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, December 29, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavuah - Nachshonim
December 18th, 2015 - Tevet 6th, 5776
Highlights from our week:

* We started our week with a continuation of Chanuka, we carried on lighting candles

* Shiloh turned 3!!! We celebrated her birthday by making a play dough cake and singing birthday songs.  Shiloh brought Popsicles (made with real fruit) for everyone and sticker.  After the birthday party we made art with the stickers

* We got messy playing with Oobleck, finger painting, and water colors

* @ the sensory table we played with: Leaves, bubble wrap, Elephants and sawdust and orange bubble water

* We’ve had Rina helping us in our Kitah since Anna went to Israel on Tuesday

* We’ve experimented with magnets and watch them bounce when they repel

* We love dance parties.  We’ve been listening to the Animal Action song and the Freeze song and been dancing and giggling

* Our new friend Lilah has been visiting our Kitah this week.  She’ll be joining us when we get back from winter break.
I ‘aint gonna paint no more
C is for curious
Deep blue sea
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly

We’d like to wish you restful, rejuvenating break (yeah, right)  Anyway, wishing you well on your winter break.  May your homes be blessed with health, happiness and love,

Anna and Vered

Thursday, December 17, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavuah - Nachshonim
December 13th, 2015 - Tevet 1st, 5776

Highlights from our week:

* We joined the Nevonim and Menachem for Havdalah and Hannukah song and dance.  It was especially exciting because Menachem was followed by a camera and a film crew.

* We made art using black paper and white paint, white crayons and white pencils (discussing Dark and Light, אור וחושך)  

* We’ve played with kinetic Sand

* At our sensory table we used squeezable soap bottles with sponges and dishes

* We’ve observed and compared candles

* We cooked Latkes (לביבות) all by ourselves and ate them for snack

* At the social hall we’ve played with cardboard boxes, sea shells, balance beam and dreidels (סביבונים)

* We’ve been enjoying the rain and the mud it creates.  We played with pots and pans pretending to cook a lot this week.

Baby Beluga
Polo and the Dragon
The Hannukah Mice
Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel
Once there was a boy who didn’t want to sleep alone (hebrew)

We hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and you’ve enjoyed lighting the last Candle of Chanukah - We have been lighting the Chanukia every day during our lunch

Monday, December 7, 2015

Opeining in January!

Netivot Shalom Preschool has opening for 3- and 4-year-olds coming available this January 2016! If you, or someone you know, is moving to town or making a change in your current child care situation, I'd love to show you around! Please contact me at or 510-549-9447 ext 110 with questions or to arrange a tour.

Chag Sameach!

Lauren Kindorf

HaShavuah ~ Nachshonim

HaShvuayim - Nachshonim
December 6th, 2015 - Kislev 24, 5776

Highlights from our two weeks:
The morning before Thanksgiving we spent with the Nevonim, combining both classes.

We played with gyro-wheels and dreidels, we looked and talked about the different letters that are written on them.

We talked about the miracle of Chanukah and the small jug of oil (kad katan)

We’ve compared different kind of candles (Havdalah, Shabbat, Wick + Oil, Chanukah)

We played memory game with Chanukah related objects 

We sang with Menachem

Sang and danced with Melita

Created art using Q-Tips  
Gluing feathers and pom poms on egg cartons
We painted a cardboard and turned it into a Chanukiah (Menorah)
We glued colored papers and made candles for our Chanukiah

Sensory play/Fine motor
Made playdough and learned about hot/cold
Sticky Foam and Zebras
Played with modeling Sand
Cutting yarn with scissors  

Baby Beluga
Tires Cham (hot corn)
Polo and the Dragon
10 Little Lady Bugs
Maisy dresses up
Maisy’s morning on the Farm
Fire Truck Book
Bark George

Baby Beluga 
Kad Katan (little jug)
Ner Li (a candle for me)
Sevivon sov sov sov (Driedle, turn, turn, turn)
Chanukiah Li Yesh (I have a Menorah)
I’ve been working on the railroad

