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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

HaShavu'a'im - Nachshonim

Hashvu'a'im/The two weeks
December 13, 2013
10 Tevet, 5774

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

We have a lot to share with all of you. The last two weeks have been eventful and fun. Here are the highlights of our last two weeks at gan/preschool.

Last week:

Channukah continued:
-We did a water and oil experiment in plastic water bottles. No matter how hard we shake the bottles, the oil won't mix with the water! 
-There is still an interest in lighting a candle and turning out the lights at meal times.
-We played with all kinds of things that spin, including dreidels, tops and gyroscopes. 

-We have hung all of the art we had made on black paper over the last few weeks on the wall near our meal tables. 

-Anna was out last week on Tuesday and we had  the pleasant company of Judith who was subbing and filling in.

-On Thursday we cooked "eggs in a hole" for snack.

-The children have been enjoying a new song book called "Gobble It Up" about how animals eat other animals. It comes with a CD.

- We now have our toy race cars in the kitah. 
-We have been using a very large cardboard tube as a tunnel to send the cars down. 
-We have been singing the song we know "Transportation, What a Fascination"
-We are playing with our transportation felt pieces on our felt board. The children have been singing the song and using the felt board without teachers leading the song. 

-We had a Wednesday visit from our friend Ruth

-We went on more field trips throughout the week up the stairs to see the Torahs and the Channukiah.

-Out in the play yard, we have been playing with our new fishing nets that Anna brought from the pet shop.

This Week:

-The songbook "Gobble It Up" has been requested numerous times this week. The CD was replayed many, many times. 

-From the library in Lauren's office, the teachers brought some of their "teacher favorites" to put in the book shelf such as "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear", "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean" and "In the Night Kitchen" to name a few.

-We noticed that both "Gobble It Up" and "I'm the Biggest Thing In the Ocean" both have pictures of a whale eating a giant squid!

-We brought a very big box into the kitah and the children have been crawling in and out and simply hanging out in the box. With the flaps covering the opening it got very dark inside, so with the help of a teacher, a couple of windows were installed. The box became a car, a train, a train station...
-We cut out some circles from cardboard and the children have been using them in many ways. We sang "The Wheels on the Bus" and the circles became our steering wheels that go "left and right" and "beep, beep, beep".
-We brought out our wheels and we have been rolling them in the social hall.
-On Tuesday after lunch, we went on a very short and very exciting field trip out to the parking lot and we took some time to check out Anna's car. Some of the children climbed into the seats. Anna honked the horn on the steering wheel, and we also popped open the hood and talked about the engine inside.
-Doing that was so interesting, we did it again on Thursday!

-On Tuesday we had our monthly fire drill and we safely made our way outside.

-Wednesday after lunch, we went to the social hall to play with cars. Anna the the childern created a race track on the floor with masking tape.

-We cooked pancakes for snack on Thursday.

-We did lots of painting this week. Lots and lots of painting!

-We had our usual special visit from our friend Ruth who comes to play and spend time with us on Wednesday.

-In preparation for the PJ Havdallah event that is happening this Saturday night at Netivot Shalom (from 6:30-8pm), we had pajama day at school on Wednesday.

-We celebrated a birthday on Friday. Noah is now 3 years old! Mazal Tov! Noah brought in a special snack to share with his classmates for his birthday and we all enjoyed the blueberries he brought.

-Soon we will have a transition in our kitah after the winter break. Anna will no longer be joining us at school on Fridays. Caitlin, our beloved afternoon teacher, will be in the kitah with Ofra on Fridays. Children who stay for extended care in the afternoon are familiar with Caitlin. We are excited that we will have her company. She will join us next Friday when Anna is still there to get to know us and for us to get to know her before the transition happens.

We are looking forward to more learning and play next week.
Shabbat Shalom,
Ofra and Anna

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