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, December 11, 2017

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Families,

We were amazed at how focused the children were as we sat on the rug and introduced the upcoming holiday. At any given time you may hear Chanukkah songs, or see spinning dreidels, the yeladim placing candles on a Chanukiah, or a book being read about Judah the Maccabee. Our favorite has been listening to the yaladim retelling the story of the Maccabees.
Some of the things we have heard :
“A mean king named Antiochus told the Jewish they can’t do Shabbat in the temple.”
“No more celebrating Shabbat!
“No more going to the Temple, and no more Torah!”
“Temple was dirty with animals, you don’t bring animals in the temple”
“That they walked in with mud, stones, and put  garbage in the Temple.” “They broke furniture and knocked things down; they smashed the jars of oil that were used to light the menorah.”
“Judah the Maccabee and all the others cleaned up the temple” “took the animals away”
Finally getting to the part that there was only a “tiny, tiny bit oil left and Judah the Maccabee was worried that it would only be enough for one day.” There was a Miracle, and how many days did the oil last ? “there was enough oil  for 8 days!”

We set up the Chanukiah and talked about the Shamash, the helper candle.  We explained how important it is to respect people who help us. Who helps you? Things we heard,”my ima helps me” “aba helps me go to the bathroom” “when I fall ima gives me a bandage.”
Then we thought what a great time to talk about “Mitzvot” doing something nice for someone who helped you. What are some things you can do to help someone? “When someone is sad give them a hug” How can we help ima and abba? “ I help wash table”, “I help put all my toys away”.
So as you can see Chanukkah leads to so much more than “ The Festival of Lights”

We also took the opportunity to learn about other things that light up, flashlight, some toys, candles with batteries (they don’t burn you).  The yeladim also got to dance with a colored disco light, which illuminated the classroom with green, red, yellow and blue light.

Shabbat Shalom,
Miri and Jennaba

From Miri ~ Out new Nachshoinim teacher

20 kislev, 5778/December 8, 2017
Shalom Nachshonim Families,
I would like to take this time to thank you for the warm welcome, I am overwhelmed with appreciation. I have the pleasure of working my first week with Ofra and I saw first hand her love and dedication to the children, classroom, and parents. I truly can see how she will be missed, but I would like to assure you that both Jennaba and I will continue with Ofra's  passion, love, and dedication as while we will make sure that she is still a part of the classroom and community throughout the year. I have been so fortunate as to follow my passion as an Early Childhood Educator for over 25 years, the most important thing I wish to convey is that I am extremely dedicated in providing your children with a safe and fun environment where they can express their creativity, make new friends, as well as adjusting to spending part of their day away from their family.  Above all, as a preschool teacher, I believe in what  I do, and care tremendously about the progress and well-being of each and every child in the classroom and at the school.

If at any time you have any questions, concerns or would like to come in and spend some time in the classroom, please email Lauren and she will set up a time for you to visit and forward me your emails.

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom families,

  • This week we started discussing Chanukkah. We told the story of Judah the Maccabi, the ruining of the temple, and the "Kad Katan" (the small pitcher), that contained a tiny amount of oil, that miraculously lasted for 8 days and nights. We sang the song "Kad Katan" and many other Chanukkah songs in English and Hebrew.
  • On Thursday, Melita brought her big Djembe drum, and we sang more songs with her.
  • We explored shadows, light and darkness, using flashlights. 
  • We experimented with trying to mix oil and water (spoiler alert- they don't mix! but it's fun to shake the bottle and keep trying)
  • We made candle drip art- the kids showed how safe and careful they can be when using lit candles around a table full of friends.
Other things that happened this week: 
  • We made water color art. 
  • We put up our mixed-media communal artwork on the wall over the blue rug. 
  • We made a tent under the deck outside, using blankets. The children ran and brought food from our herb garden, and ran back to the tent "because it was raining". 
  • Some of our snow peas are climbing the poles we put in for them. We planted more seeds and plan to continue this next week. Each child can plant a seed, but we agreed that once they are in the ground, the belong to all of us. 
  • Colin played his guitar a lot, especially the rebel hit "Mama don't allow"
Shabbat Shalom,
Anna, Angelina and Colin

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hashavuah - Nachshonim

Shalom Nachshonim Families,

Baruch Ha'ba/Welcome to Miri! Miri's spent her first week at in the kitah and it has been really great to get to know her. I am going to miss your children a lot! They are delightful human beings! I am looking forward to staying connected with occasional visits, I'll bring my ukulele. Also, Jennaba and Miri know to make arrangements to come visit me and explore at the community garden. 
We have a lot to share. Here are the highlights of our week. 
Channukah is right around the corner and we began talking about this chag/holiday.

- We noticed that there is a candle in a candle holder on the windowsill. It’s been there all year long. We put it on the table and lit the candle at snack time. We found a box of Chanukkah candles in the kitchen and we started talking about the upcoming chag of Hanukkah. 
- We talked about fire safety with a lit candle. 
-We had a fire drill. We know what to do to be safe in an emergency. 
- Learning about all the objects associated with Chanukah. Miri shared Chanukkah felt stories and activities with us at circle time.
-Singing and listening to Channukah songs
– Dreidels! Spinning them, pressing them into play dough, pretending to be one, singing about them!
- Channukiot and nerot/candles to play with in the dramatic play corner

- water play with containers and water wheels out in the play yard.

- Geoboards and rubber bands 

- playing with our Duplo lego train. Loading it with lego animals. 

- we picked a couple avocados from the tree with Ofra‘s fruit picker. If it ripens, we will know that the tree is ready for us to pick more fruit.
Shavuah Tov,
Ofra, Jennaba and Miri