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, October 30, 2015

Hashavuayim ~ Nachshonim

HaShvuayim ~ Nachshonim 
October 30, 2015 ~ Cheshavan 17, 5776

Highlights from our busy two weeks:

Developing our fine motor skills: colored pom poms, grabbers and egg cartons. Making art using droppers on coffee filters with liquid paint.  Colored pegs and boards sorting, placing inside holes. 

Made music. @ the sensory table using wooden spoons, metal bowls and water. 

Shiloh's parents bought us a butterfly's habitat, books and soon to come caterpillars. It prompted many conversations, stories and even circle time discussing the butterfly life cycle. 

Judith came to spend a couple of days with us. Our favorite song that she sings is "Mr. Crocodile, you can't catch me". 

We made dots using corks and paint. 

Strawberry Creek Park, so much fun. Thank you to Nicole (Ella's mom) and Ken (Sarah's dad) for holding our hands and joining us on our trip. 

Rabbi Menachem comes every Wednesday to sing with us. 

We got to use our yard for the first time last week. This week we got a whole bunch of new toys to play with outside.  We often get to enjoy our Nevonim friends when we go outside. The also let us play in their kitah. 

Last week when Melita came she taught us some songs in Spanish. This week we sang a lot about spiders. 

This Monday our friend Yossi joined our Kitah. Welcome friend!

More sensory play outside:  Oobleck was so messy and so much fun. Washed babies. Played with sawdust. 

On Fridays we made our Challah and joined our community in singing and celebrating (pretend) Shabbat. 

Enjoy your weekend

Shabbat Shalom,

Anna, Judith and Vered

HaShavuah ~ Nevonim

HaShavuah ~ Nevonim
October 30, 2015 ~ Cheshavan 17, 5776
Here are some highlights from this week with the Nevonim:
While exploring parashat vaYera we ...
  • turned our Sukkah into Avraham and Sarah's tent
  • welcomed in our friends and played in the tent
  • made pancakes, reminding us of Sarah's cakes for their visitors
We traveled through the desert and
  • made animal footprints using toys and paint
  • saw our own footprints in the sand pit!
Outdoors we ...
  • shared the play yard with the Nachshonim class
  • played with washed babies, and ooblek and sawdust in the sensory table
  • used trikes and trucks on the ramp
In new explorations we...
  • investigated mezuzot and the klafim that is inside
  • took a walk around the shul to see how many and the different styles of  Mezuzot we could find 
A special Mazal Tov to big sister Elia and her family on the birth of their new baby girl and Matthew welcomed a new cousin!
Shabbat shalom Umevorach!
 Ruth, Ofra and Judy

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hashavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavuah - Nachshonim
October 18th, 2015 - 5th of Cheshvan, 5776 
Highlights from our full week of school:
* We are reading about Noah’s Arc
* Look for our Salad Spinner Art
* We went fishing at our sensory table
* Books we read: Hallo, Hallo, Abba (hello, Hello, Daddy), Toosikim (behinds), Hallo, Hallo, Ima (Hello, Hello, Mommy) and many more
* We made our first batch of playdough
* Ofra brought her dehydrator - we cut Strawberries and Bananas and put them in
* Welcome back to Viola
* Pot Pourri at the sensory table - sweet smells!
* Menachem came to sing songs with us
* We played with colored shaving cream at the sensory table
* We are learning about using words to have our needs met and to share our toys and space
* On Friday we made challahs and pushed the “Tzimukim” (raisins) deep inside
Please label all clothes and food containers, basically anything that you send to school and would like to make sure it goes back home. It also helps the staff and substitutes, and furthers your child's success is self-help skills (and reading their own name)!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend,
Looking forward to another wonderful week with your kids,
Anna and Vered

Monday, October 12, 2015

HaShavuyim - Nachshonim

HaShvuayim - Nachshonim
October 11th, 2015 - Tishrei 28, 5776

Highlights from our two short but busy weeks:

* Painted with Q-tips
* Keeping up with our healthy and safety - we learned how to sneeze in our sleeve
* Running and singing outside in the Geshem (rain)
* Using teddy bears in different colors and sizes we practice math.  Sorting, matching and counting.
* At circle time Vered brought out a magic bag - we played a memory game
* We sang some Sukkoth songs (patish master)
* Hammered pegs into styrofoam 
* We went for a very long Sukkah Stroll on our field trip and visited two Sukkoth.  We had snack at Judy’s Sukkah.  Thank you Edona for holding our hands
* As usual on Thursday Melita came to sing with us
* Off course both Friday we make our Challah’s 
* We played with Autumn leaves in the sensory table
* We made special painting with bouncy porcepine balls
* Played basket ball outside

We hope your weekend has been relaxing

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for a full week of school

Anna and Vered

Friday, October 9, 2015

HaShavua ~ Nevonim
October 9, 2015 ~ Tishrei 26, 5776

Hello, all! In this short week we marked both Simchat Torah and beginning the Torah again.
To celebrate we:
  • explored mini-Torahs and how to roll and unroll them
  • took a Torah tour of the shul. We found 4 real Torah scrolls!
  • had a Torah parade and joyfully sang "sisu v'simchu!"
  • Ohr/Choshech - light and dark: we made art with black and white mixed media--pencils, pastels, crayons, and chalk. The children cut paper into snips that were then used in collages.
We also:
  • drilled holes with hand drills in a stump of a wood from the yard
  • created ephemeral art with natural materials on felt circles, and
  • discussed safety with our bodies and our toys, remembering that saliva is for inside our mouths
Shabbat Shalom umevorach!
Judy, Ruth and Ofra

Thursday, October 1, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshohim

HaShavua - Nachshonim
September 26, 2015 - Tishrei 13, 5776
Wonderful week full of holidays and play

Highlights from our week:
We continued to work on our community art, we added some colored paper with glue and more paint. You can see it hanging to your right when you walk in to our Kitah.
We celebrated Eliana’s birthday with treats that Brenna (Eliana’s mom) brought.  Eliana is now two and integrated quickly into our kitah.
We played with box cars and ramps outside.
We looked at the shofar, observing it’s size and texture and compared it to a toy Shofar.
We talked about Yom Kipur  - .. that it’s a great time to think about the people around us and to contemplate if we treat them the best that we can.
We enjoyed finger painting (very much)
We brought the boat/steps for extra movement inside our kitah.
We talked about Sukkot, read books and sang “Patish, Masmer”.  We also used our tools to build a pretend sukkah and went outside to watch the real sukkah getting built.

Metlita came with her guitar and we sang song, danced and heard the story of the ’Napping House’ 

We have started measuring how tall we are

We played outside with shredded paper 

And of course finished our week making Challah’s and enjoying time together with our community at pretend Shabbat.

Chag Sameach - Happy Sukkot
Anna and Vered