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, April 16, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

28 nisan, 5778

Shalom Nachshonim families,

Welcome back!
We all enjoyed coming back to our classroom after break.  We welcomed in the week with Havdalah in the Nevonim Kitah and Noam was the helper. 
The yeladim enjoyed messy sensory play at it's best with lots of shaving cream and blue food coloring! 
We had lots of fun doing q-tip painting, and in honor of  Yom haatzmaut (Israel's birthday) the whole class made a blue and white collage.  The yeladim used shredded paper, sparkles and pom-poms for the collage, you can see it on the wall over the book area. 
During our time in the yard the yeladim worked really hard together in the sandbox pouring water through a pipe into a whole they had dug in the sandbox.  It was quite a team effort!  They also built bridges with wood blocks and took turns walking on it and helping each other walk on it. The bridge kept falling so the yeladim once again worked together to figure out a way to make it sturdier.   It was really great to see them working as a community.

Shabbat Shalom,
Miri and Jennaba

HaShavuah - Nevonim

28 nisan, 5778

Shalom everyone!

It was so great to reunite and meet everyone after the break! I believe everybody grew by at least an inch (not the teachers, though, sadly...)

We did some finger paint art, using primary colors.

Angelina brought various kinds of loose herbal tea. We put it in the indoors sensory table and we use it for playing as we added farm animals, as a sensory activity (touching, smelling, looking and sorting) and for art- with glue on paper.

We made the elephant toothpaste experiment (here's a link in case you want to try this at home.
Here's how it looked like in our Kitah:

Still on the topic of mess, the children love making "potions" at the snack table. This week, we mixed mandarin peels with boiling water and created a fresh smelling natural spray that we can spritz on our plants.

We made fruit smoothie and shared it with our Kehila (community)

At circle time we were reminded of how we should take care of each other, help out and use our words. Anna said- "We are a..." and the children completed: community/ group/ pack/ family.

Outside- we showed love and kindness to the earth and animals by helping earth worms, that came out after the rain, and placing them in safe places

We also sorted seeds and got them organized for spring planting

We started talking about Yom Ha'azmaut, Israel's birthday. We read stories like "And Shira Imagined" and sang songs like "Erez Israel Sheli" (my country of  Israel). We also looked at a Talit and compared it to the Israeli flags we hung in the Kitah

See you  all on Monday

P.S- don't forget to sign up for parent-teacher conferences. We will have 2 conferences at each time slot, so two teachers can attend each meeting. Please don't add your name if there are already two meetings at that time. Thanks!!

Monday, April 2, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Friday, 30 March, 2018
14th of Nisan, 5778

Chag Sameach ve Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

We started our week by exploring the story of  Pesach, reading books and singing songs. 

On Tuesday Miri was sick and Colin joined us. We had so much fun showing him the classroom and dancing to our favorite songs. We also loved the warm weather.

On Wednesday the yeladium made their own matzah covers. In the yard, they tied a rope to a box which they filled up with lots of different size wood pieces and got to experience what it was like for the Jewish Slaves to pull and push heavy bricks.  Then a few of them were Slaves, others Moses or Pharaoh, and they started acting out the story. Things we heard, “ no rest for you” “ we are hungry and need a break” “Pharoah please let us rest” and “ no, you will work day and night”. 

Thursday the yeladium had a great time experiencing “ Cleaning up for Pesach.” They cleaned up the classroom tables, chairs, paint off the doors/ walls, toy shelves, and the classroom floor.  We also loved reading the book Matan shared with us about “Baking a Passover cake for mom’s birthday”. We thought the yeladium would love to make it during the break. All you need is Matzah, spread with a cream cheese and jam mix, and then another piece of Matzah. Layer as high as you like and ENJOY!

Friday was a 'different' and bittersweet. We did not make challah or decorate our bags due to  Erev Pesach. We also said goodbye to our chaver Matan who we will miss very much. We wish him well. 


