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, March 27, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

March 27, 2015
7 Nissan, 5775

Shalom Nachshonim Families,
Please excuse my delay in getting this important information to you. I have not been able to send Hashavuah the last two Fridays. So I will fill you in, starting a few weeks ago.

Week of March 9-13
- We celebrated Eliana's 3rd birthday. We ate a special birthday snack that she brought in to share with us. Mazal Tov Eliana! -We celebrated in Nadav's birthday on Friday. We ate a special snack that he brought in to share with us. Mazal Tov Nadav!
-Melita came to sing with us on Tuesday and Menachem came to sing with us on Wednesday
-The children are making rainbows on the ceiling by reflecting sunlight off of the CDs we have in the science area. 
-The magna tiles have been in our kitah and the children have been building with them. 
-On Wednesday, we cooked pancakes. The children got interested in the spatula that Vered was using and we went to the kitchen and found many spatulas. We brought them into the kitah and the kids got to play with them. 
-We continue to hang the artwork on the wall.-We played with shaving foam on our tables. 
-We brought in some tulips we found in the social home leftover from a bat mitzvah.
-We are talking about how we can take care of our play yard by making sure we keep sensory read materials in the sensory table.
-We took a field trip to Strawberry Creek Park and to the community garden. The children nibbled on some greens and help Ofra water the garden her plot. Thank you so after Savta Malka, Savta Mali, and Saba Dani for your assistance!
-Play yard activities. 
     Blue water and seashells in the sensory table. 
      Bristle blocks. 
      Painting in the play yard. 
      Lots of shredded paper in the sensory table!
      Balance beam. 

Week of March 16-20
-We celebrated Oliver's 3rd birthday last week with a special snack. Mazal Tov Oliver!
-Social hall play in the morning with corks from wine bottles. And of course the plastic chairs that are always in the social are always lots of fun. 
-A child came to school with a tool belt on, we decided take our tool bag down and observe the tools inside.
-We enjoyed Judith's company this week as she subbed for Vered while she was away in LA.
-play dough and scissors. 
Keshet/ Rainbow explorations continue. 
    Continuing to play with our CDs and creating rainbows on the ceiling. 
     We sang songs about rainbows at circle time with picture cards.       we made a rainbow by putting liquid paint in glass jars in the order of the color spectrum.
      Before putting it on the windowsill, we took colorful blocks from our basket and sorted them by color according to the colors in the                jars. 
-singing with Melita and Menachem. 
-we made smoothies for snack out of fruit and juice. We got to learn about how the blender works. We talked about how we the blades are Chadim/Sharp and we can only put the food inside. 
-We are reading books about Pesach including "Miriam and Her Brother Moses", which describes the story of baby Moses and he became an Egyptian Prince.  Also "My 1st Passover Board Book" that very simply describes the story and the rituals of Pesach. 
-The children have been playing with cleaning supplies that came from the Pesach materials box. We talked about Chametz and how we clean our house of certain foods before Pesach. 
-We added water to the shredded paper that we played with last week in the play yard. We played with the wet paper in the sensory table all week long. 

This Week!
We had a chance to taste matza at snack time.. We have talking been continue to talk about Chametz and the foods we do not eat during Pesach.
-we talked about how people clean their house at pics of time to remove all of the Chametz, every last crumb. We have dusters and dust pans in the kitah and we plan to clean the kitah of Chametz next week.
-Some Pesach books we have been enjoying are "Where is the Afikomen", "Company's Coming", and "My First Passover" by Tomi De'Paolo. 
-We have two afikomen covers in the kitah, with pretend matza inside (cardboard). We have been hiding and seeking this afikomen.
-The children have been building with our cardboard bricks. The children remembered that in the story of "Miriam and her Brother Moses", they are pictured as brick makers. 
-We made and drank lemonade with lemons from Lauren's tree.
-We took a field trip to Berkeley Way Mini Park on Wednesday. Todah Emah Elana for joining us.
-We played with colorful foam paint on the table.
Thanks for reading!
Shabbat Shalom,
Ofra and Vered 

HaShavuah - Nevonim


27 March, 2015 ~ 7 Nisan, 5775​

Pesach Projects proliferated this week!
  • K
    s Pesach
    ​decorated ​
    ​They can be used for Kos Eliyahu/Elijah's cup or Kos Miryam/Miriam's cup. NOTE: Handwash, and only on the inside.
  • ​Torn paper 
    ​about the Y
    ​/Sea of Reeds​
    ​ and the Jewish people walking through it on dry land​
  • We practiced cleaning for Pesach! 
  • We made M
    za Pizza! 
  • Using cloth, fabric paint and batting we made pillows for reclining
    mesubin at our Seders. 
  • ​We practiced the Four Questions and learned a special song about the order of the Seder with hand motions.​
  • ​We made paper and ​s
    ock puppets for Pesach. 
  • ​We made paper Seder plates.​
  • We were
    ​ avadim/​
     and made
      without straw. 
  • We read
    ​The M​
    in the
    ​, one of Ruth's favorite books
  • We made
    Pesach book using our own easel paintings.
  •  In book club, we read the
    ale from Algeria.
  • We made paper and bricks from slurry. 