Chag Sameach - Happy First Candle of Chanukah
Anna and Vered

P.S. - I would like to thank everyone that supported me while I was healing.  Thank you to the wonderful subs that assisted Anna in the classroom and thank you to the parents that have extended themselves to me and off course to the rest of the faculty.  I feel grateful to be part of this great community. Vered

Friday, December 4, 2015

HaShavuah ~ Nevonim

Hello, all! Here are some of the highlights from last 2 weeks:
The whole morning on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was spent with the Nachshonim, combining both classes.
How does corn become cornbread? We made and ate cornbread, and talked about the things for which we are thankful.
ABC bingo was enjoyed by many children.
Nature collages were made out of natural materials.
Kids talked about rock and roll, and listened to a Chuck Berry CD, then used blocks as guitars to play and dance!
So much fun to play in the rain--hooray for rain!
Chummus! We made it from garbanzo beans and ate it-yum.
How does a candle melt? We made art from wax drippings.
Antiochus the king and Judah Maccabbee
Nerot--we had fun practicing setting up the chanukiyah
Under our chanukiyah curtain there are shows being staged.
Kids are singing and dancing to Chanuka music with Melita
And of course, spinning sevivonim!
Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach, and Chag Urim Samayach!
Happy Festival of Lights
Judy, Ofra, and Ruth

Monday, November 16, 2015

Accepting Applications for Fall 2016! Join Us!

Netivot Shalom Preschool in Berkeley is now accepting applications for Fall 2016! We serve all children ages 2 (before September 1) through Pre-Kindergarten!

Our program, both indoors and out, offers an emergent, project-based approach to learning in which the children are encouraged to interact with their peers, the staff and their environment as is relevant to their individual development and interests. Our daily program weaves in Jewish life and practice with a focus on the Hebrew language.

Our recently renovated outdoor area has expanded the children's play space allowing for many more activity options. The natural setting encourages open-ended exploration and gives the children control over their environment and what happens in it day to day. Imaginations are free to roam through this sensory-rich play space!

Please contact Lauren at for more information or to arrange a tour. We'd love to have you visit!

Friday, November 13, 2015

HaShavuah ~ Nachshonim

1 kislev, 5776 
November 13, 2015

Here's a taste of what we did in the last couple of weeks:

We joined our Nevonim friends for Havdalah on Monday
We strung beads on pipe cleaners and glued colorful piece of paper, working on our fine motor skills
We glued fallen leaves and talked about autumn
We played with ooblek- what a wonderful sensory experience
We had dinosaurs hiding in the hay in our sensory table outside. on another day we had small cats and dogs hiding in sawdust bedding- they were fun to dig out!
We made pancakes, experimenting with measuring, mixing and counting
We played in the social hall when it rained
We enjoy showing off what we can do when we play "Scooby Doo"
We had lots of dance parties, with hit songs like: Dance around and jump around, The freeze song, and Animal action

We also had our parent-teacher conferences this week. The parents got to hear a little about their kids and how they enjoy the school, and the teachers got to talk to grown ups for a whole day! It was a pleasure hearing all the interesting thoughts, notions and ideas that came up from the conversations with the parents. We thank you for trusting us with your most important persons

We have been reading a lot of books in Hebrew and English, sometimes even reading the English books in Hebrew and the other way around. These are some of the books we read:
Pete the Cat
Shira nosa'at ha'ira (Shira going to town)
Driving my Tractor
Press Here
I Can Help
Thank You Bear
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
The Deep Blue Sea
Bark, George
I Went Walking

We had many guests lately. Last week Judith the sub came to hang out with us, and we also had Colin over, and he played his Mandolin for us. This week Ruth, our beloved Nevonim teacher, was with us. The reason for all those visits is that our teacher Vered got hurt and needs to rest.
Although we like having guests, we miss Vered very much and wish her Refuah Shlema! (Good health)!