Miri and Jennaba

Monday, March 26, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom Nevonim Families,
As Pesach approaches:
  • We told the story of Moses and his adventures. We started when he was a baby, telling a little bit more every day, and got all the way to the other side of the Red Sea.
  • We brought out babies and baskets, Afikoman covers, cleaning supplies and a Sedder plate.
  • We made cardboard Afikoman and the children took turns hiding them in the classroom. 
  • We talked about the making of bread, and showed the children how to separate the wheat kernels from the surrounding shell, then used pestle and mortar to ground up the wheat. The kids enjoyed trying it out and ended up grounding many other things.
  •  We talked about the rising of the dough and how the people of Israel didn't have time to wait and that's why to this day we eat Mazzot on Pesach. We observed the process by following the rise of our Challah dough. 
  • We also sang  "Ma Nishtana" and "Dumam Shata" ("Silently sailing", a song about Moses in the basket), and Melita sang many other holiday songs with us.
This week we gave our share in the collective effort to help the refugees. The children took all the coins in our Tzdakah boxes, sorted and counted them. At circle time, Lauren took the money we counted and the children went with her in groups to the store to buy self care items like shampoo, tooth brushes, deodorant and more. On their way, the children shared with members of the community and the clerks at the store what they were buying and why.
We had a very exciting visit from Rabbi Stu Kelman and Peter Wharahftig, who came with their musical instruments: Clarinet, bass clarinet, tuba, flute, and their ancestors- the Shofar and a conch shell. We learned about high and low sounds and attempted to blow air in the certain way that's needed to play the Shofar and the Tuba.
Marcie, Angelina's roommate, bought a box full of strawberries for us, and we gobbled them up. This inspired us to read  "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear".
We wrote thank you notes for Peter, Stu and Marcie, for sharing their abundance with us.
We had another exciting visit from three 8th graders from Tehyia day school, Adam, Jack (our Sarah's big brothers) and Lilly. They came to read stories for us on Friday. They stayed for a whole hour and we were very VERY excited with their presence.
Angelina found a dead crab on the beach and we examined it carefully ... outside, of course!
We did mesh art with nets and tempera paint.
Have a beautiful weekend!
Anna, Angelina and Colin

Monday, March 19, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

Shalom everyone,

This week we had plenty of indoor activities ...
We brought the cash registers, and the children are making money out of different colored paper
We also brought a few keyboards and laptops, phones and stationary. We have a very productive office/ bank. Calls are being made and letters are being sent.

We used balance beams and blocks to create intricate and complex structures and obstacle courses, that sometimes took up most of the blue rug.

The nameless manipulative toy that Anna dug up on Ebay is still a hit. We use it to build wheels, candy-shooting machines and rescue devices.

Clean up has become another form of group effort, reinforcing our value of kehilla, as the children work in teams to clean up the different areas of the classroom

Outdoors ...
We played in the rain outside, and found an earthworm. We talked about how it came out of the ground because the ground became too wet from the rain. We "saved" it and put it on the ground near the neighbor's fence. We then found another HUGE WORM! It was very exciting, and worth getting a little wet.

Have a wonderful new week

Nevonim staff

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Sun, 18 March 2018
2nd of Nisan, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

Today we went to the Nevonim for Havdalah and Raina was the helper. We continuee to explore music and listened to African music while playing the drums.

Tuesday Menachem came to sing with us .We also Matan and Yossi join us for lunch. Miri put on a puppet show of  Peter and the Wolf.

On Wednesday we turned our classroom into a disco with strobe lights and music. The Yeladium had so much fun dancing and singing to their favorite music.

Thursday Militia came to sing with us and shared a song with us about Passover.  We also got to go play outside in the rain. Judah's family lent us a standing drum to use in our classroom. Tthank you for sharing, Judah.

A Reminder:  Join us on Tuesday, March 20th at 10:45 a.m. Rabbi Stu Kelman, Klez clarinetist, and Peter Wahrhaftig, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra tubist, will be coming to share their instruments and musical talents with us!

Miri and Jennaba

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 9, 2018

Shalom Kulam,
This week we had Havdalah with the Nachshonim led by Miri
We have some new-yet-retro manipulative toys that inspired lots of new creations
We read about and acted out being bugs and slugs

We made lemonade from ginormous lemons that came from Lauren's lemon tree. Of course, we shared it with our friends the Nachshonim

We made elephant toothpaste.

