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, May 31, 2013

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

I did not get a chance to send you Hashavuah last week, so we have a lot to share with you! Here are some of the best things that happened over the last few weeks. 
On Monday couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Kaila's birthday. Ima Jenni came in and we all worked together to make guacamole for snack to celebrate.
- After watching Kaila make her birthday crown, the children were inspired to make crowns too. Several children made them out of paper.

Tzva'im/ Colors  
-We have been playing a really wonderful matching game. We have been using pieces of colored yarn that we tie on to the wrist of a child. Then the child looks for a toy with a matching color.
-To continue our explorations of colors, we have been singing some of favorite songs about colors at circle time in both Hebrew and English.
- We mixed paints from primary colors and we made a painty mess on the table while we made art.
-Bubbles, chalk and balls in the courtyard!
- Since craft sticks are still the biggest craze, we are keeping sticks with names written on them (we call them "name sticks") in a blue cup for the children to find whenever they please. They can search for their stick by recognizing their name on their own.
- On Monday last week, we took a trip into the sanctuary to see the Torah, then we played with the balls in the courtyard.
- We have been playing with the magnet tiles in the kitah and in the social hall.
- We planted some of the plants we had rooting in the kitah. The Kalanchoi and Wandering Jew plants are now enjoying the sun out in the play yard. 
-We had more excellent visits from Melita and Cheryl!
- We went on a field trip this last Thursday to Strawberry Creek Park. We played on the play structure and used the giant slide. We then walked over to the basketball courts and ran around. After that we walked across the street to the community garden where Ofra has a garden plot. We ate parsley, we looked at the beehives, and we enjoyed the plant life.
-On Monday of this week, we had the company of Rina who was subbing for Anna. The children are familiar with Rina because Rina takes care of Anna's baby Liah and they both join us for pretend Shabbat every week. 
- We cooked French toast this Thursday morning for our snack. 
- We brought back our song book called "Driving My Tractor" and we have been listening to the disk.
- At circle time this week we have used our special glove and Velcro animals for the songs "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" and "Five Little Ducks".
- The children have been enjoying being traced out in the play yard and courtyard with chalk, or geer in Hebrew. After we trace a child, we have been writing their name on it.
Lunchtime activities while we sit at the table.
-For several weeks now, the children have enjoyed calling "Mousy" as we sit and eat. We started telling "mousy" stories and now they are requested every day at lunchtime. The children usually participate and help us make the story up as we go.
- We have been playing the opposite game at lunch. Where the teachers asked the children about the opposite of a word and the children respond. 
-We have brought down several stories with a mouse character to continue the interest in mice.
-We have also brought down a few books about opposites. 

We are looking forward to next week with more learning and play.
Ofra and Anna 

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