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, February 29, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

News from Nevonim!
We hung up our q-tip paintings in the kitah. Quite the gallery!
We transplanted some potted flowers and sprouted seeds to the play yard garden, and they are thriving in the sunshine. We made apple juice with Ofra's juicer and it was sweet and delicious! Judy attended a workshop at Urban Adamah and learned more about worm composting and preschool ways to explore the outdoors Jewishly. We are gentle with our worm friends/tza'ar baalei chayim. 
     Music! We began exploring the theme of instruments as the month of Adar carries us toward Purim! On Friday, Vered's sons Nico and Seba played their violins for us, demonstrating many variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with their teacher, using the Suzuki method. We heard new words like pizicatto, 
​, and v
iola. Lightly Row was recognized as Yonatan haKatan! On Monday, Rabbi Kelman showed us and played both his standard clarinet and large bass clarinet. We learned the words for some of the parts, like reed, bell, and mouthpiece. He even played The Itsy Bitsy Spider for us! Judy brought in her flute to share with us on TuesdayOfra brought her three string instruments--a soprano and baritone ukulele, and guitar.
     We have been making shakers!   "Drum sets" have been assembled out of chairs and classroom drums, and Ruth and the kids made a rain stick from a cardboard tube, screws, and beads. We read Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop by Chris Raschka and then we listened to a CD of his music.
  The children have been putting on aprons and pretending to be teachers lately, requesting teacher pens and notepads to write notes.
 Whew! What a joyful and musical week. Shabbat Shalom u'mevorach.
Judy, Ruth, and Ofra

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