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.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

March 24-28 2014 
22-26 Adar II 5774
Shalom Kulam,

Emergent Curriculum

In small groups we walked to the mailbox to mail the grandparent letters.

We played in the rain!

Combining emergent interests with Jewish themes, we researched what kind of riverboats would have been used in Ancient Egypt.  Then we made riverboats and tested them in the water.

The Bookclub read chapters 7 & 8 in My Father's Dragon.  Discussion included "crossroads," "riverbanks," and "grooming."

In response to the wonderful books by author Peter H. Reynolds we are making an art gallery in our kitah!  This week we painted on large pieces of paper after reading The Dot.

Jewish Curriculum

We painted a huge collaborative Nile River Painting! Now on display in the kitah.

Partner Play lead to Nile River Partner Paintings when a teacher placed paper cut down the middle on our easel. Some of these paintings are also on display in the kitah.

We learned a new song about boats which we sang at circle time and before snack and lunch.

We told the story of Pesach a little bit at a time throughout the week.
The children are incorporating many elements from the story into their play, including boats, caring for baby Moshe, and the plagues (in the form of frogs, songs, and artmaking).

We have been reading many Pesach-themed books, including "The lIttle Red Hen and the Passover Matzah," "Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim," "The Four Questions," and "The Littlest Frog."

We have been singing Pesach songs, including "Avadim Hayinu," "Oh Listen, Oh Listen," There Were Frogs," and "Aviv Higiya Pesach Ba."

Every Week

This week Melita sand many wonderful songs with us.  Many of the songs this week celebrated Spring.  She brought her djembe drum and the children learned how to use nature sounds to create a collage of many different rhythms happening at once.

Once Melita sang the song "I've Got Peace Like a River" while having the children lie down on their backs.  Sometimes we conclude our circle with the children lying down listening to this song which then flows right into their recitation of the Shema.  "I've got peace-ssss-Shema ..."

We learned a new Halleluyah to the tune of Pachelbel's canon, the famous one in D major. 

At circle this week the children had the opportunity to share which of the tefilot/prayers, of the four that we recite everyday, are their favorites.  This list is on display in the kitah.

Shirlee starts here Pesach break early with a trip to Israel so Caitlin will be joining us in the kitah in the mornings for the next two weeks.  We'll miss you, Shirlee!  Yeah Caitlin!

Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

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