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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavuah - Nachshonim
December 18th, 2015 - Tevet 6th, 5776
Highlights from our week:

* We started our week with a continuation of Chanuka, we carried on lighting candles

* Shiloh turned 3!!! We celebrated her birthday by making a play dough cake and singing birthday songs.  Shiloh brought Popsicles (made with real fruit) for everyone and sticker.  After the birthday party we made art with the stickers

* We got messy playing with Oobleck, finger painting, and water colors

* @ the sensory table we played with: Leaves, bubble wrap, Elephants and sawdust and orange bubble water

* We’ve had Rina helping us in our Kitah since Anna went to Israel on Tuesday

* We’ve experimented with magnets and watch them bounce when they repel

* We love dance parties.  We’ve been listening to the Animal Action song and the Freeze song and been dancing and giggling

* Our new friend Lilah has been visiting our Kitah this week.  She’ll be joining us when we get back from winter break.
I ‘aint gonna paint no more
C is for curious
Deep blue sea
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly

We’d like to wish you restful, rejuvenating break (yeah, right)  Anyway, wishing you well on your winter break.  May your homes be blessed with health, happiness and love,

Anna and Vered

Thursday, December 17, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavuah - Nachshonim
December 13th, 2015 - Tevet 1st, 5776

Highlights from our week:

* We joined the Nevonim and Menachem for Havdalah and Hannukah song and dance.  It was especially exciting because Menachem was followed by a camera and a film crew.

* We made art using black paper and white paint, white crayons and white pencils (discussing Dark and Light, אור וחושך)  

* We’ve played with kinetic Sand

* At our sensory table we used squeezable soap bottles with sponges and dishes

* We’ve observed and compared candles

* We cooked Latkes (לביבות) all by ourselves and ate them for snack

* At the social hall we’ve played with cardboard boxes, sea shells, balance beam and dreidels (סביבונים)

* We’ve been enjoying the rain and the mud it creates.  We played with pots and pans pretending to cook a lot this week.

Baby Beluga
Polo and the Dragon
The Hannukah Mice
Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel
Once there was a boy who didn’t want to sleep alone (hebrew)

We hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and you’ve enjoyed lighting the last Candle of Chanukah - We have been lighting the Chanukia every day during our lunch

Monday, December 7, 2015

Opeining in January!

Netivot Shalom Preschool has opening for 3- and 4-year-olds coming available this January 2016! If you, or someone you know, is moving to town or making a change in your current child care situation, I'd love to show you around! Please contact me at or 510-549-9447 ext 110 with questions or to arrange a tour.

Chag Sameach!

Lauren Kindorf

HaShavuah ~ Nachshonim

HaShvuayim - Nachshonim
December 6th, 2015 - Kislev 24, 5776

Highlights from our two weeks:
The morning before Thanksgiving we spent with the Nevonim, combining both classes.

We played with gyro-wheels and dreidels, we looked and talked about the different letters that are written on them.

We talked about the miracle of Chanukah and the small jug of oil (kad katan)

We’ve compared different kind of candles (Havdalah, Shabbat, Wick + Oil, Chanukah)

We played memory game with Chanukah related objects 

We sang with Menachem

Sang and danced with Melita

Created art using Q-Tips  
Gluing feathers and pom poms on egg cartons
We painted a cardboard and turned it into a Chanukiah (Menorah)
We glued colored papers and made candles for our Chanukiah

Sensory play/Fine motor
Made playdough and learned about hot/cold
Sticky Foam and Zebras
Played with modeling Sand
Cutting yarn with scissors  

Baby Beluga
Tires Cham (hot corn)
Polo and the Dragon
10 Little Lady Bugs
Maisy dresses up
Maisy’s morning on the Farm
Fire Truck Book
Bark George

Baby Beluga 
Kad Katan (little jug)
Ner Li (a candle for me)
Sevivon sov sov sov (Driedle, turn, turn, turn)
Chanukiah Li Yesh (I have a Menorah)
I’ve been working on the railroad

Chag Sameach - Happy First Candle of Chanukah
Anna and Vered

P.S. - I would like to thank everyone that supported me while I was healing.  Thank you to the wonderful subs that assisted Anna in the classroom and thank you to the parents that have extended themselves to me and off course to the rest of the faculty.  I feel grateful to be part of this great community. Vered

Friday, December 4, 2015

HaShavuah ~ Nevonim

Hello, all! Here are some of the highlights from last 2 weeks:
The whole morning on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was spent with the Nachshonim, combining both classes.
How does corn become cornbread? We made and ate cornbread, and talked about the things for which we are thankful.
ABC bingo was enjoyed by many children.
Nature collages were made out of natural materials.
Kids talked about rock and roll, and listened to a Chuck Berry CD, then used blocks as guitars to play and dance!
So much fun to play in the rain--hooray for rain!
Chummus! We made it from garbanzo beans and ate it-yum.
How does a candle melt? We made art from wax drippings.
Antiochus the king and Judah Maccabbee
Nerot--we had fun practicing setting up the chanukiyah
Under our chanukiyah curtain there are shows being staged.
Kids are singing and dancing to Chanuka music with Melita
And of course, spinning sevivonim!
Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach, and Chag Urim Samayach!
Happy Festival of Lights
Judy, Ofra, and Ruth