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, October 26, 2018

HaShavuah October 26, 2018

HaShavuah October 26, 2018 17 Cheshvan 5779 We had a very busy week, continuing with Shomrei Adamah. Rabbi Chai made a tent out of two tallitot for the children to sit under and enjoy and Melita sang with us on Thursday . At Maagal Shabbat, Abraham the puppet came to visit again and talked to us about welcoming strangers into his tent. We also learned a great song with hand movements for Breishit about the Days of Creation - it was written and recorded by Shaya's aunt Elana Jagoda! In Nevonim, the big highlight of our week was our trip to Urban Adamah. Despite delays with AC Transit, everything went smoothly. We had snack, heard stories about Mitzvot and Compost Soup, then divided into groups to plant seeds in the greenhouse (beans and kale) and to feed the chickens. We all had a great time. Thank you to Judit Pap and Aliza Weiss who were able to join us as chaperones. Additionally, with Judy we also built Abraham's and Sarah's Tent with a doormat that each visitor had to cross. We talked about the Torah portion of the week where Abraham and Sarah display hospitality and share bread with others, so we made homemade pita which was a big hit. In the afternoon we acted out "Caps for Sale." Many children have been exploring nature and asking for more information about geckos and chameleons - toy ones have been camouflaging all over the classroom. In Nachshonim we painted rocks with tempera paints which quickly turned into a fingerprinting session (along with other body parts). We also used the paints outside on a giant piece of cardboard. We experimented with printing from our hands onto paper and had lots of sensory experiences spreading and washing paint. We played with plastic animals in sticky foam. We explored with magnets, using them with fishing rods to pick metal objects up. We talked about hard toys and soft toys and what happens if we swing hard toys around and how we have to keep everyone safe. We sorted toy fruits into cups and bins. We spent time playing with Otzar. Every lunch we compare lunches and have learned the word for apple in Hebrew, tapuach, because Anna usually has one in her lunch! Friday Barack shared a pomegranate at snack.

Friday, October 19, 2018

HaShavuah October 19

October 19, 2018 10 Chesvan 5779 Our second full week was full of nature, singing, art and learning through play. Both kitot did Havdalah together on Monday morning, Rabbi Chai came to both classes on Wednesday and we sang with Melita together on Thursday. We are all exploring the theme of Shomrei Adamah, being guardians of the earth. In Nachshonim we explored color mixing with finger paints. We played with dinosaurs in play dough. We played rocket ship outside with cardboard boxes. We practiced using scissors with wrapping paper. We played a lot with the farm, farm animals and dinosaurs. We read Ma'ase Be-5 Balonim, I want my Hat, 10 Little LadyBugs, No/Yes, Ain't Gonna Paint No More. We "cleaned" the play structure with water and paintbrushes. In Nevonim, we explored Shomrei Adamah in so many ways - by picking, seeding and eating pomegranates (rimonim), by creating earth sculptures with clay outside, by rooting and planting succulents, by making a nest and hanging it on a tree, by talking about trees, by taking care of animals like Otzar and making dog treats for Ducky and other school dogs. We also did ephemeral art with shells and take home art with watercolors. Rabbi Chai came and read "Because Nothing Looks Like G-d" and we had a great discussion about what the children think G-d looks like. Miriam said "I keep G-d in my heart." We had a lovely circle time where each child got to silently cast a vote (a lego block) for either of two Friday dough related books (Pete's a Pizza and In the Night Kitchen). Angelina also taught us sign language motions for play and snack. Many children expressed interest in learning more about eagles and insects which we will continue to do next week. We are going to Urban Adamah on Tuesday next week (Nevonim parents will get a separate email with details on Monday morning).

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hashavuah October 12, 2018

HaShavuah October 12, 2018 3 Cheshvan 5779 We need to say a Shehechiyanu prayer that we had our first full week of school this year! It was a lovely week of learning. Both kitot welcomed in new students, Gabriel to Nevonim and his brother Rafael to Nachshonim - both boys became a part of the Netivot Shalom Preschool community right away! Both classes got to sing animal songs with Melita. Rabbi Chai taught everyone a new version of our good morning song "Modeh Ani" and at Ma'agal Shabbat talked to us about Noah's Ark. We also discovered a yellow jacket nest in our yard which is being removed today by a man who keeps bees and sells honey - he is able to remove the nest so that our yard will be safe, but still keep the bees alive as he relocates them - since we all know that bees are important for our ecosystem. In Nevonim, we read lots of stories about Noah and the Ark. We made our own arks, following the directions that G-d gave Noah in the Torah portion, making it 3 stories with compartments. We talked about rain, floods, rainbows and what makes things sink or float. We read a book about opposites. In circle one day we heard two different books, Little Pea and Na'ama, Noah's Wife. We voted on which book we preferred, counting the votes 2 by 2 - Little Pea won 11:6. We explored the value of Shomrei Adamah in a variety of ways - by looking at a variety of succulents and how they are related to cacti. Gabriel said, "they are cacti's cousins!" We picked our first pomegranate (rimon) from the play yard tree - we ate it and it was good. We made banana bread with bananas that we did not want to waste, and it was also good! Tati led a yoga story about butterflies, snakes and dogs travelling on an adventure. Teaching assistant Jesse led a "monster clean-up game" in the afternoon. In Nachshonim, we played with farm animals in honor of Noah's ark. We made lots of rainbows with CDs on the ceiling. We made rainbows by mixing paints at the easel. We played with boats with animals and play dough. We read about Noah and his ark. We also read about Na'ama, his wife, and her important job. We played with a wooden ark full of animals. We read more animals including Bark George, Going on a Bear Hunt, and Baby Owl. We did floating and sinking experiments with tubs of water and various materials.

Friday, October 5, 2018

HaShavuah - October 5, 2018

HaShavuah October 5, 2018 26 Tishrei 5779 This week both classes welcomed Melita who sang songs about geshem (rain) . On Friday, we welcomed Reef's Abba Lior as the leader of our Ma'agal Shabbat. We owe him a big thank you for the great music (including Shabbat music and a class reggae favorite Three Little Birds) and great energy that he brought to the our gathering. As many of you know who attended our Preschool Simchat Torah celebration, now is the time in the Jewish calendar when we finish reading the Torah and then start all over again from the beginning - with Parashat Breishit which we have started talking about. Next week is a favorite parashah for preschoolers and teachers alike - Parashat Noach. This is appropriately enough the month where we are focusing our attention on the Jewish value of Shomrei Adamah - the idea that we are the guardians of the earth and it is our job to take care of it and all of its inhabitants, (plants, animals and people). In Nevonim, Judy introduced the Torah, its clothing and belt and the Torah Ark. Then the children used sticks and paper to make their own mini Torahs. Many children got a chance at Simchat Torah to dance with toy Torahs and talked about the joy in their lives. Big sources of joy this week in the kitah was the new garbage truck, toy geckos, making Torahs and playing with friends. Today the children made a giant Breishit cardboard painting as they partook in their own creation art. In the afternoon, a lot sensory activities including making playdough, oobleck and paint mixology happened. In Nachshonim, we welcomed Lenny for her first week of school. We played with sticky foam. We read lots of books including Duck/Rabbit, No/Yes, and Choo’s Day. Eliezer V’Hagezer, a wonderful book in Hebrew, continues to be a big hit. We also read the songbook “We All Go Travelling By.” We spent time today looking at the oven heating up as we got ready to bake our challot. We put a CD in the sun and watched the lights turn into a rainbow on our ceiling!