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, November 30, 2012

Hashavuyaim - Nevonim

Hashvuyaim
November 30, 2012
Kislev 16 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a short week last week where we focused a lot on Thanksgiving. We leraned a song about the earth and giving thanks. We also learned a song about dirt making our food, as a way to appreciate the earth's harvest. We voted on what seasonal treat we wanted to make to send home for Thanksgiving. We decided to make apple sauce which we hope you all enjoyed. One day, we peeled and cored the tapuchim, the next day we cooked the sauce, put it in jars and wrote our names on labels. We also made persimmon jam (from Eli's tree) which we ate in class. On Tuesday we sang songs with Melita including "Thanks Alot"/. On Wednesday, we had the fun of having family helpers, several siblings and even one son!
We continued our exploration of Peter and the Wolf on Monday when Nana Teri brought her cello in and we listened to her play, learned about string instruments, and even got to try plucking and bowing. We made a wolf cape to use in dramatic play and used our carpentry skills to make a rainstick which was a great project.
We also did Havdalah with Malkah, welcomed a new class pet rat named Boris and played Scooby Doo in Hebrew.
This week we started our learning with an awesomely fun field trip to the Oakland Zoo! Thank you to all the parent (and grandparent) drivers. We divided into four groups - the bats, the tigers, the giraffes and the elephants. In these small groups we explored the zoo, answering questions the children had posed, and identifying different species. We had our lunch in the children's area and had a great time. Several groups had even more fun navigating the zoo using the zoo map.
We continued with this emergent theme of maps in the kitah. We looked at a world map and one of Alameda county where we noted how many of us live in which cities. We made a amp of our kitah and one of the shul, which we used to find the giant chanukiyah upstairs. We also continued zoo learning by talking about our favorite animals and planning activities about them. The favorite animals were tigers and sun bears - we are planning gmaes, paper mache and other projects. We also posed the question, "Why were there pumpkins in Cages?" The next day we did research on the computer about many animals (sunbears, ligers, and even dinosaurs named Argentinasaurus. The Oakland Zoo website has a direct webcam link looking in the sun bear's cages. Their information answered our question about pumpkins, since all animals need enrichment, things to play with, just like people. Following this, many of us pretended to be sun bears.
We revisited last week's parashah since we weren't together as a class. In it Jacob has a dream and angels ascend on a ladder that connects the earth to the sky. We made a ladder out of paper mache one day, painted it the next day,and danced with it the next day, singing "Malachei Ha'Melachim."
Menachem came to teach us about this week's parashah, focusing on how Jacob and Esau were separated by the river Tabok, and how many of us have family in far away places. In circle, we also talked about Jacob marrying Rachel (and Leah) and so sange "El Ha Maayan" which includes Rachel in it.
At lunch we listened to several Jewish Stories; The sun, the moon and the stars, the Idol Breakers, and one about Aaron and Moses. We also picked many pomegranates from our trees (rimonim ), juiced them, added honey and made pomegranate lemonade. From the skins and seeds that were leftover, we make pomegranate prints which are on the wall in the science area.
We ended the week by starting talking about Hanukkah, which we will continue for the next few weeks. We told the story at circle, read books, sang songs and started making dreidels. Lots mor to come next week!
Shabbat Shalom,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee


 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Netivot Shalom Preschool is now Accepting Applications for Fall 2013 Enrollment!

 
Netivot Shalom Preschool provides the young child with a learning environment
rich in Jewish content, with a focus on the Hebrew Language.
The curriculum emphasizes learning as an interactive process,where children learn through a concrete, play-oriented approach. We accept and respect each child's differing levels of ability, development and learning style, and we design our curriculum to reflect the range of the children's needs and interests.
 
We are open from 8AM-5:30PM Monday through Thursday and 8AM-3:30PM on Fridays.
 
Netivot Shalom Preschool is open to all children ages 2-5 (as of 9/1/13).
For more information or to arrange for a school tour, please contact our Preschool Director, Lauren Kindorf, at 510-549-9447 ext. 110 or preschool@netivotshalom.org.

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

Monday, November 26, 2012

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah she'avar/last week
Nov. 26, 2012
12 Kislev, 5773

Shalom Nachshonim families,
Last week we had a short week, but still plenty to share with all of you.

- We have a new student in our kitah. Our new friend Itamar moved to berkeley from Israel and we are happy to have him.

- We had Havdallah with Malka and the Nevonim in the sanctuary.

- More song books! Including "I've Been Working on the Railroad", "If You're Happy and you Know It" and "Over in the Meadow". And 10 Shirim Rishonim is still a big hit.

