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

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