Shabat Shalom, Everyone

Thursday, November 12, 2015

HaShavuah ~ Nevonim

HaShavua -Nevonim
November 13, 2015 ~ Kislev 1, 5776
Rosh Chodesh/New Moon!
Chodesh tov! Here are some highlights of our week:
While learning about parashat Toldot ...
  • We made lentil soup
  • We talked about siblings  who were  not getting along and how important it is to love our family.
  • We noticed that we have two sets of twins in our preschool, just like the brothers in this week's parashat ... except they get along better!
Outside we ...
  • We played in the geshem/rain!
  • We continue to love playing in our yard with the Nachshonim!
  •  We observed our wooden decorations hanging in the yard.
Our visitors included ...
  • Kaila, a preschool alum, and her ima.
  • We jumped and danced with Melita. 
Continuing our exploration of mezuzot ...
  • We now have corks for the mezuzah batim/cases we made.
  • We are discussing the next step of making "klafim" (inserts).
 In this season of harvest ...
  • We removed kernels from dried corn from the cob and ground it with a mortar and pestle. 
  • The children suggested making cornbread...(more on this next week)!
Other activities included ...
  • We reminded each other how to take care of our toys.
  • We beaded with pipe cleaners and beads.
  • We are enjoying library books that Ruth brings. This week featured two by Polly Dunbar. 
Shabbat Shalom u'mevorach!
Ruth, Ofra and Judy

Monday, November 9, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua - Nevonim
24 Cheshvan, 5776 - 6 November, 2015

Hello, all! Here are some highlights of this week, as we enjoy this beautiful autumn weather:
  • We played with old CD's in the kitah, noticing that they reflect sunlight and create a keshet/rainbow on our ceiling!
  • We sang "Doda Tova" in Hebrew, a song about Aunt Tova and her magical, sprouting hat!
  • We learned about and investigated mezuzot up close, seeing how the cases contain a klaf/parchment with the Shema written on it
  • We are compiling our own mezuzah prayers and wishes for our play space
  • Judy showed us her tefilin, which mention the mitzvah of the mezuzah in the V'Ahavta prayer
  • We sculpted mezuzah cases (batim) to take home out of Model Magic and then painted them. Next week we will add our own personal klafim/parchments. We also worked on one together, that we will hang on the playhouse outside! 
  • We washed baby dolls with soapy water in the sensory table
  • We played with sawdust and also made mud!
  • We enjoyed our "outside" pots and pans in the play yard, making many sand cakes
  • Judy shared a poster about Rivka from this week's parsh of Chayei Sarah, and how she showed great kindness to people and animals
  • Menachem visited and retold the Rivka story
  • We have been reading books about new siblings
  • We observed and harvested heirloom corn kernels. We will explore more about corn next week.
Shabbat Shalom Umevorach!
Judy, Ofra, and Ruth

Friday, October 30, 2015

Hashavuayim ~ Nachshonim

HaShvuayim ~ Nachshonim 
October 30, 2015 ~ Cheshavan 17, 5776

Highlights from our busy two weeks:

Developing our fine motor skills: colored pom poms, grabbers and egg cartons. Making art using droppers on coffee filters with liquid paint.  Colored pegs and boards sorting, placing inside holes. 

Made music. @ the sensory table using wooden spoons, metal bowls and water. 

Shiloh's parents bought us a butterfly's habitat, books and soon to come caterpillars. It prompted many conversations, stories and even circle time discussing the butterfly life cycle. 

Judith came to spend a couple of days with us. Our favorite song that she sings is "Mr. Crocodile, you can't catch me". 

We made dots using corks and paint. 

Strawberry Creek Park, so much fun. Thank you to Nicole (Ella's mom) and Ken (Sarah's dad) for holding our hands and joining us on our trip. 

Rabbi Menachem comes every Wednesday to sing with us. 

We got to use our yard for the first time last week. This week we got a whole bunch of new toys to play with outside.  We often get to enjoy our Nevonim friends when we go outside. The also let us play in their kitah. 

Last week when Melita came she taught us some songs in Spanish. This week we sang a lot about spiders. 

This Monday our friend Yossi joined our Kitah. Welcome friend!

More sensory play outside:  Oobleck was so messy and so much fun. Washed babies. Played with sawdust. 

On Fridays we made our Challah and joined our community in singing and celebrating (pretend) Shabbat. 

