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

HaShuvuah - Nevonim

May 10, 2013
1 Sivan 4773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We continued this week talking about dogs and tzar baalei chayim. Specifically, we had a class discussion about Boris and how we need to make him more comfortable and safe in the kitah. We wrote up a list of rules, voted on whether to bring him back (13 yeses) and found a new calmer spot for him in the kitah. We learned that in Deuteronomy it says that you should feed your animals before you feed yourself. So now before snack, we check in with each other whether Boris got fed.
We have begun our discussion of Shavuot. We read "No Rules for Michael" and talked about the Ten Commandments. We read the "Littlest Mountain" and talked about the Commandments being given on Mt. Sinai. On Wednesday with Cheryl, we read a Shavuot story ("Sadie and the Big Mountain"), acted it out and talked about the holiday. We made our own mini Torah scrolls one day, and added Hebrew letters to it another day.
On Sunday, we started building our pretend Kotel outside. A special thanks to Noa's Nana Terri for envisioning this and making it happen. We put many of the bricks up on Thursday. As we were preparing to build our "Temple" wall, Menachem taught us the song "Yibaneh HaMikdash". He also taught us about the parashah this week that begins the new book by the same name "B'Midbar."

We also sang with Melita and heard stories from Nora. One new book that we loved was "Dreaming Up" which shows how children's building with toys can inspire and lead to great, actual architectural buildings.
We have been talking about puppets, making puppets, and putting on puppet shows - including one we wrote that had the animals in the story receive the 10 Commandments. This interest culminated in the wonderful production of "Dirah L'Haskir" that we saw today. Thanks to Jess (the Emah of Hadas in Nachshonim) for arranging this for us, and for helping in our kitah today! The story has the message of getting along with your neighbors and not being judgemental, so at lunch today we rearranged the lunchboxes to mix up who usually sits with whom - it was good to see new relationships. Speaking of which, we even had a child initiated pretend wedding this week and the marriage appears to have lasted all week! Mazel Tov - it has been a fun way to talk about families.
Finally, we wanted to let you know that Rabbi Kelman will be coming into the kitah on Monday morning to show us the Torah and his scribe skills. He will come in at 9:15 so we hope that you can get there on time in order to partake in this great experience.
Shabbat Shalom,
Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee

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

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