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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HaShavuah - Nevonim

January 12 / 25 tevet
Shalom Families
This week we started talking about Tu BeShvat- the birthday of the trees!
  • We read stories like A Tree is Nice and The Giving Tree.
  • We planted peas, snow peas and snap peas- hopefully the critters of Berkeley won't gobble them up this time...
  • We did ephemeral art using natural materials like acorns and pine cones.
  • We are exploring natural materials through magnifying glasses in both indoors and outdoors sensory tables. At some point this week, a few children tore up pieces of paper from a magazine and put them in the sensory table. It led to a conversation on how paper is made out of trees, and so it fits our theme.
  • We looked at different kinds of plants, and their parts, including succulents.
  • We had an hour long session of citrus fruit exploration. We looked at a pomelo, grapefruit, orange, mandarin and lemon. We noticed the different parts of the fruit and the part where it was connected to the tree. We noticed the differences and similarities between the fruits. We touched, smelled and of course tasted all of them (yes, even the lemon), and even made a chart of everyone's favorite fruit.
Regarding Parashat HaShavoua, we talked about how God asked Moses to go and speak to Pharaoh (i.e- "Let my people go"), but Moses was shy and didn't want to go alone, so God suggested he ask his brother Aaron to with him. Of course, Aaron was happy to help his brother, because that's what brothers do. The children named other people in their lives that they can ask help from, like parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and teachers.
We played a lot of music this week, with Colin and his Mandolin and Menachem  and his guitar. Sadly, Melita was under the weather this week and couldn't come. We send her Refu'a Shlema.
Outside, Angelina's rope- double- swing promotes communication between friends and an opportunity to practice team work
We read the story "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" using a felt board. Then Angelina poured some small spots of milk on a tray and the children shared what they thought it looked like.
We also read "The Most Wonderful Egg in the World" and talked about how each of us is special in our own way
Reminder- Monday is MLK Day, so we will see you all on Tuesday
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!
Anna, Angelina and Colin

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