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, 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

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hashavuah - Nachshonim

May 10, 2015
21 Iyar, 5775
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We had a very eventful week, including the chag of Lag B'Omer. Here are the highlights of what occurred at school this week.
-We continued our communal painting that we started the previous week. Paint, and then collaging with paper, yarn and glue. 
-At circle time, we did havdallah together. We talked about many different things that can be used as besamim.

-Tuesday morning we started our day by smelling different kinds of things like cinnamon, cloves, oregano, rosemary and fennel. We put them in empty salt shakers for us to use in the science area.
-outside in the sensory table we had squeeze bottles with soapy water.
-Melita and Menachem both came to sing with us this week.
-We had Ooblek in the sensory table for most of the week.
-The tent was set up outside in the play yard. Preparing for Lag B'Omer, we moved the tent inside and we pretended to have a bonfire. 

-On Wednesday, we had Elana, Etai's mom and Becca, Oliver's mom, join us on the field trip to strawberry Creek Park and Ofra's community garden. We saw bees, flowers and food. We ate kale and nibbled on parsley.-on our field trip to the garden, we collected some lemon thyme and we made tea upon our return to drink at lunchtime. We talked about the besamim we were smelling the day before and how the lemon thyme can also be used as besamim for havdallah.
-On Lag B'Omer, we ate baked potatoes at snack. We pretended to roast marshmallows made out of sticky foam in our pretend bonfire.
-We decided to eat lunch outside on Lag B;Omer. We were happy to discover that the Nevonim had built a pretend bonfire in the play yard. We ate around it.
-on Thursday we hung our communal piece of art. We spent three mornings working on it together. 
-we shared the play yard with the Nevonim on Friday

-ping-pong balls in the play yard.
-we prepared a little something for all the Emahs for the holiday of Mother's Day.
We look forward to another week of exploration and play.
Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Vered

Friday, May 8, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavua ~ Nevonim
May 8, 2015 ~ Iyar 19, 5775
Omer 34

What a week to play and grow
From chilly to sunny, but rain? Sadly, no.
Here is what kept us busy each day, 
We learn so much when we play:

Omer counting, 7 in a group
We counted blocks and stalks, and weeks--
whoop whoop!

Learning about Rabbi Akiva, who taught
That sharing and kindness is what we ought
To do each day, not just Lag ba'Omer
But every time we have an encounter.
Making it "count" is what's chashoov*
We need to be friendly to stay in the groove.

We went to the park, we ate roast potatoes
We strung beads and bracelets for fingers and toes.
And todah rabah to Abahs Yoav and Brett
who joined us at the park inspite of the threat they would get wet.

Watercolor, ooblek, attaching string to paper
Watching a green butterfly -or moth?- at its caper.

Notice below, our "Spotlight on Lunch"***
We bring healthy foods, we grow a bunch.

Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
Have a wonderful weekend and then a gutvoch!**
Judy, Ruth, and Inbal
"​*Hebrew for "important
**Yiddish for "a good week"
***Send us your top 5 for our updated parent handbook!
Photos to follow!

Monday, May 4, 2015

HaShavua'im - Nachshonim

Hashvua'im/ The two weeks
May 4, 2015
15 Iyar, 5775
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
We have not had a chance to fill you in on what we have been up to the last couple of weeks. Here are the highlights of what took place at school.
A couple weeks ago
Yom Ha'atzmaut:
-Out in the play yard the children were able to make a Degel Israel/ Isrealli flag. We then took them indoors and they are now hanging on the wall in the back of the room.
-As we explored and learned about Israel, we made hummus on Monday morning to eat the following day at snack time. The Nevonim made the Israeli salad we ate with it.
-We extended our art project from the previous week and the children drew with oil pastels on top of their acrylic paintings in blue and white, inspired by the degel Israel.
-We did a group of art project with various blue materials.
-We looked at real images of Israel in a book we have on the shelf and photographs that Ofra brought in to share.
-Havdallah on Monday at circle time!
-It's Israel's birthday! On Yom Ha'atzmaut, the children played with play dough and craft sticks in the morning and some of us made birthday cakes.
-At lunchtime, we made a pretend cake and lit a candle for Israel. Colin played his mandolin for us as we sang happy birthday and Yom Huledet Sameach in Hebrew.
-Pajama day on Wednesday. The children spent the morning with blankets and pillows and were very engaged with the flashlights. We read a lot of books about sleep and we sang nighttime songs.
-On Thursday, we went on a field trip to strawberry Creek Park. We saw Sake the dog again! His owner, Alan, let us throw Sake's Frisbee.
-We baked challah and decorated our challah bags out in the play yard. 
-Cacao mulch in the sensory table. 
Last week
- On Friday, we celebrated Elia's 3rd Birthday. We celebrated with a special snack of delicious berries. Mazal Tov Elia!
Beach Day on Thursday:
-On Monday, the children played in our turtle pool full of water. We were inspired and we decided to have beach day on Thursday.
-As we talk about beach day and the ocean. We explore how we can use water for watercolor paintings.
-On beach day, the children got wet! They dipped their heads in the water and laid out on beachtowels.
-We had a close look at several seashells and driftwood that were found on the beach.
-We have been reading many books about the beach and the ocean. We have looked at many books that have see creatures and as we explore further. 
On Tuesday, the kids played with kinetic sand.
-Beads and pipe cleaners. The children made bracelets.
-There was a large collection of sticks in the play yard. There was also the pop up tent in the corner of the yard. The kids piled the sticks next to the tent and called it a campfire.
-On Friday, we started a large communal piece of art that we will continue to work on before we hang it on the wall.
-Vered and Ofra enjoyed spending a bit of time with adults. Thank you all for taking time to meet with us on conference day. 
More to come!
Shavuah tov,
Ofra and Vered

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hashavua ~ Nevonim

1 May, 2015 ~ Iyar 12, Omer 27

​This was a very full week, as we extended our interest in and exploration of animal homes from last week:
  • We looked at birds nests closely,
  • We searched for animals and their homes in our neighborhood and found:
  • a spider web,
  • a cocoon,
  • a bee,
  • an ant,
  • a beetle, 
  • a spider,
  • and a fly.
We examined sea animal dwellings! 
ew words: ​Yahm-sea. Shablul -slug. Tzadaf - shell.​
​     ​
We built bird feeders.
​ This involved designing and creating, and Nevonim came up with 5 separate ways of creating these feeders!​
​     ​
As we continue to appreciate the outdoors and the warm weather, w
e drew our yard ideas for
​our new outdoor classroom!
​We also engaged in ​w
ater and mud play
​ with lots of splashing.​
​We also ​
learned about
​the mitzvah 
in the Torah portion of Kedoshim
​ of making sure that people who are blind are safe. We looked at Judy's supplies from when she taught the blind, including a long white cane, special glasses, a blindfold, and photos from her training.​
​We heard stories about people who use these canes to walk and be safe.
​Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach!
Judy, Ruth, and Inbal​