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, April 19, 2013


April 19, 2013
9 Iyar 5773

Shalom Nachshonim families,

Another week filled with learning and play has passed. Here are the highlights of our week.

Yom Ha'atzmaut
/ Israel Independence day
- We talked further about how it is Israel's birthday. We sang happy birthday at circle time on Monday.
- We talked about all the people we know who are from Israel and speak Hebrew.
- We have been singing songs in Hebrew and talking about how people in Israel speak Hebrew.
- We are painting with shades of blues just like the Israeli flags we have hung in the kitah.
-Tuesday was Yom Ha'atzmaut and we made hummus for snack in our food processor. We also read "It's Israel's Birthday" several times. We sang happy birthday a a few times throughout the day.
-Inspired by that book we pretended to be airplane and fly to Israel at circle time on Tuesday. We pretended to knock on the doors of Tobie's and Ofra's families to say hello. We pretended to swim in the Mediterranean Sea, we built a sand castle and we drove on the bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Then we flew home.

-On Monday we were invited to come into the Nevonim kitah. They had prepared a lesson especially for us about volcanoes. We listened to what they had to teach us and we watched the science experiment of the volcano eruption.

- On Wednesday we were gifted some fava beans from Hadas' garden. We had a fun time shelling the beans. We gave some of the leaves from the fava plant to the guinea pigs but they did not love them.

- The children have been constructing train tracks that are much bigger and more elaborate then the tracks they were making months ago. It's exciting to see these changes as we proceed with the school year.

-We saw Cheryl again this week on Wednesday for a drama class. One of our activities was to act out a book. Anna read that Israeli classic called "Teeras Cham", which means "hot corn". The story is about a boy who likes to march and sing about Teeras Cham. Other children hear his song and join in the march. After Anna read the story, Cheryl guided us as we acted out the story.
-On Thursday at circle time we read the story again and used our felt board shapes as we read the story.
-This week we went out to courtyard a few times after our lunch. On Friday we played "Red Light, Green Light" and "Machbo'im" (Hide and Seek) out there. We also brought some balls out and played catch with each other.

We are looking forward to having a chance to sit and meet with all of you this Monday for conferences.
We are also looking forward to more great activities in the kitah.
Shabbat Shalom,
Ofra and Anna

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