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, 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.