Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool seeks to create a stimulating and enriching educational environment for each and every child.
We are devoted to helping children learn socialization skills, building their self-confidence and teaching them the preliminary skills to explore and experience the world independently from their parents.
In addition, we seek to ignite a spark in each child to lay claim to her or his Jewish heritage and commit him or her to a lifetime passion for learning.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Story time wonderfulness ...from Nora

A sweet story from Nora, our local librarian, after her visit with Nevonim last week ...


Hi Lauren,


Today I shared a story with the older kids called, "What Do You Want?" On the right hand side of the page is an illustration of something (it starts with a rooster), with the question "What does the (rooster) want?" When you turn the page the "answer" in on the left hand page. It's a fun book to share with kids (especially verbal kids!) because they come up with such wonderful guesses, many of which work, regardless of the "correct" answer.

When we came to the picture of the little old man, I asked, "What does the little old man want?" Without missing a beat, one of the kids said, "A grandson!" Sweet moment! The "right" answer was, "his hat," but honestly, I thought "a grandson" was a MOST excellent answer.

Loved seeing everyone today.



HaShavuah - Nevonim


March 15, 2013

4 Nissan 5773


Dear Nevonim Parents,


Well, we finally have all our teachers back and healthy and we have begun preparing for Pesach. We read lots of books including the lovely Passover Lamb (a True Story) from PJ Library and Moses and Miriam. We have discussed, guessed and drawn Passover symbols, favorite foods and more. We learned to sing the blues with Colin and have been trying to write our own blues version of the Passover story, since our job is to tell the story as if we were slaves in Egypt, not just our ancestors. We did matzah art, playdough matzah and playdough Seder plates.


We celebrated Rosh Chodesh of Nissan on Tuesday and talked about looking for a full moon on Pesach. Menachem taught us about this week's Torah portion, V'Yikra by building a mishkan and then building a pyramid with his same hands - one he chose to build of his own free will, and the other he had to make.


We also sang Passover songs all week, some with Melita on Tuesday, and some on our own. Nora came to share books with us on Thursday.


On Monday, we celebrated three birthdays (Matan, Rikki and Caitlin) and we sang Happy Birthday in four languages! English, Hebrew, Chinese and Polish!


We also continued talking and learning emergently about tornadoes (we made a tornado tube), about volcanoes (we did a science experiment) and lots of sea creatures including sharks, rays, whales and narwhals!


Next week you can expect in your book a present from a woman named Varda Rabin who is giving every family a CD that her late husband, Irving Rabin, put together for Pesach. We hope you enjoy it and if you do and have any thoughts, we will be sending her a thank you note. She is a member of Beth Israel and a former teacher there, but is giving the CDs to all the Jewish preschools.


Shabbat Shalom,


Nevonim Teachers,


Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

March 11, 2013
29 Adar, 5773
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We would love to share with you all the great things that occurred in the kitah the last couple of weeks. We have been focusing on wheels and things that go.
Mechoniot/Cars and galgalim/wheels
-We made a large communal painting using the wheels of toy cars to apply the paint. We then hung it up on the wall above our circle time carpet.
-We have been using a very big cardboard tube as a tunnel for toy cars. We prop it up on the shelf and the children have been shooting cars down it.
-We have been taking notice of the trucks, busses and cars that drive down University Ave.
-We have been reading a lot of books about cars, trucks and things that go such as "Maisy Drives the Bus" "Richard Scary's Cars Trucks and Things That Go. "We All Go Traveling By" (a songbook), books about trains, etc...
-We were gifted a very large cardboard box from Nora the Librarian. It was so big that we needed to make a door because it was too tall for most of the kids to climb in. Once the door was there, we were inspired by "Maisy Drives the Bus" and we transformed the box into a bus. We made wheels and a steering wheels. We attached the steering wheel to the bus with a nut and bolt so that it would spin. We acted out the story of Maisy as she picks up all of her animal friends many many times the last couple of weeks.
-Then, the children began to draw on the box and decorate our bus.
-We have been singing lots of songs about cars in Hebrew and English.
-Ofra brought in her rollerblades to show the children another way that people use wheels. The children chased her and pushed her around out in the play yard.
-We soaked garbanzo beans for a batch of hummus. We soaked them for a day, then we cooked them the following day. At lunch time we tasted the beans we soaked and cooked. We compared the cooked beans to the dry ones that came from the grocery store and noticed that the uncooked ones are hard and solid. The day after we made some delicious hummus for snack.
-Last week we made pizza for snack.

