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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

HaShavu'a'im - Nachshonim

Hashvu'a'im/The two weeks
December 13, 2013
10 Tevet, 5774

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

We have a lot to share with all of you. The last two weeks have been eventful and fun. Here are the highlights of our last two weeks at gan/preschool.

Last week:

Channukah continued:
-We did a water and oil experiment in plastic water bottles. No matter how hard we shake the bottles, the oil won't mix with the water! 
-There is still an interest in lighting a candle and turning out the lights at meal times.
-We played with all kinds of things that spin, including dreidels, tops and gyroscopes. 

-We have hung all of the art we had made on black paper over the last few weeks on the wall near our meal tables. 

-Anna was out last week on Tuesday and we had  the pleasant company of Judith who was subbing and filling in.

-On Thursday we cooked "eggs in a hole" for snack.

-The children have been enjoying a new song book called "Gobble It Up" about how animals eat other animals. It comes with a CD.

Transportation
- We now have our toy race cars in the kitah. 
-We have been using a very large cardboard tube as a tunnel to send the cars down. 
-We have been singing the song we know "Transportation, What a Fascination"
-We are playing with our transportation felt pieces on our felt board. The children have been singing the song and using the felt board without teachers leading the song. 

-We had a Wednesday visit from our friend Ruth

-We went on more field trips throughout the week up the stairs to see the Torahs and the Channukiah.

-Out in the play yard, we have been playing with our new fishing nets that Anna brought from the pet shop.


This Week:

-The songbook "Gobble It Up" has been requested numerous times this week. The CD was replayed many, many times. 

-From the library in Lauren's office, the teachers brought some of their "teacher favorites" to put in the book shelf such as "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear", "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean" and "In the Night Kitchen" to name a few.

-We noticed that both "Gobble It Up" and "I'm the Biggest Thing In the Ocean" both have pictures of a whale eating a giant squid!

Transportation
-We brought a very big box into the kitah and the children have been crawling in and out and simply hanging out in the box. With the flaps covering the opening it got very dark inside, so with the help of a teacher, a couple of windows were installed. The box became a car, a train, a train station...
-We cut out some circles from cardboard and the children have been using them in many ways. We sang "The Wheels on the Bus" and the circles became our steering wheels that go "left and right" and "beep, beep, beep".
-We brought out our wheels and we have been rolling them in the social hall.
-On Tuesday after lunch, we went on a very short and very exciting field trip out to the parking lot and we took some time to check out Anna's car. Some of the children climbed into the seats. Anna honked the horn on the steering wheel, and we also popped open the hood and talked about the engine inside.
-Doing that was so interesting, we did it again on Thursday!

-On Tuesday we had our monthly fire drill and we safely made our way outside.

-Wednesday after lunch, we went to the social hall to play with cars. Anna the the childern created a race track on the floor with masking tape.

-We cooked pancakes for snack on Thursday.

-We did lots of painting this week. Lots and lots of painting!

-We had our usual special visit from our friend Ruth who comes to play and spend time with us on Wednesday.

-In preparation for the PJ Havdallah event that is happening this Saturday night at Netivot Shalom (from 6:30-8pm), we had pajama day at school on Wednesday.

-We celebrated a birthday on Friday. Noah is now 3 years old! Mazal Tov! Noah brought in a special snack to share with his classmates for his birthday and we all enjoyed the blueberries he brought.

-Soon we will have a transition in our kitah after the winter break. Anna will no longer be joining us at school on Fridays. Caitlin, our beloved afternoon teacher, will be in the kitah with Ofra on Fridays. Children who stay for extended care in the afternoon are familiar with Caitlin. We are excited that we will have her company. She will join us next Friday when Anna is still there to get to know us and for us to get to know her before the transition happens.

We are looking forward to more learning and play next week.
Shabbat Shalom,
Ofra and Anna

Friday, December 13, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah
December 9-13, 2013
6-10 Tevet 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,
 
Emergent Curriculum
 
This week in the kitah can be summarized in one word: cats!
---This is a theme the teachers observed emerging last week.  We encouraged it by filling the kitah with books starring cats and dogs.  The children were thoroughly engaged in play centered around cats all week.  There was a half an hour or so in the middle of the week when I'm pretty certain every single child was pretending to be a cat!

There was another moment this week when eight children were crowded around the light board building with magnet tiles together!
 
The children are still putting on puppet shows!
 
They continue to make BART trains!  The children and Ruth created a book documenting the class filed trip on a BART train and some of the building of BART trains and stations in the kitah in the past weeks!
 
Jewish Curriculum
 
Children broke out into song spontaneously several times this week!  Their favorite things to sing?  Tefilot, brachot, and Shabbat songs!
 
Every Week
 
Every week the children make an individual challah.  We also make two challot for Pretend Shabbat, in shapes inspired by the week's Torah portion, this week's shapes: the twelve tribes and Yaakov's hands, crisscrossed in order to bless Yosef's second son before the first.
 
Whenever a child has a birthday we do special things in the kitah.  These included making a crown, decorating a chair and lifting the child up in the chair (if they want us to), lighting birthday candles on a playdoh cake and singing Happy Birthday in both English and Hebrew, and having a special snack provided by the child's family for our morning snack time.  This week we had a special treat when Pamela (Laney's Ima) came to the kitah to make the special birthday snack with the children.  Not only were the scones fun to make they were also delicious to eat!

Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

Saturday, December 7, 2013

HaShavuim - Nevonim

HaShavuim
The Thanksgiv(ing and Chan)ukah Edition
November 25-27 and December 2-6, 2013
15-17 and 22-26 Kislev 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,

Emergent Curriculum
 
Dress up and pretend play in our kitchen and with babies has been so popular this year that we have rearranged our materials and acquired new materials in response to the children's interest.  Have you noticed?! ;-p

One of our new materials is a puppet theater!  The children have been making and watching each other's puppet shows everyday for the past two weeks!

Last week the children made a scarecrow! First a child made one with paper and tape. Then many children and a teacher, Caitlin, worked together to make a child-sized one!  Then she was planted outside in our play yard!

The children are making airplanes and rocket ships with sticks and tape, corks and tape, cardboard and tape.  They are also making phones and even computers from cardboard and tape!

The children are still making BART trains out of magnet tiles!

