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, 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