Enjoy your weekend

Shabbat Shalom,

Anna, Judith and Vered

HaShavuah ~ Nevonim

HaShavuah ~ Nevonim
October 30, 2015 ~ Cheshavan 17, 5776
Here are some highlights from this week with the Nevonim:
While exploring parashat vaYera we ...
  • turned our Sukkah into Avraham and Sarah's tent
  • welcomed in our friends and played in the tent
  • made pancakes, reminding us of Sarah's cakes for their visitors
We traveled through the desert and
  • made animal footprints using toys and paint
  • saw our own footprints in the sand pit!
Outdoors we ...
  • shared the play yard with the Nachshonim class
  • played with washed babies, and ooblek and sawdust in the sensory table
  • used trikes and trucks on the ramp
In new explorations we...
  • investigated mezuzot and the klafim that is inside
  • took a walk around the shul to see how many and the different styles of  Mezuzot we could find 
A special Mazal Tov to big sister Elia and her family on the birth of their new baby girl and Matthew welcomed a new cousin!
Shabbat shalom Umevorach!
 Ruth, Ofra and Judy

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hashavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavuah - Nachshonim
October 18th, 2015 - 5th of Cheshvan, 5776 
Highlights from our full week of school:
* We are reading about Noah’s Arc
* Look for our Salad Spinner Art
* We went fishing at our sensory table
* Books we read: Hallo, Hallo, Abba (hello, Hello, Daddy), Toosikim (behinds), Hallo, Hallo, Ima (Hello, Hello, Mommy) and many more
* We made our first batch of playdough
* Ofra brought her dehydrator - we cut Strawberries and Bananas and put them in
* Welcome back to Viola
* Pot Pourri at the sensory table - sweet smells!
* Menachem came to sing songs with us
* We played with colored shaving cream at the sensory table
* We are learning about using words to have our needs met and to share our toys and space
* On Friday we made challahs and pushed the “Tzimukim” (raisins) deep inside
Please label all clothes and food containers, basically anything that you send to school and would like to make sure it goes back home. It also helps the staff and substitutes, and furthers your child's success is self-help skills (and reading their own name)!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend,
Looking forward to another wonderful week with your kids,
Anna and Vered

Monday, October 12, 2015

HaShavuyim - Nachshonim

HaShvuayim - Nachshonim
October 11th, 2015 - Tishrei 28, 5776

Highlights from our two short but busy weeks:

* Painted with Q-tips
* Keeping up with our healthy and safety - we learned how to sneeze in our sleeve
* Running and singing outside in the Geshem (rain)
* Using teddy bears in different colors and sizes we practice math.  Sorting, matching and counting.
* At circle time Vered brought out a magic bag - we played a memory game
* We sang some Sukkoth songs (patish master)
* Hammered pegs into styrofoam 
* We went for a very long Sukkah Stroll on our field trip and visited two Sukkoth.  We had snack at Judy’s Sukkah.  Thank you Edona for holding our hands
* As usual on Thursday Melita came to sing with us
* Off course both Friday we make our Challah’s 
* We played with Autumn leaves in the sensory table
* We made special painting with bouncy porcepine balls
* Played basket ball outside

We hope your weekend has been relaxing

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for a full week of school

Anna and Vered

Friday, October 9, 2015

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
October 9, 2015 ~ Tishrei 26, 5776

Hello, all! In this short week we marked both Simchat Torah and beginning the Torah again.
To celebrate we:
  • explored mini-Torahs and how to roll and unroll them
  • took a Torah tour of the shul. We found 4 real Torah scrolls!
  • had a Torah parade and joyfully sang "sisu v'simchu!"
  • Ohr/Choshech - light and dark: we made art with black and white mixed media--pencils, pastels, crayons, and chalk. The children cut paper into snips that were then used in collages.
We also:
  • drilled holes with hand drills in a stump of a wood from the yard
  • created ephemeral art with natural materials on felt circles, and
  • discussed safety with our bodies and our toys, remembering that saliva is for inside our mouths
Shabbat Shalom umevorach!
Judy, Ruth and Ofra

