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, October 12, 2018

Hashavuah October 12, 2018

HaShavuah October 12, 2018 3 Cheshvan 5779 We need to say a Shehechiyanu prayer that we had our first full week of school this year! It was a lovely week of learning. Both kitot welcomed in new students, Gabriel to Nevonim and his brother Rafael to Nachshonim - both boys became a part of the Netivot Shalom Preschool community right away! Both classes got to sing animal songs with Melita. Rabbi Chai taught everyone a new version of our good morning song "Modeh Ani" and at Ma'agal Shabbat talked to us about Noah's Ark. We also discovered a yellow jacket nest in our yard which is being removed today by a man who keeps bees and sells honey - he is able to remove the nest so that our yard will be safe, but still keep the bees alive as he relocates them - since we all know that bees are important for our ecosystem. In Nevonim, we read lots of stories about Noah and the Ark. We made our own arks, following the directions that G-d gave Noah in the Torah portion, making it 3 stories with compartments. We talked about rain, floods, rainbows and what makes things sink or float. We read a book about opposites. In circle one day we heard two different books, Little Pea and Na'ama, Noah's Wife. We voted on which book we preferred, counting the votes 2 by 2 - Little Pea won 11:6. We explored the value of Shomrei Adamah in a variety of ways - by looking at a variety of succulents and how they are related to cacti. Gabriel said, "they are cacti's cousins!" We picked our first pomegranate (rimon) from the play yard tree - we ate it and it was good. We made banana bread with bananas that we did not want to waste, and it was also good! Tati led a yoga story about butterflies, snakes and dogs travelling on an adventure. Teaching assistant Jesse led a "monster clean-up game" in the afternoon. In Nachshonim, we played with farm animals in honor of Noah's ark. We made lots of rainbows with CDs on the ceiling. We made rainbows by mixing paints at the easel. We played with boats with animals and play dough. We read about Noah and his ark. We also read about Na'ama, his wife, and her important job. We played with a wooden ark full of animals. We read more animals including Bark George, Going on a Bear Hunt, and Baby Owl. We did floating and sinking experiments with tubs of water and various materials.

Friday, October 5, 2018

HaShavuah - October 5, 2018

HaShavuah October 5, 2018 26 Tishrei 5779 This week both classes welcomed Melita who sang songs about geshem (rain) . On Friday, we welcomed Reef's Abba Lior as the leader of our Ma'agal Shabbat. We owe him a big thank you for the great music (including Shabbat music and a class reggae favorite Three Little Birds) and great energy that he brought to the our gathering. As many of you know who attended our Preschool Simchat Torah celebration, now is the time in the Jewish calendar when we finish reading the Torah and then start all over again from the beginning - with Parashat Breishit which we have started talking about. Next week is a favorite parashah for preschoolers and teachers alike - Parashat Noach. This is appropriately enough the month where we are focusing our attention on the Jewish value of Shomrei Adamah - the idea that we are the guardians of the earth and it is our job to take care of it and all of its inhabitants, (plants, animals and people). In Nevonim, Judy introduced the Torah, its clothing and belt and the Torah Ark. Then the children used sticks and paper to make their own mini Torahs. Many children got a chance at Simchat Torah to dance with toy Torahs and talked about the joy in their lives. Big sources of joy this week in the kitah was the new garbage truck, toy geckos, making Torahs and playing with friends. Today the children made a giant Breishit cardboard painting as they partook in their own creation art. In the afternoon, a lot sensory activities including making playdough, oobleck and paint mixology happened. In Nachshonim, we welcomed Lenny for her first week of school. We played with sticky foam. We read lots of books including Duck/Rabbit, No/Yes, and Choo’s Day. Eliezer V’Hagezer, a wonderful book in Hebrew, continues to be a big hit. We also read the songbook “We All Go Travelling By.” We spent time today looking at the oven heating up as we got ready to bake our challot. We put a CD in the sun and watched the lights turn into a rainbow on our ceiling!