We built an obstacle course on the rug and took turns jumping over it

We ate buggers at snack. It was yummy and full of protein!
(If you shove an edamame bean into a pretzel, it kind of looks like a nostril with a green surprise in it... Four year old humor is The Best!) 

On Friday we met our third and last Rabbi candidate. She told one of Colin's favorite stories "The Stone Cutter" and we had a great Ma'agal Shabbat. 

Have a wonderful week full of health!!!
Anna, Colin and Angelina

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Sun, 11 March 2018
24th of Adar, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

We started our Music and Dance exploration today the yeladium got to experience making music using pots and pans, and harmonicas made of popsicle sticks, straws and rubber bands. We also listened to Japanese and Instrumental lullabies.  At Havdalah with the Nevonim Noah was the helper and his grandparents and mom joined us.

On Tuesday we changed our dramatic play area to a Music Shop where we got to buy instruments and after snack, we learned how to Hula dance with Jennaba and Miri while listening to Hawaiian Music.

Wednesday was the first time we heard the whole CD of the Philadelphia Chicken not just number 1 (Cows) and 3 ( Philadelphia Chickens). We all realized that we loved all the songs! In the Nivonim room, we found the book that went with the CD.  We also got to hear Peter and the Wolf and read lots of different books about all types of instruments.

Melita was here on Thursday and Maya joined us after lunch. We listened different types of music on as we painted stopping each time the music was off.

Friday Rafi shared one of his favorite CD's BB King “Live at the Apollo”.  Just before we got ready for Ma'agal Shabbat we had so much fun in the social hall with the air soccer ball Miri brought to share with us. We meant the last Rabbi candidate who told us a very nice Torah story about "The Stone Cutter".

Reminder: If you play an instrument, love to sing, dance or read let us know we would love to have you come in and share with the classroom. We would also like to ask if you have any books/music related to our music exploration please bring them in. We will make sure they get back to you.

Miri and Jennaba

Monday, March 5, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Friday, March 2, 2018
17 Adar, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

Our Purim exploration ended this week as we continued to read books, and listen and act out the Megillah story of Es'ter Hamal'kah while shaking our groggers and booing at hearing Haman's name.

On Tuesday Menachem visited, and we celebrated Judah’s 3rd birthday with homemade mini muffins.

Wednesday we played in the social hall. Tati from Edah sang some songs with us and even showed us sign language to the words. We also baked Hamensation with strawberry jam which was added to the Mishloach Manot baskets we made using paper plates.
Thursday was a gloomy and rainy day but that did not stop us from coming in our costumes and experiencing an all-school parade ending up in the Social Hall where we sang and danced with Melita.
Friday was our traditional challah baking and our Magal Shabbat.
As we mentioned before while talking with the yelidium we noticed that they are all very interested in music, instruments, dancing and singing. For the next few weeks will be exploring all the above so if you play an instrument, love to sing, dance or read  let us know we would love to have you come in and share with the classroom. We would also like to ask if you have any books related to our music exploration please bring them in. We will make sure they get back to you.

Miri and Jennaba

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hashavuah - Nachshonim

Mon, 19 February 2018
4th of Adar, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

The Nachshonim have really been enjoying their Purim exploration, at any given time passing by our classroom you may here a Purim song, a book about Haman, Queen Esther, Uncle Mordecai, and King Hashvehosh, or the yeladium retelling the story themselves. We have heard, “ bow down to me”, “ we Jewish we don’t do that”, “you must leave, you're not nice to the Jewish people”.  

On Monday we joined Nevonim for Havdalah where Noam and Judah were the helpers.

Tuesday we explored Purim symbols such as masks, pictures of Hamantaschen/oznei-haman , groggers and felt characters.

Wednesday we had a special guest .Itamar’s ima come in during snack and read two books in Hebrew for us.
Thursday we got to use grogers as Mira told the story of Ester, and each time we heard the name of Haman we all shook our graggers and said “BOO”. 

Friday we all got ready for our Shabbat practice by making our challah, decorating our bags, and hearing Shabbat stories before we went into the Sanctuary.

In the yard this week we all helped make a river in the sandbox, we used shovels to dig the river and that poured water and watched the water flow down the river.

