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, February 28, 2014

HaShavuah
February 2014
Shevat 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,

For many reasons we've missed a few weeks of HaShavuah so this email covers most of the month of February/Shevat.

Emergent Curriculum
 
-3D constructions with various materials
--including popsicle sticks and tape!
-watercolors!
---watercolors with crayon!
-wax paper collage!

-Pretending to be the teacher and telling stories!

-paper airplane making!
-handprints in playdoh

-dancing!
-pretend ice skating!

emergent literacy
-writing our names!
-letters for our classroom mailbox!
-making numbers and letters from playdoh!

Our special book club read 2 chapters of "My Father's Dragon."  And drew/wrote in our new notebooks/machbarot.

Jewish Curriculum

-We talked about Kehillah/community.

-We told the Purim story and sang Chag Purim!
-We performed a play of the Purim story!
-We made "rashans" and "maseychot!'
-We read "A Purim Play" by Rena Dorph, illustrated by Netivot Shalom children.

-We listened to joyful klezmer music for the (first) month of Adar.

-We learned the story of Mah Tovu from the Torah, in which Balaam attempts to speak a curse from a muntaintop but instead the blessing of Mah Tovu comes from his mouth.

Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William (and Caitlin, Judith, and Jessica)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ha'Shavuah She'avar - Nachshonim

Ha'Shavuah She'avar/ Last week
February 24, 2014
24 Adar Alef, 5774

Shalom Kulam/everyone

To begin with, we would like to welcome Hillel and his family to Berkeley and to Netivot Shalom Preschool!

We have lots to share with all of you about all the eventful things that took place in the kitah last week.

Watching things grow. Continued...
-We tasted the wheatgrass and the sunflower sprouts we have grown. Out in the play yard after cleaning the guinea pigs cage, we placed Rena and Shira, our pets, on the grass and gave them the wheatgrass to enjoy. They ate and ate for a long time and mowed it down till there was nothing left.
-We had another look at the wheat berrries, the seeds, that we soaked and planted the previous week as a reminder of where the wheatgrass  came from.
-We continue to water the plants in the play yard and observing how our parsley is growing. 

Tzurot/Shapes
-We have a few books in the library about shapes.
-We baked cookies on Thursday.  Some where in the shape of a star and some in the shape of a circle.
- We have begun talking about the different shapes of our magnet tiles.

-Upon request, we have pulled out our toy cars and our large cardboard tube as a tunnel.

-The children have been snipping playing cards that were donated to the school and gluing their snips on paper.

-Some of the kids found a dead fly in the courtyard and it led to a conversation about what it means to be dead. We observed and discussed that it doesn't need to move or eat or breathe anymore.

-Our new friend Hillel came for a visit with his Ima and Aba last week. We look forward to having Hillel with us.

-We have a new set of feeling cards with images by Todd Parr

Circle time 
-Books about shapes. A favorite is "Food For Thought", a concept book about shapes, colors, numbers, feelings, etc. All of the images in the book are photographs of fruit and vegetable sculptures to depict the ideas in the book. 
-We read what Asher wrote and drew in the Owl Baby journal. We heard a bit about his experience with Owl Baby at home. The "Owl Babies" book bag is currently at Esther's house.
-Books in the library: 
Pigeon books by Mo Willems. 
"Food for thought". 
"Ma'ase B'chamisha Baloneem" /The Tale of Five Balloons. 
"Gobble It Up", a songbook with a disc about animals gobbling up other animals.
"Owl Babies" by Martin Wadell

Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Anna

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

HaShavuah She'avar - Nachshonim

Hashavuah She'avar/Last week
February 18, 2014
18 Adar Alef, 5774

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
Last week was short but still very eventful. Here are the highlights of last weeks activities at school.

Watching things grow:
-We watched our wheatgrass and sunflower sprouts grow. We soaked the seeks the previous week. The sunflower seeds did not grow so well, but the grass grew very well. Soon we will taste the wheatgrass ourselves and feed it to the guinea pigs. 
-We have been watering our sprouts with squeeze bottles.
-Out in the play yard, the parsley seeds we planted some time ago have sprouted in our garden bed. 

-We have a heap of playing cards the children have been playing with and making art with.
-The children have been practicing their fine motor skills of cutting these playing cards and yarn with scissors.

-The magnet tiles are a big hit around here. We brought the rest of the set over from the Nevonim kitah and we have enough for everyone. 

-We have been playing in the social hall with magnet tiles, the balance beam and soft balls.

Courtyard activities:
-Some children found puddles in the courtyard after a rainy day to jump in. 
-We played Red Light! Green Light! out in the courtyard a few times last week.
-Drawing with chalk, running, and playing with balls.  

-We read about Ariella's experience with Baby Owl at her house and we looked at the drawing she made in the journal. Baby Owl is now staying with Asher this week.

-We had visits from Melita on Tuesday, Menachem on Wednesday and Ruti on Wednesday

-We still have requests to light a Ner /candle and turn out the light during snack and lunch time! 

Circle time
-We continue to sing and play the game called "Scooby Doo". We sing about the day of the week and every child gets a chance to show everyone what they "can do". We practice waiting for our turn.
-Ofra taught everyone a new song she learned called Ickity Bickity Bumble Bee. It is a song about names.
-We discussed that we will be having a new friend at school named Hillel and will be joining the Nachshonim kitah this week. Hillel and his family are here from Israel and we are happy to welcome them into our kitah. In fact, we got to meet them today when they came to visit and spend the morning with us! 

More to come soon!
Shavuah tov,
Ofra and Anna

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Friday, February 7, 2014

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavuah
February 3-7, 2014
3-7 Shevat 5774
 
Shalom Kulam,

Emergent Curriculum
 
The experiences in the classroom this week centered on water and mail!

After talking last week about the drought in California and water conservation it was wonderful to get some rain this week!

We also followed up on last week's mailbox project with a field trip to the post office.  A big thank you to parents Laura Callan (Noa's Ima), Hilary Kilimnik (Alexander's Ima), and Jenny Kirsch (Menashe's Ima), for accompanying us on our field trip!

Our two main themes of the week flowed together as we set out for the post office in the drizzling rain.  That was the heart of our week, stepping "backstage" at the post office, mailing our letters, then heading back out into the rain which we had walked and played in earlier in the day.

Boat making continued as well with cardboard, paper, tape, corks and popsicle sticks and balsa wood.

We welcome donations of coffee cans (with lids) and yogurt containers (with lids) and any other materials you can think of that are suitable for 3D collage.

Jewish Curriculum Every Week

Last week we added a Halleluyah prayer (from Psalm 150) to our morning tefillah. In between halleluyah's the children shared what they are thankful to God for.  This week we sang Halleluyah and the children shared what gifts they can give to God (well, many children again shared what they are thankful for and a few shared what gifts they can give God).

Rabbi Menachem came to the kitah and talked with the children about what the kohanim/priests wore, as described in detail in this week's parsha, Parsha Tetzaveh.

Every week the children make an individual challah.  We also make two challot for Pretend Shabbat, in shapes inspired by the week's Torah portion. This week's shapes were: the turban and tunic/breastplate worn by the kohanim.

Shabbat Shalom,
Ruth, Shirlee, and William