-We noticed that the carrots that we planted several weeks ago are getting taller. We also noticed that some are no longer there, probably eaten by a hungry snail or bird.
-We planted the herbs that Josh and his Ima brought in to share with us. We have been watering them to ensure they grow.
-We have been enjoying taking turns with our Baby Owl book bag. Last week we read about Itamar's experience with Baby Owl at his home.
-We had two special visits the last couple of weeks. First we had Josh's Ima Deb and Savta(grandma) Joan come and visit us. Savta Joan shared with us exciting information and things about elephant seals. She brought in images, information about the elephant seals and a gigantic elephant seal puppet.
-Our second visit was from Kaila's brother Evan. He brought in his violin and played some of the tunes that he has been practicing at home. The children danced as he played.
This week has already begun and we have pulled out some books about the upcoming chag/holiday of Pesach. We will see what unfolds for us this week and we shall keep you posted.
Shavuah Tov
Ofra and Anna

Monday, March 11, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim


March 8, 2013
Adar 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

First, we send a big r'fuah shleimah to Shirlee who was sick all week. We practiced "Bikur Cholim" (Visiting the Sick) this week, when we brought cards, flowers and food that we made to Shirlee's porch. This also allowed us to go on a walk in the neighborhood where we noticed a lot of rainbow colors as spring approaches. We kept going with rainbows and began Pesach. Next week rainbows are expanding to tornadoes, so we are looking for empty plastic 2 liter soda or seltzer bottles to make tornadoe tubes. We need 4 if you have any in your recycling!
We added a lot of materials to our rainbow mural including rainbow string - it is now on display in the kitah, along with an entire onslought of new art! We did a science experiment putting food coloring separately into three bowls of salt (red, yellow and blue) then mixing them together (the colors stayed separate), then we added water which caused the colors to mix together into a greenish color, while the salt returned to its original whiteness. From this experiment, we made a lovely celery colored playdough. We also practiced another science experiment as we put food coloring into water in jars and added white flowers. We learned how quickly this process called "osmosis" in English and "piapua" in Hebrew works. We tried it the next day with celery.

On Thursday, we made humus. On Wednesday, Evan and his emah showed us his violin and how it works, and Evan played four songs for us which we sang along to - Twinkle, Twinkle; Frere Jacques, Old McDonald and Lightly Row. It was a treat for us and has inspired us to learn the words to Frere Jacques in Hebrew, French and English. We also sang with Melita on Tuesday. In the afternoon, many children enjoyed singing the song "Da" which is on Menachem's new CD. The words mean "Know before whom you stand" and "Place HaShem at my side."
Just a heads up for parents that like to come on fieldtrips - we will be going to Tilden Nature area on Friday, April 5th for a ranger program. We will leave here at 9 and be back in time (we hope) for Pretend Shabbat.

Our condolences to the Fern family on the death of Judy's father. While it hasn't come up in the classroom, we know that Ellie and Danielle have lots of books at home to help with the subject.

Shabbat Shalom,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee, and Colin this week!

Friday, March 1, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim


March 1, 2013
19 Adar 5773

Dear Nevonim Parents,

Last week's rain followed by sun sparked an interest in the kitah about rainbows and where they come from. We said the blessing "who remembers the covenant, is faithful to it, and keeps its promise" which is traditionally said when viewing a rainbow. This week we pursued rainbows in every way we could! We made lots of rainbow art, we experimented with prisms and sunlight. We made rainbow striped cookies (a big success!) We did tie dye art. We read books about rainbows and colors and we practiced mixing colors in many ways. We even made a rainbow with our bodies, based on the colors (in Hebrew) that we were all wearing. We read "My Crayons Talk" about the different feelings that each color conveys. We read the "Orange Splot" that celebrated color and individuality. We read "Pinkalicious" and enjoyed the idea of green foods curing you if you ate too many pink things. We did a great science experiment with milk, dish soap and food coloring. The soap attaches itself to the fat in the milk (doesn't work with non-fat milk) and the color highlights this and makes marbleized swirls - it is quite dramatic.

We also made our own pizzas this week, played a game called Chamor Chadash (new donkey). We sang with Melita and learned about the weekly parashah with Shirlee. We made a golden calf out of challah this week (from the parashah) as well as a rainbow in honor of what we have been learning.

Have a Shabbat Shalom,

Nevonim Teachers,
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee