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, November 16, 2015

Accepting Applications for Fall 2016! Join Us!

Netivot Shalom Preschool in Berkeley is now accepting applications for Fall 2016! We serve all children ages 2 (before September 1) through Pre-Kindergarten!

Our program, both indoors and out, offers an emergent, project-based approach to learning in which the children are encouraged to interact with their peers, the staff and their environment as is relevant to their individual development and interests. Our daily program weaves in Jewish life and practice with a focus on the Hebrew language.

Our recently renovated outdoor area has expanded the children's play space allowing for many more activity options. The natural setting encourages open-ended exploration and gives the children control over their environment and what happens in it day to day. Imaginations are free to roam through this sensory-rich play space!

Please contact Lauren at for more information or to arrange a tour. We'd love to have you visit!

Friday, November 13, 2015

HaShavuah ~ Nachshonim

1 kislev, 5776 
November 13, 2015

Here's a taste of what we did in the last couple of weeks:

We joined our Nevonim friends for Havdalah on Monday
We strung beads on pipe cleaners and glued colorful piece of paper, working on our fine motor skills
We glued fallen leaves and talked about autumn
We played with ooblek- what a wonderful sensory experience
We had dinosaurs hiding in the hay in our sensory table outside. on another day we had small cats and dogs hiding in sawdust bedding- they were fun to dig out!
We made pancakes, experimenting with measuring, mixing and counting
We played in the social hall when it rained
We enjoy showing off what we can do when we play "Scooby Doo"
We had lots of dance parties, with hit songs like: Dance around and jump around, The freeze song, and Animal action

We also had our parent-teacher conferences this week. The parents got to hear a little about their kids and how they enjoy the school, and the teachers got to talk to grown ups for a whole day! It was a pleasure hearing all the interesting thoughts, notions and ideas that came up from the conversations with the parents. We thank you for trusting us with your most important persons

We have been reading a lot of books in Hebrew and English, sometimes even reading the English books in Hebrew and the other way around. These are some of the books we read:
Pete the Cat
Shira nosa'at ha'ira (Shira going to town)
Driving my Tractor
Press Here
I Can Help
Thank You Bear
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
The Deep Blue Sea
Bark, George
I Went Walking

We had many guests lately. Last week Judith the sub came to hang out with us, and we also had Colin over, and he played his Mandolin for us. This week Ruth, our beloved Nevonim teacher, was with us. The reason for all those visits is that our teacher Vered got hurt and needs to rest.
Although we like having guests, we miss Vered very much and wish her Refuah Shlema! (Good health)!

Shabat Shalom, Everyone

Thursday, November 12, 2015

HaShavuah ~ Nevonim

HaShavua -Nevonim
November 13, 2015 ~ Kislev 1, 5776
Rosh Chodesh/New Moon!
Chodesh tov! Here are some highlights of our week:
While learning about parashat Toldot ...
  • We made lentil soup
  • We talked about siblings  who were  not getting along and how important it is to love our family.
  • We noticed that we have two sets of twins in our preschool, just like the brothers in this week's parashat ... except they get along better!
Outside we ...
  • We played in the geshem/rain!
  • We continue to love playing in our yard with the Nachshonim!
  •  We observed our wooden decorations hanging in the yard.
Our visitors included ...
  • Kaila, a preschool alum, and her ima.
  • We jumped and danced with Melita. 
Continuing our exploration of mezuzot ...
  • We now have corks for the mezuzah batim/cases we made.
  • We are discussing the next step of making "klafim" (inserts).
 In this season of harvest ...
  • We removed kernels from dried corn from the cob and ground it with a mortar and pestle. 
  • The children suggested making cornbread...(more on this next week)!
Other activities included ...
  • We reminded each other how to take care of our toys.
  • We beaded with pipe cleaners and beads.
  • We are enjoying library books that Ruth brings. This week featured two by Polly Dunbar. 
Shabbat Shalom u'mevorach!
Ruth, Ofra and Judy

Monday, November 9, 2015

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua - Nevonim
24 Cheshvan, 5776 - 6 November, 2015

Hello, all! Here are some highlights of this week, as we enjoy this beautiful autumn weather:
  • We played with old CD's in the kitah, noticing that they reflect sunlight and create a keshet/rainbow on our ceiling!
  • We sang "Doda Tova" in Hebrew, a song about Aunt Tova and her magical, sprouting hat!
  • We learned about and investigated mezuzot up close, seeing how the cases contain a klaf/parchment with the Shema written on it
  • We are compiling our own mezuzah prayers and wishes for our play space
  • Judy showed us her tefilin, which mention the mitzvah of the mezuzah in the V'Ahavta prayer
  • We sculpted mezuzah cases (batim) to take home out of Model Magic and then painted them. Next week we will add our own personal klafim/parchments. We also worked on one together, that we will hang on the playhouse outside! 
  • We washed baby dolls with soapy water in the sensory table
  • We played with sawdust and also made mud!
  • We enjoyed our "outside" pots and pans in the play yard, making many sand cakes
  • Judy shared a poster about Rivka from this week's parsh of Chayei Sarah, and how she showed great kindness to people and animals
  • Menachem visited and retold the Rivka story
  • We have been reading books about new siblings
  • We observed and harvested heirloom corn kernels. We will explore more about corn next week.
Shabbat Shalom Umevorach!
Judy, Ofra, and Ruth