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 25, 2013

HaShuvuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah She'avar/ Last week
November 25, 2013
22 Kislev, 5774
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
Last week was another exciting week of learning and fun. We are getting ready for Channukah.
-On Monday we observed and compared different kinds of candles. Shabbat candles, Chanukkah candles, beeswax candles and havdallah candles.
-After comparing candles on Monday morning we lit some of them. We drew the curtains and turned out the light so we could enjoy the light they gave off. We even kept them lit during snack time.
-For the rest of the week, we ate snack and lunch by candlelight.
-On Tuesday we did a candle wax dripping project. We lit candles and held him over a big bowl of water. We watched how the wax melts and drips down into the bowl
-We observed that the candles we light get smaller and smaller as they burn and eventually they are gone.
-We talked about how the wax melts when it gets hot.
-We have been singing Hanukkah songs in both English and Ivrit/Hebrew. Songs such as "Chanukkah, oh Chanukkah". "Sevivon, sov sov sov"(Dreidel, spin spin spin), "Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel". "Maoz Tzur", "Chanukiah Li Yesh" (I have a channukiah), "Ner Li" (My candle).

-We have been singing "Apples and Bananas" at lunch. "Ooples and Banoonoos"

-We were gifted some baby kolanchoe plants form Savta/grandma Irene who is a friend of ours. We put dirt in planters and planted them. We will water them and watch them grow.

-We have new large sponges for outdoor play. We had them in our kitah for a day or so, then we took them outside to use with our water table. 
-On Thursday we cooked pancakes. We sweetened them with the pomegranate syrup that Caitlin made with the afternoon crowd. They turned out delicious.
-We continue to take field trips through the building. We make stops to see the giant Channukiah that lives upstairs and the library. Every time we are in the library, we have a look at the Torah and the children always ask to sing "Torah, Torah, Torah".

-On Friday we noticed that our neighbors from the Berkeley School were practicing a musical performance in the social hall, our kids had the chance to be their audience as we watched them practice.

-We had a lot of fun last week playing with the fallen leaves in the play yard. 
We are happy that a new week has begun. Stay tuned, we will let you know about our activities this week in the near future.
Shavuah Tov
Ofra and Anna

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