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, October 11, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah 
October 8-11 2013
4-7 Cheshvan 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,
 
Here are some themes that are emerging in our classroom:
 
Babies!
 
The children have been:
--Having babies
--Feeding food to babies
--Nursing babies
--Putting babies to bed
--Dressing babies
 
Building

The children have been building:
 
--in 3D using cardboard boxes, corks, pipe cleaners, and more!
--with blocks
--with MagnaTiles
 
Boats
The children have made many kinds of boats (inspired by Noah's Ark), including:
--paddle boats
----made out of blocks, with blocks for oars
----using our wooden boat, with blocks for oars
--rowboats
--motorboats with 3D jet engines (using corks, popsicle sticks, tape, and more)!
 
Balancing
The children have been practicing balancing in many ways including:
--on our balance board (documentation board on display in the classroom)
--forwards and backwards
--moving through an obstacle course taped on the ground without touching the lines
--and balancing on one foot!
 
Dress Up!
so much dress up!
--dressing up in dresses, skirts, aprons, hats, and more!
-----often with multiple layers on at once!

Dancing
The children have been dancing to all kinds of music, including Rabbi Creditor's CD's as well as while playing musical instruments and singing "All You Need Is Love," with alternate lines ("All You Need If Food," "All You Need Is ______").

Every Week
We begin each week by having the Nachshonim join us for havdallah/ritual separating Shabbat from the rest of the week. 

Every week Rabbi Creditor comes to visit our classroom.  This week he used his guitar and his walking fingers to show the children how their Jewish journey begins with Avraham but changes with each new generation.  We also sang "Lechi Lach" (by Debbie Friedman z"l)/
 
Melita also comes to visit our classroom every week.  She sang many songs with us, including a song about the earth.
 
Every day we have circle time.
--We sing tefillot/prayers.  
Our other activities this week included:
--learning AlephBet Yoga.  
-- doing Animal Yoga with Ima Jenni Mangel (Kaila's Mom) at circle time for Parsha Noah.  We learned many animal yoga asanas/poses including: eagle, lion, dog (downward, square, upward), locust (!), cat, cow, rainbow (spontaneously created by the children), and dove.  
I know some of you have already spoken with us about volunteering in the classroom.  We LOVE having parent involvement in the classroom! Email Ruth (ruth@netivotshalom.org) if you're interested!
-- rehearsing our Noah's Ark play to perform at Pretend Shabbt!
Every week we are scrolling our mini-Torah for children to the week's parsha.
And we also end by reciting the Shema!

Parsha Noah

We read many versions of Noah's Ark in Hebrew and in English, including: 
Why Noah Chose the Dove (by Isaac Bashevis Singer), Inside Noahs' Ark, Too Tired, Noah's Bark, (Jan Brett's) On Noah's Ark, The Littlest Pair, and (Lucy Cousin's, author of the Maisy books) Noah's Ark.

We also sang songs of peace (in honor or the dove, the olive branch, and the rainbow)! Od yavo Shalom Aleinu!
 
The olive branch led to an interest in olives so we tried 3 varieties at snack time and graphed our favorites (also on display in the classroom). 
 
The children missed having our poster of the seven days of creation so we made our own (on display in the kitah/classroom).
 
We also have documentation boards for each of the parshot/Torah portions, including Lech Lecha/Go Forth where the children told us what they would bring on a journey (also  on display b'kitah/in the classroom).
 
 
Shabbat Shalom,
 
Ruth, Shirley, and William

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