- We now have a sign-in process for the children as well the adults. The children can find their photograph on the board with their name and move it from baba'it (at home) to bakitah (in the kitah).
- We have been using our "do" and "done" cups. They are attached together with tape and in them we keep craft sticks with names written on them. This helps us know who's turn it is to feed the guinea pigs.
- Both of these two things are helping the children with literacy skills of recognizing their own name as wells their friend's.

Another week has begun and we are looking forward to telling you all about it at the end of the week.
We hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving weekend.
L'hotraot
Ofra and Anna.



Monday, November 19, 2012

HaShavuayim - Nachshonnim

Hashavuah
November 16, 2012
2 Kislev, 5773

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
I did not have a chance to send Hashvuah last week, so I will fill you in about our activities last week and this week.
LAST WEEK
- In the last Hashavuah that was sent out, we forgot to tell you about a special activity that we had. We invited Rabbi Shalom Bochner who works upstairs to come and meet us in the library because we were interested in seeing what was inside the Torah. Shalom took a Torah out of the Aron Kodesh and opened it for us on the table. We spoke about what it is made of and how the wooden part that holds the scroll is called Etz Chaim (Tree of life) and how the paper is made out of an animal skin and called parchment. Shalom told us that it can take a sofer (a person who writes books or Torah) a whole year to write a Torah. We talked about how when the Torah is out, it is important not to touch the ink and how we have a special tool called a yad (which means hand) to help us follow the words as we read. We then made our way to the art room upstairs where some miniature Torahs are kept.
 
-We had Havdallah with Malka in the sanctuary with the Nevonim.
 
STAV (AUTUMN)
-We continued making collages from natural materials like fallen leaves, and including some of art materials we have on the shelf.
-We mixed paints from primary colors. We made some of the colors we saw in the leaves we had been bring into the kitah such as brown, dark green, yellow, orange, and dark red.
-We have begun hanging our artwork that is autumn inspired on our wall.
 
-We continued talking about shapes and at circle time we decided to discuss the circle shape. We looked at some toys that are in the shape of a circle and we talked about how the way we were sitting was in the shape of a circle.
 
-Last week on Tuesday, we had a small group with a couple of children out for illness. Another small group of three year olds in the Nevonim kitah came to join us for snack and music time with Melita.
 
-Still, the book of songs called "10 Shirim Rishonim"/First Ten Songs, is a hot item in the kitah.
 
-We made grilled cheese sandwiches on Wednesday and ate them for snack. However, they were not grilled, they were baked.

-We have been enjoying the book and song "Baby Beluga" by Raffi. We even discovered that we have the song on a Raffi tape cassette and we had a chance to hear his recording.
 
-Another very popular book right now is "What Color Is Your Underwear?", which is exciting for those of us who wear underwear and those who don't.
 
THIS WEEK
-Since we have been interested in leaves for the last couple of weeks, we decided to try some edible leaves. We tasted parsley. cilantro, lettuce and spinach. We also included the guinea pigs in the leaf tasting. Shira and Rena seemed to love the leaves the most.
 
-We have been singing songs about colors at circle time in Hebrew and English.
 
-The children have been enjoying song books so we introduced another songbook called "The Creepy Crawly Calypso", about a calypso band of bugs. We have been listening to the CD and counting the critters, learning the names of the critters and learning about instruments and what they sound like.
 
- The children are still involved in gluing and creating collages.
 
-We played with Ooblek on Thursday
 
-We had a chance to run around the social for a bit on Friday when it was rainy.
-We now have the book "Rain" by Robert Kalan and illustrated by Donald Crews sitting in our reading corner.
 
-On Friday, the Nevonim made a rain stick out of a large cardboard tube. They delivered it to our kitah while we were eating lunch to show us how it sounds like geshem/rain and they left it in our kitah so we would have a chance to play with it.

 
Sof Shavuah Tov/We hope everyone has a pleasant weekend.
Shabbat Shalom!
 

HaShavuayim - Nevonim

Hashvuayim (2 weeks)
 
November 16, 2012
Kislev 2, 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,
 
Last week, on Monday, Malka came for Havdalah, on Tuesday Melita came for shira, and on Wednesday, Rabbi Creditor came to the kitah to teach us about the Torah parashah "Chayei Sarah"; he told us the story of how Isaac and Rebecca met in the desert, how when he saw her, he "fell off his camel!" The children loved this take on the story, and proceeded to make a large paper mache camel over several days. Other children made 3 dimensional house models including a desert scene, complete with an ohel (tent) like Abraham and Sarah lived in. On Wednesday, we also had a visit from Josh Kornbluth (as you know from a previous email), we loved learning from him the difference between oboes and our elbows and he even let some of us try blowing into the reed from his instrument - it was quite lively.
 