This week the children made leashes for dogs and cats!
 
One day this week the children went crazy for Peter and the Wolf, dressing up and enacting the entire story!

Children have also been drawing and writing on our dry erase board!

Jewish Curriculum

The children learned many Channukah songs these past two weeks, including Sevivon Sov Sov Sov, Ner Lee Ner Lee, and that one about banishing darkness.

The children had turns at circle time being dreidels and spinning together!

Molly came to our kitah and shared her dreidel costume at circle time!

The children used watercolors to paint the Chanukiyot they made last week from quick-drying clay!  William notes that this was the most developmentally appropriate chanukiyah project he has ever seen.  Unlike many chanukiyot projects which require adults to do must of the construction of the Chanukiyot, the children were able to do all the steps of making these chanukiyot all by themselves!

The children also decorated wooden dreidels with markers and tape!  Then they joyfully spun the dreidels, often dropping to the floor them from standing to make it even more exciting!

The first week on our cooking day we made latkes!  This past Wednesday we made apple cranberry sauce!

We had so many Channukkah books in the kitah!  I challenge you to bring in a Hanukah book that we didn't have on our bookshelf these past few weeks!


Every Week

Melita sang Hanukkah songs with us, including "Through My Window" and, in Ladhino, "Ocho Candelitas."  She also sang songs with us about being thankful, including "Mi Chamocha" and and an African call-and-response song.

There are many new documentation boards in the kitah, including one listing what the children are thankful for. 

In the kitah this week we talked about seeing family and friends we haven't seen in a long time for Thanksgiving and/or Chanukah, because of the reunion in this week's parsha of Yosef with his brothers and his father.  We also talked about many ways of giving tsedakah, like donating toys, pancakes, tools, and building houses for people, because of how Yosef stockpiled food and then shared it with people during a time of famine.

Every week the children make an individual challah.  We also make two challot for Pretend Shabbat, in shapes inspired by the week's Torah portion, this week's shapes: a fat cow and a skinny cow.

We have started to use name cards so the children have many opportunities to see their names written, learning to recognize them and increasing their knowledge of and excitement about letters and reading!


Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

Monday, December 2, 2013

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah She'avar/ Last week
December 2, 2013
20 Kislev 5774

Shalom  Nachshonim Families!

Last week was short due the holiday, but we still had a chance to get a lot in! We hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and Channukah.
Here are the highlights of activities in the kitah last week:
 
Channukah activites:
-We brought out wooden spinning tops that the children were able to decorate with markers and oil pastels. 
-We have been playing with our gyrowheels. The wheels attach with magnets and roll on the metal bars of the part we hold.
-We have also been using our gyroscopes that spin fast. When it spins like that, the gyroscope does not fall and stays balanced until it slows down and falls. We are able to balance it on the tip of a pencil, on a taught string, and even on our finger.
-We keep lighting candles during our meal times. The children request to turn out the lights. We talk about fire safety when we have a flame on the table. We have also been talking a lot about the nature of candles that melt. We get to see the puddle of wax when the flame burns out. We have also, of course, been talking about Channukah. 
-At circle time last week, the children pretended to be dreidels and the the teachers spun them as we sang. 
-We had a very special Wednesday, with only four children in the kitah because of the holiday. The Nevonim children sent over an invitation for us to join them at lunch time. We shared the yard with them and we then joined them at the lunch table for a meal. 
-Together with the Nevonim children, we lit the Channukiah on Wedensday for the first night of Channukah. 

We are excited to be back at school with all of our friends. We look forward to sharing more with you at the end of this week. 
 
Feel free to come in and play with our gyroscopes and our gyrowheels!
 
Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Anna

Monday, November 25, 2013

HaShuvuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah She'avar/ Last week
November 25, 2013
22 Kislev, 5774
 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
Last week was another exciting week of learning and fun. We are getting ready for Channukah.
 
Channukah:
-On Monday we observed and compared different kinds of candles. Shabbat candles, Chanukkah candles, beeswax candles and havdallah candles.
-After comparing candles on Monday morning we lit some of them. We drew the curtains and turned out the light so we could enjoy the light they gave off. We even kept them lit during snack time.
-For the rest of the week, we ate snack and lunch by candlelight.
-On Tuesday we did a candle wax dripping project. We lit candles and held him over a big bowl of water. We watched how the wax melts and drips down into the bowl
-We observed that the candles we light get smaller and smaller as they burn and eventually they are gone.
-We talked about how the wax melts when it gets hot.
-We have been singing Hanukkah songs in both English and Ivrit/Hebrew. Songs such as "Chanukkah, oh Chanukkah". "Sevivon, sov sov sov"(Dreidel, spin spin spin), "Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel". "Maoz Tzur", "Chanukiah Li Yesh" (I have a channukiah), "Ner Li" (My candle).

-We have been singing "Apples and Bananas" at lunch. "Ooples and Banoonoos"

-We were gifted some baby kolanchoe plants form Savta/grandma Irene who is a friend of ours. We put dirt in planters and planted them. We will water them and watch them grow.

-We have new large sponges for outdoor play. We had them in our kitah for a day or so, then we took them outside to use with our water table. 
 
-On Thursday we cooked pancakes. We sweetened them with the pomegranate syrup that Caitlin made with the afternoon crowd. They turned out delicious.
 
-We continue to take field trips through the building. We make stops to see the giant Channukiah that lives upstairs and the library. Every time we are in the library, we have a look at the Torah and the children always ask to sing "Torah, Torah, Torah".

-On Friday we noticed that our neighbors from the Berkeley School were practicing a musical performance in the social hall, our kids had the chance to be their audience as we watched them practice.

-We had a lot of fun last week playing with the fallen leaves in the play yard. 
 
We are happy that a new week has begun. Stay tuned, we will let you know about our activities this week in the near future.
 
Shavuah Tov
Ofra and Anna

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah
November 18-22, 2013
15-19 Kislev 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,
 
Emergent Curriculum
 
This week some children made signs expressing their feelings of love and anger which we talked about at circle.
 
The children had rainy day fun, running outside in the rain, letting drops fall on them and laughing, and using the rain water to wash or "paint" the play structure.
 
Tape and sticks were used to in many projects this week.  Yeah creativity!

