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, May 13, 2014

HaShuvah - Nevonim

May 9 2014
 8 Iyyar 5774

Dear Nevonim Parents,

 It has been two and a half weeks since we returned to school after Pesach.

We have studied the parshah each week at circle time. We continue to recite tefilot/prayers each day, ending with the Sh'ma (and sometimes the V'Ahavta).  We are counting the Omer in preparation for and anticipation of Shavuot. 

Many of the children have continued to act out the Pesach story.

At pretend Shabbat we shared "What We Love About Shabbat," and had an opportunity to connect Shabbat and Shavuot to the sabbatical year commanded in the Torah for every seventh year, and the jubilee year every fiftieth year.  The ecological implications of these teachings captured the imagination of parents as well as the preschoolers.

Even though we were not in school on Yom Ha'Atzmaut we celebrated Israel Independence Day by singing songs, making paintings in blue and white, making degelim/flags, and making two banners proclaiming "Happy Birthday Israel!"  At pretend Shabbat last week our challot were in shapes to celebrate Israel, a flag/degel shape and the number 66 for the 66th birthday for the modern state of Israel.

We made hummus and served it with pita for our snack on Wednesday!

The books of Peter H. Reynolds are on the bookshelf in the kitah, inspiring "ish drawings" and "dot paintings" in the days leading up to Pesach.  This week, inspired by Reynold's book "Rose's Garden," the children made flowers.

We have had a lot of weddings in the kitah!

With the beautiful weather we often have lunch, and occasionally even snack, outdoors in our play yard. Children and teachers alike love these picnics!

Water play is never more fun than when it's really hot outside!  One child was even smart enough to bring a swim suit to school (and it was the child who thought to do this not a parent!).  The children enjoyed playing in our turtle pool and being sprayed with the water hose by a teacher!

Shabbat Shalom,

Nevonim Teachers.
Ruth, Shirlee, and William

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