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, January 27, 2017

HaShavu'im - Nachshonim

January27, 2017   22 tevet, 5777
Last week, 
The children helped make a documentation board with their photos to hang on the wall in the Kitah.
We made grape juice, using Ofra's juicer, and drank it at Ma'agal Shabbat
We played in the social hall on rainy days
We compared citrus fruits and wrote their names in English and Hebrew(Pomello, Grapefruit, Cara-Cara orange, Mandarin, Tangerine). 
The following day we tasted them all! Vitamin C boost for all the drippy noses :)
This week, 
We made new playdough after using the old batch for tree sculptures.
We had Pajama-Day, we made a "bed" with blankets and fabrics, and read night time stories like "Goodnight Moon" and "Bear Snores On".
As we continue to explore Tu- Be'Shvat:
We painted using redwood branches and pine needles as "paint brushes"
The carrot seeds in our root view have started to sprout
We enjoyed listening to Melita's new CD, especially the song "My roots go down"
We started (spontaneously) collecting seeds in a seed bag. So far we have an apple seed from one of the kids' lunch, and a snow pea seed donated by Colin.
Shabbat Shalom,
Anna, Ofra and Colin

Friday, January 20, 2017

HaShavuah - Nevonim

January 20, 1017   22 tevet, 5777

Hello, All,

These last few weeks we see so much growth and charge. Children are getting taller, beginning to absorb concepts, showing interest in letters, and then stepping back and starting all over. The cycle repeats again and again, until suddenly, a new stage has been reached!

Here are some of our latest adventures:

*We made carrot juice! We made carrot soup! We are getting to see how Ofra's juicer works.
*We used a book, Eliezer v'HaGezer, a classic Israeli tale, to engage in dramatic play and Hebrew learning.
*We read Matthew's book, Carrot Soup, and another story, The Carrot Seed.

Pam Weimer, from the Oakland Public School system, engaged us for more than an hour about the lives of bees! The children participated in four stations, all having to do with bees. They matched fragrances, they crafted their own antennae, they learned about the body parts of a bee, and they observed a hive in action. They were very involved for a long period of time, and had lots to share and questions to ask. They even learned the bee dance!

We donated our tzedakah of $50 to Habitat for Humanity. Some children knew the word "homeless." We expressed gratitude for our warm, dry homes.

Upcoming: Field trip to Lawrence Hall of Science, Feb. 15! Details to follow.
Picture Day, Feb. 22! Details to follow.

Shabbat Shalom,
Nevonim Staff

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

January 14, 2017  16 tevet, 5777

Shalom Kulam!

On Monday morning we did Havdallah. We had a close look at the twisted candle.
We played and explored our stacking magnets. We learned about how sometimes they attract and sometimes they repel.
We started talking about Tu-Be'Shvat, which will happen in a few weeks, and brought out plenty of books about trees and planting.
  • We made play dough sculptures with our old play dough, and twigs and leaves.
  • We made leaf art (we love spreading glue with our fingers).
  • We talked about wood and how it comes from trees. We looked at some of our wooden materials, and noticed that our furniture is made out of wood.
  • We brought down the Root-Vue, and planted some carrot seeds. We hope to watch them grow over the next few weeks. After planting the seeds, we read the book "the carrot seed" , and talked about how we eat the part of the carrot that is the root. We also looked at the seeds from Ofra's garden that are still attached to the plant, and talked about how the greens flower and then turn to seeds.
See you all on Tuesday!

Ofranna (that's Ofra and Anna!)

Friday, January 6, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom families,

Welcome back! We were so glad to see everyone after our long break!

This week:
We had Colin with us, subbing for Ofra until she got back from Israel.
We played with the geo-boards, Colin showed us how to play on rubber bands just like a guitar.
We played with our sorting bears, and arranged them according to color, size and pattern cards.
We played with play dough.
On Friday we celebrated Teo's 3rd birthday. Happy birthday!!
Shabbat Shalom everyone