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, December 21, 2018

HaShavuah December 21

HaShavuah December 21, 2018 13 Tevet 5779 Today at Ma'agal Shabbat, Rabbi Chai taught us about blessings and told the story of Jacob blessing the sons of Joseph in this week's Torah portion Vayechi. We talked about how we bless each other. In Nachshonim we had a cymbals parade. We mixed paints and worked on the easel, using large and small motor skills. We explored foam paint in the sensory table. We had lots of fun with train tracks, building and rebuilding! We made collages using feathers, corks, glue and stickers. We "cooked" sticky foam. Ruth spent one morning with us. In Nevonim, we have increasingly been taking our older children out on adventures, one day to the park with Angelina and one day on a walk with Tati. Tuesday Lior (Reef's Dad) came and led an amazing music session with special instruments from India and Japan. He told us to listen to our hearts while he played the instruments. We planted our baby succulents. We included plants from the garden in our Havdallah circle to be our spices, besamim. We practiced our small motor skills with sewing cards, and free-form weaving. We had a lot of fun with marching bands outside. We had a lovely goo bye snack with Eitan and his family on Thursday. We explored foam paint and shaving cream and eye droppers to make our own foam paint.

Friday, December 14, 2018

HaShavuah December 14

HaShavuah December 14, 2018 6 Tevet 5779 Hanukkah is over and we have been settling down all week to non-holiday learning and play. We have also been enjoying the beautiful weather outside. Rabbi Chai and Melita both came to visit our classes to sing with us. We had a lovely Ma'agal Shabbat and learned a new Shabbat song about greeting each other. We are practicing Chesed as much as we can! In Nevonim we began focusing on Gardening - we planted nasturtium seeds (z'raim) - we are beginning to make connections between nature and the Jewish yearly cycle. We tested our large motor skills on the Ninja line, sometimes it is a spider web and sometimes it is just a fun way to climb. We explored art with 3d tiny balls collage. We also did lots of painting, using our fingers for mixing. We ate papaya and studied the seeds closely now that we are looking more at how things grow. We played many rounds of magic statue garden, as we became clay taking different shapes. In Nachshonim we built with soft blocks and used shaving cream as the mortar. We had great tactile and sensory fun with oobleck. We climbed the web outside. We had plenty of parties with our new tea set. We used small cookie cutters to make shapes in playdough. We invited Nevonim friends for lunch almost every day. We have come up with a new name for our new hamster, Oggy from the Hebrew word for hamster, oger

Friday, December 7, 2018

HaShavuah December 7

HaShavuah December 7, 218 29 Kislev 5779 We have had a lovely week of Hanukkah festivities. One of our own Hanukkah miracles was the reappearance of Otzar the Hamster, so now we are blessed with two hamster which is doubly fun for all of us. Another joyful event was the very successful Netivot Hanukkah party which so many of our families participated in - latkes, dreidel, activities and music were appreciated by all! We also danced and sang with Melita with Chanukah songs of course. In keeping with the joy of the holiday we are beginning to explore the Jewish value of Chesed (lovingkindness) - this is something we emphasize all year long, but we are really expressing it this month. At Ma'agal Shabbat Rabbi Chai talked about Joseph and his dreams and we danced to Hanukkah music. Maor and his family were the Shabbat Mishpachah. In Nevonim we lit the chanukiyah together every day. We explored the history of Hanukkah and the rededication of the Temple by making Chanukah medallions similar to Maccabbee coins from the Revolt. We first crafted a salt dough which we rolled out and cut into Magen David shapes. We lit a giant hanukiyah and all shared in the beauty of the lights on a very dark and rainy day. We explored reflected light by putting CDs in the sun and creating rainbows of light. We explored the medium of wax by melting candles and dripping the wax onto paper and onto water. We explored oil shemen of all kinds as we learned about the oil lasting eight days. On Thursday we had a fabulous sun-filled field trip to Strawberry Creek Park. On Friday we talked about chesed and we could all be kind to each other. In Nachshonim we played with a giant piece of wax, heating it and watching it melt, chiseling it. We explored light and darkness with flashlights. We experimented with shining the light on Anna's eyes and seeing her pupils change! We brought the light table into our kitah and used colored plastic blocks to see the difference between opaque and clear. We built a tent out of a giant parachute and huddled and played inside it on a very rainy day. We did more candle exploration by dripping wax into water, dipping the candle in water and then trying to light it.