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 19, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua - Nevonim
19 December, 2014 ~ 27 Kislev, 5775

This week was full of Chanuka fun, as we painted with dreidels that spun and spun! 
Birthdays were shared with two of our friends, 
We ate scones, jam and berries, the fun never ends.
Yom Huledet Samayach--Happy Birthday to you, Laney who's 5, and Noah, 2 + 2.​
We ate levivot--latkes, you know, and sufganiyot with jam in the dough.
Shu-Ren School visited here--they learned about Chanuka, then sang with good cheer. 
We sang in Hebrew, they, in Chinese, 
Then welcomed us to their preschool on University!
We lit candles daily and sang the brachot (blessings), 
We watched the colorful, flickering nerot.
Shabbatosaurus returned with adventures to share,
And went home with a new family. She'll have fun, I wonder where!
We played in the rain and created tissue paper art,
When the paper gets wet, a rainbow you can chart!
Chag Urim Samayach and Shabbat Shalom, 
Be safe, warm and dry, both away and at home.
Judy, Anna and Ofra

Monday, December 15, 2014

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashvua'im/The Two weeks
December 14, 2014
22 Kislev, 5775
Shalom Nachshonim families,
We have much to share with you about the last two weeks. Here are some of the exciting things that have been going on.
Sensory activities:
-We made a new batch of play dough, magenta!
-The children played with ooblek, a mixture of corn starch and water, and mixed it with liquid paints of various colors.
-The children played with shaving cream and soft blocks and created structures on the table. 
Channukah activities:
-We pulled out some Chanukkah materials from the shed. We now have a channikiot, sevivonim/dreidels, candles and some books about Chanukkah as we get ready for the chag/holiday
-The children played with play dough and Chanukkah candles.
-We sang Channukah songs with Melita
- We have been lighting a candle at our mealtimes. We watch the candles melt and eventually burn out. We noticed that there was some smoke after it burnt out.
-We talked about fire safety and we had a fire drill. We now know what to do in the case of an emergency.
-The Nevonim kitah invited firefighters to come visit the school with their fire engine. We got very excited and firefighter Jim showed us his fire engine and told us about his job.
-Our baby dolls now have bottles for drinking. 
-We have a new dollhouse at school. It was a gift from Marcia, who we often see in the kitchen, and her family. We talked about making a thank you card.

-We often talk about who is absent. We have been mentioning Lev, who took an airplane to visit south Africa.
-The children played in the social hall on a rainy days with our tunnel, our pop up tent and our new dollhouse. The children also spent time running, playing and dancing in the rain!
-The children made marble paintings with shoe box lids.
-We went on a field trip to Strawberry Creek Park last Wednesday. Thank you Aba Dan for joining us. We hope to do it again soon, perhaps this coming week.
-Colin, our substitute teacher and friend, joined us in the kitah on Friday
Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Vered

Friday, December 12, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
December 12, 2014 ~ Kislev 20, 5775

Hello, all!
Here are highlights from this cloudy outside but bright and busy inside week in the kitah:
  • Rabbi Creditor came in to share this week's parashah, Vayeshev, all about Joseph and his brothers.
  • Maurice Levitch, Ruth's husband, visited with his dump truck! We went up and down in the bed of the truck, and learned about the tarp, tool box, safety cones, and cab. He even has a fire extinguisher! We saw how all the doors open and come off. We learned the word "debris." We also read a related rhyming book, My Truck is Stuck! ... and are glad to know that Maurice has never run into a group of hungry prairie dogs!
  • Chanukah  is almost here! We focused on sevivon/dreidels as well as other spinning things like gyroscopes and tops of all kinds. We made Chanukah art using glitter, paper, cellophane, and candle drippings. We even made Chanukah hats! We sang more Chanukah songs with Melita and during our daily circle times. Ruth taught us Ner li ner li. Here are the lyrics and Youtube link:
Ner li, ner li, ner li dakik
BaHanukkah neri ad'lik
BaHanukkah neri ya'ir
BaHanukkah shirim ashir
BaHanukkah neri ya'ir
BaHanukkah shirim ashir

I have a candle, a petite candle
On Hanukkah I shall light my candle
On Hanukkah my candle will give light
On Hanukkah, I shall sing songs
On Hanukkah my candle will give light
On Hanukkah, I shall sing songs
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach!
Judy, Ruth, Anna, and Simone

Friday, December 5, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
December 5, 2014 ~ Cheshvan 13, 5775

Hello, all!
Here are some highlights from this week and last (shorter due to Thanksgiving):
  • The rain give us an opportunity for more play, including getting very wet, splashing, sweeping, and drying water. 
  • Chanukah is here in 2 weeks, and we've begun exploring its aspects through art and song. We made our own building clay, shaped chanukiyot and other creations, and painted what we made. We sang both old and new Chanukah songs, including a song in Ladino. Lyrics are below, and here is how it sounds:
Hanukah linda sta aki, ocho kandelas para mi, Hanukah Linda sta aki, ocho kandelas para mi. O...
                                Una kandelika, dos kandelikas, tres kandelikas, 
kuatro kandelikas, sintyu kandelikas, 
sej kandelikas, siete kandelikas, ocho kandelas para mi.

  • Sewing continues to be interesting, with some children making head bands and repairing things in the kitah.
  • Menachem visited to teach us about Ya'aqov and Esav and their reconciliation. Some of the children did a 'play' reenacting the this week's parashah to tell the story during Friday's Pretend Shabbat with our families.          
  • Firefighters visited with their truck! We learned about "Stop drop and roll," and how to be safe in case of a fire. Engine 1 Firehouse's firefighters did an outstanding job of educating our young firechiefs, presenting each one with a helmet. Everyone got to spray the hose, climb in the truck, and look at the tools firefighters use. The firefighters also talked to the children about having a meeting place outside the home in case of an emergency. This is something you may want to discuss as a family.
  • Last week we made cranberry relish,  sang "Thanks a Lot" with Melita, and talked about what we are thankful for. 
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach!
Judy, Ruth, Anna, and Simone

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hashvua'im/ The two weeks
December 2, 2014
10 Kislev, 5775

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We would like to fill you in on what we have been up to the last couple of weeks. We have been busy.
- The children gave our baby dolls bubble baths. We used our cubby bins as bath tubs. 
- We mashed bananas to make "baby food" and we ate them with yogurt for snack. We talked about how babies do not have any teeth when they are born and we talked about how we all have gums in our mouth like babies.
- The children used play dough with our animal family toys.
New materials indoors and outdoors:
-The children have been using our cash register.
- Ceramic clay in the play yard.
-Parachute play in the social hall on a rainy day.
-We brought in our rocking boat and as the kids rocked, we sang every song we know about boats in Hebrew and English.
-We joined the Nevonim in the Sanctuary for Havdallah with Malka. Malka brought her granddaughter Eliana, who will be joining us in the near future, and Eliana's Emah, Mimi.
-Building and constructing with magnet tiles continues!
-We had some assistance in the kitah from Colin, he brought along his mandolin.
-The children made watercolor paintings last week.
-Melita came to see us and we sang "Thanks A Lot" as we prepared for Thanksgiving.
-We have a new documentation board with pictures of the kids with Reena and Shira, our guinea pigs. We miss our friend Shira.
-That same "I've Been Working on the Railroad" board book is back in the kitah! We often listen to a version of that song sung by Melita's band, Octopretzel. At circle time we dance and use instruments when we listen to it.
-We went on a field trip to Berkeley Way Mini Park last Wednesday when we had a crowd of four Nachshonim in attendance. 

-We often have Nevonim helpers and visitors who join us from the other kitah. 
More to come as we continue our week of exploration and play.
Ofra and Vered

Monday, November 24, 2014

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
Cheshvan 28, 5775 ~ November 21, 2014

This week in the Nevonim Kitah
Can you believe we did yoga?
First an Aleph, then a Bet, to Tav we might even get!
Other aleph-bet fun ensued
With blocks and songs and writing too. 
Marbled paper, seashell art, mermaids and fish played a part.

Do you like making things with clay, like pancakes for a rainy day?
What about real lentil stew, like Yakov gave to Esav, it's true--
Waffles were another food, we'd love some more, they turned out good!

We practiced sewing, we looked at a clock,
How does it work? Time to put away blocks?
Our friend Colin visited us, he played the mandolin, he even let us!
Rainy day fun with shaving cream, outside in a downpour, what a scream!
We walked in the neighborhood after the rain, 
Looked at the shoe shop, a construction site, a barbershop sign.
We hammered to prepare planters for our yard, keeping it steady can be hard.

And now we say Shabbat Shalom, be warm and cozy in your home.

Anna, Judy, Ruth

Friday, November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014
21 Cheshvan, 5775

Shalom Nachshonim Families
We enjoyed having the chance to connect with all of you this week at our conferences. Although we had one less day of school time, we certainly did a lot this week! 
This week we celebrated Etai's 3rd birthday.  His Emah and both of his brothers came to join us for a special birthday snack. Mazal tov!
 Teenokot/ Babies
-The baby dolls in the kitah are very popular, we have been focusing on learning more about babies.
-We are reading lots of books about babies, both human and animal babies.
-We made baby doll footprints in play dough. We also may baby doll handprints, nose prints and bellybutton prints! Some children turned the play dough into "ice packs" that they placed on the baby dolls' heads. 
-We made a couple new baby doll mats made out of cardboard and covered them in fabric to replace our old ones.
-We had a special visit from a real life baby! We asked Dan, Sivan's Aba, if he would be willing to bring Matan, Sivan's baby brother, to the kitah so we could learn more about babies. 
-We made a communal painting with our hands indoors and we went outside and the children made a large communal painting with their foot prints!
-The children added oil pastels to her handprint painting.
-Then the children helped put tape on the back of the artwork and we hung our long foot print painting on the high up on the wall and I handprint painting on the back wall.
-The Nevonim kitah invited Officer Jeff the police officer to come visit the children at Netivot Shalom. We had a chance to meet Officer Jeff and he showed us his police car. He showed us that he is able to turn on the lights form inside and he opened the door to show us the computer he uses. He also gave all of the children a police department sticker.
-We sang with Menachem on Wednesday.

-The children have been building and constructing with magnet tiles.

-On a rainy Thursday we use the social hall and the courtyard. The children played with the tumbling mats, magnet tiles and of course the colorful plastic chairs. We often check the bottoms of the chairs to make sure that all the legs have felt pads, if one is missing, we work together to put one on. 

-Colin, who often visits on Fridays, stopped by once again to say hello to show us how he plays his mandolin. He strummed the melody to "Bim Bam" as we ate our lunches. 

More to come next week!
Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and Vered

HaShavua ~ Nevonim

November 14, 2014 ~ Cheshvan 21, 5775

 Highlights of our week:

·         We were visited by police officer Jeff Shannon, who told us about his job of helping people in our community. He said he does a lot of listening. We noticed his special radio and microphone, his shiny shoes, and his badge. He even showed us his car, with a computer and flashing lights!

·         We made pinch pots and jugs from play dough, thinking about how Rivka offered water to Avraham’s servant and his camels in this week’s Torah portion of Chayei Sarah. She shared, and we share!

·         We sorted polished rocks.

·         We played “street sweeper” with our new brooms!

·         We went on neighborhood walks after the rain, and played “Ani Roeh/Roah” – I see…We saw dogs, wet leaves, people working outside, 3 large wooden bears, children at the school next door, Bruce, and Toby!

Shabbat Shalom u’Mevorach!

Judy, Ruth and Anna

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

HaShavua'im - Nachshonim

November 10, 2014
17 Cheshvan, 5775
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We would like to share with you some of the important and exciting things we have been up to the last two weeks. 
I will begin by saying that we have sadly lost one of our guinea pigs. Our beloved Shira has passed on. 
We talked about how Shira was no longer was moving when school started on Monday. We spoke of how Shira died and how that means she will no longer need to eat or drink and how she won't be back.We read "A Grand Old Tree" which speaks of the life and death of a tree and we discussed how Shira's death is similar. We also read "Tough Boris" about a rough and tough pirate who is sad when he loses his pet parrot.
- We collected fall leaves in a large plastic bag.
-We have taken some of these leaves and dipped them in Mod Podge, a glue that hardens them. Once dry and adhered to the foil, our plans to peel the leaves off failed. We wrapped the foil around a large branch that we then hung from the ceiling. 
-We have been reading "A Grand Old Tree", which describes the life of the tree and shows us how its leaves change colors and fall.
-We mixed paints in autumn colors inspired by observations of the leaves we collected last week.
-We placed all of the leaves we collected into the sensory table out in the play yard.
Last week we celebrated Lev's third birthday! Lev's Ima, Aba, Saba (grandpa) and Savta(grandma) all came to join us for a special birthday snack. Mazal Tov!

Sensory activities:
-Out in the play yard we played with packaging peanuts in our sensory table. 
-Bubbles in the water table.
-Water play

-The children are very interested in babies and our baby dolls are very popular. We read stories about babies and Emahs and Abas, Brothers and Sisters and growing families. 

-Vered taught us a new Alef-Bet song. We use the fabric tapestry with the aleph-bet that hangs in the reading corner as we sang.
-We had visits from Melita and Menachem, each with their guitars.
-We made apple and carrot juice on Thursday for snack with a juicer. The following Thursday we used an apple peeling tool to get apples ready for the applesauce we enjoyed.

-Evan, a former CNS preschool student and brother to Kaila in the Nevonim room, came to visit us with his violin! He played some songs for us as we ate our snack. We all joined in for "Twinkle, Twinkle" and "Yonatan Hakatan"(a Hebrew classic).

-The children playing with large cardboard boxes.
-We read "Ze Lo Argaz" /Not A Box, a book originally in English. A rabbit pretends his box is many things.
-The children have been making a lot of art, exploring cutting, painting drawing.
We are looking forward to connecting with all of you at our conferences tomorrow.
Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Vered

Monday, November 10, 2014

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
November 7, 2014 ~ Cheshvan 14, 5775

​Here are some highlights of our week:

​The children seem very excited about anything having to do with transportation!
  • We went to look at 
    s car
    e open
     the hood a
    d checked out all the parts.
  • We played with vehicles on a map we drew.
  • ​We sang songs with Melita about "Transportation, what a fascination!"​
    We made all kinds of bo
    rescue and 
     and motor.
  • ​We learned a parsha story about Avraham and Sarah's hachnassat orchim/hospitality.
  • We tried making paper and cardboard tents with flaps. 
  • ​We rolled and ate pita with butter and honey.​
​We also​
  • wrote letters and delivered them. 
  • wrote letters to teachers and the children who aren't here this year. 
  • ate very sour pomegranates.  
  • ​wrot
    e a story in a small group. 
  • Small groups learned
    ​a ​
    ​song and ​
    ​, "Yemina yemina, smola, smola, lefanim, v'achora/right, left, forward, and backward."
Shabbat Shalom u'mervorach!
Judy, Anna and Ruth

Monday, November 3, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Nevonim - HaShavua
31 October, 2014 / 7 Cheshvan, 5775

Hooray for the geshem! We are so thankful for the rain. 
Here's some of what we did this week:
  • W​
    , Gd telling A
    ​ and Sarai to go on a
  • We did crayon art to show many stars - Gd's promise of many descendants 

    • We played cat
      ​ and kitten​
      ​ - meow!
    • W​
       music from India
      We made and ate dal - yum!
    • We went to the park. Thanks to parents Robert Ratner (Kaila) and Jess Login (Hadas) for joining us!
      e traced our feet and hands
    • ​Alum Evan, Kaila's brother, played the violin for us!​
      e found a lot of new hiding places on a rainy Friday
    • ​We
      ​on a "caravan through the desert" as we entered the Sanctuary
    • W​
      e ate a foot
      shaped challah
      ​at pretend-Shabbat to remind us of the  unfolding journey Avram and Sarai took
    • W​
      e us
       the balance beam
    • ​We did a bit of
       puddle jumping in the yard!
    ​Shabbat Shalom u'mevorach!
    Judy, Ruth and Anna

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    HaShavuah - Nevonim

    Nevonim - haShavua - October 24, 2014 / Tishrei 30, 5775

    Hello, all, and welcome back to a full week! 
    After all of our special events and explorations about the Tishrei holidays, including shofar, apples and honey, a Rosh HaShana Seder, kittel, Sukkot, 4 minim/Species, and Simchat Torah, here are highlights of this week:
    Stories about Noah and Na'ama, in the form of felt boards, books, a special  pillowcase, and animal play were dominant
    • We experimented with keshet/rainbow patterns through various art media like chalk,crayon, even challah! 
    • We played "ice cream store" outside 
    • We read a very silly Book with no Pictures
    • We practiced and performed a Noah's Ark play! 
    • We looked at maps, exploring land and water 
    • Dirt play outdoors: messy is fun! 
    • We investigated prisms
    • We had two outings going to the West Branch Library to read stories with our favorite librarian, Nora, on Wednesday and playing at Berkeley Way Mini Park on Thursday.
    Shabbat Shalom u'mevorach!
    Judy, Ruth and Anna