In the garden ...
  • We transplanted corn
  • We picked
     and pea shoots
    ​ and pods, and ate a salad!​
  • We made lemonade from the GIANT lemons from Lauren's house.
In the community ... 
  • We visited the library for stories with Nora and went to Berkeley Way Mini Park.
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach!
Judy, Ruth, and Inbal

Friday, March 20, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

20 March, 2015 ~ 29 Adar, 5775
Hello, all. Here are some highlights of our week ...
As we think ahead to Peach ...
  • We made bag puppets of Pesach characters! 
  • We have been singing the Ma Nishtana
  • We have been learning the order of the Seder with hand motions, and acting out the story of Baby Moshe.
  • Making Haggadot has been exciting 
  • Nile mosaics have been created with rocks, reeds/yarn and blue glue! 
  • Matz brei, and even baking our own matzah in under 18 minutes!
  • What happens when you pour colored sand in layers into jars? 
In the garden ...
  • Some Nevonim chose to spend time outdoors and eat lunch with the Nachshonim class.
  • Planting Truffula seeds-what will sprout?
  • We made a salad out of the greens we are growing.
In the kitah ...
  • We have been talking about and demonstrating flexibility
  • We made goop out of glue water and borax-- fun! It looked like clouds in a blue sky.
  •  We are continuing to Challa-it-Forward by making challah for community friends and neighbors.
This Shabbat is a 3-Torah Shabbat as we mark
Rosh Chodesh and the approach of Pesach.
Shabbat Shalom!
Judy, Ruth and Inbal

Monday, March 16, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

March 12, 2015 ~ Adar 22, 5775
     What a week in the kitah and out! It began with the exciting news: Anna had a tinoket/baby girl! We made a card today that said mazal tov/congratulations, and drew pictures of Anna both pregnant and nursing and eating ice cream with her daughter.
     Spring has sprung!  We planted kale, corn, pea, cucumber, and squash zera'im/seeds. We figured out how to set up a "root view" to watch seeds grow roots/shorashim. We made flower/prachim art of all kinds, using tulip petals and paint. Come pet our chia cat and see our adzuki beans sprouting!
   We did beading work in the afternoon. In book club, we read a book about becoming a big brother! We also read a Passover chapter in Danny Loves a Holiday.  We started reading books about Pesach - Passover. 
     In small groups we are talking about trees we liked. We drew them as well, observing the olive trees in front of the Beit Knesset/synagogue.

Shabbat Shalom u'mevorach,
Judy, Ruth and Inbal

Monday, March 9, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

March 8, 2015
17 Adar, 5775
Shalom Nachshonim Families!
We had a very fun week of learning and exploring. We prepared for and celebrated Purim this week. Here are the highlights of what occurred at school.
Purim activities:
-we painted wooden boxes to make Ra'ashanim/groggers.
-we put beans in our groggers. The children used them during the week at circle time. Ofra did a Purim puppet show at circle time and the children made lots of ra'ash/noise when we heard Haman's name. 
-we baked Oznei Haman/Hamentaschen cookies. Oznei Haman in Hebrew translates to Haman's ears.

-We went on a parade parade on Thursday morning with the Nevonim and some family members who joined us. We were invited to visit the Shu Ren preschool across the street and we shared songs with each other.
-Menachem came to sing Purim songs with the children outside in the play yard
-we took the hamantaschen we baked and we we made Mishloach Manot to take home.
-many of the children made crowns this week by taping two sheets of paper together.
Outdoor activites:
The children played and built with cardboard boxes out in the play yard.
-The children played with the river rocks.
- eucalyptus pods in the sensory table
-The rocking boat 
-blue water in the sensory table.
- After spending two weeks with the Nevonim children while Judy was away, Ofra was happy to return to the Nachshonim kitah with her friends. 
- Some of the children who arrive early had a chance to look at a book that Judy brought from Israel about transportation vehicles.
-The chidren have been using pens in the art area. 
- We hung some new art on the wall.
-Oliver's Savta/grandma spent a morning with us at school and assisted in the kitah.
We looking forward to seeing you and your children this coming week.
Shavuah Tov
Ofra and Vered

Friday, March 6, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shushan Purim, 15 Adar, 5775 ~ 6 March, 2015

We celebrated Purim all week in the kitah. It was a fun-filled, hands-on, sensory experience. Here are some highlights:

Parading in costume
Up and down we jump in our excitement!
Reading the Megillah with Menachem
I am a cat. Now I am a lion! Now I am Queen Esther!
Making hamentaschen with Ruth
Interesting to learn about about the laws and customs 
Singing at Shu-Ren, our preschool friends across the street

Fabric for the Shushan Palace!
Unusual graggers to look at and try out

Shabbat Shalom!
Judy, Ruth and Inbal