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, January 17, 2014

HaShavuah - Nachshohim

January 17, 2014
16 Shvat, 5774

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

We had a very pleasant week at Netivot Shalom, which included Tu B'Shvat and our first field trip to the park!
Here are the highlights of our week:

-On Monday, we had the pleasure of seeing Lauren at school. In the morning, we prepared a card for her on a large piece of paper and the children drew on it with oil pastels. We gave it to her when she came to visit us in the kitah while we were eating lunch. Before Lauren's arrival, we talked about how she now has a special brace on her leg to keep her knee safe and we talked about how she will be using crutches to help her walk. We also mentioned that it might be a good idea to be very gentle with Lauren, especially if we want to give her a hug, so that we don't hurt her injury. She received many hugs. 

Tu B'Shvat activities:
-We have nice smooth slices of tree trunks and branches and we are able to see the rings inside.
-At circle time, we talked about all of the parts of a tree that we can see. We used our indoor Ficus plant as our guide to spot the trunk, branches and leaves. We also talked about the parts we cannot see, the roots in the dirt that drink the water it needs to grow. 
-We mixed green and brown paints from primary colors.
- We looked at and played with a collection of things made out of wood such as bowls, cups, a hairbrush with a wooden handle, a clothespin, wooden toys, and pencils. We noticed that our furniture is made of wood and we also observed that different kinds of wood have different colors and wood grain patterns. 
-We planted more parsley seeds outside in the planter box and now, we water and wait. 

Our first field trip:
-On Thursday, in honor of Tu B'Shvat, we went on our very first field trip to Strawberry Creek Park. Thank you Miranda and Jeremy Weintraub for joining us and helping us stay safe! The children had a chance to play on the playground for a while and we also ran around on the basketball courts. We found hills to climb and we spotted many trees, some with big wide trunks and some with thin trunks. Before heading home, we sang Happy Birthday to the trees while we were in their shade. We hope to take more field trips on a regular basis so we will keep you posted. 

-We now have a turntable and a roundhouse for our train set.

- Mazal tov to Aviel who is now 3 years old! We celebrated his birthday on Friday and we had the pleasure of seeing all of his family members in our kitah for a special birthday snack. 

Enjoy your weekends.
Shabbat Shalom,
Ofra and Anna

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