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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Happy Shushan Purim! 
This entire week has had Purim as its focus. 
Here are some of the highlights:

Hats, hats, hats, out of newspaper, tissue paper, and scarves
Achashverosh, Esther, Vashti and Haman puppet shows
Painting our own faces 
Purim parade then singing with Melita as one big group 
Yes to Esther's courage--speaking up for doing the right thing

Palace-building out of fabrics and blocks
Utterly delicious dough and berry jam for baking
Rahsh-rahsh-rahshing with homemade ra'ashanim/groggers
Interesting costumes of all kinds
Making hamentaschen for Mishloach Manot to enjoy & deliver 

Other activities  included lunching with Nachshonim, playing with packing material, enjoying the mud kitchen, talking about Spring and nest-building, and discussing how to stay well and healthy. 

Shabbat Shalom!
Judy, Ruth, and Ofra

HaShavoayim - Nachshonim

HaShvoayim - Nachshonim
March 28th, 2016 - Adar II 18th, 5776 - י״ח בַּאֲדָר ב׳ תשע״ו

Highlights from our last two weeks:

*  Art - We made Playdough Katom (orange), Q-Tip art, Face painting art

*  We used our Raashanim while telling the story of Purim.  We made a lot of noise every time Haman’s name came up

*  We’ve been enjoying making rainbows (reflecting the sun off our CD’s)

*  We all came to school in our PJ’s and had a pretend sleep over party

*  We mad Oznei Haman (Haman Tachen) dough for our Mishloah Manot, We also made Gluten Free pancakes and had them for snack.

*  We had so much fun dressing up for Purim - Parade, Costumes, Melita

We are still caring for our snails, feeding them and cleaning their habitat

Some of the books we're reading:

Big Green Monster
Rainbow of my own
Some Smug Slug
Doodle Bites
Chicken and Cat
In the Night Kitchen

We’d like to thank Ofri’s mom for coming to help on Sunday.  You were so valuable.  Thank you!!!

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend

Anna, Simone and Vered

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Nevonim Families,

Klay Negina/ Musical instruments
-We have explored some of the ways people listen to music. We listened to CD's, tape castettes, and we even listened to vinyl records on a portable record player!
-We used a portable tape recorder that comes with a microphone to record ourselves singing or telling stories. 
-We became a marching band and paraded out in the play yard and through the building.
-Two weeks ago, we had a wonderful visit from Avner, Regev's Aba. He brought his saxophone in to show us how it works and how it sounds. Many of the children became inspired to make saxophones out of cardboard tubes by taping on craft sticks to become the "reeds" for the mouth piece. Just like the clarinet reed we saw a few weeks before, Avner had to moisten the reed in his mouth before he played. The children moistened their "reeds" in the sink and not their mouths because of germs. 
-We made gorgers for Purim!
-We know that the story of Purim so we had a look at our miniature Megilla that is made out of paper. Then we made giant Megillot out of cardboard 
- Singing Purim songs with Melita. 
-We have been sharing the Purim story through books and puppet shows and learning about the Megillah. 
-We also looked at several images of fancy ones and old ones at circle time. We noticed that it is similar to what Torah in how it looks, but it only rolls up on one side.
- The children made their our own masks and have been playing with the ones we have at school for dress up.  
- We practiced using our groggers when we hear Haman's name. 
- We talked a lot about mishloach manot for Purim and how people share gifts with each other. We talked about some of the things we can give, including hamentaschen. 

In the kitah
-Shaving cream on the tables.
- We had pajama day at school. The children played with blankets and pillows and we read all kinds of books about night and sleeping.
-Making our challah dough for pretend shabbat of course.
-We prepared broccoli with garlic in the oven for snack. 
In the Play yard
-We watched Doug finish up the new fence in the play yard! Both teachers and children are excited in our new outdoor classroom.
-We now have two 50ft long ropes and we made a web on our deck climbing and swinging. 
-Lots of activity in the mud kitchen!

We look forward to sharing more with you soon.
Purim Sameach!
Ofra, Ruth and Judy

Monday, March 14, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Here are a few of the things we did the last couple of weeks:

Yossi's Ima (mom), Melissa, came on Monday morning to do yoga with us- we played at being rocks, lizards, cats and cows.
We played with shaving cream and added liquid paint to it.
We let our wooden zebras graze in a field of sticky foam.
We played with magnets, noticing how they sometimes pull towards and sometimes push apart from one another.
We went for a walk to the community garden, where we munched on Ofra's kale and collected snails for our Kitah. We put the snails in our little terrarium, and we enjoy caring for them: we watch them, hold them, feed them, clean their habitat and draw them.
We explored onions and potatoes that are growing roots and leaves. We also tried peeling a few layers off the onion and discovered that its made of many layers.
We had lots of fun puddle jumping and playing in the rain.
At circle time we talked about safety and the importance of sticking together with your grown-up (teacher, parent etc.).

We started talking about Purim- we read books and sang Purim songs with Rabbi Menachem, and we had a "Purim story finger-puppet show". We also made our own groggers, painting cardboard cones with tempera paint, after the paint dried we glued on decorations like feathers, mulch and colored paper, and finally we filled them and sealed them!

In the sensory table: we had yarn and scissors, and also shredded paper and liquid paint.
Books we enjoyed included Alef-Bet, Mitz Petel, Puppies puppies, Purim, It's Purim time, Doodle bites, Hands are Not for Hitting

We hope you are enjoying this rainy weekend and that you all remember the daylight savings change (YAY to longer afternoons!
See you Monday :)
Vered and Anna