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, May 30, 2014

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

May 30, 2014
1 Sivan, 5774

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

It's been a very busy and fun week. Here are the highlights of what we have been up to.

Flowers and how they grow continued...
-We observed some flower arrangements that we found in the social hall after the weekend. We had them in our class the whole week long as we learned more about flowers.
-We observed some pink flowers that Asher brought into the kitah one morning.
- We also smelled some flowers that Ofra brought into the kitah one morning from her walk to school.
- We talked about why we place flowers in water after we pick them. We spoke about how the flower is no longer growing after we remove it and how the flower will "drink" the water to slow down the wilting process. We did an experiment using a celery stalk and a cup of water with food coloring. If you place the celery in the colored water, eventually the celery will drink this colored water and you can see the color in the stalk and the leaves.

-We started the week on Monday with oil pastels on black paper available at the table.

-We had water play indoors this week.

-We played with ceramic clay out in the play yard. 

- We brought out our wooden stringing beads and the kids have been enjoying them.

- We have been enjoying a book called "Polo and the Dragon". It is a picture book with no words. We can tell the story in both Hebrew and English.
-There is a part in the story where Polo is in his boat on the water and it begins to snow, then the water turns to ice. We were inspired to make our ice cubes after we started talking about how water turns to ice when it gets cold. We poured water into small paper cups and placed them in the freezer. The following day, we took the ice we made to the play yard to play with and watch melt. We talked about liquids versus solids and hot versus cold.

- We sang and played "Scooby - Do" out in the play yard and the children used the play structure to show the rest of us what they can do.

We are looking forward to seeing your kids again next week.

Shabbat Shalom Kulam.

Ofra and Anna

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