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, November 4, 2013

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Ha'shvua'im/The Two Weeks
October 4, 2013
1 Kislev, 5774

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
The last two weeks in the kitah/classroom have been enjoyable and engaging. We would love to share with all of you what we have been up to the last two weeks.
The First Week:
We can't continue to explore colors!
-We have been exploring the nature of primary colors when we mix them together. On Monday we painted with red and blue finger paint watched how it made the color purple when we mixed them together.
-On Tuesday we painted with blue and yellow finger paint and we saw how we were able to make green
-On Tuesday, at circle time, we read "Little Blue and Little Yellow" bye Leo Lioni and read about how they became green when they hugged each other.
-On Wednesday we finger painted with red and yellow and we watched how the color orange was made.
-We read fantastic book called mouse paint. The three mice find three jars of pain which happened to be the primary colors. They get inside the jars of paint and change colors. Then they dance around in puddles of other colors and they make new colors. We have little mice finger puppets to go with the story and we used him at circle time and throughout the day at playtime.
-We have some excellent books about colors from the public library and our school library.
Pete The Cat (a big hit in the kitah) is a great book that has a CD to go with it. Pete has white shoes and they change color when he steps and different things. 
Mouse Paint
Dogs Colorful Day
Color Dance 
The Deep Blue Sea
What Color is Your Underwear?
-We didn't find any worms in the worm bin again. We will try bringing some worms again for another try.
-On Thursday we explored our building. We walked upstairs and visited people in their offices. The children got excited about the stairs and they climbed up and down for at least 10 minutes.
-We cut long pieces of yarn to play with. We then played a color matching game at circle time when we picked up a colored yarn and the children found blocks with the same matching colors.

-The children continue to show interest in our baby dolls and set up mats for the babies and put them to bed, sometimes the children set the mats out for themselves to take a nap and they cover themselves with blankets.
The Second Week (Last week)
We explored colors even more!!
-We pulled our rainbow colored craft sticks from the cabinet for the children to play with and make art with.
-We played with the craft sticks and playdough together.
-Anna made us some "signs" with our rainbow craft sticks that say the name of the color in English and Ivrit/Hebrew.
-We made foot print paintings! Out in the play yard, the children stepped in paint (which were the primary colors) and they made a large painting by walking on the butcher paper.
-The children made drawings with colorful pastels on black paper.
-The children now have photographs on the sign-in door with their names on them. They can move their picture from one side of the poster "Babayit"/at home which has a picture of a house, to "B'gan"/at preschool, which has a picture of Ofra and Anna. All of this is with the help of velcro!
-On Monday, we had Havdallah with the Nevonim children in the dark! All of the curtains were drawn and the light was out and we had a chance to see the havdallah candle flames in a new light. 
-On Thursday we cooked French Toast for our snack.
-We have been opening the door between the play yard and the Nevonim kitah so that we can share the play yard and have a chance to get to know each other.
-We now have the fire station and wooden emergency vehicles in our classroom.
-We also brought down a book about fire trucks that has excellent pictures of fire fighters and their vehicles. 
We look forward to more exciting events and learning experiences this week. 
Shavuah Tov
Ofra and Anna

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