Thursday, October 1, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshohim

HaShavua - Nachshonim
September 26, 2015 - Tishrei 13, 5776
Wonderful week full of holidays and play

Highlights from our week:
We continued to work on our community art, we added some colored paper with glue and more paint. You can see it hanging to your right when you walk in to our Kitah.
We celebrated Eliana’s birthday with treats that Brenna (Eliana’s mom) brought.  Eliana is now two and integrated quickly into our kitah.
We played with box cars and ramps outside.
We looked at the shofar, observing it’s size and texture and compared it to a toy Shofar.
We talked about Yom Kipur  - .. that it’s a great time to think about the people around us and to contemplate if we treat them the best that we can.
We enjoyed finger painting (very much)
We brought the boat/steps for extra movement inside our kitah.
We talked about Sukkot, read books and sang “Patish, Masmer”.  We also used our tools to build a pretend sukkah and went outside to watch the real sukkah getting built.

Metlita came with her guitar and we sang song, danced and heard the story of the ’Napping House’ 

We have started measuring how tall we are

We played outside with shredded paper 

And of course finished our week making Challah’s and enjoying time together with our community at pretend Shabbat.

Chag Sameach - Happy Sukkot
Anna and Vered

Friday, September 25, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
September 25, 2015 ~ Tishrei 12, 5776

This was a fabulous week of learning of all kinds for the Nevonim, touching on Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot! 
Here are some highlights:

  • We used our apple slicer and Ofra's dehydrator to make dried apple rings--delicious!!
  • We took small groups to find tzedakah boxes throughout the building. We gathered them and observed them, noting similarities and differences.
  • We investigated the food barrel, our biggest tzedakah box here at Congregation Netivot Shalom! We put some grape juice bottles in it.
  • We made our own tzedakah boxes!
  • We made "Rude Vegetable Stew" based on the eponymous Rosh HaShana book.
  • We heard the story of Yonah and the Big Fish.
  • We talked about Yom Kippur and gave each other band-aid stamps for hurt feelings.
  • We decorated the synagogue sukkah with chains and cardboard art.
  • We sang Sukkot songs with Melita and Menachem.
  • We used sandpaper to smooth our outdoor block set
  • We did an art experiment with chalk and glue.
Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach, and Chag Sameyach!
Nevonim Staff

  • No school Monday and Tuesday in observance of Sukkot
  • Sukkah Stroll, Thursday morning. Volunteers needed!

Monday, September 21, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Highlights from our week:
We started to work on our communal painting
We painted outside and make hand and feet prints
Some of the books we’ve been reading - Maisy’s books, 10 Hebrew songs, My truck is stuck, From head to toe by Eric Carle in Hebrew, It’s ok book, Good-bye, Bad-bye, Mi Basade Mi Bayaar, and more.
We danced uga uga uga at circle time
Our friend Eliana came to visit the Kitah and stayed to play with us.  
We played with play-dough
Melita came with her guitar to sing and dance with us on Thursday
While making our Challah we made tunnels in the dough so the raisins won’t pop out
Enjoyed pretend Shabbat with Nevonim, Menachem and our community
Menachem was telling us the story of Jonah
Shabbat Shalom
Anna and Vered

Friday, September 18, 2015

HaShavua - Nevonim

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
September 18, 2015 ~ Tishrei 5, 5776

Aside from ice painting, finger painting, and q-tip painting, here are some highlights of our short week after Rosh HaShanah:
Shofar blowing with Judy's big shofar
Hearing the story of Jonah and the Big Fish from the rabbi, which we read on Yom Kippur

Our friends the bees were the subject of Beekeeper Alice's visit today!
First pretend Shabbat of 5776
At Strawberry Creek Park, we did Tashlich