All week children explored more math and sets with a game called Rummikub and all of us continued our exploration of Peter and the Wolf with lots of plays, books and learning about mammals.
 
This past week, we enjoyed conferences with parents on Monday. We enjoyed Melita's visit on Tuesday and we worked at showing her "cavod" respect. We decorated notes for parents teaching them a few of the many Jewish values we have been learning all year, cavod (respect), chesed (lovingkindness) and derech eretz (table manners). We finished our paper mache camel and the children mixed and chose the paint for his body. We have been so excited about Peter and the Wolf that we, as a group in circle, wrote our silly version of the story entitled "Pizza and the Wolf". We are working on writing it down and choosing instruments to represent the new characters. We will keep you posted.
 
On Wednesday, we really enjoyed hachnasat orchim (welcoming visitors) as Saba Stu and Abba Peter joined us with their instruments, knowledge and humor. We heard and saw Stu's saxophone, clarinet (the cat in Peter and the Wolf) and his bass clarinet (bigger and lower). We got to see and hear Peter play a cardboard tube (which he taught us made higher sounds the smaller it got), a seashell, as well as his tuba. We heard them play the eensy weensy acavish (spider), parts of Peter and the Wolf, Yankee Doodle, ABCD as well as a fun version of Mayim to which we joined in song. We learned about how different instruments make sounds, how vibration plays a role in making sounds, how mouthpieces and reeds work, and how much fun musicians seem to have.
 
We also welcomed Rabbi Menachem who taught us about the parashah this week which tells the story of Jacob and Esau who both sought their father's blessing. We learned how Jacob pretended to be Esau by covering his smooth arm with something hairy so his blind father would think it was Esau. Today, from Anna, we heard more about the lentil stew with which Jacob bought Esau's birthright - (nice to know that sibling rivalry is not just in our own families!)
 
On Thursday, we made our own musical instruments from recycled objects and we showed them at circle. Because of our election last week, we followed through on our campaign promise of burritos (which the children helped make) and orange juice for snack. After snack, we filled our wagon with the many diapers and baby supplies that have been donated (thank you to all the donors!) and we took a field trip to the Womens Drop-In Center - we got lots of thank yous and smiles as we crowded into their building. We enjoyed ourselves afterwards by playing at the adjacent park.
 
All week we have been working on a huge rainstick by nailing nails inside a big cardboard tube. It was a wonderful project that allowed the children to hammer easily and safely and produced a lovely sounding instrument. We learned about notes, composers and created a water xylophone at circle. We also sang lots of Shabbat songs.
 
Shabbat Shalom,
 
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee
 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Day in the Nevonim Room!

We had our own mock election in the kitah today, complete with ballots, a polling station and "I voted" stickers. The results;

 
16 votes for Obama, 2 for Romney (although the children might have thought they were voting for Rami!)

We also voted on important classroom decisions;
18 votes to have lunch outside today and 1 vote to eat inside
10 votes for burritos next week and 9 for pizza (it was too close to call at first)
14 votes to have juice at this meal and 3 to have milk
 
It was a very exciting, well-run and fun election, as well as a great learning experience.
 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hashavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah

November 2, 2012
Chesvan 17 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

We have been working and having fun with a few themes this week.  We have been listening and acting out Peter and the Wolf a lot.  We have expanded this interest by looking at instruments and music, as well as talking and learning about wolves.  We got some new editions of the story including a fun Maurice Sendak narrated CD of the Jewish Peter and the Wolf, Pincus and the Pigs.  We also heard the story of the Boy who cried Wolf.  We learned most of the words for the story in Hebrew.

Some of us have kept up a strong interest in mammals and birds.  We did animal art and talked about animals that nurse and birds that lay eggs.  We followed up an interest in penguins by making and eating our own snack penguins made out of hardboiled eggs and black olives.  We did some experiments with the eggs beforehand.  

Today, some children performed a play of this week's Torah parashah with the reenactment of the angels visiting Sarai and Avram before Isaac was born.  We have been reinforcing the related value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests).

In keeping with the birth of Isaac, we welcomed a guest at Pretend Shabbat who was visiting from the Women's and Children's Drop-In Center nearby on Acton Street.  As you know, we have been collecting and buying with our tzedakah money supplies for mothers of babies who need these items donated.  The big box is now empty and we encourage you to bring more through the end of next week.  The children got to count our tzedakah money and then go and spend it in a "store" of baby supplies that we set up.  It was a great experience.

