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.

Monday, October 27, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Nevonim - haShavua - October 24, 2014 / Tishrei 30, 5775

Hello, all, and welcome back to a full week! 
After all of our special events and explorations about the Tishrei holidays, including shofar, apples and honey, a Rosh HaShana Seder, kittel, Sukkot, 4 minim/Species, and Simchat Torah, here are highlights of this week:
Stories about Noah and Na'ama, in the form of felt boards, books, a special  pillowcase, and animal play were dominant
  • We experimented with keshet/rainbow patterns through various art media like chalk,crayon, even challah! 
  • We played "ice cream store" outside 
  • We read a very silly Book with no Pictures
  • We practiced and performed a Noah's Ark play! 
  • We looked at maps, exploring land and water 
  • Dirt play outdoors: messy is fun! 
  • We investigated prisms
  • We had two outings going to the West Branch Library to read stories with our favorite librarian, Nora, on Wednesday and playing at Berkeley Way Mini Park on Thursday.
Shabbat Shalom u'mevorach!
Judy, Ruth and Anna

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

October 24   Tishrei 30
This week we have been expanding and exploring sensory play!
-On Monday we made the Ooblek from cornstarch and water. 
-Indoor water play
-Out in the play yard, the children have been playing with dirt and mud in our plastic turtle pool.
-more finger-painting this week!
- We played with colorful soft pom-poms in combination with the grabbers we use at snacktime and also egg cartons. We did some sorting and counting.
-We cooked pancakes on Thursday for snack. 
-Melita came to see us with her guitar.
-We have pulled out some more complex puzzles.

-We are focusing on practicing in using language that is suitable for sharing and taking turns.

-We have a new documentation board up in the hallway about Tzva'im/colors and we are collecting and documenting thoughts and quotes about the images. 
-We baked challah on Friday for pretend Shabbat. 

- We were gifted some wheat grass and we offered it to Rena and Shira. We let them enjoy it outdoors on blanket while their cage was cleaned. 
- We continue to take opportunities to look at and spell out our written names This happens when we pick a name to feed the guinea pigs, when we write names on challah bags, when placing a name on a piece of art, any time is a good time to learn to recognize our names. 
-We have some great books in our reading corner right now
"Lefamim"/Sometimes - A book about emotions in Hebrew
"Germs are Not for Sharing" - All very relevant for us, we wash our hands often at school
"Tusikim"/Tushies -  A book in Hebrew about both animals and humans and using the potty
"Gobble It Up!" - a songbook with a CD about animals surviving and eating.
"One Fish. Two Fish. Red Fish. Blue Fish." - A Dr. Seuss classic
We hope you have a pleasant weekend.
Shabbat Shalom!
Ofra and Vered

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hashvua'im/The Two Weeks

Hashvua'im/The two weeks
October 20, 2014
26 Tishrei, 5775
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
The last couple of weeks have been delightful and we would love to share with you what we have been up to.
-We made and hung decorations in the Sukkah
-We enjoyed eating our lunches in the Sukkah, and then spending time outdoors in the courtyard. We brought some balls and colorful cones to play with after our meals.
- We have been playing with our toy tools, we observed how the Sukkah is built with beams on the side and a schach/what we call the sukkah's roof.
-We hammered wooden golf tees into our play dough and styrofoam.
-Ofra brought in her saw and the children watched her cut a stick of bamboo to the right length to help support our ficus plant growing in the kitah.
- We have a couple books about Sukkot that we have been enjoying.
Sensory Activities
-We played with cacao mulch outside in our sensory table and it smells like chocolate.
-We played with sticky foam and our small farm animal toys.
- We had a very fun and messy foam paint experience all over the table. The children used their hands to mix the paint. We also took some paper and laid it on top of our painty table to make foam paint prints.
-We have a giant cardboard tube that we have been using to send our toy cars down the ramp
- We had a great time involved in some big body play in social hall. We used our tumbling mat, our tunnel, scarves and ribbons, and of course the kids love to play with the plastic chairs that live in the social hall. 
- We had a visit from our new substitute teacher named Ahava.
-We had visits from Melita our music specialist. And we had visits from Rabbi Creditor. Both of them bring their guitars when the come to see us!
-Ofra brought in her Ukulele this last week to share music with the children.
There is more to come!
Thanks for reading
Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Vered

Saturday, October 4, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
Erev Yom Kippur
October 3, 2014 ~ Tishrei 9, 5775

This week in Nevonim, we:

-learned about Selicha/forgiveness and gave each other stamps to heal hurt feelings

-explored one of the old streetlights that Dan gave us since the city replaced them with energy efficient ones--thanks, Dan!

-made sock puppets and put on lots of puppet shows

-sang a song with Melita about helping each other

-made leaf art that reminded us of lips and prayer and kind words

-went went the park and did Tashlich, symbolically throwing away "bad" things we didn't want to hold onto form last year into the water of Strawberry Creek

-talked with Menachem about the Avodah  service of Yom Kippur and the Kohen Gadol's/high priest's blessing the people

-read Apple Days and made applesauce

-made new playdough! It's rose-colored.

Gmar CHatima Tova, 
Nevonim Staff