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, 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