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, January 23, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua~Nevonim: January 23, 2015 ~ Shevat 3, 5775
Hello, all!
This week's HaShavua will actually reflect shevua'yim-2 weeks' worth of learning fun! Highlights:

Planting veggie starts and flower seeds! 
Rainbow chard
Excitement with shaving cream  
Sensory science in the afternoons: Powder paint, baking soda and vinegar volcanoes! 
Challah dough making to make into challot to give to others
How about we pop some corn and eat it? Yay!
Ooblek adventures
Oseh shalom bimromav-wishing the world a peaceful week
Learning a bit about Dr. MLK Jr's dream
In book club we read Sissy Duck and Bagels for Benny 
Shadow puppetry with Daniel Barasch--awesome!
Learning about yeast
Everyone saying goodbye to Caitlin and Khaled--Safe travels!
Adama is soil, and kefafot are gloves
Rabbi Menachem teaching us about the parsha
Now what is a blueprint? We looked at them and talked about designing buildings.
I like lettuce and broccoli, do you?
Nerot  to welcome in the Shabbat
Field trip to Chapparal House to deliver challot, sing, and visit residents
Understanding that kavod/respect applies to people of all ages and conditions
Now I see why puppet shows are so popular! Inspired by Daniel--thank you!
Freeze dancing: "Animal action" and fabric play
Up and down--Pulleys and pirate map making. 
Needed:garden stuff. Received! Todah rabbah to the Price Wolfs for delivering it!
Shabbat Shalom Umevorach!
Nevonim Staff
Ruth, Judy and Anna

Friday, January 16, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavuah/ This Week
January 16, 201525 Tevet, 5775

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

We are happy to share with you the highlights of our week!

-We went on a field trip on Wednesday. We walked to Strawberry Creek Park to play at the playground. The children noticed that there are no strawberries at Strawberry Creek Park. From there we walked to see the community garden where Ofra has a small garden plot. We nibbled on some greens that were growing and we saw the beehives there. Thank you Michal and Khaled who volunteered to join us on our outing this week.

Sprouting and growing:
-Our wheatgrass is getting taller and we will continue to water it.
-We gave Rena the wheatgrass we have grown and she mows it down. We watched her eat and she lets us pet her when she is eating.
-We had a good look at the roots that grew from our wheatgrass. that fill up the clear plastic container that holds the dirt. We talked about how the other plants we have indoors and in the play yard have roots too.
-On our field trip to the community garden, we talked about how things grow from seeds and how the plants need to be watered.
-We have a few books about plants and things that grow on our bookshelf.

-The children have been sweeping aleem/leaves in the play yard.

-We played with shaving cream and soft foam blocks to build with at the table in the kitah.

-We are still lighting a ner/candle at lunchtime and turning off the lights. This has been going on since Hanukkah.

-We were happy to have Caitlin in the kitah again this week. Her friend Khaled also came to volunteer in the Kita and on our field trip. Vered will be back with us next week

-We played with Play Dough and sticky foam a few times this week.

-Melita has been singing nursery rhymes with us the last couple of weeks. The children remembered that we have a book of nursery rhymes we have been reading and enjoying them.

Thanks for reading.
Shabbat Shalom
Ofra and Caitlin

Friday, January 9, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

January 9, 2015 ~ Tevet 18, 5775
Hello, all, and happy secular new year. It was a week of welcoming everyone back to the Kitah, including our beloved Caitlin, who will be with us during this month of January.
This week we reestablished our routines, as we got back into singing prayers/tefilot, sharing snack and  and enjoying lunch together. We practiced respect/kavod when Melita visited with us for music, and when Menachem returned to share weekly Torah study/parshat haShavua with us.  
This week we:
-engaged in sensory play with fingerpainting
-practiced counting and measuring when we made strawberry pancakes
-used fine motor skills to draw on felt
-used our large muscles to run around the courtyard, ride our trikes, and climb
-celebrated Menashe's 5th birthday-Happy Birthday/Yom Huledet Samayach
-learned of brave women in Shemot, including Yocheved, Miriam, and Paro's daughter 
-welcomed many guests, including new babies and grandparents to pretend Shabbat!
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach!
Judy, Ruth, Simone, and Caitlin

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah : This Week
January 9, 2015
18 Tevet, 5775

Shalom Nachshonim Families!

We have had a very exciting and busy week. Here are the highlights of what took place in the kitah/classroom this week.

-We are thrilled to welcome two new friends who have joined us in the kitah this week. Eliana joined us on Monday, and Oliver joined us on Friday. Welcome to our new friends and their families!

-Vered is still in Israel this week and we have had the pleasure of having Caitlin as a substitute. Caitlin worked for CNS preschool for many years and we are happy to have her again.

-We have been reading "Pete The Cat, I Love My White Shoes ". We have been listening to the disk a lot. It is a very fun book.

"The Carrot Seed"/Planting and growing seeds:
-We have also been reading "The Carrot Seed", the classic book written by Ruth Krauss. Inspired by the book, we had a chance to have a close look at carrot seeds that grew in Ofra's garden. We observed how tiny the seeds are and we observed how the seeds form from the flower. We discussed the process of growing seeds and how they need water to grow, just as the little boy in the story continued to water his plant.
-On Wednesday the children explored different kinds of seeds. They played with sunflower seeds and wheat berries. We talked about how Rena loves to eat wheat grass so we plan on growing some for her to enjoy.
-We soaked the wheat berries overnight. The following day we put some dirt in small containers and sprinkled the sprouted seeds on top. We gave the seeds water with our squeeze bottles. We then covered up the containers so that the seeds will start to grow in the dark. We will see what we return to on Monday.

-We experimented with our new "Kinetic Sand".

-The children used Play Dough out in the play yard.

-DANCE PARTY on the white carpet! We danced to "Animal Actions" and "The Freeze Dance".

-We continue to feed and take care of Rena our beloved guinea pig.

We look forward to learning more about growing our seeds and we look forward to more fun and play.

Shabbat Shalom Kulam/Shabbat Shalom Everyone

Ofra and Caitlin