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 - Nevonim

January, 13-17 2014
12-16 Shevat 5774
Shalom Kulam,

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

January 16th at 10:04am

1 child carrying a baby
3 building with magnet tiles
3 playing "guitars" (actually blocks)
1 playing percussion (actual percussion instrument)
1 drawing with watercolor pencils
2 playing family
3 looking at books
1 traveling across the floor perched on two blocks

a few minutes later the classroom looked like this:

January 16th at 10:08am

1 child carrying a baby
4 building with magnet tiles (a different group than above)
3 pretending to eat playdoh muffins
3 playing percussion
1 drawing with watercolor pencils
2 playing family
1 sliding a miniature lion across the floor

and here are two snapshots from outside in the play yard, later that same day:

January 16th at Noon

2 children bouncing on balls
2 pretending large sponges are babies
1 beneath the play structure with eight balls in a small space
2 in the tunnel
1 in the sandbox, burying a submarine
2 in the wagon

January 16th 12:01pm

2 children rolling on balls
1 climbing on the play structure
3 beneath the play structure with eight balls in a small space
3 on the monkey bars
3 in the sandbox
2 in the wagon

Jewish Curriculum

For Tu B'Shvat we:

Heard the story of Honi the Circlemaker, 
   his 70 year sleep 
   and the savta/grandmother who planted a tree 
   so her grandchildren would benefit from the fruit (literally) of her labors
Sang Tu B'Shvat songs in both English and Ivrit/Hebrew
   including Tu B'Shvat Higeeyah
   and The Green Grass Grows All Around 
      (with body motions we learned from Melita)
Made a tree mural and hand print trees
   (which are on display in the kitah)
Made a Date Palm challah 
   with real dates in it!
Talked at circle time about things that trees give us
Sanded wood
Sang Yom Huledet Sameach/Happy Birthday to the trees
Made Mud Dough 
   (like playdoh only with soil)!
Collected leaves and made leaf prints with paint on paper!
Had a Tu B'Shvat Seder where we
   ate oranges(inedible rind), dates(inedible seed), mulberries(all edible) 
   smelled rosemary
   connected these fruits to the changing seasons of the year
Made Seven Species Muffins (Thanks Ima Jess!)
  one of the ingredients was pomegranate syrup from our own pomegranate tree
     made earlier in the year  
   also included dates, figs, raisins, olive oil, wheat and barley flour  
        (recipe available upon request)
Every Week

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

Rabbi Creditor came to our class this week and taught us about Yitro and how when God calls out to someone each person hears their own name (eg. Avraham hears Avraham, Moshe Moshe, Yitro Yitro, (insert your child's name here repeat your child's name here).

At circle we talked about Yitro telling Moshe he needed helpers.  We had already been planning to have one child each week visit the Nachshonim class as a helper so we wove this in with this week's parsha.  Our first helper visited the Nachshonim classroom this Friday and stayed the whole morning!  Guess she was enjoying herself!

This week we learned a new melody for Modah Ani and Elohai Neshama.  Our new Elohai also has call-and-response English lyrics.  We also added a new prayer, Mi Chamocha (which appeared in last week's parsha) sung to the tune of Bob Marley's Redemption Song.

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 holiday and parsha themed: a Date Palm and the two tablets for the Ten Words.

Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

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