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, December 13, 2013

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah
December 9-13, 2013
6-10 Tevet 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,
 
Emergent Curriculum
 
This week in the kitah can be summarized in one word: cats!
---This is a theme the teachers observed emerging last week.  We encouraged it by filling the kitah with books starring cats and dogs.  The children were thoroughly engaged in play centered around cats all week.  There was a half an hour or so in the middle of the week when I'm pretty certain every single child was pretending to be a cat!

There was another moment this week when eight children were crowded around the light board building with magnet tiles together!
 
The children are still putting on puppet shows!
 
They continue to make BART trains!  The children and Ruth created a book documenting the class filed trip on a BART train and some of the building of BART trains and stations in the kitah in the past weeks!
 
Jewish Curriculum
 
Children broke out into song spontaneously several times this week!  Their favorite things to sing?  Tefilot, brachot, and Shabbat songs!
 
Every Week
 
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: the twelve tribes and Yaakov's hands, crisscrossed in order to bless Yosef's second son before the first.
 
Whenever a child has a birthday we do special things in the kitah.  These included making a crown, decorating a chair and lifting the child up in the chair (if they want us to), lighting birthday candles on a playdoh cake and singing Happy Birthday in both English and Hebrew, and having a special snack provided by the child's family for our morning snack time.  This week we had a special treat when Pamela (Laney's Ima) came to the kitah to make the special birthday snack with the children.  Not only were the scones fun to make they were also delicious to eat!

Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

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