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.

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

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