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.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ha'Shavuah She'avar - Nachshonim

Ha'Shavuah She'avar/ Last week
February 24, 2014
24 Adar Alef, 5774

Shalom Kulam/everyone

To begin with, we would like to welcome Hillel and his family to Berkeley and to Netivot Shalom Preschool!

We have lots to share with all of you about all the eventful things that took place in the kitah last week.

Watching things grow. Continued...
-We tasted the wheatgrass and the sunflower sprouts we have grown. Out in the play yard after cleaning the guinea pigs cage, we placed Rena and Shira, our pets, on the grass and gave them the wheatgrass to enjoy. They ate and ate for a long time and mowed it down till there was nothing left.
-We had another look at the wheat berrries, the seeds, that we soaked and planted the previous week as a reminder of where the wheatgrass  came from.
-We continue to water the plants in the play yard and observing how our parsley is growing. 

Tzurot/Shapes
-We have a few books in the library about shapes.
-We baked cookies on Thursday.  Some where in the shape of a star and some in the shape of a circle.
- We have begun talking about the different shapes of our magnet tiles.

-Upon request, we have pulled out our toy cars and our large cardboard tube as a tunnel.

-The children have been snipping playing cards that were donated to the school and gluing their snips on paper.

-Some of the kids found a dead fly in the courtyard and it led to a conversation about what it means to be dead. We observed and discussed that it doesn't need to move or eat or breathe anymore.

-Our new friend Hillel came for a visit with his Ima and Aba last week. We look forward to having Hillel with us.

-We have a new set of feeling cards with images by Todd Parr

Circle time 
-Books about shapes. A favorite is "Food For Thought", a concept book about shapes, colors, numbers, feelings, etc. All of the images in the book are photographs of fruit and vegetable sculptures to depict the ideas in the book. 
-We read what Asher wrote and drew in the Owl Baby journal. We heard a bit about his experience with Owl Baby at home. The "Owl Babies" book bag is currently at Esther's house.
-Books in the library: 
Pigeon books by Mo Willems. 
"Food for thought". 
"Ma'ase B'chamisha Baloneem" /The Tale of Five Balloons. 
"Gobble It Up", a songbook with a disc about animals gobbling up other animals.
"Owl Babies" by Martin Wadell

Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Anna

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