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, July 8, 2013

HaShavuah - SUMMER FUN! - Session 1


June 24-28 and July 1-5
Tammuz 16-20 & 23-28
Shalom Summer Families,

The summer session is off to a fabulous start these first two weeks.  We began by having the Nevonim children welcome the Nachshonim into the classroom.  We took advantage of having Ofra in the kitah these first two weeks to ease the transition.  Our circle times have been a mixture of introducing the Nachshonim to Nevonim routines and including Nachshonim routines (songs, etc.) to ease the transition for Nachshonim children.  Early in the first week we also divided the children into small mixed aged "teams," encouraging each team of 2-3 children to decide together what they wanted to play.
Highlights of the first week included artistic expression like the enormous drip painting that covered both tables, which we later added more paint to with paintbrushes, and elaborate sidewalk chalk art in the drizzing rain, which makes the colors of the chalk more vibrant!  
Pretend Play
Several of the children have young siblings and joined each other taking care of their babies. Corrugated cardboard tubes when discovered by the children became costumes, turning them into robots and transformers.  The robots had families and the children's vivid imaginations extended the transformers extended well beyond the Optimus Prime to include transforming into dirt, then flowers, etc.  This was likely inspired by A Grand Old Tree, a wonderful book that was shared at circle time which introduced the children to the life cycle of a tree and its ecological importance for neighboring inhabitants.  You might also ask your children about Chu's Day. 
Sensory Play and Motor Development
 And of course we had so much fun with our new water table, paper cutouts, soccer, and playdoh.

During week two we followed up on projects and themes from week one. 
There was more caring for babies.  We decided to together to rip up our drip painting.  First the children enjoyed throwing the shredded pieces of paper over their heads while singing "Mazal Tov v' Siman Tov!"  After that uproarious fun it was time to collage some of the shreds onto butcher paper.  Our chalk art extended until it covered the entire play structure.  In week one a story about sailboats had inspired magnet tile sailboats so in week two we built on this interest exploring more about sailboats, introducing the children to other kinds of boats (rowboats, ocean liners, motorboats, canoes, and kayaks).  We brought in picture books featuring boats, including classics like Where the Wild Things Are and Harold and the Purple Crayon, and sang songs about boats.  By the end of the week airplanes were also being included in the children's play.
New things emerging in the second week included children creating their own language together, much animal play (especially popular were falcons and honey badgers) and burying various items in various substances, like trucks in the sand, and animals in playdoh.  There was also a lot of fishing going on.

We said goodbye (for the summer) to Ofra and Caitlin.  We look forward to welcoming Ruth into our Summer Fun for the next four weeks.
William, Ofra, and Caitlin  

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