The children also taped circles and cards to their hands as shields, mittens, and other inventions.  Yeah creativity!
 
Jewish Curriculum
 
The children spun dreidels for fun and to make art!
 
The children became dreidels, dancing and spinning and falling down to fun exciting music!
 
The children made chanukiyot with their bodies!
 
The children made chanukiyot out of quick-drying clay!  Next week we will paint them and them take them home!
 
The children made lots of candles from sticks, using markers or tin foil to decorate them.
 
We told the Chanukah story! And we read lots of Chanukah-themed stories, including "How Do Dinosaurs Celebrate Chanukah?" and "Hanukkah Mice."
 
And we sang many Chanukah songs, like "I Have a Little Dreidel," "Sevivon," and "Chanukah O Chanukah."
 
Every Week

Every week we have a cooking project!  This week me made latkes!  We ate them with applesauce, sour cream, and pomegranate sauce (made by the children a couple weeks ago with pomegranates picked from our very own pomegranate trees). Mmmm, yum!
 
Every Friday we sing a short song about spreading Shabbat peace throughout the whole world!
 
When Rabbi Menachem came to the kitah to talk about the parsha he talked about dreams!
 
Every week the children make an individual challah.  We also make two challot for Pretend Shabbat, in shapes inspired by the week's Torah portion, this week's shapes: a Chanukiah and a rainbow coat, both in living color!

Thanksgivukkah is right around the corner! OMG!  Say it again, TOMG (Thanksgivukkah OMG)!

Shabbat Shalom,
 
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

Saturday, November 16, 2013

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
November 15, 2013
12 Kislev, 5774

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

It was really great to have a chance to check in with all of you this past Monday at our conferences. It is definitely a special day for us, not just because we get to hang out with adults, but we really enjoy sharing with you.

This week we continued exploring fire fighters and engines. Since we have been talking about fire and fire safety, we have this great transition and convergence of topics of interest as we begin to talk about Channukah and explore candles, flames, light, etc... 
Here are the highlights of our week:

Fire Safety
-On Tuesday we had another fire drill and we practiced our safety skills in the case of an emergency. 
-We read "Maisy Drives the Fire Truck" and the book about Fire engines after our fire drill.
-The children played with an old watering hose that has been cut into shorter lengths. We pretended to put out fires.

Channukah
-We have Channukah materials in the kitah. We have a couple of books on the shelf, Channukiot/Menoras and sevivonim/Dreidels.
-We sang Channukah songs with Menachem when he came to visit us on Wednesday.
-A group of children joined Ofra and we collected all of the Channukiot we have in the Channukah box. 
-We are singing Channukah songs in Hebrew and English
-Of course we went upstairs to look at the giant Channukiah again. We also get to see University Avenue from a higher vantage point and that is always exciting for us. 
-We counted the arms of the channukiah and we pointed out the tall Shamash.

-The children have been "signing-in" with their photographs when the enter the kitah.

- We now have the forest animals to play with in the kitah.

-Melita came this week to our music session with a djembe drum.

-On Wednesday we prepared pizzas that we ate at snack time.

-Ofra brought in some red leaves that she had found on her way to school. The children played with them in combination with play dough and now they sit in our science area. 

Play yard activities
-We have new watering cans for us to play with outside. 
-We have been reading lots of books outside.
- The children have been hiding under the reading blanket.

We look forward to sharing more with you next week.
Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and Anna  

Friday, November 15, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah
November 11-15, 2013
8-12 Kislev 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,

Emergent Curriculum
 
This week we took our field trip to BART!!!  We walked to the North Berkeley BART where we met with the station manager who answered our questions about the trains.  Then we boarded the BART and headed towards the Richmond station.  After viewing a beautiful mural at the Richmond station we re-boarded, this time in the front train where we could watch the train's driver.  After returning to the North Berkeley station we walked to Berkeley Way Mini-Park where we played for awhile before returning to Netivot.  What a wonderful adventure!  A big thanks to Omi Carol (Hadas), Abba Leeor (Lilit), Abba Warren (Kira), and Ima Pamela (Laney) for accompanying us as chaperones!
 
Inside the kitah this week, magnet tiles continue to be transformed into BART trains!

Magnet tiles also become transformed into a house boat!

The children turned the play structure into a plane and traveled to Los Angeles!
 
As you can see transportation is a fascination of the children's so we support their exploration in every way we can!
 
Dress up also continues to be a vehicle for exploration.  Whether it's dressing up in a pink tutu and lady bug wings, painting faces to become Yaakov, a Vampire Princess, or a jaguar, or being someone's pet, pet owner, child, parent, or even pet parent, there is no end to the possibilities of who children can pretend to be as they become more and more who they are!
 
Jewish Curriculum
 
When we talked about this week's parsha, the focus was on the different ways that Yaakov made peace with his brother Esav.  At circle the children acted out Yaakonv's dividing of his possessions, his giving of gifts to Esav, and his humble bowing before Esav.  Yaakov saved the wrestling for that mysterious midnight figure on the banks of the river the night before.  We love to wrestle in the kitah but we reserve it for special times, with special rules, on a mat in the play yard.  When Yaakov, now Yisrael, did reunite with his brother, whom he had betrayed years earlier, it was a joyous reconciliation with a bear hug and a kiss on the cheek.
 
We also began our exploration of Channukah this week, talking about the holiday and playing Chanukkah music throughout the week.

Every Week
 
This week Melita brought a djembe drum to the kitah.  She sang many Channukah songs with us including: Chanukkah O Chanukkah," "Five Little Latkes," "The Dreidel Song" (I made it out of ... air, snow, bread, sand, wood, crocodile, etc.), "The Spinning Song," and "Sevivon Sov Sov Sov."
 
When Rabbi Menachem came to the kitah to talk about the parsha he shared a story from his own life about an argument with a friend over a slide when he was a boy and a joyous reunion that happened many years later, just like the argument and reconciliation of Yaakov and Esav!
 
Every week we have a cooking project!  Past projects have included: french toast, pancakes, and macaroni and cheese!  This week the children made popovers!  Thanks to Ima Jess for coming each week to help with these projects!
 
Every day we recite the Sh'ma, often with sign language!

