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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hashavuah - Nevonim

Shalom families,

This week we have been focusing on the topic of Kehila (community), Tikkun Olam ("fixing" the world) and Chesed (loving kindness). 

We are doing communal projects, like group puzzles and joint Lego structures.

We also fix things together, like torn books, thus showing Kavod (respect) for our belongings.

When a group of kids tumbled and jumbled over each other on the rug, we learned about baby mice, who sleep together in a "puppy pile", to stay warm and feel safe- that metaphor strengthened the children's feeling of being a family.

On Tuesday we went over our donation box and sorted the items into categories. Then, the children got coins from our Tzdaka box, "bought" the items and placed them back in the donations box. We then had an interesting discussion about Tzdaka and what it means (Sharing our toys, giving stuff to people who need it...).

On Wednesday we went to the Women's Day Time Drop In Center to deliver the donations. We got to meet some of the people who work in the center, and they explained to us what they do there. It was very interesting and heartwarming. We then continued to the playground, to get all our excitement and wiggles out. 

Other things that happened this week:

We had peas for snack, and read the funny story "Little Pea".

We played with shaving cream and liquid paint

Tinker Toys are a big hit! The children build intricate structures, either alone or in small groups.

For those of you who missed it, I'm sharing again the thank you letter from the volunteers at the Women's Day Time Drop in Center:

On behalf of the entire staff and women served at the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center we want to thank you for the generous donation of hygiene items your beautiful children brought in this morning.  We love making connections out in the community and we relish the opportunity to share our center with our neighbors and young children growing up in today's world.  Thank you for imparting notions of Tikkum Olam at such an early age and for helping to raise mindful and compassionate citizens!  With gratitude, Beth

Shavoua Tov!

Anna, Angelina and Colin

Ha'sha'vu'ah She'avar/Last week - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

Last week was a bit shorter than usual, but we still packed in a lot of activity. Here are the highlights of our week.

-We pulled out some wooden trucks from the closet. 
-We saw a school bus on University Ave when we were out in the courtyard! It looked exactly like the ones on our shelf.
-We have some new books out about trucks and wheels. 
- The children continue to play with our toy cars and ramps. We have a rain gutter for a ramp and a huge cardboard tube for a ramp

-The children made some feather collages using liquid glue, feathers and paper. We have now hung them up on the wall in the dramatic play corner. 

-We made some ephemeral artwork using felt pieces and natural materials such as acorns, pinecones, sticks and leaves.

-For snack, we made fruit smoothies with apples, blueberries, bananas, and strawberries. We used our brand new blender! Todah to Noah and his horim/parents for sharing a blender with the school. We will think of you every smoothie we make!

-After a little bit of rain last week, we were inspired to get a Hebrew songbook about a girl and an umbrella.  She invites the children she sees to join her underneath umbrella where it’s dry. By the end of the song, there are five children under the umbrella. The songbook has a second song about children who decide to roll on the bed and, one by one, fall out. We have been enjoying these songs, and we sang it a lot today as well. Sometimes I sing the words in English, even if they don't rhyme. 

We are going to continue exploring wheels and transportation this week. More to come!
Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Jennaba

Sunday, November 5, 2017

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Families

Continuing our sea creatures interest, this week we turned the blue rug to an ocean, scattering sea shells and sea creatures around our boat
We played with play dough and cut ribbon
We made shapes with Geo- boards and rubber bands, and yarn
We made chalk pastel art
We got the face paint and decorated our faces and bodies. Then we read the song-book "Ain't Gonna Paint No More"
We planted snow peas and corn- our corn experiment from last week succeeded and our dried heirloom kernels sprouted!
We talked about Abraham and Sarah and the three visitors they had, who turned out to be angels. They promised Sarah that she will have a baby next year, when she is 100 years old. Sarah laughed and that is why her son's name is Issac ("Itzhak", in Hebrew, means "will laugh"). We also talked about welcoming guests and caring for them, and how much fun it is.
Our smaller group of older children that go upstairs at rest time made pom poms with yarn
The children helped Colin fix the table and a few other items in the Kitah. We are talking about the toys in the Kitah and the proper way to use them and care for them, showing kavod/respect for our property . 
Continuing the topic of chesed/loving kindness and adding community/kehilah,  Colin has been going over all the times he noticed helping hands and team work during the day during lunch time. The kids enjoy feeling seen and acknowledged. 