Children on their own also set up a bookstore/library where they "processed" books and unlocked them for us.  We celebrated Giants fever Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and even formed our own Netivot Shalom Preschool game one day with a few eager batters and pitchers.  We saw a lot of children wear orange and black (catom v'shachor).

In small groups we looked at building and vehicle cross-sections, we played a mathematical game called "sets" and we looked more in depth at several books by acting out the stories as away to expand on our literacy skills. 

We enjoyed visits by Malkah for Havdalah and Melita for music.  One day we tried having a silly day by having circle in the sanctuary and having snack all day so that children could come eat when they were hungry.  It was a fun experiment.  We also enjoyed having Rabbi Menachem teach us a different part of the parashah where Abraham and his nephew Lot need space from each other and divide up their land and flocks, only to realize that they miss each other.  We have been missing many of our friends and teachers as illness has been rampant - refuah shleimah!

Shabbat Shalom,

Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

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

Friday, November 2, 2012

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavuah

November 2, 2012
Chesvan 17 5773
 
Dear Nevonim Parents,
 
We have been working and having fun with a few themes this week. We have been listening and acting out Peter and the Wolf a lot. We have expanded this interest by looking at instruments and music, as well as talking and learning about wolves. We got some new editions of the story including a fun Maurice Sendak narrated CD of the Jewish Peter and the Wolf, Pincus and the Pigs. We also heard the story of the Boy who cried Wolf. We learned most of the words for the story in Hebrew.
 
Some of us have kept up a strong interest in mammals and birds. We did animal art and talked about animals that nurse and birds that lay eggs. We followed up an interest in penguins by making and eating our own snack penguins made out of hardboiled eggs and black olives. We did some experiments with the eggs beforehand.
 
Today, some children performed a play of this week's Torah parashah with the reenactment of the angels visiting Sarai and Avram before Isaac was born. We have been reinforcing the related value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests).
 
In keeping with the birth of Isaac, we welcomed a guest at Pretend Shabbat who was visiting from the Women's and Children's Drop-In Center nearby on Acton Street. As you know, we have been collecting and buying with our tzedakah money supplies for mothers of babies who need these items donated. The big box is now empty and we encourage you to bring more through the end of next week. The children got to count our tzedakah money and then go and spend it in a "store" of baby supplies that we set up. It was a great experience.
 
Children on their own also set up a bookstore/library where they "processed" books and unlocked them for us. We celebrated Giants fever Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and even formed our own Netivot Shalom Preschool game one day with a few eager batters and pitchers. We saw a lot of children wear orange and black (catom v'shachor).
 
In small groups we looked at building and vehicle cross-sections, we played a mathematical game called "sets" and we looked more in depth at several books by acting out the stories as away to expand on our literacy skills.
 
We enjoyed visits by Malkah for Havdalah and Melita for music. One day we tried having a silly day by having circle in the sanctuary and having snack all day so that children could come eat when they were hungry. It was a fun experiment. We also enjoyed having Rabbi Menachem teach us a different part of the parashah where Abraham and his nephew Lot need space from each other and divide up their land and flocks, only to realize that they miss each other. We have been missing many of our friends and teachers as illness has been rampant - refuah shleimah!
Shabbat Shalom,
 
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

HaShauvah - Nachshonim

Shalom families
We are still talking about the autumn, some of the kids brought falle leaves, and we used them for gluing and art projects.
We also looked at them, noticed the different colors, sizes and shapes, and happily spread them around the Kitah
We played with ooblek, and some of the kids submerged our leaves in the ooblek.
We cleaned the guinea pigs' cage on Monday, and moved them to the Nevonim for the week. On Friday we cleaned the cage again and took them back to our Kitah. The kids helped with spreading newspaper and clean bedding in the cage, and taking the little guinea houses out of the cage and back in when it was clean.
We now have "Baby Baluga" on our book shelf. We have been singing and reading it, and also listening to it on the tape recorder.
Ofra brought in heirloom Zuni corn that she grew in her garden. The Zuni corn is very colorful, and each ear lookes different.
We have a new magnet board hanging behind the art shelving unit. We have been using magnets with different shapes and colors, which gives us the opportunity to go over what shapes and colors we see.
Ofra was sick this week, and didn't come to school, so we got to spend some time with William on Thursday and with Caitlin on Friday. We also sent "Refua Shleima" to all our sick friends and teachers: we gathered love from our hearts and sent it up to the sky to reach Ofra, Lauren, Asher, Laney and Josh
Shabbat Shalom everyone!!!