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.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

HaShavuim - Nevonim

The Thanksgiv(ing and Chan)ukah Edition
November 25-27 and December 2-6, 2013
15-17 and 22-26 Kislev 5774
Shalom Kulam,

Emergent Curriculum
Dress up and pretend play in our kitchen and with babies has been so popular this year that we have rearranged our materials and acquired new materials in response to the children's interest.  Have you noticed?! ;-p

One of our new materials is a puppet theater!  The children have been making and watching each other's puppet shows everyday for the past two weeks!

Last week the children made a scarecrow! First a child made one with paper and tape. Then many children and a teacher, Caitlin, worked together to make a child-sized one!  Then she was planted outside in our play yard!

The children are making airplanes and rocket ships with sticks and tape, corks and tape, cardboard and tape.  They are also making phones and even computers from cardboard and tape!

The children are still making BART trains out of magnet tiles!

This week the children made leashes for dogs and cats!
One day this week the children went crazy for Peter and the Wolf, dressing up and enacting the entire story!

Children have also been drawing and writing on our dry erase board!

Jewish Curriculum

The children learned many Channukah songs these past two weeks, including Sevivon Sov Sov Sov, Ner Lee Ner Lee, and that one about banishing darkness.

The children had turns at circle time being dreidels and spinning together!

Molly came to our kitah and shared her dreidel costume at circle time!

The children used watercolors to paint the Chanukiyot they made last week from quick-drying clay!  William notes that this was the most developmentally appropriate chanukiyah project he has ever seen.  Unlike many chanukiyot projects which require adults to do must of the construction of the Chanukiyot, the children were able to do all the steps of making these chanukiyot all by themselves!

The children also decorated wooden dreidels with markers and tape!  Then they joyfully spun the dreidels, often dropping to the floor them from standing to make it even more exciting!

The first week on our cooking day we made latkes!  This past Wednesday we made apple cranberry sauce!

We had so many Channukkah books in the kitah!  I challenge you to bring in a Hanukah book that we didn't have on our bookshelf these past few weeks!

Every Week

Melita sang Hanukkah songs with us, including "Through My Window" and, in Ladhino, "Ocho Candelitas."  She also sang songs with us about being thankful, including "Mi Chamocha" and and an African call-and-response song.

There are many new documentation boards in the kitah, including one listing what the children are thankful for. 

In the kitah this week we talked about seeing family and friends we haven't seen in a long time for Thanksgiving and/or Chanukah, because of the reunion in this week's parsha of Yosef with his brothers and his father.  We also talked about many ways of giving tsedakah, like donating toys, pancakes, tools, and building houses for people, because of how Yosef stockpiled food and then shared it with people during a time of famine.

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: a fat cow and a skinny cow.

We have started to use name cards so the children have many opportunities to see their names written, learning to recognize them and increasing their knowledge of and excitement about letters and reading!

Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

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