Every week the children make an individual challah.  We also make two challot for Pretend Shabbat, in shapes inspired by the week's Torah portion, this week's shapes: a peace sign and a heart symbolizing the reunion of Yaakov and Esav.
 
A big thank you from all of us teachers for the wonderful parent-teacher conferences this week!
Thank you for entrusting us with your greatest treasures!
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

Friday, November 8, 2013

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah/ This Week
November 8, 2013
5 Kislev 5774

Shalom Nachshonim Families. 

We have had a very pleasant week full of fun activities. Here are the highlights of our week that we would love to share with you. 
 
-We had Havdallah on Monday in the dark again with our Nevonim friends. 
 
-On most days, after lunch, we head out of the kitah and go to the court yard, the social hall, on a field trip through the building, or even to the play yard. During a short field trip through the building this week, the children stopped to look at the Torah upstairs in the Library. When we returned to the kitah, the teachers pulled out our miniature Torahs that we keep in the closet. We had a close look at our miniature Torahs saw how they rolled up like a scroll.

-My children have shown in interest in looking at the gigantic channukiah that lives upstairs. Since Channukah is comingsoon, there is a big chance we will probably continue to check it out upstairs.

-Twice this week we found ripe pomegranates on our trees out in the yard. We shared them after lunch time. 
 
Tzvaim/colors continued...
-We made a new communal painting using toy cars as our painting tools and we made tracks on the butcher paper.
- We did an experiment this week by mixing primary colors of paints in water with the help of droppers and made new hues. We started with the three primary colors and after mixing colors with water, we ended up with the full color spectrum, a rainbow! We even tried mixing all three of the primary colors together and we watched how it made the color brown. 
- After our "color signs" had the paper ripped off, we made a new set with cardboard and wood glue that will be much more durable. The children helped match the colored stick with the colorful words that we wrote on the cardboard. 
-The colorful yarn is still a big hit. When the children can't find the yard in the art area, they ask us for more. The children can let us know what color they want and we snip a length of it for them. 

-We continued to talk about fire engines and firefighters. At circle time, we read about fire trucks and looked closely at a picture of the firefighter with his helmet his special mask and his special clothes. It is important for children to know that fire fighters come to help people with all that gear on and their face covered, it could be a bit frightening to find a fire fighter looking like that if you do not expect it. 
 
-We now have two documentation boards in the kitah. One with photographs of the kids creating our communal painting and the other is of the kids making play dough. We have been collecting quotes from the children that we have written down down on these boards. Please come on in and have a look at them!

-The children helped decorate a large poster board that will be used for a third classroom documentation board. We tore up bits of colorful paper and adhered them to the board with glue sticks. We will be at attaching the photographs next week and we will hang it in the hallway for everyone to enjoy. It will be a documentation board of outdoor play yard activities.
We look forward to spending time with your children again next week! We also look forward to spending time with their parents at our conferences on Monday!
 
Shabbat Shalom, have a wonderful weekend.
Ofra and Anna

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah
November 4-8, 2013
1-5 Kislev 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,

Emergent Curriculum
 
Following up on the children's constructions of BART trains with magnet tiles, we will be taking a field trip to ride BART on Thursday from 10-noon.

Following up on the children's love of dancing we read Angelina Ballerina books this week.

Following up on the children's exploration of tseva'im/colors we read the book Mouse Paint at circle b'Ivrit/in Hebrew.
 
Following up on the children's exploration of different kinds of families Caitlin told the story of Tango, the penguin with two dads. 
 
Some of the other activities emerging from the children's play this week have included:
-painting with our hands!
-using magnet tiles on our light board!
-using marbles on our light board!
-building with marbles and magnet tiles!
-building machines out of legos that help with clean up!
 
The children are not only caring for babies using baby dolls, they are now also pretending to be babies so other children can care for them.

Jewish Curriculum
 
When we talked about this week's parsha, borrowing again from Rabbi Alan Lew z'l, we made our spines into Jacob's ladder.  When breathing in the angels go up the ladder.  When breathing out the angels travel down the ladder.  This has proven to be very successful for calming children when they are wound up.  You might try it at home.
 
We also talked about Yaakov's statement that "God is in this place."  How did he know?  Many children raised their hands to answer the question, What does God look like (inspired by the book of the same name by Karen and Lawrence Kushner)?  Their answers are on display b'kitah/in the classroom.
 
The children are still having fun playing with our new pretend Shabbat set!
 
Every Week
 
Every week we sing Elohai Neshama.  In past week's we have used a melody from Rabbi Tirzah Firestone.  This week we learned a new melody from Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller.
 
Each week are circle time we are learning a new song from children's music giant Ella Jenkins. This week's song is a call and response called "Tah Boo," with sounds that aren't words.
 
Melita also sang a song from Ella Jenkins this week.  She also sang songs with us about the alphabet, aleph bet, animals, and transportation (see BART trains above).  
 
We had Havdalah in the dark again with Nachshonim!
 
Every day we recite the Sh'ma, often with sign language!
 
Every week the children make an individual challah.  We also make two challot for Pretend Shabbat, in shapes inspired by the week's Torah portion, this week's shapes: Jacob's ladder and a rock, either the one beneath his head while dreaming or the one removed from the mouth of the well, your choice.  Notice that by giving you two choices to choose from I am using a tried and true technique that works fabulously with children as well as with adults!
 
Rabbi Menachem did not come to visit us this week because we went on a field trip to Helios Corner, a nearby senior center.  A big thanks to Ima Jess (Hadas) and Ima Laura (Noa) for accompanying us.
 
A big thank you also to Ima Jenni (Kaila) for helping out with an art project this week.
 
At circle time this week the children met Noam, a puppet from Israel who only knows Ivrit/Hebrew. Each child had a chance to tell their name to Noam and to give her a hug!  We look forward to more visits from Noam!
 
Classic children's books in the kitah this week: Alexander, Angelina Ballerina, and Maisy!
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

Monday, November 4, 2013

HaShavuah - Nachshohim (a bit out of sequence)

Hashvua'im/ The Last Two Weeks
October 18, 2013
14 Cheshvan, 5774

Shalom Nachshonim families,

We have had a very eventful couple of weeks. We are thrilled to share with you the excitement that occurred in our kitah. 

Last Week in the Nachshonim Kitah:
-We had Havdallah with the children in the Nevonim kitah to greet the new week. 

