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 6, 2015

HaShavua'im - Nachshonim

HaShvua'im/The two weeks
February 6, 201517 Shvat, 5775

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

Please excuse us for not keeping you posted the last couple of weeks. Ofra does not have internet at home right now so sending an email is not quite the same.
We celebrated Tu B'Shvat this week and we had been doing a lot of learning and explorations of trees and things that grow. Here are the highlights of the last two weeks.

-Vered is home from Israel! We are so happy to have her back in the kitah.

Tu B'Shvat activities:
-We continued to water our wheatgrass as it got taller and taller. We gave Rena the wheatgrass we have grown and we watched her eat it, she lets us pet her when she is eating. She loves the wheatgrass, she eats like a lawn mower. We had a good look at the roots that grew from our wheatgrass and fill the little container with soil that they are growing in. We talked about how the other plants we have indoors and in the play yard have roots too, in the earth where we can't see them.
-We have some books about trees on our bookshelf including "Cheebook Dov"/Bear Hug, a story about a tree hugging bear in Hebrew. We also have "The Carrot Seed", "A Tree is Nice", "The Grand Old Tree", and more.
-We sang lots of Tu B'Shvat songs and songs about trees with Melita and during the week at mealtimes and circle time.
-We noticed that the Nevonim have planted many things in the garden out in the play yard.
-The children helped build a tree sculpture. We used our large branch that used to hang on the wall and other sticks, twigs and leaves we found outside.
-We then went upstairs to get stuffies from our storage, we found all of the toy animals that live in trees. The children are playing with the animals in our tree sculpture.
-We are playing with our new woodblocks made from beautifully polished pieces of wood and branches.
-On Tu B'Shvat, we looked at all kinds of wood. Wood blocks, wooden bowls, driftwood etc. We compared them and noticed that the bark looks different on different trees.
-Last week we germinated and sprouted sunflower seeds so that we could eat them ourselves and feed them to Rena. Rena chose not to eat the sunflower greens we offered her, maybe she doesn't like the way they smell. We cut the sunflower sprouts at the base near the soil, washed them and we ate them at snack time.
-This Wednesday, we went on a field trip to Strawberry Creek Park and to Ofra's community garden. We had Mimi, Eliana's mom and Becca, Oliver's mom join us. Todah Rabah/Thank you very much for your assistance. The children ate kale. parsley and lettuce.
-We observe the limonim/ lemons that Lauren brought into school from her lemon tree. Some where gigantic and some were very small.
-We are sprouting another round of wheatgrass for Rena to enjoy.

-Giant Legos in the play yard.

-We made and played with Ooblek.

-We are playing with our insect toys. There are many, many of them. We also have insect flashcards in the science area for us to learn and compare.

-Oliver's Savta/grandma Diana has come to spend Fridays with us in the kitah. She brought some books to share!

-We enjoyed a very special puppet show last week. Danielle the puppeteer showed us how his shadow puppets work and he told us three stories with his puppets.

-We had Nevonim visitors join us for play time outdoors and for lunch this week.

-We put together our brand new trampoline! The children practiced taking turns jumping on it.

Next week we will be able to tell you about the limonada/lemonade we are planning on making!
Shabbat Shalom,
Ofra and Vered

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