We sang the song "Yalda Achat VeMitria Achat" (One girl and one umbrella- ילדה אחת ומטרייה אחת) 
Teacher Krissy and her belly came to visit us, and we sang quiet songs for her yet to be born baby

We had a goodbye snack for Ella Maoz, who moved on to Bridge-K at Tehiya, and we wish her all the best.
We welcomed a new friend, Ayla (עילא), and she fit right in! We are so happy to have you!

See you all on Monday 

Anna, Colin and Angelina

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim families,

This week we celebrated Matan's birthday in the kitah. Mazal Tov Matan! We also want to say Mazal Tov to Noah who also had a birthday last week! Here are the highlights of our week.

-The children help make a documentation board about activities with friends at school. The photos are posted in the hallway, have a look! 

- We have color paddles in our science area. They are primary colors that can get stacked to make secondary colors. 
- Judah and Emah Liora have brought a prism to share with us at school. When we hang it in the sunlight, we have rainbows all over the room! 

Chayot/Animals ... continued
-We pulled out our farm animals in barn toys.
- We are still enjoying so many books about animals. 
-We have been acting out a song called "2 Little Kitty Cats". We are practicing taking turns being the kittens in the song. 

-Playing with her toy school buses.
- The children played with giant cardboard boxes. With a box cutter, we made a door and some windows. It looked a lot like a school bus. 
- We read Maisy drives the bus in Hebrew and English. We also read " What Wheels Do All Day" this week.
-After lunch, we often go running in the courtyard for about 15 minutes. We like to watch the trucks and buses pass by on University Ave.
-We brought in a piece of a rain gutter that we use as a ramp for the toy cars. 

We will see you tomorrow.
Ofra and Jennaba

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom families,

This week we celebrated Yossi's 4th birthday!!

We brought heirloom corn and some gourds to the light table. At one point, one of the corn cobs got stuck under the rocking boat, so we looked at the fallen kernels, and how they got ground and turned into corn flour. We took a few of the kernels and put them in a wet paper towel, and we will see if they can be planted.

Angelina got the tool box to fix something, and the kids were very interested in the tools. Especially the measuring tape. We got a big piece of paper and hung it on the closet door and made a height chart. We measured ourselves to see how tall we are.

The big butcher paper on the door was very inspiring for our little artists, so we got another piece for a huge painting. It is now hanging (albeit a bit crooked) in the hallway outside the kitah.
Outside we have been playing "Mr. Fox, what time is it?"

We love running around in the courtyard, playing with balls and climbing the olive trees (carefully and under supervision).

We made a "spider web" of ropes in the play yard, and the kids enjoyed hanging from it in various amusing angles, and swinging from it.

There has been some wild play in the Kitah, so we read the book "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak. We talked about how it is ok to be wild, in the right time and place (i.e- outside, while keeping safe and not hurting or scaring friends). On Friday, we read the book again in Hebrew, on our "Friday Hebrew story circle", and the kids were just as mesmerized as they were when we read it in English.

We made our "ice cream boat" in the social hall again (two tables placed sideways, and a few chairs surrounding it), and the kids were sea creatures, swimming around the social hall and occasionally selling or buying pretend ice cream.

We would like to thank all the families who brought donations to the Women's Daytime Drop In Center. We are still collecting, and you can find the donations box (decorated by our kids) right by the front office. We would like to go with the children to deliver the donations, so if you can find the time to come with us and hold little hands on the way there and back, please contact one of the teachers. Thank you again, this is a big Mitzvah, and a beautiful way to model chesed/loving kindness during the time when we are talking about the birth of Isaac in the Torah.

Anna, Angelina and Colin

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Kulam,

We had a very busy and exciting week. We continued our explorations of animals. Here are the highlights of our week.

- The children made animal footprint art, made with toy animals and tempera paint. 
- We selected some farm animal posters to hang on the wall. We are now in the company of horses, dogs, ducklings, and an alpaca.
- We are enjoying singing "5 Green and Speckled Frogs". We are now using our frog felt pieces on the felt board as we sing 
-We acted out "5 Green and Speckled Frogs" a few times this week. We use the large piece of blue felt as our “ pool“ and we take turns being the frogs that jump in.
-Animal capes and costumes in the dress up corner
-Lots of scientific books about animals and story books with animals.
-Dancing and singing to "Animal Actions".

- some of the avocados on the tree outside are dropping before they fully fully developed. We cut open a tiny avocado and comparing it to Ofra‘s full-sized avocado at lunch 

- we used an apple peeler and core remover to prepare apples for apple sauce. We cooked it in a pot and ate it the applesauce the following day at snack.

- we have four toy schoolbuses on the shelf that have been very popular

-We have been enjoying the company of our Nevonim friends at lunch. We often have room at the table for guests join us. Bruchim HaBa'im/Welcoming guests just like Abraham and Sara.

