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, May 13, 2013

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

May 10, 2013
1 Sivan 5773

Shalom Nachshonim families,
We have had a very busy week, with lots of visitors and special activities. Here are the highlights of the week in the kitah.

- On Monday Shirlee brought her dog Daisy to school. We watched her perform tricks and we got to pet her too.
-On Monday we pulled out the dress up bin and the stuffed animal bin. The kids had a chance to choose the ones they wanted to use in the kitah.
-Ofra brought her Ukulele to school and the kids strummed on it and sang songs with Ofra.
- On Monday we read about Laney's experience with Baby Owl at her house.
- We conducted an experiment where we put half of our play dough in the freezer and the other half in the microwave. We explored the differences in texture and temperature.
- We brought the magnet tiles from the Nevonim kitah into our kitah for some building fun.
- On Wednesday we made hummus with the garbanzo beans we soaked and cooked earlier this week.
- We had our usual visit from Melita for music and Cheryl for drama class this week.
- On Thursday morning we had a special visit from Rabbi Menachem. We pretended the carpet was a sandy desert and he told us the story of Shavuot. He also sang with us and we had a very pleasant time.
-We had a second visitor on Thursday. Nora came to read us some of her favorite library books.
-We got to see a wonderful puppet show on Friday based on the classic Israeli children's book called "Dira L'haskeer" (Room For Rent). The puppeteers were dynamic and engaging and our Nachshonim enjoyed it very much. Thank you Jess for helping set this up. The teachers enjoyed it too.
- We have been reading "Ma'as'e B'chamisha Balonim" (the Tale of Five Balloons), a classic Israeli Children's book that was written and illustrated by the same woman who wrote "Teeras Cham". We used our felt board set that goes with the story. We also read it during drama class with Cheryl and we then acted out being balloons that pop.
- Some other books we currently have in the shelf are: "Put Me In The Zoo", " Yo! Yes?" By Chris Raschka, "The Sleepy Alphabet", an animal book in Hebrew, "We Are In A Book" by Mo Willems, and "I Can Help" by David Hyde Costello.

We are looking forward to more fun activities next week.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ofra and Anna

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

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