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, November 18, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

November 18 / 17 cheshvan

This week we continued our butterfly exploration:
We made fold overs with finger paint, and talked about symmetry and how the butterfly's wings are symmetrical. We played with butterfly hand puppets and toys that show all the stages (caterpillar- chrysalis, butterfly), books, toy bugs etc. We even put our caterpillars on the table for a closer look. We saw them move and eat, and some of the kids attempted to draw what they saw.
We got out some car toys and street signs. They were such a big hit that we also brought a giant cardboard tube, and sent the cars racing down the tunnel. 
We have been playing "what's missing" at circle time- we show a few objects, cover them and the take one away and ask the kids what's missing. Practicing our short term memory is fun!
Making Hummus: On Tuesday we looked at dried garbanzo beans, and soaked them. On Wednesday we looked at the beans after they soaked up the water, and noticed how much they expanded, and we started cooking them. On Thursday we made the hummus- we added garlic, lemon and tahini and put it all in the food processor.  
On Friday we had a snack party with our Nevonim friends. They made pita bread and lemonade and we shared our hummus. We sat together in their "tent," like Sarah and Avraham's, as they welcomed us to their kitah/classroom.

Shabbat Shalom everyone. Have a wonderful weekend.

Ofra and Anna

Monday, November 14, 2016

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shavua tov, everyone. Here are some highlights from the last 2 weeks:

  • Rabbi Kelman visited us to teach about Safrut, Jewish scribal arts. Thank you, Stu! 
  • We painted with foam
  • We created watercolor art
  • We took a Lech Lecha journey dressed as desert travelers
  • We made cauliflower cake!
  • We baked olive/za'atar challah
  • We built and sang about Noah's ark 
  • We played in the rain!
  • We took apart our indoor Sukkah
  • We made our own little Torah scrolls and investigated our classroom ones
  • We voted!
Looking forward to more fun learning,
Judy, Ruth, and Angelina

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Families!

Last week we explored water, after the rain. How it freezes when we cool it, and how it becomes steam when heated. We read the story "Polo and the Dragon" in Hebrew. In the story, a sea is turned to ice, and then melts with the dragon's fire. We made ice in containers, and the next day we explored it. We put salt on it and watched it melt, then we poured liquid paint on it and watched the paint spread in the cracks made by the ice. Very cool (pun intended)! We also made herbal tea with leaves from our garden. We noticed the steam as the water started to boil. We compared two kettles and sang "I'm a little tea pot". As we explored water, we also read the book "Float", about a boy and his paper boat in the rain. We made powder paint art, spraying water on the paint with droppers.
We made Black and white art, using white pastels, pencils and chalk on black paper, inspired by Be'Resheet and the separation of light and darkness.
During lunch, we listened to our food as we ate it, and noticed if it's crunchy.

This week we had Davita with us most of the week. We did q-tip paintings, and played with pom-poms, grabbers and egg cartons. We also played with foam paint- that was messy and fun! On Thursday, we made french toast for snack- so exciting!
Ofra's friend, Anthony, came to volunteer at school. He joined us in the play yard and ate lunch with us.
We now have photos with names of all the kids on the  Kitah door, and the kids can "sign in" in the morning and move their picture from "Ba'Bait" (at home) to "Ba'Gan" (at school).
Judy brought us two new special friends- caterpillars! We put them in the butterfly box and plan on caring for them and watching them grow and see what happens. We brought down books about butterflies and we sing butterfly songs. If you have fennel growing near your home, we would love to have a few new branches for our little ones to eat. Thanks!
That's all for now
Shavoua Tov! (Have a good week!)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

October 28 

These were the lats two weeks of the high holidays!

We made Sukkah decorations- we decorated cardboard with markers and oil pastels. The kids helped thread pieces of yarn through the cardboard so we can hang it. We also made a communal flag decoration.
We had a chance to look at a Lulav and Etrogh. We listened to the sound it makes when shaken, and we smelled the Etrog. We then practiced shaking our stuffy Lulav to and fro.
We found an earthworm in our yard and enjoyed looking at it and holding it, to feel who it wriggled in our palms.
This week we welcomed our new Friend Noah to the Kitah on his first day of school! Glad to have you with us, Noah!
We experimented with gluing wooden squares and yarn.
We made shapes with rubber bands on our geo-boards.

Conferences are coming up! Please make sure to sign in (the sheet is on the door) and let us know if you need child care.

See you on Monday for the REAL beginning of the year... :-)
Anna, Ofra and Davita