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, January 29, 2016

Hashavuah - Nevonim

Back to the Earth for Tu B'Shvat ....
Nevatim/sprouts! We soaked and sprouted alfalfa, sunflower, and lentil seeds in a jar. They grow fast, and taste delicious. Some we ate and some we will plant in soil.

We celebrated Tu B'Shvat with a Seder on our deck, enjoying some of the Shiv'at haMinim/7 Species of the Land of Israel, and some local produce like citrus and avocado.

Worm composting is back! After a hiatus, we got our worm bin up and running will all kinds of bedding and 1 pound of red wigglers. How exciting to see them tunnel. We feed them our scraps and will use the castings in our garden. Our new earthworm friends are called shilshulim in Hebrew.

The children expressed their best wishes to Asher in a card. He will be moving to Santa Fe. We will miss you, Asher!
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach!
Judy, Ofra, and Ruth

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

HaShavuayim - Nachshonim

HaShvuayim - Nachshonim
January 25th, 2016 - Sh'vat 15th, 5776

Happy Tu Bish'vat to all of you.

Highlights from our last two weeks:

*  We made snakes from playdaugh and cut them using scissors 

*  we made fruit salad cutting apples, bananas and tangerines. We ate it for snack

*  we painted a communal painting using cars, trucks and a helicopter dipped in paint. It's now hanging on our wall. 
At the sensory table we played with:
- rocks and corks (sink or float)
- clay
- sawdust and forest animals
- metal bowls floating in water each containing different color water and wooden spoons (making music)

Outside we jumped in puddles and got very wet. 

In the social hall we played with the big train set and had a dance party with scarves. 

Some of the books we're reading:
When Sophie gets angry
Where is teddy
Tu Bish'vat
Zera shel tznonnit (radish's seed)
Doda Tova (aunt Tova)
Eliezer ve hagezer (eliezer and the carrot)
The carrot seed

We also were sowing parsley seeds and continued to water our wheat grass which by now has grown so much and today has gone home for Tu Bish'vat. 

May you have a wonderful evening celebrating the birthday of the trees. 

Anna and Vered

Friday, January 15, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Hello All,
As we returned from break the children were excited to share the joys of staying home, going on excursions to Israel, to museums and amusement parks, and to visit relatives. Some engaged in wintry fun like skiing, snowboarding, making and throwing snowballs, and ice skating.
  • Orly and Nili welcomed a new baby sister -- Mazal Tov!  
  • Nadav was welcomed into the Nevonim kitah and Sarah joined in with the Nachshohim class.
  • Colin spent 4 days with us while Judy was away.     
Here are some highlights of these last two weeks:
Outdoors we...
  • used cymbals and other loud instruments made of pots and pans in our outdoor classroom 
  • took a close look at an earthworm that a child brought in and listened to "The Worm Rap" from Melita's CD
  • played in the Geshem/rain and splashed in the 'pond' the rain created on our sandbox cover!
  • made water color paintings
  • enjoyed ooblek among many other sensory experiences
Inside we ...
  • sang our alef-bet songs
  • have been enjoying new children's books with songs tha Ofra brought back from Israel. They are abut sharing an umbrella and Israel! 
With Tu B'Shvat, the Birthday of the Trees, coming soon we ...
  • have been talking singing and dancing in celebration
  • we have gardened both indoors and out
  • we will continue to explore in detail the world of seeds, plants, trees and fruit for the next 2 weeks! 
We are very excited ...
Our kale seeds have sprouted, hooray! We will separate the seedlings soon.
Stay warm and dry, and have a Shabbat Shalom U'mevorach.
Judy, Ruth, and Ofra

Monday, January 11, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

HaShavuah - Nachshonim
January 10th, 2016 - Tevet 29th, 5776

Welcome back from our winter vacation.  It was so great to see how were all adjusted coming back from winter break.  We are talking more and growing so fast.

Highlights from our week:

* We started our week with rain.  Jumping in a big puddle in our yard

* We observed an earth worm and a spider 
* We welcomed Lilah full time to our kitah
* We played with playdaugh, sticky playfoam  

* @ the sensory table we played with: Cacao mulch, playfoam and wild animals, blue water and sea creatures

* We soaked wheat seeds, they sprouted and we planted them in earth a few days later 

* We hang a metal board for out magnets and then we handled and checked the tools in our tool bag

* We cut yarn with scissors 

*   We made a collage using ready cut pieces from magazines

* We danced HaGeshem song (the rain) with scarves

We had the pleasure of having both Menachem and Melita come and play with their guitars on their scheduled days  

And finished our week with Challah making and pretend shabbat gathering with our community

We hope you had a rejuvenating and restful weekend

Anna and Vered