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 - Nevonim

HaShavuah
November 4-8, 2013
1-5 Kislev 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,

Emergent Curriculum
 
Following up on the children's constructions of BART trains with magnet tiles, we will be taking a field trip to ride BART on Thursday from 10-noon.

Following up on the children's love of dancing we read Angelina Ballerina books this week.

Following up on the children's exploration of tseva'im/colors we read the book Mouse Paint at circle b'Ivrit/in Hebrew.
 
Following up on the children's exploration of different kinds of families Caitlin told the story of Tango, the penguin with two dads. 
 
Some of the other activities emerging from the children's play this week have included:
-painting with our hands!
-using magnet tiles on our light board!
-using marbles on our light board!
-building with marbles and magnet tiles!
-building machines out of legos that help with clean up!
 
The children are not only caring for babies using baby dolls, they are now also pretending to be babies so other children can care for them.

Jewish Curriculum
 
When we talked about this week's parsha, borrowing again from Rabbi Alan Lew z'l, we made our spines into Jacob's ladder.  When breathing in the angels go up the ladder.  When breathing out the angels travel down the ladder.  This has proven to be very successful for calming children when they are wound up.  You might try it at home.
 
We also talked about Yaakov's statement that "God is in this place."  How did he know?  Many children raised their hands to answer the question, What does God look like (inspired by the book of the same name by Karen and Lawrence Kushner)?  Their answers are on display b'kitah/in the classroom.
 
The children are still having fun playing with our new pretend Shabbat set!
 
Every Week
 
Every week we sing Elohai Neshama.  In past week's we have used a melody from Rabbi Tirzah Firestone.  This week we learned a new melody from Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller.
 
Each week are circle time we are learning a new song from children's music giant Ella Jenkins. This week's song is a call and response called "Tah Boo," with sounds that aren't words.
 
Melita also sang a song from Ella Jenkins this week.  She also sang songs with us about the alphabet, aleph bet, animals, and transportation (see BART trains above).  
 
We had Havdalah in the dark again with Nachshonim!
 
Every day we recite the Sh'ma, often with sign language!
 
Every week the children make an individual challah.  We also make two challot for Pretend Shabbat, in shapes inspired by the week's Torah portion, this week's shapes: Jacob's ladder and a rock, either the one beneath his head while dreaming or the one removed from the mouth of the well, your choice.  Notice that by giving you two choices to choose from I am using a tried and true technique that works fabulously with children as well as with adults!
 
Rabbi Menachem did not come to visit us this week because we went on a field trip to Helios Corner, a nearby senior center.  A big thanks to Ima Jess (Hadas) and Ima Laura (Noa) for accompanying us.
 
A big thank you also to Ima Jenni (Kaila) for helping out with an art project this week.
 
At circle time this week the children met Noam, a puppet from Israel who only knows Ivrit/Hebrew. Each child had a chance to tell their name to Noam and to give her a hug!  We look forward to more visits from Noam!
 
Classic children's books in the kitah this week: Alexander, Angelina Ballerina, and Maisy!
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

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