Rimmon seeds/zraim of the pomegranate were enjoyed on  Ariella's birthday

Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach!
Judy, Ofra and Ruth 

Friday, September 11, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

​​HaShavua ~ Nevonim
September 10, 2015 ~ Elul 26, 5775
What a wonderful first week in Nevonim! Our focus was on getting used to new routines, meeting new friends, and learning about Rosh HaShanah. We:
  • Made applesauce with a crank peeler/corer
  • Tasted at least SIX varieties of honey
  • Sang songs* and read books about apples, honey and the shofar
  • Enjoyed a Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Seder with special symbolic foods
  • Played in the courtyard with bikes, balls and even ICE!
  • Measured our own heights
  • Celebrated our first Pretend Shabbat with Menachem, our new Nachshoim friends and many family members
Shabbat Shalom U'mvorach! 
Shana Tova Umetuka

School resumes on Wednesday, September 16
 *Dip the apples in honey, say the bracha loud and clear
   Shana tova umetuka, Have a happy, sweet New Year
  Tapuchim ud'vash (apples and honey) l'Rosh HaShana (2x)
  Shana tova, shana metuka (2x)





Friday, June 26, 2015

HaShavuah - SUMMER FUN!

Welcome back to Summer Fun!

 This week we introduced our younger children to some of the Nevonim routines.
We also sang with Melita, made monkey pancakes, and practiced our dramatic skills with Khaled. We talked about flowers and seeds, and noticed the growth of our plants.
Some sunflowers are emerging!
Caitlin taught us about hooves and claws and talons.
Colin visited. We ate mango and enjoyed the sunshine!
Shabbat Shalom umevorach!

Friday, June 12, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

6/12/15 ~ 25 Sivan, 5775
Our final HaShavua of the season--to celebrate, we have every reason!

Music with Melita, Pretend Shabbat, going to the library, Fathers' Day Art! 
We drew our houses, we made cards of support
We learned to play Gogo'im-- an Israeli kids' sport!
Happy Birthday, Yael! Water play! Gardening!
 BaDerech marked our culmination, there were songs to sing.
Mazal tov to all, what a wonderful year, 
Have a safe and fun summer! Your children are dear. 

Judy, Ruth, and Inbal

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hashvua'im/ The two weeks
May 27, 2015
9 Sivan, 5775
Shalom Nachshonim Families,

The last couple of weeks were very busy and exciting. We had a visit from Oliver's pet dog, and Etai's Saba/Grandpa came to school and showed us a Torah. 
There is lots to share. Here are some of the things that took place at school since our last Hashavuah.

-We planned for a visit from Tuna, Oliver's dog. We brought all of our dog stuffed animals into the kitah. We also have many books about dogs in the kitah such as  "Wake Up Mr. B", "Bark George", "Polo and the Dragon" and two books by Ezra Jack Keats about Peter and his dog Willie. 
-We got to meet Oliver's dog! She knows many tricks and we gave her lots of treats to eat.
-Toy animal footprints with paper and paint.
- Now preparing for another visit from a pet! This time we will meet Sprocket who lives with Sivan.
-We have been talking a lot about Sake the dog who we often see at the park and enjoys playing with the kids. We are planning to draw some pictures for Sake. 
We have been talking about chag of Shavuot. We talked about how this holiday celebrates this time of harvest. We remembered that we harvested kale and lemon thyme for our tea when we went to the community garden.
-We decided to dehydrated harvested strawberries! The children helped slice the strawberries and place them on the dehydrator trays. 
-We went out to the side yard where our neighbors plants are growing over and through the fence. We discovered five different kinds of flowers right there outside the door. We harvested some and placed them in the science area. 
-Etai's Saba Stu  came to visit us and talk to us about how a Sofer makes torah. He explained that the torah is not written on paper, it is written on a klaf made out of animal skin. We were given the opportunity to rip a piece of the klaf and we understood how strong it is. We had a look at an unrolled Torah and were very careful not to touch the ink. We also saw the notzot/feathers that a sofer uses when writing all those letters. 
-As we talk about harvesting, we are propagating our Wandering Jew plant by putting a cutting and water and watching the roots grow.
-Singing from the book "Doda Tove, Haya La Cova" (AuntTova, She had a Hat), about Aunt Tova planting seeds and growing trees in her hats and sharing her harvests.
-We had a look at some miniature Torahs we keep in our closet.
-we went upstairs to have a look at the real Torahs in the library.