Friday, September 28, 2018

HaShavuah - September 28, 2018

HaShavuah September 28, 2018 19 Tishrei 5779 This week was all about Sukkot. We had a lovely Preschool Dinner in the Sukkah Wednesday night which was a rewarding experience for all who attended, young and old. The children sang Sukkot songs with Elizheva, made their own edible (and healthy) mini lulav and etrog out of celery, parsley, dill and yellow cherry tomatoes, decorated paper etrogs with a pom pom for each guest they wanted to invite to their sukkah. They also danced the sukkah shuffle and went on the Sukkah train. A big thanks to Elizheva for working with us, to Rabbi Idit for teaching the parents, and thanks to all the parents who helped organize and clean up. In the classroom a lot of Sukkot education and fun took place as well. Both kitot had the opportunity to eat snack and lunch in the sukkah, sing Sukkot songs with Melita, do sukkah art and shake the lulav. Friday's Maagal Shabbat also included more sukkot lulav shaking and dancing with Rabbi Chai. The Nevonim class started the week with a walking field trip to go visit teacher Judy's sukkah. While there we heard Sukkot stories, ate a special snack that included figs from her tree and Sukkot pumpkin challah. We went on a tour of her sukkah and saw how special it is to decorate and spend time in the sukkah. We played outside with movement and music with Tati in the sukkah and the courtyard. We also decorated our own mini sukkot. The Nachshonim is practicing their Hachnasat Orchim as they welcome a new student to their class. Lenny and her parents Assaf and Talia came to visit a few times this week and Lenny will be starting school next week. We are all happy to have them join Netivot Shalom Preschool. In Nachshonim we also made sukkah decorations. We took Otzar out of his cage, cleaned it and described what we saw. We celebrated Rafi's 3rd Birthday. Rafi and his family were the Shabbat Mishpachah in honor of this event.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

HaShavuah - September 21, 2018

HaShavuah - September 21, 2018, 12 Tishrei 5779 This week in the Nachshonim kitah we continued our exploration of color mixing. We made yellow, orange, light blue and purple. We have had a lot of fun playing with and feeding Otzar in the morning. On Thursday we made eggs in the nest - each child made a hole in a slice of bread, broke an egg and poured it in the bread - teachers cooked it and then children got to eat it for snack. We played "the floor is lava" outside (we put wooden blocks on the woodchips so we could walk "safely" and practice our balancing skills). We practiced Hachnasat Orchim as we welcomed Maor to our class since he is now two years old and ready to join the fun! Mazal Tov! In the Nevonim kitah we sang Happy Birthday to the world and blew out candles. We used eye droppers to mix liquid paint in trays. We made "I'm Sorry" cards for Yom Kippur. We fed and handled Otzar the hamster. We did Yom Kippur art. Melita came to sing with us on Tuesday and Zahava joined in with her drums and we had a dance party! On Thursday we made challah and had our first attempt at building a sukkah. We have been really enjoying playing with trains, blocks, cars and all kinds of transportation. We have also been practicing Hachnasat Orchim and cooperating with each other. On Friday Rabbi Chai (along with puppets Miriam and Moshe) talked to us about building a sukkah.

Friday, September 14, 2018

HaShavuah, September 14, 2108 5 Tishrei 5779

HaShavuah, September 14, 2108 5 Tishrei 5779 In keeping with our theme of Hachnasat Orchim, we welcomed a few new and old guests to the kitah. On Wednesday, Rabbi Chai came to both kitot to sing Rosh HaShanah songs with us- we also talked about Yom Kippur and the times we say sorry to people - the Nevonim children came up with many good examples. After learning with the Rabbi, the Nevonim class went on our first fieldtrip to Strawberry Creek Park to throw our "mistakes" and "sorries" into the running water as we practiced the custom of Tashlikh. Then we played at the park. Thank you to Teo's father Brett for joining us. On Wednesday we welcomed a new friend/teacher who is in high school named Jesse Gerwein who will join us sometimes in the late afternoons on Wednesday. On Thursday, we welcomed Melita who sang with us and taught us a new Yom Kippur song and sang one of our favorites about the Shofar - "I Love to hear the Shofar Blast, Sometimes Slow and Sometimes Fast.". The Nevonim class also read a PJ Library book "The Vanishing Gourds" in which a hungry squirrel comes to visit a family's sukkah. From the book we made a "Hachnasat Orchim" mobile and added some ideas of our own. We also welcomed into our community a new arrival, Eitan's brother, Doron, who was born on Monday. Children made some cards of welcome for him and others in their families. On Friday, we started the tradition of reading Hebrew books at circle - today it was "Zeh Lo Argaz" - It's Not a Box - because so many children have been playing with our own giant cardboard boxes, making fire engines, houses and rocket ships. We also looked at the blueprint drawings for something that we will build in the classroom - it will start as a sukkah and then we will make it into a tree house, an alligator house, and a fire house- these were some of the children's very creative ideas! We made our challot, including a round one for the new year. In Nachshonim, we did q-tip painting with primary colors and some color mixing exploration. We also did a lot of big painting on the easel and continued mixing colors. The Nevonim kitah welcomed us as guests on Thursday with Melita and for lunch.