Tzva'im/Colors
-Last Wednesday we made play dough from scratch and we decided to make it the color orange.
-We have been singing songs about colors at circle time. We have been singing "Orange is a Carrot" and "Purple Grapes,  Purple Plum", both songs that use flashcards with pictures.

-Last Thursday the children cooked pancakes. They helped measure and count all the ingredients and we enjoyed them at snacktime.

Worms:
-We noticed that there are no more worms in our worm composting bin! Ofra picked a few worms up from her community garden. We put them in a container and took some time to observe them, we then placed the few she brought into the bin in hopes that they will reproduce.
-We have been feeding them our food scraps.

Trains:
-We continue to sing/read "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
-We learned a new  song about trains in Hebrew "He'ne Rakevet"/Here is a train. The song is about how it moves with wheels.
-We have pulled out our play wheels from the outdoor shed and the children are rolling them in the play yard.
 
-We had our first earthquake drill last week. We now know what to do to keep same in an emergency situation.
 
This Week in the Nachshonim Kitah:
-We have made a height chart on the wall With a large sheet of paper. The children take off their shoes and we use the book on the head technique to make a line on the chart at their height. We will revisit our height chart at the end of the year to see how much we've grown. 

-Ana found a baby avocado that fell from a tree outside. We cut it open to have a look inside and compared it to a large avocado that wasn't Ofra's lunch.

-On Tuesday morning, Anna switched all of the toys on our shelves so we have a new selection of things to play with.

-We had a lovely visit from our friend Ruth who will be stopping by on a weekly basis to visit us. We had a nice time getting to know her.

-We also had our usual visits from Melita with her guitar and Rabbi creditor with his guitar

-We keep adding more food in the worm bin in hopes that they reproduce.

Tzva'im/colors continued...
-A very exciting thing happened when a CD was sitting upside down on the windowsill in the sun came shining down on it. It reflected off the disc and made a reflection of a rainbow on the ceiling. We then walked over to the Nevonim kitah to borrow the "science area CDs" that they had on their windowsill. Now we can hold them and create rainbows all over the room whenever the sun comes shining in.
-The children did a lot of paintings this week.
-The children are still excited about playing with various colors of yarn. Including snipping them with scissors.

-We played in the social hall and the court yard a few times this week after lunch.

-a child found a spider in the kitah on Thursday morning. We kept it in a cup for a few minutes to observe it, then we set it free outside.
-On Friday, we found another spider! It was out in the play yard.
-After both of these incidences, we sang the itsy-bitsy spider several times in Hebrew and English.
We are looking forward to continuing our explorations of colors next week.
 
Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and Anna

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Ha'shvua'im/The Two Weeks
October 4, 2013
1 Kislev, 5774

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
The last two weeks in the kitah/classroom have been enjoyable and engaging. We would love to share with all of you what we have been up to the last two weeks.
 
The First Week:
 
We can't continue to explore colors!
-We have been exploring the nature of primary colors when we mix them together. On Monday we painted with red and blue finger paint watched how it made the color purple when we mixed them together.
-On Tuesday we painted with blue and yellow finger paint and we saw how we were able to make green
-On Tuesday, at circle time, we read "Little Blue and Little Yellow" bye Leo Lioni and read about how they became green when they hugged each other.
-On Wednesday we finger painted with red and yellow and we watched how the color orange was made.
-We read fantastic book called mouse paint. The three mice find three jars of pain which happened to be the primary colors. They get inside the jars of paint and change colors. Then they dance around in puddles of other colors and they make new colors. We have little mice finger puppets to go with the story and we used him at circle time and throughout the day at playtime.
-We have some excellent books about colors from the public library and our school library.
Pete The Cat (a big hit in the kitah) is a great book that has a CD to go with it. Pete has white shoes and they change color when he steps and different things. 
Mouse Paint
Dogs Colorful Day
Color Dance 
The Deep Blue Sea
What Color is Your Underwear?
-We didn't find any worms in the worm bin again. We will try bringing some worms again for another try.
-On Thursday we explored our building. We walked upstairs and visited people in their offices. The children got excited about the stairs and they climbed up and down for at least 10 minutes.
-We cut long pieces of yarn to play with. We then played a color matching game at circle time when we picked up a colored yarn and the children found blocks with the same matching colors.

-The children continue to show interest in our baby dolls and set up mats for the babies and put them to bed, sometimes the children set the mats out for themselves to take a nap and they cover themselves with blankets.
The Second Week (Last week)
We explored colors even more!!
-We pulled our rainbow colored craft sticks from the cabinet for the children to play with and make art with.
-We played with the craft sticks and playdough together.
-Anna made us some "signs" with our rainbow craft sticks that say the name of the color in English and Ivrit/Hebrew.
-We made foot print paintings! Out in the play yard, the children stepped in paint (which were the primary colors) and they made a large painting by walking on the butcher paper.
-The children made drawings with colorful pastels on black paper.
-The children now have photographs on the sign-in door with their names on them. They can move their picture from one side of the poster "Babayit"/at home which has a picture of a house, to "B'gan"/at preschool, which has a picture of Ofra and Anna. All of this is with the help of velcro!
-On Monday, we had Havdallah with the Nevonim children in the dark! All of the curtains were drawn and the light was out and we had a chance to see the havdallah candle flames in a new light. 
-On Thursday we cooked French Toast for our snack.
-We have been opening the door between the play yard and the Nevonim kitah so that we can share the play yard and have a chance to get to know each other.
-We now have the fire station and wooden emergency vehicles in our classroom.
-We also brought down a book about fire trucks that has excellent pictures of fire fighters and their vehicles. 
We look forward to more exciting events and learning experiences this week. 
Shavuah Tov
Ofra and Anna

Friday, November 1, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah 
October 28-November 1, 2013
24-28 Cheshvan 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,

Emergent Curriculum
 
The most fascinating activity emerging in the kitah this week has been the creation of BART trains with magnet tiles.  As the week progressed the children extended this idea by making BART tracks and tunnels out of wood blocks, making BART stations out of magnet tiles, and, with some assistance from the teachers, labeling both BART trains and stations.  We are hoping to extend the children's exploration with a classroom field trip to ride BART together during the school day.  If you are interested in volunteering for this field trip, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, November 14th, Email Ruth (ruth@netivotshalom.org).
 
