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, April 17, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
April 17, 2015
28 Nissan, 5775
 
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
 
We had a very pleasant, and busy week at school. Here is what we have been up to.
 
Yom ha'atzmaut/Israel's Independence day
 -We are reading books about Israel including "It's Israel's Birthday". The children were inspired by this book and they made a pretend plane and flew to Israel. They gathered chairs in the room and lined them up facing the same direction. One child said they have the map. We had copilots.
-we have hung the degel Israel/ Israeli flag in the kitah. One child suggested we hang it on the window. 
-we had a look at some of Ofra's photographs from Israel. We saw images of Jerusalem, the shuk/market and yam/beach in Tel Aviv.
-we are painting with blue, the same blue we see on the flag.
-We have been talking about we know both Hebrew and English and we are comparing words of objects in both languages. 
 
Tools: 
-The children have been playing with toy tools indoors and outdoors. We had a chance to look at the preschool's real tool bag. We compared some of the real tools with the toy ones to see how they are similar.
-The children used the wooden hammers and golf tees (nails) in play dough.
-The children helped Ofra hang a frame on the hallway. We found the hammer in the nails in our tool bag.
-The workbench was set up in the play yard this week.
-Shaving cream and foam blocks for building in the sensory table. 
 
Play yard activities throughout the week:
-soapy water in the sensory table and tools to blow bubbles.
-Yarn and scissors in the sensory table. 
-Sand and water in our little turtle shaped pool. 
-Feathers and pom-poms in the sensory table. 
-Fire trucks and the fire station. 
-Sink and float in the sensory table. 
-Tinker toys, Tumbling mat, Tools
- Tea cups and plates and babies at the table. 
and more!
 
-Some art this week: Marble paintings on Monday morning, Liquid paint with eye droppers onto coffee filters on Thursday.
 
-We enjoyed the company of Nevonim children out in the play yard the week. We shared the yard with them a couple of times. We had some Nevonim children join us for lunch.
-At circle time, we like to sing the aleph-bet. Vered brought Aleph-Bet cards with pictures of the letters that create an image to share with us. We have read a few books about sleep and most of the characters in the story are wearing Pajamas. We are preparing for pajama day next week.
 
Next week we look forward to celebrating Israel's birthday, pajama day, and a field trip to the park. 
 
Shabbat Shalom,
Ofra and Vered

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hashavua ~ Nevonim

17 April, 2015 ~ Nisan 28, Omer 13

Hello, all, and welcome back!
 
   This week we have begun learning about Israel, in preparation for Yom Ha'Atzma'ut/Israel Independence Day. We're beginning to learn about Israel's many features and we will be celebrating her birthday! We have made a good start on our Israel "museum," which will stay up for another week. Thanks for your lovely contributions to our exhibit!
   We were also visited by Matt from from JNF, the Jewish National Fund/Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael, which plants trees in Israel and reclaims water, among other projects.We donated some tzedakah to JNF and have enough to plant a tree! We "traveled" to Israel, made passports and stamped them, built a Kotel/Western Wall, and made Israeli flags. We did salt art, after learning about Yam HaMelach, the Dead Sea.
 
Other highlights:
  • A green caterpillar visited our garden!
  • Picture day with Roots & Shoots
  • New words: flag/degel. Caterpillar/zachal.
  •  Beading!

Reminder: Field trip Wednesday to Lawrence Hall of Science
   

Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach!
 
Ruth, Judy, and Inbal

Friday, April 3, 2015

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Hashavuah
April 3, 2015
21 Nissan, 5775

Shalom Nachshonim families!

We did a lot of activities this week related to the upcoming chag/holiday of Pesach. Including lots of reading and storytelling and lots of songs. Here are the highlights of our week. 
 
-Colin spent Monday with the Nevonim when Ofra was out. He brought his mandolin his guitar and picks.
 
-The children helped make documentation boards this week. One with images of the kids at the park. They helped by making a collage for the background. The other is a documentation board about Purim and we asked the children to share some thoughts for us to write next to the pictures. 

Play yard activities:
-outside we did some spring cleaning. We washed dishes and cars.
-We also played soccer 
- Pretended to go camping.
- Cars and the giant cardboard tube as a ramp. 
- Ice with flowers inside in the sensory table. 
- Lots of ooblek in the sensory table on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

- On Thursday, we took a field trip to Strawberry Creek Park. We met Sake the dog again! We also met Ofra's neighbor, Gary who was walking his dogs as well and playing his violin. His friendly dogs let us pet them. 

Pesach activities:
-We cleaned the Kitah of chametz this week. We cleared off all the shelves and wiped them all down. We swept and we wiped down the chairs.
-On Wednesday we made a nut free charoset for the children to take home. It is kosher for Passover. 
-On Thursday, we dipped parsley in salt water  just as we do at the Pesach Seder. We talked about the meaning of this and we mentioned that the tears that the Israelites shed were salty, and so are ours. 

-On Friday, there was a small amount of children at school. We shared the yard with the Nevonim and we enjoyed having a picnic with them out in the play yard for lunchtime.

-We did not eat challah bread at our pretend Shabbat this week because Shabbat is also the first day of Passover.

May you all have a pleasant holiday and we look forward to hearing about your time off when we see your children again after we return. 

Shabbat shalom v'chag smeach!
Ofra and Vered