Friday, September 7, 2018

September 7, 2018 27 Elul 5778 What a great first week we have had! Our theme of Hachnasat Orchim (Welcoming Guests) continued all week as we welcomed new children, new teachers, new families and even a new pet, a hamster named Otzar (Treasure in Hebrew). This week we welcomed Vinnie to the Nevonim class, along with his helper Soheyla who will be in the classroom everyday until 12:00. This week we began our celebration of Rosh HaShanah. We talked about apples and honey for a sweet new year. We sang lots of songs about apples and honey. We made individual honey cakes (oogat d'vash) with Judy. We heard the shofar. We learned a shofar song with Rabbi Chai. We sang Rosh HaShanah songs with Melita. We enjoyed our new outdoor "ninja" line as we explored large motor skills. Finally, we had our first Ma'agal Shabbat of the school year - we met Rabbi Chai and her puppets Miriam and Moshe. Lev and his family were the Shabbat Mishpachah. In Nachshonim, we got to know each other and our new friends, Lev, Aryeh, Barack, Rafi, Yael and Maor. We explored floating and sinking in the water table with a glass full of air and a glass full of sand. We are learning and practicing school routines and ways. We welcomed Otzar the hamster. We looked at him sleeping. We experimented with setting up his water bottle and food bowl. We took him out of his cage and gently petted him. We tasted apples and honey. We tried the new zip line. We sifted and played together in the sand box. We played with playdough. We sharpened pencils.

Friday, August 17, 2018

HaShavuah - Summer Fun Week 8

We had a lovely week to end our summer fun. We challenged ourselves with ropes on the structure. We made environments for animals with sawdust. We worked really hard moving mounds of wood chips into big piles, and jumped in them to spread them while singing "how much wood can a woodchuck chuck!" We also sifted sand, so it will be nice and ready for us to play with in the fall. We played, "the floor is lava" to practice our large motor skills. In the sensory table we used building materials to create great inventions. On Thursday we took a small field trip next door to Target to buy stickers for our Friday Shabbat challah bags. We sang with Melita and did Havadalah with Malkah. We read the "Funny Lion" in Hebrew many times! On Friday we celebrated Raina's 3rd Birthday with delicious fruit and popsicles. We made challah dough and challah. We had our Ma'agal Shabbat without Rabbi Chai. Instead of Miriam and Moshe puppets coming to visit, we had a visit from Leah. Anna taught us about this week's Torah portion, Shoftim, how we set up judges to help people stay safe and get along.

Friday, August 10, 2018

HaShavuah - Summer Fun - Week 7

This was a wonderful week of summer fun. Anna was back which was a great reunion for her and the children - Noga also came to visit a few times. On Monday we had Havdalah with Malka and on Tuesday we sang with Melita. The big theme all week was firefighters - we wore uniforms, hats and made fire trucks out of giant boxes. We also made small firetrucks with glitter, because even firetrucks need some sparkle! On Wednesday we took a field trip to Strawberry Creek Park. We enjoyed delicious smoothie popsicles that we made last week. We also made ephemeral art with glass beads and squares and we made collage art. We had a pom pom festival and walked around offering pom pom cotton candy. Rabbi Chai and her puppets taught us about this week's Torah portion at Ma'agal Shabbat, how like Moshe we all have choices that we can make...choices about how we treat each other.

Friday, August 3, 2018

HaShavuah - Summer Fun Week 6

August 3, 2018 15 Av 5778 Malka came to lead us in Havdalah. We did book inspired art work - one based on the Very Busy Spider and one based on It Looked Like Spilt Milk. The art is displayed in the classroom and hallway. We went to Strawberry Creek Park. We enjoyed playing with children from other summer camps and we enjoyed the help of Vered's sons Nico and Seba. We made delicious berry smoothies and froze some for popsicles. We dressed up as firefighters in full gear and walked around the building looking for fire extinguishers. We made challah. We learned about Parashat Eikev and the Birkat HaMazon blessing after meals with Rabbi Chai. It was a good week!