The library in the kitah/classroom now has due date stickers!
 
This week the children explored pretend play with different kinds of families.  For example, this week there was a family with a mom, a daughter, and two dads.  In this family some of the members of the family were royalty, others were not.
 
The children have been talking about tseivaim/colors.  The children whose first language is English have been using the Hebrew words for each color while the children whose first language is Hebrew have been using the English word for each color.  Some children also tied yarn of different colors together.  Originally the idea was to make a many-colored jump rope.  In the end the finished product was too long to be a jump rope.  It is now on display in the kitah.
 
Less interested in placing our pegboard pegs into pegboards, the children have been building tall stacks with them and balancing them in one hand.
 
We rocked out again this week to the sounds of The Macaroons.  Very little dancing this week, instead the children made a rock band with blocks as drums, keyboards, and guitar.
 
Jewish Curriculum
 
We talked about this week's parsha in which twins are born.  This is always more exciting when we have twins in the kitah.  We also talked about Yaakov/Jacob dressing up like Esav/Esau.  After relating this part of the parsha to the children during circle time we asked the children to share what they like to dress up as on their own.  We also talked about the names of the wells that Yizhak/Isaac dug and how these names point toward a model for how to resolve conflict, moving from acting out against others, to acknowledging your feelings, to pausing to think of the best way to proceed, and finally working with our friends to make an agreement that is good for everyone, on our own or with help from our teachers  (the first three steps in this process are discussed in relation to this parsha in Rabbi Alan Lew's book Be Still and Get Going).
 
The children noticed when we had guests in the classroom and prompted us to sing our welcome song, an Arabic welcome song from children's music giant Ella Jenkins, which we translated into Hebrew, "bruchim haba'im." We sang this song again this week to Nachshonim when they came to our class for Havdalah and also at circle time to Ima Jess, who volunteered again to help us with cooking, and congregant Ruth who also volunteered again this week.
 
The children are having fun playing with our new pretend Shabbat set!

Every Week
 
Every week we
-recite some tefilot/prayers at circle time.  This week we also sang "Good Morning Boker Tov Tov Tov." 
 
- study Torah with Rabbi Creditor we sing the bracha/blessing for studying Torah.
 
- have Havdallah with the Nachshonim.  This week we turned off the lights and pulled down the shades on the windows to make it feel more like Saturday night.
 
- the children make an individual challah.  We also make two challot for Pretend Shabbat, in shapes inspired by the week's Torah portion, this week a hand grabbing on to a heel in honor of Yaakov's birth and name.  The children also decorate the bags for their individual challot.

We practiced a fire drill and an earthquake safety drill this week.  We do this every month.
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirley, and William

Friday, October 25, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah 
October 21-25 2013
18-22 Cheshvan 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,
 
Mazal Tov to the Neta family on the birth of their son!  We recited the shehechiyanu in class to celebrate Lilit's entry into big sisterhood!

Emergent Curriculum
 
This week several of the children opened a library in the kitah/classroom.  Books can be checked out with a card to remind the borrower to return the book (and the librarians are sure to keep you honest as well).  Perhaps you would like to borrow a book from our library?  We have a fabulous selection of books! 
 
Children continue to care for babies, growing their imaginations, practicing nurturing others with love, negotiating decisions with the other parents (at times the most difficult part of parenting, wouldn't you agree?), and developing fine motor skills.
  
Still so much dress up, in dresses, skirts, aprons, hats, and more, with multiple layers on at once! SO MUCH dress up that we are planning to expand our dress up area! Keep your eyes open for a window into what emerges.
 
You might remember from last week's HaShavuah that we already started reading a book about Rivka's kindness in this week's parsha/ Torah portion.  Some children were so inspired by this story that they chose to dress up as Rivka!  They were very excited to show the rabbi when he visited the kitah that day.
 
A fascinating part of an emergent curriculum is bringing things into the classroom and seeing what catches the children's interest.  For Parshat Bereshit we served yogurt and blackberries to introduce the idea of God creating light and dark on the first day.  Now, whenever we serve food that is black and white, like this week then we had cereal with milk and raisins, the children notice and point out that we are again eating darkness and lightness.  
 
This week this idea was extended to include eating midbar/desert (in the form of cereal), and yam/the sea (in the form of milk). 

Activities initiated by the teachers this week included:
 
-eating lunch by candlelight
-filling balloons with water, freezing them, removing the balloon and then painting the large ice spheres with food coloring using eye droppers.  The children also had the opportunity to melt the ice spheres by applying salt.
-We also made a graph of all the names of all the children in the kitah (and teachers and a few pets) showing how many letters are in each child's name.  This documentation is on display in the kitah.
-We also made, with the children, a calendar of the days of the week on our classroom whiteboard.  The calendar itself didn't last but it inspired the children to draw on the whiteboard with dry erase markers.
 
Middot
 
Orchnasat orchim/welcoming guests is featured again in this week's parsha, this time featuring Rivka.  We learned a new song, a welcome song in Arabic from children's music giant Ella Jenkins, which we translated into Hebrew, "bruchim haba'im."  We sang this song to Nachshonim when they came to our class for Havdalah.  We also sang it at circle time to Ima Jess, who volunteered again to help us with cooking, and congregant Ruth who also volunteered again this week.
 
A big thank you to Ima Dorothy, Yael's Ima, for volunteering by leading Pretend Shabbat this week!
 
We LOVE having parent involvement in the classroom! Email Ruth (ruth@netivotshalom.org) if you're interested in volunteering!

Rabbi Creditor came to our kitah and told this story emphasizing Rivka/Rebecca and Yitzchak/Isaac's shared love of gamalim/camels.  This connects to the middah/virtue of tsar balei chaim/caring for all living creatures.

Remember that you can involve your children in gemilut chasadim/acts of lovingkindness by helping out two of our preschool families.  
 
To help out Lilah's family click on this link:
If you have questions about the jobs, you can talk with Laura Callan lauracallen@gmail.com or email Lilah's Ima, Elana, at elanasf@gmail.com.
To prepare food for Lilit's family click on this link:
Again, if you have questions you can contact Laura Callan lauracallen@gmail.com
 
Every Week

This week Melita sang songs with us about farms and animals.
 
