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, January 11, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

January, 6-10 2014
5-9 Shevat 5774
Shalom Kulam,

Emergent Curriculum
To demonstrate what is emerging in the classroom this week we will share with you two "snapshots" of the classroom:

January 8th at 10:51am

3 children drumming
3 wearing skirts and dancing
4 crowded around the small table in the corner playing with peg boards and pattern blocks
1 doing a puzzle
3 building with magnet tiles on the light board

January 9th at 9:48am

2 playing with blocks and miniature people
2 riding on a rocketship (made out of chairs)
2 building with magnet tiles on the light board
2 listening to a teacher read a book
2 playing dress up with baby dolls
2 playing with pegs in pegboards
1 cuddling with a teacher

Jewish Curriculum

For Tu B'Shvat we:

Sang Tu B'Shvat songs in both English and Ivrit/Hebrew
Made a tree mural
Made a tree challah
Talked at circle time about things that trees give us
Planted snow peas

Every Week

Melita sang Tu B'Shvat themed songs with us this week!

Rabbi Creditor came to our class this week and told us about the parting of the Sea of Reeds, AKA the Red Sea.  He use his guitar like a map to show us where this sea is and how the Israelites traveled to it.

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 were more holiday themed: a flower and a tree.

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.  Families made also bring in photos from when the birthday child's early years.  This week we celebrated Menashe turning 4 and Reuben turning 5!

Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

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