Friday, July 13, 2018

HaShavuah - Summer Fun - Week 3

July 13, 2018 25 Tammuz 5778 What another lovely week we had at Summer Fun. A reminder that I will be away for two weeks and if you have any scheduling issues or changes, please let Angelina know. This week we made oobleck and fairy goo and mixed them together as a science experiment. We also made clay sculptures. We made collages with diverse materials. We made lemonade which we later used to make popsicles with berries to celebrate Shaya's 4th birthday. Outside we experimented with pulleys, ropes and buckets to pull up water and other materials to the deck. The afternoon children helped open the packaging for a new toy barn, which we decided is not a barn for children or toy animals, but a barn where toys live. The packing material scattered all over the yard and the children were helpers, practicing "Shomrei Adamah" to collect the materials (even using the pulley they invented). On Friday Rabbi Chai led another great Ma'agal Shabbat, using her puppets Moshe and Miriam to teach about the Israelites taking 40 years to reach Israel. We counted our toes and fingers with a buddy to equal 40. She also taught us the word Chumash for the five Books of the Torah from the word Chamesh (Hebrew for Five). We were joined by Emah April, Emah Leora and Emah Brenna and Teo's Savta who was visiting from Jerusalem.

Friday, July 6, 2018

HaShavuah - Summer Fun Week 2

We started the week by having Malkah join us to lead Havdalah. We added to our fairy garden by hanging streamers and planting fairy flowers (pink Echinacea). We built our own individual fairy houses out of boxes and flowers.We made fairy sand with soap, shells, and glitter. We explored many kinds of art projects including spray bottles of paint on a giant box from the garden shed that some children helped Ruth and Colin put together. We played with balance beams to make obstacle courses inside the kitah. We made fairy sand with soap, shells, and glitter. On Thursday we made challah dough and Melita came to sing favorite animal and transportation songs with us. On Friday we baked our challot and had our very first Ma'agal Shabbat with Rabbi Chai. She brought with her a guitar, her beautiful voice, lots of ruach, and two new puppet friends, Moshe and Miriam, to teach us Torah. We were also joined by Ruth and the new Youth Education Director Elizheva. It was a good week of learning!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Ha Shavuah - Summer Fun Week 1

June 29, 2018 16 Tammuz 5779 We had a wonderful week of summer fun. We welcomed a new friend named Reef as well as many old friends! We made marble paintings with small and medium boxes with red, yellow and blue paint. Melita came and sang with us. We played with kinetic sand. We had lots of outdoor pool time, outdoor art time and even outdoor snack time. The theme that emerged this week was fairies. We talked about fairies, brainstormed fairy houses, and then we designed and built our own fairy houses and garden which will be a project we keep going all summer. Next week we will add plants. Friday was bittersweet as Lauren led us in her last (for now!) ma'agal Shabbat. We will miss her, but we welcomed in Ruth as our new director. Shabbat Shalom

Monday, June 4, 2018

HaShavu'im - Nevonim

June 1, 2018 8 sivan, 5778 Shalom everyone, Last week we did a lot of art projects! We made soap bubble art with Lauren We made fold over art with acrylic paint and with a mixture of glue, paint and glitter in squirty bottles We also made water color drawings We had a fun visit from Zahava. She came to play with us when Angelina was away Outside. we played catch with Colin, and also helped him fix the outside sensory table. This week we started our teacher swap. Jennaba came to be with us one day, and Miri came for two days. It was fun. We created a lot of art with craft sticks, glue, tape and oil pastels We also did some ephemeral art. We looked at different parts of a melon through a magnifying glass. Later we ate it for snack. We had a lot of yarn in the sensory table, and the children used it in various ways like leashing stuffies, cutting and throwing it up to "make it rain" Some of the children were 'baby raptors' this week We played different games in small groups, like 'Duck, Duck, Goose' and creating marble runs Outside, we watered our beans, corn, sunflowers and peas. We also filled up the basketball hoop base with water and the children are shooting hoops! Shabbat Shalom, Anna, Colin and Angelina

