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 18, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashvua'im/ The Last Two Weeks
October 18, 2013
14 Cheshvan, 5774
 
Shalom Nachshonim families,

We have had a very eventful couple of weeks. We are thrilled to share with you the excitement that occurred in our kitah. 

Last Week in the Nachshonim Kitah:
-We had Havdallah with the children in the Nevonim kitah to greet the new week. 

Tzva'im/Colors
-Last Wednesday we made play dough from scratch and we decided to make it the color orange.
-We have been singing songs about colors at circle time. We have been singing "Orange is a Carrot" and "Purple Grapes,  Purple Plum", both songs that use flashcards with pictures.
-Last Thursday the children cooked pancakes. They helped measure and count all the ingredients and we enjoyed them at snacktime.

Worms:
-We noticed that there are no more worms in our worm composting bin! Ofra picked a few worms up from her community garden. We put them in a container and took some time to observe them, we then placed the few she brought into the bin in hopes that they will reproduce.
-We have been feeding them our food scraps.

Trains:
-We continue to sing/read "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
-We learned a new  song about trains in Hebrew "He'ne Rakevet"/Here is a train. The song is about how it moves with wheels.
-We have pulled out our play wheels from the outdoor shed and the children are rolling them in the play yard.

-We had our first earthquake drill last week. We now know what to do to keep safe in an emergency situation.

This Week in the Nachshonim Kitah:
-We have made a height chart on the wall With a large sheet of paper. The children take off their shoes and we use the book on the head technique to make a line on the chart at their height. We will revisit our height chart at the end of the year to see how much we've grown. 

-Ana found a baby avocado that fell from a tree outside. We cut it open to have a look inside and compared it to a large avocado that wasn't Ofra's lunch.

-On Tuesday morning, Anna switched all of the toys on our shelves so we have a new selection of things to play with.

-We had a lovely visit from our friend Ruth who will be stopping by on a weekly basis to visit us. We had a nice time getting to know her.

-We also had our usual visits from Melita with her guitar and Rabbi creditor with his guitar

-We keep adding more food in the worm bin in hopes that they reproduce.

Tzva'im/colors continued...
-A very exciting thing happened when a CD was sitting upside down on the windowsill in the sun came shining down on it. It reflected off the disc and made a reflection of a rainbow on the ceiling. We then walked over to the Nevonim kitah to borrow the "science area CDs" that they had on their windowsill. Now we can hold them and create rainbows all over the room whenever the sun comes shining in.
-The children did a lot of paintings this week.
-The children are still excited about playing with various colors of yarn. Including snipping them with scissors.

-We played in the social hall and the court yard a few times this week after lunch.

-a child found a spider in the kitah on Thursday morning. We kept it in a cup for a few minutes to observe it, then we set it free outside.
-On Friday, we found another spider! It was out in the play yard.
-After both of these incidences, we sang the itsy-bitsy spider several times in Hebrew and English.
We are looking forward to continuing our explorations of colors next week.
Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and Anna

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