Shavuah Tov,
Ofra and Jennaba

Monday, October 23, 2017

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom families

Such a busy week!
We enjoy Havdallah together every Monday morning. This week we made name sticks to help us choose which children will help. (They love reading the names of their friends!)This week Eliana, Yossi and Ella N. helped with holding the candle, holding the kiddush cup and passing the besamim.  New children will be chosen every week.
We told the Be'Reshit story, the creation of the world, and expanded to a very interesting debate of whether God is a male or female ...

Angelina was under the weather and Anne came to sub for her. We made her a get well card, which helped for sure!
We brought out the light table and clear blocks, that prompted interesting building and color explorations.
We made some fire art with glue and orange/red tissue paper on yellow paper (you can find examples on the Kitah wall). 
We also made some leaf art, gluing them on cardboard.
We got a donation of stationary, office paper and envelopes. The children made letters for each other and we even made a box for outgoing mail.
We harvested corn off the corn stalks in our yard. The end of the summer season, moving into fall. Colin brought some snow pea seeds seeds and we planted our winter crop. They are growing in small cups and will be transplanted into our garden.
We brought animal memory game and discovered matches of animals ... two by two. We also practiced a "Noah's Ark" play and preformed it for our friends and family during ma'agal Shabbat on Friday. 

See you all tomorrow for another full week of fun!
Anna, Angelina and Colin

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim families,

Here are some of the highlights of last weeks activities.

- We went into the sanctuary last week and had a look at the Torahs in the Aron Kodesh
- we looked at our tiny Torahs and talked about what’s inside.  We looked at the Hebrew letters and talked about how the Torah has stories inside. We looked at how it’s a scroll that rolls up.
- we learned about the story of Noah and his ark. We talked about how this is a Torah story. We have a few books about noah’s Ark on the shelf

- we have been enjoying songs and books about animals in Noah’s Ark. 
-We have been dancing to animal actions.
- we have our toy zebras out in a basket. We saw a picture of a zebra in a book, and we compared the image with our toys and they look the same.
- Farm animals and sticky foam!

We made small q-tip paintings that we have framed and we will be hanging them up this coming week. 

We will continue our explorations of animals this coming week! More to come. 

Shavuah Tov
Ofra and Jennaba

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

HaShavua'im - Nachshonim

Shalom Kulam,
We'd like to keep you updated on what we have been up to. The last two weeks were short, but full of activity. To begin with, we welcomed Rafi on his first day of school in the Nachshonim kitah a couple weeks ago. 
Here are some of the things we have been learning and doing. 

- we visited the sukkah that was out in the courtyard many times. We decorated it and enjoyed our meals in it.
- we learned a handful of songs for Sukkot.
- in the spirit of building a sukkah, 
     - we used hammers on golf tee "nails" and hammered them into Styrofoam . 
     - we played with our workbench and toy tools. 
- we played with and observed a collection of gourds and pumpkins. We have been talking about fall harvest.  
- we noticed lots of avocados in the tree that is growing behind the building. We walk by it every day on our way to and from the play yard. We are looking forward to harvesting and eating them when they are ready!

- we made a rainbow! We mixed bit of temperature paint with water in mass jars. We made a rainbow using the three primary colors.  Yellow, blue and red. Our rainbow is on display on the window sill!

- we made paintings using fall colors that we mixed from primary colors  

Simchat Torah
-We visited the Torahs in the sanctuary. We opened the Aron kodesh to see what they look like. We also had a closer look at the  tiny torah replicas to see whats inside and how a scroll rolls up. 

More to come!
Ofra and Jennaba

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Everyone,
These last two weeks we celebrated Sukkot and Simchat Torah!
We made decorations and hung them in the big communal Sukkah
We read Sukkot books and sang songs at circle time and with Melita
We ate lunch in the Sukkah and played in the social hall
We went on a Sukkah stroll to Judy's Sukkah. We had snack there and Judy read stories to us
We talked about Shimchat Torah, how we finished reading the Torah and we start all over again (Like Melita's song "It all starts over again"). We brought a few kid sized Torah scrolls and even practiced making ones ourselves
We went to look at the big Torah in the sanctuary and discovered it's wearing white
In other news ...
We had special activities in small groups in the small Kitah and the court yard
We celebrated Ellie's birthday! Mazal Tov!
Inspired our smokey air due to the North Bay fires ... 

We found all the fire extinguishers in the building, talked about fire alarms and had a fire drill
We lit a candle at lunch time and spoke about the fires. 
We thought about the fire fighters and the people who got hurt by the fire and sent our love and good vibes while blowing out the candle, pretending to put out the big fire.

Stay safe everyone
Anna, Angelina and Colin

Friday, September 29, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim Families!

We have had a very full and exciting week. Here are some of the things that happened at school this week.

Preparing for sukkot next next
- we have been playing with our toolboxes, tools and wooden work bench.
- we also have safety goggles for building. 

Exploring color
- Inspired by the book called " Little Blue and Little Yellow ", we have made paintings with blue and yellow paint. We have hung them on the wall.
-  We are learning about how primary colors can be mixed together to make new colors.
-   We discovered a rainbow on our ceiling! It's from the sunlight reflecting off a CD on the windowsill.  We now have four CDs to play with in the science area and we can make our own rainbow 
-  We are enjoying a book called "A Rainbow of My own" by Don Freeman.

- We made tiny drawings.

- On Friday, we baked challah for Shabbat.

Gmar chatima tova,
We hope everyone has a meaningful fast for Yom Kippur.
Ofra and Jennaba

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Families,

This week we talked about Yom Kippur, especially about how to behave with friends, and about feelings. 
We read the books: I Was So Mad, Susan Laughs, and When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry
We are using our feelings flashcards (illustrated by Todd Parr)
We talked about words to say when feeling hurt. 
We discussed bubble space and practiced keeping it.
We went to Strawberry Creek Park to do Tashlich. We said things we are sorry for, as we tossed leaves and twigs in the water. Rabbi Menachem came with us.
We reminded some of our friends how we clean up after snack and lunch, and practiced the washing hands song
We played one of our favorite circle time games- What's missing.
We are having a lot of fun with our working cameras, and there is some serious play going on with 
cars and cardboard tubes, and also with fire engines and the fire station.
We are exploring our marble run upstairs in small groups.
As usual, we made Challah dough for Ma'agal Shabbat

To those who observe Yom Kippur, have a meaningful fast.

Anna, Angelina and Colin

Monday, September 25, 2017

HaShavu 'a' im - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim Families.,

We are happy to share with you some of fun things we did and learned in the last two weeks.  

Mazal Tov to Noam!  A couple weeks ago, we celebrated Noam's birthday with the special birthday snack. He is now 3! 

Rosh Hashanah
-We have been reading Rosh Hashanah books. "Apples and Honey", "From Flower to Honey", "The Shofar Calls". 
- We enjoyed dipping tapuchim/apples in d'vash/honey at snacktime on Monday. 
-  We have been singing Rosh Hashanah songs. "Tapuchim U'Dvash", "Here is the Beehive", "Way Up High in the Apple Tree", "Happy Birthday to the World". 
- We have two bee hand puppets, we are learning from our book how they collect nectar from flowers. We looked at a real honeycomb and we observed a real bee with magnifying glasses. 
-  We tasted three different kinds of apples. Red apples, yellow apples and green apples 

-We worked together and painted large communal painting, it's now hanging on the wall
-The children have been helping us hang some of their personal art on the wall.
-We have been playing with play dough
-We enjoyed the visit from Rafi and his Ima/mom Brenda. Rafi will be joining us in the kitah/classroom at the end of the month. 
-We had a very special visit from Menachem. He brought his guitar and sang with us 
We had our first visit from Melita, our music specialist. She brought her guitar and also sang with us 
-Lots of water play in the yard 
-We played with soft pom-poms and metal serving grabbers. The same grabbers we used to serve snack, we are practicing 
-We baked challah for Shabbat 

We look forward to seeing your children tomorrow!

Shanah Tovah U'metukah.
We hope you all have pleasant and sweet new year!

Ofra and Jennaba

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Families,

We had a short week but did quite a lot of things:
As part of our Rosh HaShana theme, we made apple circles with our special apple spiral slicer. We hung the peels to dry in the Kitah
We also had a Rosh HaShana Seder with our beloved former teacher, Judy Massarano. She explained about the different traditional foods and what they represent. Of course, we got to taste everything.
We have three Shofarot in the Kitah, and we are practicing blowing them. Some of the kids are really good!
We made yummy honey cake, that we hope you all enjoyed during the holiday
We played with Geo-boards and explored shapes
We played with pom-poms in the sensory table
We welcomed Gal, who came back from Israel. Yay!!
We made new play-dough, it's 'elephant' color!
We had an awesome session of "The floor is lava" game outside. The kids made walkways using wooden blocks on the wood-chips and moved from area to area
Last but not least, we celebrated Eliana's birthday! 

See you all tomorrow morning!

Anna, Angelina and Colin

Monday, September 18, 2017

HaShavuah - Nevonim

September15, 2017   24 elul, 5777

Shalom Families,

This week we talked about Rosh HaShana. We worked with circles, that symbolize the circularity of the year: The kids explored reflective CD's and solid wooden circles on the light table. We made salad spinner art, on round paper, using apple colors- red, yellow, green. We also created a communal painting, using round hard lids and soft sponges, but sadly the rain ruined it. At least we got to enjoy the process! We also made round Challah for Ma'agal Shabbat (Shabbat circle).
We talked about apples and honey, and read the book "from flower to honey", that explains how honey is made. We sang the song "apples and honey for Rosh HaShana" and talked about what "Shana Tova" means. Some of us chose to make cards for families and friends.
We had an apple tasting experiment- the kids helped make a chart (using our brand new and oh-so-fun Tempera sticks) which you can find hanging on our closet door, and each child tasted 3 different colored apples (red, yellow, green) and marked his favorite.
We found some beautiful red pomegranates growing on the row of trees near the sidewalk, and picked 3 of them. We talked about how eating pomegranates is a Rosh HaShana tradition and what it means (that you'll get to do lots of good deeds this year, as many as there are seeds). We looked, smelled, touched, and of course tasted the pomegranate (it was sour! But some kids loved it). We also made some pomegranate inspired art, with red oil pastels. 
Melita came to sing with us for the first time this year, and we sang "It all starts over again"
We had our first Havdalla of the year. 
Krissy, our beloved former teacher, came to work with us on Tuesday, it was very exciting.
There's some serious play going on with our working cameras. Some of the pictures they take are really good!
We did a lot of dancing this week, to the songs: My Roots Go Down, Animal Action the Freeze Dance!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Anna, Angelina and Colin

Monday, September 11, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

The first week of school was pleasure. We are really happy to get to know your children. Here are the highlights of our week.

- We are getting to know each other's names and getting acquainted with each other.
- We are jumping right in and getting familiar with classroom routines and the schedule of the day.
-We have been looking at our family pictures on the wall.
-We are practicing washing our hands, we do that a lot at school. Before and after each meal and after visits to the bathroom. We sing a hand washing song as we scrub with soap. (to the tune of row, row, row your boat).
-The children made paintings with tempera and brushes.
- Playing with play dough.
-On Friday we made challah for Ma'agal shabbat (shabbat circle) and to take home.
-We have been singing a lot of classic children's songs in Hebrew. We have a song book and a CD.
-Ofra brought her ukulele to share with everyone.
-We have been singing a lot of songs together.

We look forward to another great week at school. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have anything on your mind.

Shavuah Tov

Ofra and Jennaba

Friday, September 8, 2017

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Families.

We had a wonderful first week! We were all very happy to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones (Welcome Ayelet and Shaya!)- that goes for children and teachers alike.
We did some Q-tip paintings, we used tempera paints on the easel outside, and played with ooblek in the sensory table. Another well loved sensory activity is sticky foam. 
We practiced our fine motor skills with beading of small beads on pipe cleaners, as we made necklaces and bracelets.
We made Challah dough for Ma'agal Shabbat (Shabbat circle).
Our second year Nevonim-ers have special quality time with a teacher every day, so we can focus on different, age appropriate activities, in small groups.
We read a few good books this week: The books "Oh- no" and "Today I will fly" encouraged a discussion about helping friends, and the book "Duck- Rabbit" helped us understand how we can disagree with someone and still stay friends.
On Friday we practiced our Hebrew some more, with the book "Et Ze" ("That").
We sang a lot of songs that require the children's participation (like- "I am a fine musician", "Everybody do this just like me" and "If all of the rain drops were lemon drops and gum drops") and the children practiced taking turns, listening to others and waiting patiently (Which is NEVER easy, no matter how old we are...).
Of course, we had our first Ma'agal Shabbat for the year! What fun!

Have a great weekend everyone
Shabbat Shalom

Anna, Angelina, Colin and Marie

Friday, June 9, 2017

HaShavoua - Nachshonim

HaShavoua June 5-9 

Shalom everyone,

This week we played with pom-poms in the sensory table
We did some gluing, including collages of flower images, and yarn on cardboard. Mostly, we enjoyed making goopy puddles of glue and playing with them.
Lots of building with MagnaTiles and big Duplo Legos 
After noticing children squeezing into cardboard boxes, Anna and the kids made a trip upstairs to get the book "I am Maru" about a cat who does entertaining things.
We did some serious water play with squeeze bottles
We played inside Krissy's gigantic tent in the yard
We learned some facts about Beluga whales, and we keep adding more books to our library about sea creatures.
We "Baby Beluga" almost every day! The guitars always involved
We celebrated Alexandra's birthday on Thursday, and on Friday we celebrated Miriam's birthday! Mazal Tov!!
Today was the last Ma'agal Shabbat for this year. Time sure does fly...
Shabbat Shalom, Everyone,
Anna and Ofra

Friday, May 19, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshohim

 5-19-17 ~ Iyar 23, 5777

Shalom everyone

We started this week with parent-teacher conferences. It was a pleasure talking to you with undivided attention. This is the place to remind you all that if you need us or want to talk to us for any reason during the year, we can always find a time to sit together. 
We had a finger painting frenzy- the children enjoyed the sensory activity and the mixing of colors and creating new ones- they ended up making lots of art, some of it you can see on the wall.
We are enjoying our new red wagon in the play yard
The children invented a new game called "catch the lady bug". One child wears the lady bug costume while the others chase him/her in the social hall.
We are still inviting our Nevonim friends to join us for lunch and snack.
We did some drawing and writing with "teacher pens" (ball point pens)

Shabbat Shalom! Enjoy the weather :)
Anna and Ofra

HaShavuah - Nevonim

HaShavua, 5-19-17 ~ Iyar 23, 5777

What a week! 

In honor of Shavuot, we have been learning about grains. On Tuesday we went on the bus to Vital Vittles kosher organic bakery, and saw bread being sliced. We also saw machines that mix dough and mill wheat berries into flour, just like we did in the kitah that morning! We used our milled flour in this week's challah, together with our garden herbs. We enjoyed the bakery's cinnamon rolls as a treat, and they gave us fresh wheat rolls for the next day's snack.

On Wednesday, Megan, Nadav's mom, came to show us how to weave on our kitah's loom, and brought us mini looms for our own weaving! Over, under, over, under, our little fingers moved.

We enjoyed Melita's music and movement on Thursday, and welcomed Nate's dad to town on Friday at Ma'agal Shabbat.

Mazal tov to Ori, Nadav's Ima, on her Ph.D, and to Sarah, on her brothers' bar mitzvah!

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach,
Judy, Ruth, and Krissy


Monday, May 15, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

May 12, 2017  16 iyar, 5777
We had a very exciting week:
The fire fighters came to visit us! Eric the fire fighter put on his gear and showed us all the things he wears, including the mask, and a backpack with an oxygen tank. After that, we went to look at the fire truck. We also got a present- lots of red fire fighter hats

Other things that happened this week:
We played with giant boxes in the play yard, we put up the hammock again.
We went to Strawberry Creek park, where we played in the playground, ran around on the grass ant sat near the creek and threw sticks and leaves (but not ourselves!) in the water.
We enjoyed listening to a long story during circle time. The children sat and listened to all of  "Blueberries for Sal"
Those were this week's highlights.
See you all on Monday for Parent-Teacher conferences! 
Ofra and Anna

HaShavuah - Nevonim

May 12, 2017  16 iyar, 5777
Hello, all!
Last week we celebrated all things Israel, including 
  • enjoying some of our friends' pictures from their preschools
  • exploring the Israeli flag through all kinds of art media
  • taking a pretend flight
  • reading books and singing Israeli songs
  • making chummus
  • practicing the Alef-Bet
We also enjoyed our new marble run, did some torn paper collage, and had great fun with water on the warm days.

This week our focus shifts to the Omer, marking the days between Pesach and Shavuot. We explored wheat stalks and seeds today, looked at barley, corn, and millet, separated wheat from chaff. We even made pancakes!  We also made corn carrot muffins. We used an Omer counter that has a handle that turns. 

We had a very special visit from Engine Company #1, who taught us all about fire safety. We leaned about 911, smoke detectors, stop/drop/roll, and all the special compartments on the truck! There is even a surfboard!

This week we visited the park for some swinging, climbing, and ball playing. We also had a "bonfire" for Lag Ba'Omer (observed Sunday). Krissy brought her faux fire, we picnicked outdoors, and Leo played his violin!

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach, and see you Monday for conferences!

Judy, Ruth, and Krissy

Friday, May 5, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

This week we celebrated Israel's birthday!

We made blue and white flags- we painted on white paper with blue paint and attached flag poles
We ate hummus and pita bread for snack
We glued blue stripes and triangles on white paper

Also this week, we played with felt boards and lots of felt characters, accessories, animals, dinosaurs etc.
We enjoyed playing with clay outside

Have a wonderful weekend
Hope to see you on Sunday morning for our Preschool 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Friday, April 7, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

April 7, 2017   11 nisan, 5777

This week
  • We made "desert art" with sand and glue
  • We washed our "Baby Moses's
  • We turned the sensory table to the sea, with sand, water and sea shells
  • We are hiding our pretend Afikoman (made out of cardboard). Sometimes the teachers hide it, sometimes the kids do.
  • We brought some more baby dolls and put them in baskets, to float on the river Nile (Moses in the basket, משה בתיבה)
  • We had a fire drill on Thursday. On our way back to the Kitah, we acted out the crossing of the red sea- we put two big sheets of blue fabric, and spread them apart so we can cross in the middle
  • Sharing the story of  Pesach and Moses, we learned about Nachshon, who was the first to enter the water of the red sea, then the sea opened up and the people of Israel could cross
  • We did some sticker art
  • We had a lunch picnic in our play yard
Have a wonderful Pesach break, enjoy the spring, the holiday and the closeness of family

See you all on the other side!!

HaShavuah - Nevonim

April 7, 2017   11 nisan, 5777

Pesach is on the way! We decorated our own Matzah holders (3 pockets)! We even practiced our sewing. These are for square matzot.

Some children used old CD's for Seder plate art, while others tended their babies in baskets on the Nile. Some depicted the desert using sand and cork, while others used torn paper to form the parting waters.

We've been dusting! And--
Matza baking, building pyramids, even reenacting the Exodus!

We took a walk to the Berkeley Public Library. Some of the books seem to have as well, so if you find them at home, do bring them in after Pesach.

Happy Matzah!
Nevonim Staff

Monday, April 3, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

March 31, 2017  4 nisan, 5777

This week we...

- created water color art,
- had fun with the rocking boat in our Kitah
- started reading books about Pesach (especially the all time favorite "Miriam and her brother Moses"), as we prepare for the coming Chag (holiday) חג
- made yummy french toast for snack on Tuesday (Gotta finish that bread! :-)  )
- had another field trip to the community garden. We picked some more lemons, munched on kale and watched the bees (Thanks again to Judd and Michal for making this possible). Then we met our Nevonim friends at Strawberry Creek Park.
- played with toy dinosaurs and play dough
- brought our construction tools and protective goggles and we are hammering away!
- sang "Baby Beluga" a bunch of times with Ofra's Ukulele

Have a wonderful, restful Shabbat everyone!
Anna and Ofra

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ha'Shavoua She'Avar - Nachshonim

March 20, 2017  22 adar, 5777

So much happening in the Nachshonim class!

- We played with shaving cream

- We had a special activity on "Pi day", 3/14. Aba Judd brought in an activity about circles and segments of circles
- We played with our sorting/ counting bears, and with big Legos on the carpet
- We finally got to enjoy an avocado that we picked from the neighbor's tree. We waited more than a week! The other one will be ready next week.
- We had a wonderful field trip to Ofra's community garden and to strawberry creek park. The children picked and ate kale, parsley and lettuce from Ofra's plot. We also picked lemons from the tree to take with us.
- Out in the play yard, we enjoy the "monkey ropes" that are now tied across from the deck to the canopy.  The children are hanging and flipping upside down. 
- We also love Angelina's hammock out in the play yard

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hashvouaim - Adar 1-12 March 17 ~ Nachshonim

Shalom Families, 

Two weeks of PuRiM FuN!

Last week we made groggers: We painted and decorated them, and after the paint dried we filled them with beads and sealed them.
We sang Purim songs at circle time and with Melita
We told the Purim story with puppets at circle time
Shadow play: we traced our shadows outside, and noticed how our shadow follows us wherever we go
We worked with buttons- threading and sorting
Field trip! we crossed the bridge over strawberry creek. We played in the playground, observed the creek and tossed pebbles, twigs and leaves to the water. We want to thank our volunteers again! we really appreciate your time and your helping hands- you made this possible!
Ofra brought her fruit picker because we couldn't reach the strawberries growing on our strawberry tree. We picked a few and shared them. We also picked two avocados from the neighbor's tree and we are waiting for them to ripen.

This week, we did face painting
We played with animal masks and got really silly
We used the puppet theater with puppets and stuffies
We made Mishloach Manot and Hamantachen
We are enjoying some song books with CDs, that we have never heard before
We had a wonderful Purim parade at school- we walked inside the building, and on the streets, wearing our costumes, singing and shaking our groggers. Thanks to all the family members who could join us
Lastly, we have been reading stories about new babies and becoming big brothers, as we welcome Matan's and Noah's baby sisters to our Kehila (community). 
Shabbat shalom everyone, and HAPPY PURIM!!!
Ofra and Anna

HaShavua, Adar 12, 5777~March 10, 2017 ~ Nevonim

Purim! Just like Hamentaschen, our week was filled with sweetness*:

 *Oznei Haman/Hamentaschen! We made these with Matthew's grandma. 

*Triangle art! Come see our sparkly display.

*We built Shushan palace from:
Cardboard bricks
Wood, both indoors and out

*We acted out the story with puppets and our horse-on-a-stick.

*We decorated Mishloach Manot boxes with glitter, and delivered them to shul friends.

*We had 2 Purim parades with our costumes and ra'ashanim/ noisemakers.

*We delivered matanot la'evyonim from Lilah's family to the Rabbi, to give to those in need

Purim begins Saturday night.

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach,
Judy, Ruth, and Krissy

Monday, February 27, 2017

HaShavu'im - Nachshonim

February 24     28 shevat

Shalom Kulam,

Last week ...
We glued pieces of paper we ripped and cut the previous week
We strung beads on pipe cleaners
We played with ooblek at the sensory table outside
After playing a few rounds of  "what's missing" at circle time, the children took a blanket and a few objects and started playing among themselves
We spent time singing together and using musical instruments after lunchtime.
We celebrated Rafi's 3rd birthday! Mazal Tov!
Aba Dan (Matan's Aba) did a science experiment with us, using the ooblek at the sensory table, and speakers with music, and we watched the ooblek dance on top of the speaker (I'm all about that bass!)
Now that spring is almost here, the sun shines through our Kitah's window at lunchtime, and we are back to making reflections of rainbows with CDs on our ceiling and walls

This week...
We made pancakes for snack
We made a new documentation board with the children's help- find it on the wall over the lunch boxes 
Picture day- we had our individual photos and a class photo taken by the lovely Shoey
We made art with glue sticks and collage materials
We started reading Purim books in preparation of the upcoming holiday

Shabbat Shalom everyone! 

"Here comes the sun, it's all right!!"

Hashavuah - Nevonim

February 24   28 shevat
​We've had a lot of scientific experiences these weeks, between 
Dan the Science Man

​ teaching us about vibration and sound, and visiting the Lawrence Hall of Science! ​  
  • With Dan, we even got a taste of what must've been experienced at Sinai: The Torah tells us that the entire nation "saw the sounds." We saw sound move via ooblek and baking soda, on the surface of a container containing a speaker! Dan used his signal generator to create tones that the substances reacted to.
  • At LHS we loved our program called Hop, Wiggle, and Roll, where we got a chance to pet a rabbit, chinchilla, and turtle, watch a turtle race, and learn about these special creatures. 
We also experimented with the wonders of carbon paper, emptying and filling at the sensory table and investigated the inside of a music box.

Nadav shared his violin with us, and we had fun with Picture Day.
We ate outdoors and even made lemon muffins with the lemons from Lauren's tree ...
and here is Shabbat--hooray!

Shabbat Shalom Umevorach,
Judy, Ruth and Krissy

Monday, February 13, 2017

HaShvuayim, 2/10/17 - Shvat 14, 5077

Hello, all!
Our Tu B'Shvat and nature focus had led to varied activities:

-We transplanted a ficus tree, a Tu B'Shvat gift from Krissy. Todah rabbah, Krissy! Our new tree lives in the kitah.

-We have been reading about trees, using natural materials to create tree-inspired art, and discussing trees and growth. The Lorax had been a favorite.

-We transplanted kale sprouts!

-We will see if our big mystery seeds will sprout in a baggie with a wet cotton ball, in a sunny window.

-We did experiments and made hypotheses with Dan, Sivan's dad.
​Children knew that scientists r
ead books
​ and​
collect bones
​, and Dan added that they ​
ask questions
​ and d​
o tests
​ t​
o uncover the truth.
​They m​
ake guesses
​ called hypotheses​
​and ​
do experiment
. How many ping pong balls can we fit in the jar
​? was the question we set about answering. But "in the jar" is not "on the jar," so ​
 must understand the same question.
​ Just liket he jars can be filled with ping pong balls, they have air in them even when they appear to be empty.​ Using a c
​, Dan showed us that 
​ is in the jar​
​We saw the jar
n out of air! Flashlights illuminated the smoke, which acts like air. 

-We baked a Tu B'Shvat-themed challah, incorporating species that grow in the Land of Israel.  We even tasted pomegranate juice!
Shabbat Shalom Umevorach, and Tu B'Shvat samayach!
Judy, Ruth, and Krissy