This week we will be finishing our groggers, and baking  Hamentashen. We will also have a parade in our costumes. More information to come.

After talking with the yelidium we noticed that they are all very interested in Music, instruments, dancing and singing. After Purim we will be exploring all the above so if you play an instrument, love to sing, dance or read a book let us know we would love to have you come in and share with the classroom.

Miri and Jennaba

Monday, February 12, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

February 9, 2018
24 Sh'vat, 5778

This week we used craft sticks as props for action play

Alexandra's mom, Aliza, read us the story "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" at circle time. We love it when parents come to read to us! If you are interested, you can register here 

We made pom pom showers! and then cleaned up as a team!
We had a group conversation about respecting each other's space and work, and how to communicate without hurting our friends, even when we are upset.

Colin brought his amplifier and proved again that it's all about that bass

We read and acted out "Pete the Cat and His White Shoes"

We discovered a new pet spider, and named it Spidey /Aurora. We also made spider webs with Elmer glue and string

Outside, we built the double swing, and we played with the hammock. We also spent time jumping on cushions.

Quick reminder- next Friday, the 16th, is staff development day. School will be closed

Shabbat Shalom,
Anna, Colin and Angelina

HaShavuah -Nachshonim

11 February 2018
26th of Sh'vat, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

We continued on Monday with our exploration of construction, the yeladium helped cut out a garage from the cardboard boxes we had in the room, they hammered, drilled, and sawed all around the classroom what we heard, “ you can drill here “, “ the chair is broken we need to hammer it”, “ I going to saw the box and fix it” and “can I help you, you need to hammer right here” great teamwork.

We also had Havdalah with Nevonim. Eitan and Matan were two of the helpers this week.

On Tuesday the class got to experience once again measuring, pouring and mixing when we made new yellow playdough. At snack time we had a picnic out in the courtyard we all enjoyed purple sweet potatoes and cucumbers/m'laf'fon . hTey all thought it was a funny word to say. During snack Aliza, Alex’s mother came out and read us a book, Mouse Paint which is one of the Nachshonim’s  favorite.

Today we played with the yellow playdough we made yesterday and the yeladium brought over the construction tools to explore with.

It's Thursday and we are back to measuring and mixing with so many new experiences with our building and fixing things we made “sand Cement” which is just like real cement using cookie cutters we had all kinds of molds, some rolled it, others smashed it, what we heard, “this feels bumpy”, “ my fingers are dirty”, “it’s cold”, “can we take it outside?”

Miri and Jennaba

Monday, February 5, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshohim

19th of Sh'vat, 5778
Sun, 4 February 2018
Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

It's been a busy and exciting week for the Nachshonim! We continued with our construction exploration with the yeladium painting pieces of wood that are now in the yard and being used for building. The children have been busy with dump trucks and mixing sand and water to create cement in the yard.  

Nevonim invited us to share Havdalah with them, and Eitan, who come back from his trip to Israel, got to share the beautiful gift he bought back, Havdalah candles, besamim bags and a book all about Havdalah. Thank you to Eitan and his family!

We had a special guest, Linda, Noam’s mom, who baked stuffed apples, read books and did gardening yoga with us. The yeladium experienced first hand what it is to have sav'lanut/patient,  as they had to wait there turn to pour and stuff their apples.  They all loved their stuffed apples! If you are interested in coming in to lead an activity with the children, email Lauren to set up a time.

On Thursday we made the challah dough for Shabbat, once again we practiced sav’lanut  as the yeladim waited to measure,  pour, and stir.  

Miri  and Jennaba

HaShavuah - Nevonim

February 2, 2017  
17 shvat, 5778

Shalom Families
This week we made a spider ambulance, to rescue the huge spider we found in the play yard
We made 3D glasses using eclipse sunglasses and red and blue cellophane paper.
We learned about Parashat HaShavoua- the 10 commandments. We discussed how the commandments basically say we should be nice to each other.
We went on a field trip to Ofra's community garden, to nibble on kale and look at trees and plants. Thanks Brenna, for coming along

We had Tu BeShvat Seder, guided by Judy Massarano. We learned about, and tasted, a lot of different fruits, and even ate flowers! That was exciting (and not very yummy)

Our grass heads are sprouting! The children water them every day.

