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, December 19, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua - Nevonim
19 December, 2014 ~ 27 Kislev, 5775

This week was full of Chanuka fun, as we painted with dreidels that spun and spun! 
Birthdays were shared with two of our friends, 
We ate scones, jam and berries, the fun never ends.
Yom Huledet Samayach--Happy Birthday to you, Laney who's 5, and Noah, 2 + 2.​
We ate levivot--latkes, you know, and sufganiyot with jam in the dough.
Shu-Ren School visited here--they learned about Chanuka, then sang with good cheer. 
We sang in Hebrew, they, in Chinese, 
Then welcomed us to their preschool on University!
We lit candles daily and sang the brachot (blessings), 
We watched the colorful, flickering nerot.
Shabbatosaurus returned with adventures to share,
And went home with a new family. She'll have fun, I wonder where!
We played in the rain and created tissue paper art,
When the paper gets wet, a rainbow you can chart!
Chag Urim Samayach and Shabbat Shalom, 
Be safe, warm and dry, both away and at home.
Judy, Anna and Ofra

Monday, December 15, 2014

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashvua'im/The Two weeks
December 14, 2014
22 Kislev, 5775
Shalom Nachshonim families,
We have much to share with you about the last two weeks. Here are some of the exciting things that have been going on.
Sensory activities:
-We made a new batch of play dough, magenta!
-The children played with ooblek, a mixture of corn starch and water, and mixed it with liquid paints of various colors.
-The children played with shaving cream and soft blocks and created structures on the table. 
Channukah activities:
-We pulled out some Chanukkah materials from the shed. We now have a channikiot, sevivonim/dreidels, candles and some books about Chanukkah as we get ready for the chag/holiday
-The children played with play dough and Chanukkah candles.
-We sang Channukah songs with Melita
- We have been lighting a candle at our mealtimes. We watch the candles melt and eventually burn out. We noticed that there was some smoke after it burnt out.
-We talked about fire safety and we had a fire drill. We now know what to do in the case of an emergency.
-The Nevonim kitah invited firefighters to come visit the school with their fire engine. We got very excited and firefighter Jim showed us his fire engine and told us about his job.
-Our baby dolls now have bottles for drinking. 
-We have a new dollhouse at school. It was a gift from Marcia, who we often see in the kitchen, and her family. We talked about making a thank you card.

-We often talk about who is absent. We have been mentioning Lev, who took an airplane to visit south Africa.
-The children played in the social hall on a rainy days with our tunnel, our pop up tent and our new dollhouse. The children also spent time running, playing and dancing in the rain!
-The children made marble paintings with shoe box lids.
-We went on a field trip to Strawberry Creek Park last Wednesday. Thank you Aba Dan for joining us. We hope to do it again soon, perhaps this coming week.
-Colin, our substitute teacher and friend, joined us in the kitah on Friday
Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Vered

Friday, December 12, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
December 12, 2014 ~ Kislev 20, 5775

Hello, all!
Here are highlights from this cloudy outside but bright and busy inside week in the kitah:
  • Rabbi Creditor came in to share this week's parashah, Vayeshev, all about Joseph and his brothers.
  • Maurice Levitch, Ruth's husband, visited with his dump truck! We went up and down in the bed of the truck, and learned about the tarp, tool box, safety cones, and cab. He even has a fire extinguisher! We saw how all the doors open and come off. We learned the word "debris." We also read a related rhyming book, My Truck is Stuck! ... and are glad to know that Maurice has never run into a group of hungry prairie dogs!
  • Chanukah  is almost here! We focused on sevivon/dreidels as well as other spinning things like gyroscopes and tops of all kinds. We made Chanukah art using glitter, paper, cellophane, and candle drippings. We even made Chanukah hats! We sang more Chanukah songs with Melita and during our daily circle times. Ruth taught us Ner li ner li. Here are the lyrics and Youtube link:
Ner li, ner li, ner li dakik
BaHanukkah neri ad'lik
BaHanukkah neri ya'ir
BaHanukkah shirim ashir
BaHanukkah neri ya'ir
BaHanukkah shirim ashir

