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, 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