Every week we are scrolling our mini-Torah for children to the week's parsha.
 
Every week there are classic picture books on our bookshelf.  This week's popular favorites included: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, and many of the Maisy books by Lucy Cousins.
 
Every week we recite some tefilot/prayers at circle time.  We sing Modah Ani, Elohai Neshama, Mah Tovu, and end with the Shema.  We begin Elohai Neshama with a call and response siniging.  This week when we began the song the children sang along for the first "call."  So we, the teachers, stopped singing the call.  The children became the leaders of the song and we sang the response.
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirley, and William

Friday, October 18, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah 
October 15-18 2013
11-14 Cheshvan 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,
 
Check it out! The children can now hang their own artwork in the kitah!
 
There has been a lot of pretend play in the kitah this week.  Some examples:
 
a couch can be ...
   a library
   a helicopter
 
chairs can be ...
   an airplane
 
a table can be ...
   a birthday party
 
string can be ...
  a spiderweb
 
a bucket can be ...
   a pot of soup
 
Emergent Curriculum
 
The children have continued to explore the themes we began seeing in the kitah/classroom last week.  Building and boats have been combined and some children are making miniature boats out of popsicle sticks and tape.  The children are continuing to care for babies
 
The theme of balance has grown and expanded throughout the week.  String has been used to explore balance, becoming spider webs, tails, and rescue ropes.  We also brought out the balance beam.  The children practiced balancing by walking on the beam.  The beam also requires them to construct it themselves and they did, exploring different shapes including a straight line, curving line, square and triangle.
 
We played a focus game with tape and bean bags.  The children used the bean bags to try to hit one of three targets on the wall, each worth a different amount of points, which the children practiced adding up to get their score for each round.
 
On a related theme, the children explored symmetry by making omanut/art in which they fold a piece of paper in half, paint one side, then close the paper so that the mirror image is copied onto the other half of the paper.  In circle time the children also played a game where they made a shape with their body and another child made a mirror image of the shape with their body.

We rocked out to The Macaroons! We were dancing and singing along while playing air guitar, drums, accordion, keyboards.  We even froze and answered questions about Hebrew and Jewish holidays as they related to the songs!
 
Still so much dress up, in dresses, skirts, aprons, hats, and more, with multiple layers on at once!
 
Helping Hands
 
Rabbi Creditor sang his song Modeh Ani with the children.  Then he talked about lending a helping hand to others, as the parents do in this week's Torah parsha/portion.  This was the inspiration for this week's pretend Shabbat Challot, made in the shape of two hands.
 
This is an important theme in both kitot/classrooms. 
 
Hands Are Not For Hitting is a picture book classic.  Helping is one of the many things it share that one can do with one's hands.  It also has a picture of a child crossing the street holding an adult's hand, just as both Hagar does with Yishmael and Avraham with Yitzchak in the parsha. 
 
Kind Little Rivka tells the story of next week's parsha, with additional details added from midrash.  In this story Rivka bandages a boy's foot, lends a helping hand to a woman who is lost, and gives her seat to a tired old man before giving water to Eliezer and all his camels. 
 
There is also a book in the kitah, by Lawrence Kishner and Karen Kushner, called Because Nothing Looks Like God.  As described in the section titled "for parents and teachers" at the back of the book, this book "suggests that God does not dramatically intervene in the world except through the use of human hands," giving examples of actions children can perform themselves, or as the book puts it, "with your hands."
 
Middot
 
Speaking of ways children can offer helping hands to others, this week we talked about two middot, orchnasat orchim/welcoming guests and bikkur cholim/visiting the sick. 
 
Orchnasat orchim/welcoming guests is featured in this week's parsha with Avraham and Sarah welcoming guests into their home.  The children practiced saying bruchim habaim/blessed is your coming when guests visited our classroom, including Ima Jess (who made playdoh with the children on Wednesday), congregant Ruth (who also visited the classroom on Wednesday), Melita, Menachem, even moreh/teacher Collin. 
 
Bikkur cholim/visiting the sick is featured in the book Bear Feels Sick, by the author/illustrator of Bear Snores On.
 
Every Week
This week Melita sang songs with us about cats, dogs, other animals, and rainbows.  Later we noticed the children playing pretending to be kitty cats and puppy dogs or pretending to care for kitty cats and puppy dogs.
 
Every week we are scrolling our mini-Torah for children to the week's parsha.
 
Every week there are classic picture books on our bookshelf.  This week's popular favorites included: Caps for Sale, Chu's Day, Everyone's Ready For Fun? 
 
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirley, and William
 

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashvua'im/ The Last Two Weeks
October 18, 2013
14 Cheshvan, 5774
 
Shalom Nachshonim families,

We have had a very eventful couple of weeks. We are thrilled to share with you the excitement that occurred in our kitah. 

Last Week in the Nachshonim Kitah:
-We had Havdallah with the children in the Nevonim kitah to greet the new week. 

Tzva'im/Colors
-Last Wednesday we made play dough from scratch and we decided to make it the color orange.
-We have been singing songs about colors at circle time. We have been singing "Orange is a Carrot" and "Purple Grapes,  Purple Plum", both songs that use flashcards with pictures.
-Last Thursday the children cooked pancakes. They helped measure and count all the ingredients and we enjoyed them at snacktime.

Worms:
-We noticed that there are no more worms in our worm composting bin! Ofra picked a few worms up from her community garden. We put them in a container and took some time to observe them, we then placed the few she brought into the bin in hopes that they will reproduce.
-We have been feeding them our food scraps.

Trains:
-We continue to sing/read "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
-We learned a new  song about trains in Hebrew "He'ne Rakevet"/Here is a train. The song is about how it moves with wheels.
-We have pulled out our play wheels from the outdoor shed and the children are rolling them in the play yard.

-We had our first earthquake drill last week. We now know what to do to keep safe in an emergency situation.

This Week in the Nachshonim Kitah:
-We have made a height chart on the wall With a large sheet of paper. The children take off their shoes and we use the book on the head technique to make a line on the chart at their height. We will revisit our height chart at the end of the year to see how much we've grown. 

-Ana found a baby avocado that fell from a tree outside. We cut it open to have a look inside and compared it to a large avocado that wasn't Ofra's lunch.

