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, 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!

Shalom,
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.

Shalom,
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.

Shalom,
Miri and Jennaba