    HaShavuah - Nachshonim

    October 24   Tishrei 30
    This week we have been expanding and exploring sensory play!
    -On Monday we made the Ooblek from cornstarch and water. 
    -Indoor water play
    -Out in the play yard, the children have been playing with dirt and mud in our plastic turtle pool.
    -more finger-painting this week!
    - We played with colorful soft pom-poms in combination with the grabbers we use at snacktime and also egg cartons. We did some sorting and counting.
    -We cooked pancakes on Thursday for snack. 
    -Melita came to see us with her guitar.
    -We have pulled out some more complex puzzles.

    -We are focusing on practicing in using language that is suitable for sharing and taking turns.

    -We have a new documentation board up in the hallway about Tzva'im/colors and we are collecting and documenting thoughts and quotes about the images. 
    -We baked challah on Friday for pretend Shabbat. 

    - We were gifted some wheat grass and we offered it to Rena and Shira. We let them enjoy it outdoors on blanket while their cage was cleaned. 
    - We continue to take opportunities to look at and spell out our written names This happens when we pick a name to feed the guinea pigs, when we write names on challah bags, when placing a name on a piece of art, any time is a good time to learn to recognize our names. 
    -We have some great books in our reading corner right now
    "Lefamim"/Sometimes - A book about emotions in Hebrew
    "Germs are Not for Sharing" - All very relevant for us, we wash our hands often at school
    "Tusikim"/Tushies -  A book in Hebrew about both animals and humans and using the potty
    "Gobble It Up!" - a songbook with a CD about animals surviving and eating.
    "One Fish. Two Fish. Red Fish. Blue Fish." - A Dr. Seuss classic
    We hope you have a pleasant weekend.
    Shabbat Shalom!
    Ofra and Vered

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    Hashvua'im/The Two Weeks

    Hashvua'im/The two weeks
    October 20, 2014
    26 Tishrei, 5775
    Shalom Nachshonim Families,
    The last couple of weeks have been delightful and we would love to share with you what we have been up to.
    -We made and hung decorations in the Sukkah
    -We enjoyed eating our lunches in the Sukkah, and then spending time outdoors in the courtyard. We brought some balls and colorful cones to play with after our meals.
    - We have been playing with our toy tools, we observed how the Sukkah is built with beams on the side and a schach/what we call the sukkah's roof.
    -We hammered wooden golf tees into our play dough and styrofoam.
    -Ofra brought in her saw and the children watched her cut a stick of bamboo to the right length to help support our ficus plant growing in the kitah.
    - We have a couple books about Sukkot that we have been enjoying.
    Sensory Activities
    -We played with cacao mulch outside in our sensory table and it smells like chocolate.
    -We played with sticky foam and our small farm animal toys.
    - We had a very fun and messy foam paint experience all over the table. The children used their hands to mix the paint. We also took some paper and laid it on top of our painty table to make foam paint prints.
    -We have a giant cardboard tube that we have been using to send our toy cars down the ramp
    - We had a great time involved in some big body play in social hall. We used our tumbling mat, our tunnel, scarves and ribbons, and of course the kids love to play with the plastic chairs that live in the social hall. 
    - We had a visit from our new substitute teacher named Ahava.
    -We had visits from Melita our music specialist. And we had visits from Rabbi Creditor. Both of them bring their guitars when the come to see us!
    -Ofra brought in her Ukulele this last week to share music with the children.
    There is more to come!
    Thanks for reading
    Shavuah Tov,
    Ofra and Vered

    Saturday, October 4, 2014

    HaShavuah - Nevonim

    HaShavua ~ Nevonim
    Erev Yom Kippur
    October 3, 2014 ~ Tishrei 9, 5775

    This week in Nevonim, we:

    -learned about Selicha/forgiveness and gave each other stamps to heal hurt feelings

    -explored one of the old streetlights that Dan gave us since the city replaced them with energy efficient ones--thanks, Dan!