I have a candle, a petite candle
On Hanukkah I shall light my candle
On Hanukkah my candle will give light
On Hanukkah, I shall sing songs
On Hanukkah my candle will give light
On Hanukkah, I shall sing songs
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach!
Judy, Ruth, Anna, and Simone

Friday, December 5, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
December 5, 2014 ~ Cheshvan 13, 5775

Hello, all!
Here are some highlights from this week and last (shorter due to Thanksgiving):
  • The rain give us an opportunity for more play, including getting very wet, splashing, sweeping, and drying water. 
  • Chanukah is here in 2 weeks, and we've begun exploring its aspects through art and song. We made our own building clay, shaped chanukiyot and other creations, and painted what we made. We sang both old and new Chanukah songs, including a song in Ladino. Lyrics are below, and here is how it sounds:
Hanukah linda sta aki, ocho kandelas para mi, Hanukah Linda sta aki, ocho kandelas para mi. O...
                                Una kandelika, dos kandelikas, tres kandelikas, 
kuatro kandelikas, sintyu kandelikas, 
sej kandelikas, siete kandelikas, ocho kandelas para mi.

  • Sewing continues to be interesting, with some children making head bands and repairing things in the kitah.
  • Menachem visited to teach us about Ya'aqov and Esav and their reconciliation. Some of the children did a 'play' reenacting the this week's parashah to tell the story during Friday's Pretend Shabbat with our families.          
  • Firefighters visited with their truck! We learned about "Stop drop and roll," and how to be safe in case of a fire. Engine 1 Firehouse's firefighters did an outstanding job of educating our young firechiefs, presenting each one with a helmet. Everyone got to spray the hose, climb in the truck, and look at the tools firefighters use. The firefighters also talked to the children about having a meeting place outside the home in case of an emergency. This is something you may want to discuss as a family.
  • Last week we made cranberry relish,  sang "Thanks a Lot" with Melita, and talked about what we are thankful for. 
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach!
Judy, Ruth, Anna, and Simone

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hashvua'im/ The two weeks
December 2, 2014
10 Kislev, 5775

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We would like to fill you in on what we have been up to the last couple of weeks. We have been busy.
- The children gave our baby dolls bubble baths. We used our cubby bins as bath tubs. 
- We mashed bananas to make "baby food" and we ate them with yogurt for snack. We talked about how babies do not have any teeth when they are born and we talked about how we all have gums in our mouth like babies.
- The children used play dough with our animal family toys.
New materials indoors and outdoors:
-The children have been using our cash register.
- Ceramic clay in the play yard.
-Parachute play in the social hall on a rainy day.
-We brought in our rocking boat and as the kids rocked, we sang every song we know about boats in Hebrew and English.
-We joined the Nevonim in the Sanctuary for Havdallah with Malka. Malka brought her granddaughter Eliana, who will be joining us in the near future, and Eliana's Emah, Mimi.
-Building and constructing with magnet tiles continues!
-We had some assistance in the kitah from Colin, he brought along his mandolin.
-The children made watercolor paintings last week.
-Melita came to see us and we sang "Thanks A Lot" as we prepared for Thanksgiving.
-We have a new documentation board with pictures of the kids with Reena and Shira, our guinea pigs. We miss our friend Shira.
-That same "I've Been Working on the Railroad" board book is back in the kitah! We often listen to a version of that song sung by Melita's band, Octopretzel. At circle time we dance and use instruments when we listen to it.
-We went on a field trip to Berkeley Way Mini Park last Wednesday when we had a crowd of four Nachshonim in attendance. 

-We often have Nevonim helpers and visitors who join us from the other kitah. 
More to come as we continue our week of exploration and play.
Ofra and Vered