The children play with spray bottles outside and practice sharing and  taking turns.

We built a tent on top of the deck, using a green tarp tied to the trees. We brought pillows and hung out.

Some of the children conducted a self directed Ballet lesson on the rug. They practiced, and during circle time put on a show.

Read-a-thon is coming up! Look for updates from Aliza

Have a wonderful new week everyone.
Anna, Colin and Angelina

Monday, January 29, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

January 29, 2018    12 sh'vat, 5778

Shalom Families,
This week, incorporating the Mizva "Hachnasat Orchim" (welcoming guests), we invited the Nachshonim for Havdallah. As Besamim (spices) we used rosemary that Rafi brought from his garden.
We also welcomed Zahava to our classroom. She came with her drum, and we played and sang together. She played some songs that included different roles, and the children practiced taking turns.
In the Tu BeShvat department, we made grass heads with wheat grass and dirt in a stocking.
We played with sticks and branches, sometimes wrapping them with yarn
We sang plaenty of Tu BeShvat  and tree songs with Melita and without her. Songs like "The Almond Tree is Flowering"(HaShkedia Porachat in its English version), Way Up High In The Apple Tree, I Wonna Grow, My Roots Go down.
We played a lot with rhythm sticks, and marched around
We played with squishy balls in the indoors sensory table
Menachem came to tell us the story of Parashat HaShavoua and we decided to enact it on Ma'agal Shabbat (Shabbat circle). Some children played Moses, some played Miriam, one child was Nachshon and some were the water, rising to cover him and then moving away.
Reminder: This upcoming Wednesday we will be having Tu BeShvat Seder with the one and only Judy Massarano. On Tuesday we will be going to Ofra's community garden.
Have a sweet new week
Anna, Colin and Angelina

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

12th of Sh'vat, 5778
Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

We started the week off by joining the Nevonim Kitah for Havdalah to welcome in our new week.  We plan to start doing Havdalah in our own Kitah next week when Eitan returns from Israel and bring us our own Havdalah set.  The yeladim have been enjoying the experience of cutting with scissors out on the table, using their scissors to cut different animals and images from nature magazines.  Speaking of Nature the yeladim planted yellow bell pepper seeds. We can't wait to see them grow!  Along with planting, we have been exploring other things that come from nature such as pine cones, acorns, and leaves as we continue talking about Tu B Sh'vat.  The yeladim are enjoying the exploration of Tu B'Shevat with nature hazara.

Menachem visited and sang songs with us and received many hugs after telling the story, the parting of the sea.

 After talking with the yeladim we realized that construction and the time difference between here and Israel are topics of conversation.  We heard questions like "what time is it for Eitan?"  "How do you build a house?"  We brought in cardboard boxes some construction tools and watch the yeladim explore and use their imaginations.  

Jennaba and Miri

Monday, January 22, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

21 January 2018
5th of Sh'vat, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

We started our week introducing the yeladium to Tu B Shevat.  We let them know that we are going to be celebrating the “Birthday of the Trees” which was preceded by asking the question “ What do you know about trees?”  things we heard, “ trees have fruit” “that's right, apples, pears,” “ I have an apple tree”, “we can climb trees”, “birds live in trees.”  As the week continued the yeladium learned the parts of a tree and other nature words in English and Hebrew:

 Etz- Tree,  Teva - Nature,  Shemesh- Sun, Z'raiym-Seeds,  Aliym-Leafs,  Shorashim- Roots
Anafiym-Leafs, Chedek- trunk ,  Mayim- Water

They also were able to touch and feel parts of a tree, painted leafs with red blue and yellow, and as a group we placed celery in water added blue, red and yellow food coloring, ask “what happened to the celery?” (please take a look at our window ledge), as well as putting avocado pits in a cup of water with toothpicks to hold it up.

In the yard, we watered the plants, played with a water table with tree and nature items and looked for living bugs, and creatures under rocks, tree stumps etc.
Next week we will plant parsley for Passover, and continue to sing, read and experience Tu B'Shevat!

Miri and Jennaba