    -made sock puppets and put on lots of puppet shows

    -sang a song with Melita about helping each other

    -made leaf art that reminded us of lips and prayer and kind words

    -went went the park and did Tashlich, symbolically throwing away "bad" things we didn't want to hold onto form last year into the water of Strawberry Creek

    -talked with Menachem about the Avodah  service of Yom Kippur and the Kohen Gadol's/high priest's blessing the people

    -read Apple Days and made applesauce

    -made new playdough! It's rose-colored.

    Gmar CHatima Tova, 
    Nevonim Staff

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Hashvua'im​/The last two weeks - Nachshonim

    Hashvua'im/ The Two Weeks
    September 24, 2014
    29 Elul, 5774
    Shalom Nachshonim Families,

    The last couple of weeks have been lots of fun as we prepare for tonight's Rosh Hashannah.
    We are happy to share with you the highlights of the last two weeks in the kitah/classroom
    Rosh Hashannah
    -We sliced and ate the three apples we observed. One red, one yellow and one green. We tasted them all and we made a chart on the wall to mark which ones are our favorites. -We made apple juice in a juicer both last week and this week.
    -We made a new batch of yellow play dough, yellow just like the apple we observed. 
    -We have been singing all the songs we know about apples. "Apple Pie", "Way Up High in the Apple Tree", and "Tapuchim U'dvash"/Apples and Honey.
    -We had a honeycake gifted to us from the Nevonim children.
    -We have been reading a lot about the shofar and today, we had a very special visit from Baruch. He is Ofra's friend and he makes shofarot! He brought in a skull the kudu animal with two large horns attached to it, one he had already turned into a shofar. Baruch talked about the kudu and he blew the shofar for us. 
    -We tasted honey after lunch a couple of times these last two week.
    We found a rainbow on the ceiling! The sun light was reflecting off of a CD on the windowsill and it bounced onto the ceiling. We now have a disc in the science area for the children to use and make rainbows on the ceiling and wall when the sun comes through. 
    -We had an art project using liquid paints and applying the paint with droppers.  We let the paint soak into the coffee filters we were using and we can see how the primary colors we were using change when they mix
    -We made a rainbow! We mixed liquid paints with the water in glass jars so we can see the colors through the glass. We then lined them up in order.
    -We have many books about colors in our reading corner as we continue exploring the keshet /rainbow.
    -We have been talking about safety with scissors. We talked about how to carry them safely by hiding the sharp part and how it is important to sit when cutting. 
    -We have three firefighter hats in the kitah. 

    -We have been singing "I've Been Working on the Railroad". We found that we have that song on one of Melita's music albums. It has been requested a lot the last couple of weeks. The children often play instruments as we sing.  
    -We had visits from Melita.

    -We hung more art on the walls.
    -We have been reading poems from our gigantic book of nursery rhymes.

    Enjoy the chag/holiday.
    Shanah Tova!
    Ofra and Vered

    Friday, September 19, 2014

                       HaShavua ~ Nevonim
                   September 19, 2015 ~ Elul 24, 5774

    This week in Nevonim:
    • We looked at apple branches, leaves, and fruit from Yael's tree. Some children did observational drawing.
    • We heard Where the Wild Things Are and asked, "Where and when can we be wild?"
    • We heard stories about cats since we often play at being kittens and cats!
    • We ate round challah to get ready for Rosh HaShana.
    • We made "Rude Vegetable Stew"  (based on a book about root vegetables and Rosh HaShana called Talia and the Rude Vegetable Stew) and learned about tzedaka in the form of food.
    • We  visited the shul's giant food tzedaka box-the red barrel in the lobby. We added to it!
    • Some of us planted apple seeds in cups, adding compost from our worm bin.
    • We visited Hadas' aba Dan in his bucket truck as he installed street lights on University Ave! He told us about saving energy and showed us his special gear.
    • We made and ate oogat d'vash-honey cake.
    • We used round apple parts in painting to make prints.
    • Melita visited us and we sang about bees and butterflies.
    Songs we've been singing:
    • Tapuchim ud'vash l'Rosh HaShana
    (tune: Clementine)
    • Dip the apple in the honey, say a bracha loud and clear,
              Shana tova umetuka, for a happy sweet New Year.

