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, November 8, 2013

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah/ This Week
November 8, 2013
5 Kislev 5774

Shalom Nachshonim Families. 

We have had a very pleasant week full of fun activities. Here are the highlights of our week that we would love to share with you. 
-We had Havdallah on Monday in the dark again with our Nevonim friends. 
-On most days, after lunch, we head out of the kitah and go to the court yard, the social hall, on a field trip through the building, or even to the play yard. During a short field trip through the building this week, the children stopped to look at the Torah upstairs in the Library. When we returned to the kitah, the teachers pulled out our miniature Torahs that we keep in the closet. We had a close look at our miniature Torahs saw how they rolled up like a scroll.

-My children have shown in interest in looking at the gigantic channukiah that lives upstairs. Since Channukah is comingsoon, there is a big chance we will probably continue to check it out upstairs.

-Twice this week we found ripe pomegranates on our trees out in the yard. We shared them after lunch time. 
Tzvaim/colors continued...
-We made a new communal painting using toy cars as our painting tools and we made tracks on the butcher paper.
- We did an experiment this week by mixing primary colors of paints in water with the help of droppers and made new hues. We started with the three primary colors and after mixing colors with water, we ended up with the full color spectrum, a rainbow! We even tried mixing all three of the primary colors together and we watched how it made the color brown. 
- After our "color signs" had the paper ripped off, we made a new set with cardboard and wood glue that will be much more durable. The children helped match the colored stick with the colorful words that we wrote on the cardboard. 
-The colorful yarn is still a big hit. When the children can't find the yard in the art area, they ask us for more. The children can let us know what color they want and we snip a length of it for them. 

-We continued to talk about fire engines and firefighters. At circle time, we read about fire trucks and looked closely at a picture of the firefighter with his helmet his special mask and his special clothes. It is important for children to know that fire fighters come to help people with all that gear on and their face covered, it could be a bit frightening to find a fire fighter looking like that if you do not expect it. 
-We now have two documentation boards in the kitah. One with photographs of the kids creating our communal painting and the other is of the kids making play dough. We have been collecting quotes from the children that we have written down down on these boards. Please come on in and have a look at them!

-The children helped decorate a large poster board that will be used for a third classroom documentation board. We tore up bits of colorful paper and adhered them to the board with glue sticks. We will be at attaching the photographs next week and we will hang it in the hallway for everyone to enjoy. It will be a documentation board of outdoor play yard activities.
We look forward to spending time with your children again next week! We also look forward to spending time with their parents at our conferences on Monday!
Shabbat Shalom, have a wonderful weekend.
Ofra and Anna

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