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.

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