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, November 24, 2014

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
Cheshvan 28, 5775 ~ November 21, 2014

This week in the Nevonim Kitah
Can you believe we did yoga?
First an Aleph, then a Bet, to Tav we might even get!
Other aleph-bet fun ensued
With blocks and songs and writing too. 
Marbled paper, seashell art, mermaids and fish played a part.

Do you like making things with clay, like pancakes for a rainy day?
What about real lentil stew, like Yakov gave to Esav, it's true--
Waffles were another food, we'd love some more, they turned out good!

We practiced sewing, we looked at a clock,
How does it work? Time to put away blocks?
Our friend Colin visited us, he played the mandolin, he even let us!
Rainy day fun with shaving cream, outside in a downpour, what a scream!
We walked in the neighborhood after the rain, 
Looked at the shoe shop, a construction site, a barbershop sign.
We hammered to prepare planters for our yard, keeping it steady can be hard.

And now we say Shabbat Shalom, be warm and cozy in your home.

Anna, Judy, Ruth

Friday, November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014
21 Cheshvan, 5775

Shalom Nachshonim Families
We enjoyed having the chance to connect with all of you this week at our conferences. Although we had one less day of school time, we certainly did a lot this week! 
This week we celebrated Etai's 3rd birthday.  His Emah and both of his brothers came to join us for a special birthday snack. Mazal tov!
 Teenokot/ Babies
-The baby dolls in the kitah are very popular, we have been focusing on learning more about babies.
-We are reading lots of books about babies, both human and animal babies.
-We made baby doll footprints in play dough. We also may baby doll handprints, nose prints and bellybutton prints! Some children turned the play dough into "ice packs" that they placed on the baby dolls' heads. 
-We made a couple new baby doll mats made out of cardboard and covered them in fabric to replace our old ones.
-We had a special visit from a real life baby! We asked Dan, Sivan's Aba, if he would be willing to bring Matan, Sivan's baby brother, to the kitah so we could learn more about babies. 
-We made a communal painting with our hands indoors and we went outside and the children made a large communal painting with their foot prints!
-The children added oil pastels to her handprint painting.
-Then the children helped put tape on the back of the artwork and we hung our long foot print painting on the high up on the wall and I handprint painting on the back wall.
-The Nevonim kitah invited Officer Jeff the police officer to come visit the children at Netivot Shalom. We had a chance to meet Officer Jeff and he showed us his police car. He showed us that he is able to turn on the lights form inside and he opened the door to show us the computer he uses. He also gave all of the children a police department sticker.
-We sang with Menachem on Wednesday.

-The children have been building and constructing with magnet tiles.

-On a rainy Thursday we use the social hall and the courtyard. The children played with the tumbling mats, magnet tiles and of course the colorful plastic chairs. We often check the bottoms of the chairs to make sure that all the legs have felt pads, if one is missing, we work together to put one on. 

-Colin, who often visits on Fridays, stopped by once again to say hello to show us how he plays his mandolin. He strummed the melody to "Bim Bam" as we ate our lunches. 

More to come next week!
Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and Vered

HaShavua ~ Nevonim

November 14, 2014 ~ Cheshvan 21, 5775

 Highlights of our week:

·         We were visited by police officer Jeff Shannon, who told us about his job of helping people in our community. He said he does a lot of listening. We noticed his special radio and microphone, his shiny shoes, and his badge. He even showed us his car, with a computer and flashing lights!

·         We made pinch pots and jugs from play dough, thinking about how Rivka offered water to Avraham’s servant and his camels in this week’s Torah portion of Chayei Sarah. She shared, and we share!

·         We sorted polished rocks.

·         We played “street sweeper” with our new brooms!

·         We went on neighborhood walks after the rain, and played “Ani Roeh/Roah” – I see…We saw dogs, wet leaves, people working outside, 3 large wooden bears, children at the school next door, Bruce, and Toby!

Shabbat Shalom u’Mevorach!

