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 22, 2016

Hashavuah She'avar/Last week - Nevonim

Shalom Kulam,
We are happy to share with you some of the things that we have been up to in the Nevonim kitah this last week. 

The children continue to paint with Q-tips. They have helped frame their work and we are now in the process of hanging them on the wall. 

-We observed magnolia blossoms on a giant branch brought in from Ofra's yard.
-We discussed rain, thunder, and lightning. Judy taught the blessing said upon hearing thunder, sheh'kocho ug'vurato maleh olam/ Blessed are You whose power fills the earth.
-We went outdoors to our neighborhood parks the last two weeks. We visited Berkeley MiniPark where we found ladybugs, Becca showed us how to make daisy chains, and we climbed, ran, and dug in the sand. This week, we visited Strawberry Creek Park with the company of Lucinda. Thank you, parent volunteers! The children truly love excursions. 
-We have been measuring our "beanstalk." We will soon transplant it outdoors. Some students' baggie-in-the-window seeds have sprouted and those were carefully placed into soil.

Bakitah/In the classroom
-We juiced oranges and tangerines.
-After a long break, we made our own challah dough again.
-We explored a miniature model of the Aron haBrit, the Ark carried through the wilderness which held the 10 Commandment tablets.
-We had an interesting discussion at circle time about the Hebrew word "Aron", which has multiple meanings. We now know that in Hebrew, there is an aron for the ten commandments, in the santuary there is an aron for our Torahs, in our homes we have an aron for clothing, and in the classroom we have one for our classroom materials! 

Kley Negina/Instruments
-We have brought our cymbals out to the play yard. They are too loud for indoors.
-We stretched rubber bands around boxes, both big and small, to explore how the strings of an instrument work. We talked about strings instruments and we spent some time at circle time naming some of them. We were preparing ourselves for...(read below)
-We had a very special visit from three violinists! Vered's children, Nico and Seba were accompanied by their violin instructor. They performed for both the Nevonim and the Nachshonim. They put on a very captivating show. 

We have already had a busy Monday, we look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Shavuah Tov!
Ruth, Ofra, and Judy

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