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

May 25, 2018 11 sivan, 5779 Shalom Nachshonim families, We had Monday off in observance of Shavuot. On Tuesday Jennaba was out and Marie joined us in the kitah. We brought out the sticky foam and the yeladim used scissors to cut it like they do with play dough. The sticky foam stuck to just about everything! The children also explored plastalina (modeling clay) that Miri brought in. Later on in the yard we sifted some sand from the sandbox and brought it in to the kitah to play with. The yeladim also helped shovel the sand into the buckets to be sifted they watched as the sand went from having wood chips, leaves and other debris to becoming soft smooth sand again. Melita joined us and we all sang songs together especially songs about animals which is always a favorite in our kitah. After lunch the yeladim have been doing a lot of exploring in the kitchen area and putting on "Shabbat dinner." Building choo choo trains out of chairs is also a very popular activity these days! Shabbat Shalom, Miri and Jennaba

Thursday, May 24, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

May 18, 2018  4 sivan, 5778

Shalom Kulam

Last week we had our parent teacher conferences. It was a pleasure to have a quiet time for some adult conversations. Please remember that you can ALWAYS approach us and if we cannot help you at the moment we will schedule a time to speak.

We did fold over art with tempera paint in squirty bottles

We had another beading session

We played "what's missing", first with a teacher leading the game, and then with a child leader.

We played in small groups in the social hall, and built our marble run in the small classroom

We had a fun session with Colin's mandolin

We finished a WHOLE HUGE watermelon in about two hours. What can I say- we work well as a team...

More in the food department- we tried to make cheese corn muffins for Shavuot. but they didn't turn out so yummy...

We talked about how the people of Israel used to go to the Temple with their first harvests, to give it as offerings to the Cohanim (priests)

We read the book "You're Welcome" about excluding. We are also reading "How full is your Bucket"

Outside, we brought a big box, that turned into a trampoline, and later to a pool. Colin brought a few pool noodles that turned into jet packs. We also turned our slide to a water slide

This week, we harvested our first snow pea, to celebrate Shavuot! We cut it to 8 pieces (!) and shared it.

We also planted more sunflowers, and some succulents
We are practicing playing catch with bean bags and real balls

We made art with liquid paint and droppers

We celebrated Shavuot this week- we decorated baskets, crowns and bracelets. We brought fruit and "Bicurim" (first harvests) from home and had a Shavuot parade. We filled a big basket with all our offerings and later it was delivered to people in need.
We also sang some Shavuot songs with Melita

On Thursday we had Pajama day, complete with snuggles and cuddles, blankets and nap books galore.

Have a great long weekend everyone, see you all on Tuesday!
Anna, Colin and Angelina

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

May 18, 2018   4 sivan, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

Today we joined Nevonim for Havdalah Raina and Noga were helpers. Miri was out and Marie and Taylor joined us.

We decorated Shavuot fruit baskets which we will use for our parade tomorrow. Read books about Moses receiving the 10 commandments and talked about rules and words that may hurt others,“no hitting”, “ you can’t run out the door”, “I’m not your friend”, “you can't play with me” our some of what was said.

With baskets in their hands and song in their hearts... we joined Nevonim for a parade around the school stopping off at the office and handing out some fruit ending up in the Sanctuary leaving all the fruit to later be taken to someone who may be in need.

 The dramatic play area has gone from two yeliudim exploring to four in the past week noticing this has started us all thinking that space may be too small on Thursday we moved the book area with the dramatic play area which allowed for a bigger dramatic area and a cozy book area. Talking with the yeliudim they have expressed that we should add more pillows, blankets,  and lovies.

Miri and Jennaba

Monday, May 14, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

May 14, 2018   1 sivan, 5778

Shavua Tov Nachshonim families,

On Tuesday we had a lot of fun playing with playdough.  The yeladim brought out scissors and popsicle sticks and got to cutting.  On Wednesday we made fluffy slime, which consits of glue, shaving cream, contact solution and food coloring.  It was a lot of fun rubbing our hands through it.  On Thursday we got to make the challah dough!  It was really fun getting all sticky mixing up the dough.  The yeladim made a boat outside with a big empty box in the sanpit, it was great to see them all working together carrying buckets of sand and water back and forth from the sensory table to the sanbox.


Miri and Jennaba

Monday, May 7, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

19 iyer, 5778   May 4, 2018


We had lots of fun the last two weeks!
Last week, the children noticed we don't have a lot of art on the walls, after everything was taken off for spring break painting. The kids made lots of art projects and hung some of them on the walls.  There's a fascinating art gallery in the pretend kitchen area.

We also did some gluing of sequins and paper shapes on cardboard, and experimented with watercolors and water color pencils.

