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.

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