Judy, Ruth and Anna

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

HaShavua'im - Nachshonim

November 10, 2014
17 Cheshvan, 5775
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We would like to share with you some of the important and exciting things we have been up to the last two weeks. 
I will begin by saying that we have sadly lost one of our guinea pigs. Our beloved Shira has passed on. 
We talked about how Shira was no longer was moving when school started on Monday. We spoke of how Shira died and how that means she will no longer need to eat or drink and how she won't be back.We read "A Grand Old Tree" which speaks of the life and death of a tree and we discussed how Shira's death is similar. We also read "Tough Boris" about a rough and tough pirate who is sad when he loses his pet parrot.
- We collected fall leaves in a large plastic bag.
-We have taken some of these leaves and dipped them in Mod Podge, a glue that hardens them. Once dry and adhered to the foil, our plans to peel the leaves off failed. We wrapped the foil around a large branch that we then hung from the ceiling. 
-We have been reading "A Grand Old Tree", which describes the life of the tree and shows us how its leaves change colors and fall.
-We mixed paints in autumn colors inspired by observations of the leaves we collected last week.
-We placed all of the leaves we collected into the sensory table out in the play yard.
Last week we celebrated Lev's third birthday! Lev's Ima, Aba, Saba (grandpa) and Savta(grandma) all came to join us for a special birthday snack. Mazal Tov!

Sensory activities:
-Out in the play yard we played with packaging peanuts in our sensory table. 
-Bubbles in the water table.
-Water play

-The children are very interested in babies and our baby dolls are very popular. We read stories about babies and Emahs and Abas, Brothers and Sisters and growing families. 

-Vered taught us a new Alef-Bet song. We use the fabric tapestry with the aleph-bet that hangs in the reading corner as we sang.
-We had visits from Melita and Menachem, each with their guitars.
-We made apple and carrot juice on Thursday for snack with a juicer. The following Thursday we used an apple peeling tool to get apples ready for the applesauce we enjoyed.

-Evan, a former CNS preschool student and brother to Kaila in the Nevonim room, came to visit us with his violin! He played some songs for us as we ate our snack. We all joined in for "Twinkle, Twinkle" and "Yonatan Hakatan"(a Hebrew classic).

-The children playing with large cardboard boxes.
-We read "Ze Lo Argaz" /Not A Box, a book originally in English. A rabbit pretends his box is many things.
-The children have been making a lot of art, exploring cutting, painting drawing.
We are looking forward to connecting with all of you at our conferences tomorrow.
Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Vered

Monday, November 10, 2014

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
November 7, 2014 ~ Cheshvan 14, 5775

​Here are some highlights of our week:

​The children seem very excited about anything having to do with transportation!
  • We went to look at 
    s car
    e open
     the hood a
    d checked out all the parts.
  • We played with vehicles on a map we drew.
  • ​We sang songs with Melita about "Transportation, what a fascination!"​
    We made all kinds of bo
    rescue and 
     and motor.
  • ​We learned a parsha story about Avraham and Sarah's hachnassat orchim/hospitality.
  • We tried making paper and cardboard tents with flaps. 
  • ​We rolled and ate pita with butter and honey.​
​We also​
  • wrote letters and delivered them. 
  • wrote letters to teachers and the children who aren't here this year. 
  • ate very sour pomegranates.  
  • ​wrot
    e a story in a small group. 
  • Small groups learned
    ​a ​
    ​song and ​
    ​, "Yemina yemina, smola, smola, lefanim, v'achora/right, left, forward, and backward."
Shabbat Shalom u'mervorach!
Judy, Anna and Ruth

Monday, November 3, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Nevonim - HaShavua
31 October, 2014 / 7 Cheshvan, 5775

Hooray for the geshem! We are so thankful for the rain. 
Here's some of what we did this week:
  • W​
    , Gd telling A
    ​ and Sarai to go on a
  • We did crayon art to show many stars - Gd's promise of many descendants 

    • We played cat
      ​ and kitten​
      ​ - meow!
    • W​
       music from India
      We made and ate dal - yum!
    • We went to the park. Thanks to parents Robert Ratner (Kaila) and Jess Login (Hadas) for joining us!
      e traced our feet and hands
    • ​Alum Evan, Kaila's brother, played the violin for us!​
      e found a lot of new hiding places on a rainy Friday
    • ​We
      ​on a "caravan through the desert" as we entered the Sanctuary
    • W​
      e ate a foot
      shaped challah
      ​at pretend-Shabbat to remind us of the  unfolding journey Avram and Sarai took
    • W​
      e us
       the balance beam
    • ​We did a bit of
       puddle jumping in the yard!
    ​Shabbat Shalom u'mevorach!
    Judy, Ruth and Anna