We had a beautiful face/body paint session

The children put on another show for circle time

We read "The Invisible String" and talked about how we are all connected with strings of love

Outside, we continue planting- this time we planted sunflowers and green beans

We washed our chairs and scrubbed them

We had an obstacle course that ran from the sand pit to the trampoline and from there to a mattress. We also had a 'lazer maze' up on the deck, with rope criss-crossed all over the deck and the children maneuvering without touching it.

In the sensory table we had lots and lots of shredded paper from the office (reusing is the name of the game!)

During lunch we had a wonderful plan- we will take a helicopter and fly to Hawaii. Then, we will tie a zip-line to the pool and slide down right into the water. Who wants to come??

We also celebrated Matan's birthday. Happy birthday!

This week, we experimented with powder paint and water

We played with shaving cream and toy cars

We listened to stories by storyteller Michael Katz

We "fixed" the outside play structure

We played "baby Moses" in the sand pit and the water table

Colin brought two corn plants to plant, so we observed them and talked about them. We also compared a sunflower baby plant and a green bean baby plant during circle time.

A shaker broke and we collected and looked at the little beads inside it. We figured that the little beads are made of metal, as they stuck to our Magna Tiles.

We had some small group fun, which always helps to make sure every child feels seen and appreciated.

In the afternoon we did some fold over art with tempera paint

We decorated tote bags with acrylic paint

We celebrated Sarah's birthday!
Shabbat Shalom,
Anna, Colin and Angelina

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Sun, 6 May 2018
21st of Iyyar

Shavua Tov Nachshonim Families,

Monday Miri was out sick and Maire joined us. After lunch, we turned into ducks and went on an adventure around the building.

Tuesday Angelina was here and we did lots of painting some on the easel and others painted the white cardboard containers. We had lots of fun mixing colors to make new ones.

Wednesday Miri was back and we painted with watercolors using eye-droppers.

Thursday we used red, blue and yellow tempera paint and contact paper adding and mixing the different colors on to the contact paper.  We also celebrated Itamar’s birthday with a special snack yogurt and melon. Toda Raba Itamar.

Friday in our Maagal Shabbat, we learned Torah with Linda, Noam’s mom and Colin played the guitar.

Miri and Jennaba

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

HaShavuah - Nachshonim

Sun, 22 April 2018
7th of Iyyar, 5778
Shavua Tov  Nachshonim Families,
What a busy week we had!
On Monday we played with popsicle sticks with sticky form, read books, danced to our favorite songs and a few of us made food for the babies.  It was also “Picture Day” and we took pictures in the Sanctuary and the yard. After snack, we joined Nevonim for Havdalah.
Tuesday we painted on cardboard and doilies mixing blue and white paint which gave us different shades of blue. We also used the same doilies to weave in and out with pipe cleaners.
Wednesday Jennaba made Oobleck with cornstarch and water and we got to watch it go from solid to liquid. We also made new Playdough after lunch.
Thursday we used our new purple Playdough and we painted with watercolor on the easel. In the yard, we put down a long piece of cardboard with yellow and blue paint took off our shoes and socks and got to paint with our feet. Sensory play at its best!

Miri and Jennaba

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

5 iyar, 5778  April 20, 2018
Shalom Kulam,
This week we continued our celebration of Israel's birthday!
  • We sang songs and read stories in Ivrit/Hebrew and English  about Israel. 
  • We had Israeli- flag inspired art, with the children gluing blue triangles and stripes on white paper
  • We made 'Magen David' (Star of David) shaped pancakes, using a cookie cutter in the shape of a six pointed  star. It Kind of worked...
  • We also baked a Magen David Challah for Ma'agal Shabbat
We had a successful picture day, with the wonderful Soey Sindel. If anyone has issues, please contact Sagar Pilania, Raina's Aba, from the Nachshonim group.
We received a donation of simple plastic bead necklaces. The children worked for a long time cutting and separating the beads, sorting through them and taping and gluing them, creating mixed media art pieces. They are still being used as "loose parts" in various pretend games. 
On Thursday we made a huge art creation using tape on our blue rug
Outside, we compared the new, rich soil that was added to the planters, with the sandy dirt from the sand box. We noticed that it looks different and even smells different.
We experimented with the slide. Some children slid down while sitting in a tin bin, others used cardboard pieces. We also pulled the hose up close and made a water slide.
We created a communal painting outside, using a very long cardboard piece and tempera paint.
Angelina created a spider web/maze on the deck, using elastic rope
Shabat Shalom,

Anna, Angelina and Colin

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