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, 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