-We had earthquake drills in the kitah. We did it twice in a row. We know how to stay safe and duck under the tables.
-We have made name cards with pictures of each child and their name written in English and Hebrew. It is a great way for us to recognize our names and our friends names and photo
-Spin art. We used salad spinners to make artwork and then we hung them in the kitah.
-Magnetic fishing poles, sea creatures and seashells in the sensory table.
-sticky foam and forest animals in the sensory table.
-dirt in the sensory table
-The balance beam.
-ceramic clay in the play yard. 
Shredded paper at the sensory table and adding water to that.
-ping-pong balls
-Aleph/Bet letter puzzles outside.
We are looking forward to sharing more with you very soon about the things we are doing this week. 
Ofra and Vered

Friday, May 22, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavua ~ Nevonim
May 22, 2015 ~ Sivan 4, 5775
Omer 48
What a busy week, full of revelations, as we greet the upcoming festival of Shavuot/Feast of Weeks. The holiday begins this Saturday night!
Rabbi Kelman, who is also a Torah scribe, pointed out the crowns on Torah letters. We got to hold parchment/klaf and quills and even kiss the Torah!
We made oogat gevina/cheesecake, a favorite Shavuot treat, to remember the Land of Milk and Honey, and the fact that many baby animals drink mothers' milk in the spring.
What is like to grind wheat/heeta? We found out by identifying the stalk, seed head, seeds, and chaff. Hard work, using a mortar and pestle!
We visited Strawberry Creek Park for some play, and Ofra's community garden bed! We saw bees in action at the hives, birds, worms, and plants of all kinds. We tasted Ofra's kale, and she made us tea from her lemon thyme. We saw poppies, lemon and apple trees, artichoke plants, and climbed into a teepee made of branches. On the way, we passed all kinds of playing areas, including soccer, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
Here are some highlights of Nevonim-generated 10 Commandments: 
Don't hit.
Don't steal.
Chew with your mouth closed.
No kicking.
Have toys at home.
Don't fight.
Give the 10 Commandments to someone else.
Don't touch fire.
Love your mom, dad, and grandpa.
Don't push
Don't snatch
Don't let strangers into your house
Don't let robbers into your house
Don't go into someone else's house if they don't want you to
Don't touch a paper with glass , if not you get poisonous
Don't put paint on someone else's arm
Don't kill other people
Don't break other people's buildings
Words to live by!
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Samayach!
Judy, Ruth, and Inbal

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hashavuah - Nevonim

Hashavua ~ Nevonim
May 15, 2015 ~ Iyar 26, 5775
                                           Omer 41
This week's highlights:
  • The theme of opposites has emerged from a number of different events ..
    • Discussing mixed messages, opposites, when say "You are my friend, you aren't my friend,"
    • Studying nocturnal and diurnal animals, opposites, and their habitats after our trip to the Lawrence Hall of Science, and 
    • And talking about doing the opposite of what you were asked to do.

  • With this theme running strong ...
    •  We read Mitz Petel, a wonderful Israeli children's tale and the subject of the June 7 puppet show at CNS, and found all the opposites in the story,
    • We ate lunch in the morning and snack in the afternoon! Opposite of what we usually do!
    • We played Mah Hahefech/What is the opposite? and came to find the children had a great deal of Hebrew vocabulary to describe the opposites they found.
    • We did opposite art with dark and light, and
    • We played the "silent and loud" game listening to the opposite sounds.

  • Other activities this week included ...
  • Tracing our bodies on large paper and decorating the figures, 
  • Celebrating Kaila's birthday with strawberries and cream - YUM!
  • Reading Danny Loves a Holiday: Lag Ba'Omer, Cheesecake for Shavuot, and  Wooden Sword in book club,
  • Having a Pajama Day, and 
  • Planting green beans and harvesting our pea crop.
Next week we will engage in many Shavuot-related activities as we mark the end of the Omer period, the spring harvest, and the Giving of the Torah.
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach!
Judy, Ruth, and Inbal