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.

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

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