reading them this week.
-On Wednesday, Ofra brought in her fruit/veggie juicer and we made fresh apple juice with the apples that Hadas shared with us.

- We made a large communal painting that we plan add more to and to hang when finished.
 
- We fed the guinea pigs some cilantro and some wheat grass. As usual, we also changed their bedding twice this week. On Monday and on Friday.

- At circle time on Thursday, we had our first fire drill. Now we know what the fire alarm sounds like, the children helped make the siren noise as we walked out of the building. We now also know which door to exit if an alarm were to go off.

Noah's Ark, (This week's Parsha)
- We have been reading books about Noah's Ark. We talked about how it is one of the stories written in the Torah.
- We have a wooden Noah's Ark, with pairs of wooden animals inside.
-On Thursday, a small group of Nevonim came outside to practice a Noah's Ark play with a live audience, us.

- We have some new documentation boards outside in the hallway. With images of activities and the children's quotes.

We will see you next week.
 
Shabbat Shalom!
 
Ofra and Anna

Friday, October 19, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
October 19th, 2012
3 Cheshvan, 5773
 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
We have a lot of things to share with you about our week. Here are the special things that occurred at preschool:
 
Autumn activities
- We gathered fallen leaves from our play yard and brought them into our kitah. We placed them in our science area. We noticed how each one has a different color.
-We read "Autumn's First Leaf", a story about three leaf friends at the top o a tree and how they transform in the fall to yellow.
-We have been discussing how this time of the year is called Autumn and some of the things that happen now, such as leaves turning and falling and the kinds of fruit in season now.
 
- On Tuesday, we had a special activity. Hadas and her Ima(mama) Jess shared with us their experience of when they went apple picking recently. They brought in a box of apples. They also brought in photographs of the the day they went picking and we got to see where the fruit came form. They brought in apples with lots of different colors. We enjoyed tasting the apples with various things such as sunflower seed butter and honey. We also got to taste apple juice.
-Jess also brought in some library books about apples and we have been reading them this week.
-On Wednesday, Ofra brought in her fruit/veggie juicer and we made fresh apple juice with the apples that Hadas shared with us.

- We made a large communal painting that we plan add more to and to hang when finished.
 
- We fed the guinea pigs some cilantro and some wheat grass. As usual, we also changed their bedding twice this week. On Monday and on Friday.
 
- At circle time on Thursday, we had our first fire drill. Now we know what the fire alarm sounds like, the children helped make the siren noise as we walked out of the building. We now also know which door to exit if an alarm were to go off.
 
Noah's Ark, (This week's Parsha)
- We have been reading books about Noah's Ark. We talked about how it is one of the stories written in the Torah.
- We have a wooden Noah's Ark, with pairs of wooden animals inside.
-On Thursday, a small group of Nevonim came outside to practice a Noah's Ark play with a live audience, us.
 
- We have some new documentation boards outside in the hallway. With images of activities and the children's quotes.
 
We will see you next week.
 
Shabbat Shalom!
Ofra and Anna


HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah
October 19, 2012
3 Chesvan 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had such an awesome week of learning, full of Noah's ark and related themes. We read many versions of the story and put on many plays. The text of one is as follows:
1. G-d tells Noah "Soon there will be a flood."
2. Noah builds the ark
3. Noah's family and the animals get on the arks
4. There is rain for 40 days and 40 nights
5. They find dry land and they are happy!
A group of children performed this at Pretend Shabbat, complete with animal costumes. We wrote Noach in Hebrew and in Aleph Bet Yoga. We sang songs including the old camp favorite "Rise and Shine" version of Noah's ark; we changed a favoirte white dove song to include an ark, and we changed a game about a zoo train to be an ark walk. We did our Noah's ark puzle many times and we played other ark games as well including jenga ark building. The arks built from magnet block this week almost outnumbered the children! Related to the flood, we did a floating/sinking science experiment and came up with a few good science sentences. One day Rabbi Menachem came to the kitah and built and then destroyed a tower of Babel to teach us the end part of Parashat Noach which is where G-d gives people many different languages.
Today we had a fun building snack for Asher's fifth birthday. We look forward to seeing you all next week.
We also did Havdalah with Nachshomin. We sang with Melita. We played scocer in teams. We played word/lettter guessing games with our name. We went to the park and it felt like summer, but we looked for and found many signs of fall.
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee
 


HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah she'avar (last week)
October 18. 2012
2 Cheshvan, 5773
 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
We did not have a chance to send out Hashavuah to you at the end of last week, but it is never too late.
 
Last week was quite short because of Simchat Torah at the beginning of the week. Here are the highlights of what happened in the kitah last week.
 
-On Wednesday, we baked sweet potatoes that Tobie gifted us. We sliced them, brushed on olive oil and added salt. We ate them at snack time.
 
- We changed the guinea pigs' bedding and the children helped with the process. We also fed them some carrot tops that Tobie shared with us.
 
-We played in the yard with a small group of Nevonim children.

- We did some gluing and collaging.
 
- We noticed many leaves out the play yard that have fallen from the trees. We started a discussion about Autumn and how the leaves chance colors and fall off the trees during this time of year.
 
- We have been using lots of Hebrew in the kitah. By communicating and through song.

- We have been enjoying our toy guitar and toy ukulele.
 
-The children sang and danced along as Ofra played music on her ukulele.
 
-We had a delightful visit from Nora the librarian. She sang some songs with us and read us some great books.
 
-On Friday, we made challah as usual and enjoyed our pretend Shabbat with all of the kids at Netivot Shalom Preschool.
 
You will hear from us again tomorrow, we will keep you posted on all the interesting things we have been up to this week.
 
L'hitraot/see you soon
Ofra and Anna

--
Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

Preschool Gallery Hour at with CJM with OCTOPRETZEL

Dear Families,

On Sunday, November 11, from 10-11:30 AM, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is delighted to be partnering with Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool for Preschool Gallery Hour, when the Museum opens early specifically for preschoolers and their families!

Doors will open at 9:45 AM sharp, and admission tickets can be purchased (kids are always FREE, and adult admission is $12 per head).

Families can participate in the following activities at their own pace:

1) Create day/night city collages celebrating the opening of "The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951" in the Education Center Classrooms;

2) Informally tour our brand new photo exhibition, led by preschool educators and plenty of hands-on activities;

3) Move to the groove of Bay Area favorite OCTOPRETZEL (a correction from my first posting), with teachers from Music Together opening the act at 10:45am sharp!

After the program, why not grab some lunch at our eatery, American Box Café @ the CJM, featuring local, sustainable fare for the whole family? (For kids, the café offers such favorites such as: Kids Grilled Cheese Box; AB & J Box-Chef Chad's Almond Butter and House-made Jam Sandwich; and a Corn & Cheese Quesadilla. Snacks and desserts have a healthy bend as well.)

We truly look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Preschool Gallery Hour. Our address is 736 Mission Street, between 3rd Street and 4th Street.

See you soon, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Daniel

Daniel Barash
Family Programs Manager
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
www.thecjm.org

--
Lauren Kindorf
Preschool Director
Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
phone: 510/549.9447 ext. 110

Monday, October 15, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah

October 12, 2012
26 Tishrei 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

Now that the holidays are over and the Torah cycle has started anew, we focused a lot this week on the parashah of the week - Breysheet (Genesis) with the story of Creation. On Wednesday, Rabbi Menachem came into the kitah for his first visit of the year. He brought his guitar, led us in the prayer for studying Torah, told us the story of Breysheet, and then taught us a "happy niggun" (wordless song). After dividing the waters and making land, was the creation of light - we celebrated this by saying goodbye to our old unsafe wooden box (I am sure many parents are happy to see that gone!) and welcomed in our new light box. We have all been enjoying having a light table to test materials on - for example, see-through magnetic blocks create amazing lit structures, and science materials look very different.

On Thursday, Nora came to read us books which is always a great experience. We also sadly took our sukkah down, but we are happy for geshem (rain). We have been working on a Breysheet mural, starting with light, land, water, plants, animals and finally people and all their creations. It has led to some great discussions - did God make something or did people.....
We picked our first rimon (pomegranate) from the yard. We opened it, using a science experiment, and then ate it! The box from the light box has also been a fun emergent project, one day it was the cockpit for a rocket/plane (since watching the shuttle fly overhead a few weeks ago was a great classroom experience), then it became a building project with pretend tools. We found that the pretend saws actually cut through the box! Then the box remnants became tumbling and dancing props until finally it found its home in the recycling.

One day we had a small group read and act out the story of Hannah and her Shabbat dress, one group help set up pretend Shabbat, and another group play cards. Today, Ruth brought in two of her 3 week old chickens (Yoko and Nutmeg) because we were learning about the creation of animals that fly. They spent a peaceful morning in the mishkan, well fed and well observed by many friends, who soon became chicks themselves.

A small group of children this week had a meeting about teasing and how that feels; they brought us books to look at and we are working on instilling the value of treating your friends the way you want to be treated.

Shabbat Shalom,

Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee


Jewish Wisdom for Spiritual Parenting with Rabbi Creditor

Jewish Wisdom for Spiritual Parenting

with Rabbi Menachem Creditor

5 Thursday Mornings at 9:15 - 10:45

Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 13
Cost: $72-$118 (sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds)
Every decision we make as parents touches psychological, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of our children's lives. Judaism's perspective on parenting can provide a wide-angle view to see beyond specific "issues" into the larger context of a child's life (and a parent's!). Jewish Wisdom for Spiritual Parenting, taught by Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Congregation Netivot Shalom in
Berkeley, will be an experience of text and context, conversation and sharing with fellow parents, touching on questions of Play, Speech, Love, Rest, Purpose, and Habit. Out of this learning, we will gain insight and clarity of purpose as parents and as people. For information or to sign up, please contact Serena Heaslip at serenaheaslip@yahoo.comor 510-290-8095.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Preschool Gallery Hour with Netivot Shalom Preschool!!

Dear Families,

On Sunday, November 11, from 10-11:30 AM, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is delighted to be partnering with Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool for Preschool Gallery Hour, when the Museum opens early specifically for preschoolers and their families!

Doors will open at 9:45 AM sharp, and admission tickets can be purchased (kids are always FREE, and adult admission is $12 per head).

Families can participate in the following activities at their own pace:

1) Create day/night city collages celebrating the opening of "The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951" in the Education Center Classrooms;

2) Informally tour our brand new photo exhibition, led by preschool educators and plenty of hands-on activities;

3) Move to the groove of Bay Area favorite Asheba, with teachers from Music Together opening the act at 10:45am sharp!

After the program, why not grab some lunch at our eatery, American Box Café @ the CJM, featuring local, sustainable fare for the whole family? (For kids, the café offers such favorites such as: Kids Grilled Cheese Box; AB & J Box-Chef Chad's Almond Butter and House-made Jam Sandwich; and a Corn & Cheese Quesadilla. Snacks and desserts have a healthy bend as well.)

We truly look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Preschool Gallery Hour. Our address is 736 Mission Street, between 3rd Street and 4th Street.

See you soon, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Daniel

Daniel Barash
Family Programs Manager
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
www.thecjm.org

Phone: 415.655.7852
Fax: 415.655.7815
Email: dbarash@thecjm.orgmailto:dbarash@thecjm.org


Friday, October 5, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah
Oct. 5, 2012
19 Tishrei, 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

We had a short, but sweet Sukkot week. We built and decorated our sukkah in the yard with lots of fabric and decorations. We ate snack, lunch and celebrated Nevo's 5th birthday in the shul sukkah. We sang lots of sukkot songs. We went on two separate Sukkah strolls, one to Shirlee's house (we saw two sukkot) and then a much longer one to Nevo's house (where we also visited two sukkot). We compared building materials, siding, sckrach (covering), decorations and how they were furnished. In the last sukkah we told a group story about animals in the sukkah based on Bubbe Isabella's Sukkot cake. Then we walked home through the BART station and created a collective story based on what we saw on our walk. In circle, we shook the lulav, said the blessings and discussed the meaning and symbols of the holiday. Today we had Pretend Shabbat in the sukkah and we began talking about Simchat Torah - we also made flags for the holiday.

We baked pumpkin bread which we have been eating all week. We played Jewish symbol Bingo. We played cards. We read and created a play for a book called Clever Cat.

It was a good week - hope you have a good weekend and Chag Sameach.....

Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
Oct. 5, 2012
19 Tishrei, 5773
 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
The last couple of weeks have been eventful, with holidays and many interesting activities in the kitah. Here are some of the highlights of the last two weeks.
 
-We officially have Jai as a member of our Nachshonim kitah! We welcomed Jai to his first day of school this week on Thursday.
 
Last week:
Sukkot
-On the Thursday after Yom Kippur, we made a trip to the social hall to look at the people building the sukkah out in the couryard. Wthen went back at the end of the day to see the progress.
- We pulled out our workbench and our toy tools. We also have safety goggles and work gloves.
- We used our toy hammers with the playdough we made the week before. Hammering on the workbench can be very noisy, this way the children can hammer and we can feel comfortable with the noise level.
-We talked about how we will eat our lunches in the sukkah once Sukkot begins.
-We sang Sukkot songs in both Hebrew and English.
 
-We had a chance to run and play in the social hall. We danced and sang "Ooga Ooga" a few times (a song in Hebrew). The children used the large space for lots of running. In fact, they ran all ran in a circle in the same direction till they were out of breath.
 
- We found a bee in our kitah that was no longer alive. We observed the insect and talked about what we saw.
 
Colors
- We mixed paint colors from the primary colors and we now have every color of the rainbow.
-We have been singing "Orange Is a Carrot" and "Purple grapes" at circle times. Both are sung with image cards.
 
- On Friday, Ofra was not at school and Caitlin, one of the Nevonim teachers, was sitting in for her. Caitlin enjoyed spending time with the Nachshonim.
 
This week:
Sukkot
-Out in the play yard, we discovered a sukkah that the Nevonim have built. We found a large dried palm leaf on plant and we removed it from the plant. We placed it on top of the sukkah as the schach.
-This week, we ate our lunches in the sukkah.
-We have been playing with our stuffy lulavs and etrogs. While we were eating lunch in the sukkah, we had a chance to look at a real lulav and etrog. In Hebrew, the lulav and etrog are called "arba'at haminim"/the four species. Anna told us about the three plants that make a lulav, and including the etrog, that makes four.
 
- We celebrated Jai's 2nd birthday on Thursday with a special snack that he brought in. The children helped slice the strawberries. At circle time, we lit a candle for Jai and sang happy birthday to him. We then sang "Hayom Yom Huledet" (translated to "Today is a birthday) in Hebrew.
 
- On Thursday, the Nevonim went on a field trip and we had a chance to play in their classroom while they were away. We took out the guinea pigs, Rena and Shira, and we pet them and fed them hay.
 
-Out in the play yard, we have noticed that the pomegranate trees have lots of large fruits on them.

-On Friday, we cleaned the guinea pigs cage and gave them new clean bedding.
 
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach to everyone, enjoy your holiday and we will see you Wednesday.
 
Ofra and Anna

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah
September 28, 2012
12 Tishrei 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a good week, beginning with Yom Kippur and ending with Sukkot. For Yom Kippur we blew the shofar a lot! We told and retold the story of Jonah and the whale, including creating a performance piece in class, and concluding with a whale challah for Pretend Shabbat. We gave each other bandaid stampers as a way to say sorry for having hurt each other this year. We had a closing circle before Erev Yom Kippur with achim and achayot helping lead it (older brothers and sisters who came to join us).
For Sukkkot, we started designing and discussing how we will build our sukkah, which emerged into looking at blueprints as a way to plan a building (we looked at blueprints for Ruth's house). We watched the team who is building the shul sukkah as they started constructing it. We made many sukkot decorations including paper chains and paper mache fruit (as last year we had a squirrel that ate our real fruit). In a small group, we read "the House on the Roof: A Sukkah Story", then we did a play of it for the whole class.
We also played with bubbles and played Aleph Bet Bingo (working on math and literacy skills). We put our sea creatures in the water table and kept talking about sharks and whales and other creatures all week including a shark song in Hebrew (karish). We also discussed Ruth's new baby chicks who will will probably make a visit to the kitah after the chagim (holidays) Chickens know better than to come anywhere near a shul during the holidays....
Have a great weekend and beginning of Sukkot. We will see you on Wednesday and we will go on our Sukkah walk on Thursday so be sure to send your children to school in good walking shoes!
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee