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, December 11, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Families,

We were amazed at how focused the children were as we sat on the rug and introduced the upcoming holiday. At any given time you may hear Chanukkah songs, or see spinning dreidels, the yeladim placing candles on a Chanukiah, or a book being read about Judah the Maccabee. Our favorite has been listening to the yaladim retelling the story of the Maccabees.
Some of the things we have heard :
“A mean king named Antiochus told the Jewish they can’t do Shabbat in the temple.”
“No more celebrating Shabbat!
“No more going to the Temple, and no more Torah!”
“Temple was dirty with animals, you don’t bring animals in the temple”
“That they walked in with mud, stones, and put  garbage in the Temple.” “They broke furniture and knocked things down; they smashed the jars of oil that were used to light the menorah.”
“Judah the Maccabee and all the others cleaned up the temple” “took the animals away”
Finally getting to the part that there was only a “tiny, tiny bit oil left and Judah the Maccabee was worried that it would only be enough for one day.” There was a Miracle, and how many days did the oil last ? “there was enough oil  for 8 days!”

We set up the Chanukiah and talked about the Shamash, the helper candle.  We explained how important it is to respect people who help us. Who helps you? Things we heard,”my ima helps me” “aba helps me go to the bathroom” “when I fall ima gives me a bandage.”
Then we thought what a great time to talk about “Mitzvot” doing something nice for someone who helped you. What are some things you can do to help someone? “When someone is sad give them a hug” How can we help ima and abba? “ I help wash table”, “I help put all my toys away”.
So as you can see Chanukkah leads to so much more than “ The Festival of Lights”

We also took the opportunity to learn about other things that light up, flashlight, some toys, candles with batteries (they don’t burn you).  The yeladim also got to dance with a colored disco light, which illuminated the classroom with green, red, yellow and blue light.

Shabbat Shalom,
Miri and Jennaba

From Miri ~ Out new Nachshoinim teacher

20 kislev, 5778/December 8, 2017
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
I would like to take this time to thank you for the warm welcome, I am overwhelmed with appreciation. I have the pleasure of working my first week with Ofra and I saw first hand her love and dedication to the children, classroom, and parents. I truly can see how she will be missed, but I would like to assure you that both Jennaba and I will continue with Ofra's  passion, love, and dedication as while we will make sure that she is still a part of the classroom and community throughout the year. I have been so fortunate as to follow my passion as an Early Childhood Educator for over 25 years, the most important thing I wish to convey is that I am extremely dedicated in providing your children with a safe and fun environment where they can express their creativity, make new friends, as well as adjusting to spending part of their day away from their family.  Above all, as a preschool teacher, I believe in what  I do, and care tremendously about the progress and well-being of each and every child in the classroom and at the school.

If at any time you have any questions, concerns or would like to come in and spend some time in the classroom, please email Lauren and she will set up a time for you to visit and forward me your emails.

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom families,

  • This week we started discussing Chanukkah. We told the story of Judah the Maccabi, the ruining of the temple, and the "Kad Katan" (the small pitcher), that contained a tiny amount of oil, that miraculously lasted for 8 days and nights. We sang the song "Kad Katan" and many other Chanukkah songs in English and Hebrew.
  • On Thursday, Melita brought her big Djembe drum, and we sang more songs with her.
  • We explored shadows, light and darkness, using flashlights. 
  • We experimented with trying to mix oil and water (spoiler alert- they don't mix! but it's fun to shake the bottle and keep trying)
  • We made candle drip art- the kids showed how safe and careful they can be when using lit candles around a table full of friends.
Other things that happened this week: 
  • We made water color art. 
  • We put up our mixed-media communal artwork on the wall over the blue rug. 
  • We made a tent under the deck outside, using blankets. The children ran and brought food from our herb garden, and ran back to the tent "because it was raining". 
  • Some of our snow peas are climbing the poles we put in for them. We planted more seeds and plan to continue this next week. Each child can plant a seed, but we agreed that once they are in the ground, the belong to all of us. 
  • Colin played his guitar a lot, especially the rebel hit "Mama don't allow"
Shabbat Shalom,
Anna, Angelina and Colin

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hashavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

Baruch Ha'ba/Welcome to Miri! Miri's spent her first week at in the kitah and it has been really great to get to know her. I am going to miss your children a lot! They are delightful human beings! I am looking forward to staying connected with occasional visits, I'll bring my ukulele. Also, Jennaba and Miri know to make arrangements to come visit me and explore at the community garden. 
We have a lot to share. Here are the highlights of our week. 
Channukah is right around the corner and we began talking about this chag/holiday.

- We noticed that there is a candle in a candle holder on the windowsill. It’s been there all year long. We put it on the table and lit the candle at snack time. We found a box of Chanukkah candles in the kitchen and we started talking about the upcoming chag of Hanukkah. 
- We talked about fire safety with a lit candle. 
-We had a fire drill. We know what to do to be safe in an emergency. 
- Learning about all the objects associated with Chanukah. Miri shared Chanukkah felt stories and activities with us at circle time.
-Singing and listening to Channukah songs
– Dreidels! Spinning them, pressing them into play dough, pretending to be one, singing about them!
- Channukiot and nerot/candles to play with in the dramatic play corner

- water play with containers and water wheels out in the play yard.

- Geoboards and rubber bands 

- playing with our Duplo lego train. Loading it with lego animals. 

- we picked a couple avocados from the tree with Ofra‘s fruit picker. If it ripens, we will know that the tree is ready for us to pick more fruit.
Shavuah Tov,
Ofra, Jennaba and Miri 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom families,
This week we had a fascinating time with the firefighters who came to visit the school. We got to see their special gear- oxygen masks, special clothes, the works! The fire fighters may seem a little scary, like a monster, when they have all their protective gear on, but we learned that if there is a fire we need to run TOWARDS them, and not FROM them... Later, we got to climb onto the fire truck, touch the ladder and check out all the equipment in the hidden compartments.
We also practiced stop, drop and roll, and had a fire drill. Now we all know what to do in case of emergency.

We brought the balancing beams and a wooden ladder (which we might utilise next week as "The Ladder of Jacob"), and we make obstacle courses inside and outside. Sometimes we are fire fighters saving people or cats from trees, and sometimes the floor is lava and we have to keep safe, or in other cases, we turn into lava monsters that crawl around.

We brought some CD books- Gobble it up, Pete the cat and his brand new shoes, Dragon on the doorstep.

We played with ooblek. The kids helped mix the ingredients and added some color. It seems like some of our dads also enjoyed the activity (and it's all documented!!!)

We brought some new wooden puzzles, and a magnetic puzzle. We discovered that we can use the Magna Tile pieces to move the magnetic puzzle pieces 

Shavoua Tov!

Anna, Colin and Angelina

Monday, November 27, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim families,

We would like to fill you in on what we have been up to the last couple of weeks.

-Last Monday, we had a visit from Miri, our new teacher. She came to meet us at lunch time and she spent about an hour with us in the kitah. She also held an engaging circle time with all of us.

-We had a visit fro the Berkeley Fire Fighters! They showed us all of the gear that they wear and their equipment. We had a close look at their fire engine. The children were able to go inside the engine, they lowered the ladder for us, and they showed us the things they store in the compartments on the sides of the engine. Most importantly, we all got to see what a fire fighter looks like when they are working and saving people and we were informed about what to do if we are ever in an emergency.

Transportation continued
-We made a road on the carpet with yellow tape for our toy cars.
-Ofra brought in her old roller blades to school. The children chased her out in the court yard.
-We observed some of the parts on the bikes that are locked up in the court yard.
-The children have been playing with the roundhouse and turntable for our toy train set.

-We had a special visit from Claire Sherman, a congregant here at Netivot Shalom. Claire knows a lot of songs and she sang with us when she came. We invited her to come again in the future.

-We have been talking about thanksgiving and preparing and eating delicious meals with our families and friends.

- Menachem came to see us on Tuesday to sing some songs with us.

-We cooked "Eggs in a Nest" for snack.

Chag Smeach! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Ofra and Jennaba

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