    (tune: Dreidel song)
    • I have a little shofar, I blow it every day, 
               and when I hear it calling, for a sweet year I pray.
               Oh, shofar, shofar, shofar, I blow it every day,
               and when I hear it calling, for a sweet year I pray.  

    Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach!
    Yehudit, Ruth, Anna, and Simone
    • If you ordered honey for the preschool fundraiser, it is available in the front office!
    • Tuesday, 9:15 Rosh Hashana Seder - Families Welcome!

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    HaShavuah - Nevonim

    HaShavua ~ Nevonim
    September 12, 2014 ~ Elul 17, 5774

    Highlights or our active week:

    • Inspired by Buzz!, a book about a bee farm in Israel,  we made beeswax candles
    • We painted with red, green and yellow apple colors
    • We chose our favorite apple flavor from Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith and reviewed the tree fruit bracha/blessing: Boray P'ri Ha'Eytz!
    • Some children were "spies" so we went outside to spy for some signs of fall
    • Some children made Shana Tova /A Good Year cards, and some blew a Shofar !
    • In the afternoon we read lots of dragon stories
    • Menachem taught us this week's parasha, about including people in the community
    • We heard the story about the star inside the apple, and made prints from apple cores to see the stars inside
    • Some children tasted rimmon/pomegranate and enjoyed a story about a magic one
    Reminder: Support our preschool through the purchase of t-shirt and honey. Contact Lauren for details.

    Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach!
    Ruth, Anna, Yehudit, and Simone
    HaShavua ~ Nevonim
    September 12, 2014 ~ Elul 17, 5774

    Highlights or our active week:

    • Inspired by Buzz!, a book about a bee farm in Israel,  we made beeswax candles
    • We painted with red, green and yellow apple colors
    • We chose our favorite apple flavor from Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Granny Smith and reviewed the tree fruit bracha/blessing: Boray P'ri Ha'Eytz!
    • Some children were "spies" so we went outside to spy for some signs of fall
    • Some children made Shana Tova /A Good Year cards, and some blew a Shofar !
    • In the afternoon we read lots of dragon stories
    • Menachem taught us this week's parasha, about including people in the community
    • We heard the story about the star inside the apple, and made prints from apple cores to see the stars inside
    • Some children tasted rimmon/pomegranate and enjoyed a story about a magic one
    Reminder: Support our preschool through the purchase of t-shirt and honey. Contact Lauren for details.

    Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach!
    Ruth, Anna, Yehudit, and Simone

    HaShavuah - Nachshonim

    Hashavuah She'avar/ Last week
    September 15, 2014
    20 Elul, 5774

    Shalom Nachshonim Families!

    We had a lot of fun exploring and playing last week. Here are the highlights of our week.
    Omanut/ Art
    -We have hung up the large communal painting on the wall in the kitah/classroom. 
    -The children created small paintings using Q-tips to apply the paint. Later in the week we framed and hung these paintings on the wall.
    -We talked about how leaves fall from trees in the fall. We gathered some leaves and did some gluing. 
    -We had our first visit from Melita, our music specialist!
    -we have been enjoying the song "Five Green and Speckled Frogs". We have the felt board pieces for the song so the kids can sing it on their own.
    -We have been singing "Tapuchim U'Dvash" and we have talking about the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashanah. 

    Tapuchim U'Dvash/Apples and Honey/Rosh Hashanah
    -We ate apples and honey for snack.-We observed three apples that have different colors. One red, one yellow and one green. We then made paintings with these colors. We plan to eat these apples this week to see the different flavors.
    -We had a look at two shofars, one was big and one was small. We heard what it sounds like when the shofar calls. We have a very simple book that talks about all the different calls the shofar makes. We have been using our voices to mimic the call of the shofar. 
    -We have been enjoying the book called "Little Blue and Little Yellow" by Leo Lionni. When they hug each other, they turn green! We noticed that when we put our blue and yellow color paddles together, they make green just like little blue and a little yellow. 
    -we have talked about how the primary colors make other colors and we can use our color paddles to see how the mix. 
    -When we were painting with the colors of apples, we used to blue and yellow to make a green.
    -We shared the yard and the Nevonim children one morning last week. 
    -We baked challah on Friday for pretend Shabbat.

    Shavuah Tov. Have a great week.
    Ofra and Vered