-On Tuesday morning, Anna switched all of the toys on our shelves so we have a new selection of things to play with.

-We had a lovely visit from our friend Ruth who will be stopping by on a weekly basis to visit us. We had a nice time getting to know her.

-We also had our usual visits from Melita with her guitar and Rabbi creditor with his guitar

-We keep adding more food in the worm bin in hopes that they reproduce.

Tzva'im/colors continued...
-A very exciting thing happened when a CD was sitting upside down on the windowsill in the sun came shining down on it. It reflected off the disc and made a reflection of a rainbow on the ceiling. We then walked over to the Nevonim kitah to borrow the "science area CDs" that they had on their windowsill. Now we can hold them and create rainbows all over the room whenever the sun comes shining in.
-The children did a lot of paintings this week.
-The children are still excited about playing with various colors of yarn. Including snipping them with scissors.

-We played in the social hall and the court yard a few times this week after lunch.

-a child found a spider in the kitah on Thursday morning. We kept it in a cup for a few minutes to observe it, then we set it free outside.
-On Friday, we found another spider! It was out in the play yard.
-After both of these incidences, we sang the itsy-bitsy spider several times in Hebrew and English.
We are looking forward to continuing our explorations of colors next week.
Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and Anna

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Almost Chanukkah Fair - Save the Date!

Chanukah starts at sundown on Nov. 27 this year,
but it is never too early to get into the spirit!
 
Come to a fun family-friendly event and get your children excited about Chanukah!
Netivot Shalom's FREE "Almost Chanukah!" fair features: live music; Chanukah latkes and cookies; crafts by local Bay Area artists; children's books; menorahs, dreidels, and beautiful candles; Fair Trade chocolate gelt; exotic Fair Trade Judaica from Africa, Asia, and South America; and a jumpy house! Decorate Chanukah cookies and make your own Chanukah candles.

 Participate in a holiday gift drive:
Bring a new toy, book, game, or item of clothing for a child in need age 3-18.

 This event is co-sponsored by: Camp Newman and Camp Tawonga.  
Learn about local Jewish summer camps!

 All are welcome. Fun for all ages!
Sunday, Nov. 24, 11:00-2:00

 

Friday, October 11, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah 
October 8-11 2013
4-7 Cheshvan 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,
 
Here are some themes that are emerging in our classroom:
 
Babies!
 
The children have been:
--Having babies
--Feeding food to babies
--Nursing babies
--Putting babies to bed
--Dressing babies
 
Building

The children have been building:
 
--in 3D using cardboard boxes, corks, pipe cleaners, and more!
--with blocks
--with MagnaTiles
 
Boats
The children have made many kinds of boats (inspired by Noah's Ark), including:
--paddle boats
----made out of blocks, with blocks for oars
----using our wooden boat, with blocks for oars
--rowboats
--motorboats with 3D jet engines (using corks, popsicle sticks, tape, and more)!
 
Balancing
The children have been practicing balancing in many ways including:
--on our balance board (documentation board on display in the classroom)
--forwards and backwards
--moving through an obstacle course taped on the ground without touching the lines
--and balancing on one foot!
 
Dress Up!
so much dress up!
--dressing up in dresses, skirts, aprons, hats, and more!
-----often with multiple layers on at once!

Dancing
The children have been dancing to all kinds of music, including Rabbi Creditor's CD's as well as while playing musical instruments and singing "All You Need Is Love," with alternate lines ("All You Need If Food," "All You Need Is ______").

Every Week
We begin each week by having the Nachshonim join us for havdallah/ritual separating Shabbat from the rest of the week. 

Every week Rabbi Creditor comes to visit our classroom.  This week he used his guitar and his walking fingers to show the children how their Jewish journey begins with Avraham but changes with each new generation.  We also sang "Lechi Lach" (by Debbie Friedman z"l)/
 
Melita also comes to visit our classroom every week.  She sang many songs with us, including a song about the earth.
 
Every day we have circle time.
--We sing tefillot/prayers.  
Our other activities this week included:
--learning AlephBet Yoga.  
-- doing Animal Yoga with Ima Jenni Mangel (Kaila's Mom) at circle time for Parsha Noah.  We learned many animal yoga asanas/poses including: eagle, lion, dog (downward, square, upward), locust (!), cat, cow, rainbow (spontaneously created by the children), and dove.  
I know some of you have already spoken with us about volunteering in the classroom.  We LOVE having parent involvement in the classroom! Email Ruth (ruth@netivotshalom.org) if you're interested!
-- rehearsing our Noah's Ark play to perform at Pretend Shabbt!
Every week we are scrolling our mini-Torah for children to the week's parsha.
And we also end by reciting the Shema!

Parsha Noah

We read many versions of Noah's Ark in Hebrew and in English, including: 
Why Noah Chose the Dove (by Isaac Bashevis Singer), Inside Noahs' Ark, Too Tired, Noah's Bark, (Jan Brett's) On Noah's Ark, The Littlest Pair, and (Lucy Cousin's, author of the Maisy books) Noah's Ark.

We also sang songs of peace (in honor or the dove, the olive branch, and the rainbow)! Od yavo Shalom Aleinu!
 
The olive branch led to an interest in olives so we tried 3 varieties at snack time and graphed our favorites (also on display in the classroom). 
 
The children missed having our poster of the seven days of creation so we made our own (on display in the kitah/classroom).
 
We also have documentation boards for each of the parshot/Torah portions, including Lech Lecha/Go Forth where the children told us what they would bring on a journey (also  on display b'kitah/in the classroom).
 
 
Shabbat Shalom,
 
Ruth, Shirley, and William

Save the Date! Saturday Evening, Nov. 23 is the Congregation Netivot Shalom Channukah Ball!!!


Save the Date! Saturday Evening, Nov. 23
Congregation Netivot Shalom Channukah Ball!!!


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Mark your calendars for Congregation Netivot Shalom's Channukah Ball!
Saturday Evening, Nov. 23rd!
An evening of fun for all adults!
Childcare provided!
 
Want to help get involved and help us plan this party?  Contact Michael at cnspresident@netivotshalom.org
 
More details soon!
Congregation Netivot Shalom // 1316 University Avenue // Berkeley, CA 94702