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, January 25, 2019

HaShavuah January 25, 2019

HaShavuah January 25, 2019 19 Shevat 5779 We are continuing with our theme of Bal Tascheet and looking at all different ways it applies to our school and our world. Many of us shared Tu b'Shevat stories and ideas and we all have been enjoying seeing sunshine in our yard, and seeing what has sprouted with all the rain. Melita sang with us on Thursday and Rabbi Chai led Ma'agal Shabbat, teaching us with Moshe and Miriam's help, about how God spoke and gave us the Ten Commandments. This week we also had lots of sick children whom we missed a lot - we wish them all a R'fuah Shleimah, especially our friend Jonah who had pneumonia. In Nevonim this week we planted more parsley and saw our garlic sprout. We started to sprout a new potato as well. We are drawing pictures of the plants we see growing in our classroom, for a "photo" album. We read the Lorax. We have been having great fun in the hammock in the yard. We also made delicious banana muffins one day that we enjoyed for snack the next. We have been talking about safety in the classroom and how to stick together. We experimented with powder paint. We celebrated two birthdays - Liev turned 4 and Gabriel turned 5! In Nachshonim we moved our sensory table inside and explored scooping and grabbing pompoms with lots of different small motor skill tools. We read a lot of books with songs like Dragon on the Doorstep and We all Go Travelling By. We listened to them and sang along with them many times. Sonya and Ruth came to play with us a few times, as did some of our Nevonim friends - what fun! We continue to do lots of drawings and paintings.

Friday, January 18, 2019

HaShavuah January 18, 2019

HaShavuah January 18, 2019 12 Shevat 5779 What a busy week we had! Tu Be'Shevat was everywhere! We celebrated trees and taking care of our planet all week, following the value of Bal Tascheet - Do Not Destroy. Melita sang rain and tree songs with us. We had a lot of illnesses among the teaching staff, so special thanks to our awesome sub Chen who joined us almost every day to help out. Elizabeth and Sonya have also been working extra to help out. Here's to good health, Briut, to everyone. At Ma'agal Shabbat, Miriam and Moses (with the help of Rabbi Chai) helped lead the Israelite children through the water (under tallitot held by adults) as they danced their way to freedom! In Nevonim we had a wonderful Tu B'Shevat Seder led by Judy. Many parents joined us as we celebrated all four kinds of tree fruit - fruits with an exterior that is good to eat and a interior that is not, fruits with an interior that is good to eat and an exterior that is not, fruits with an exterior and an interior that are good to eat, and fruits with an exterior and an interior that are not good to eat for humans but good for other animals. We also drank grape juice, pomegranate juice and a wheat beverage, and said a Shehechiyanu on a fruit new to many of us, guava. We also planted parsley that we hope will be ready for Pesah. We made pancakes with berries for snack. We created an "under the sea" sensory table outside with salt water, rocks, shells, sand and sea creatures since this week's Torah portion, Yitro, includes the parting of the Red Sea. Lior led another fabulous music class. We also took apart some electronics to study what was inside of them. Happy Birthday this Monday to Liev who turns 4! In Nachshonim we made playdough, we painted with tempera. Sonya was with us much of the week. Anna cam back and told lots of stories about Costa Rica. We talked about Tu B'Shevat, the Birthday of the Trees. We sang songs and told stories about trees.

Friday, January 11, 2019

HaShavuah January 11, 2019 5 Shevat 5779 Happy New Year and welcome back to school. We have all been happy to see each other this week, and to welcome some new friends. In the Nachshonim class we were thrilled to meet Miri, Ari and Nadav, all of whom have quickly become part of the kitah! And in the Nevonim class we welcomed a new substitute teacher, Maor's Ema Chen. The holiday of Tu B'Shevat is fast approaching (January 21st this year) and so we are focusing a lot on trees and on the Jewish value of Bal Tashcheet - Do not Destroy. Melita came to visit both classes and sing Tu B'Shevat songs. Rabbi Chai led Ma'agal Shabbat and Moshe rejoined us since we are now in Exodus, and Pharoah the Grouch also made an appearance. In Nachshonim, we are experimenting with water since it is so important to trees. We compared drawing with wet chalk and dry chalk. We made collages using pompoms, paper and feathers and lots of glue on construction paper. We celebrated the rain this week with lots of rain play outside. We had lots of water play in the sensory table. We are having one of our favorite teachers, Sonya, join our class for the next few days because Anna is away. In Nevonim, we spent a good deal of time and energy planting new plants in our yard. We planted turmeric, garlic and ginger and we are sprouting a sweet potato. We also read several versions of Stone Soup (including the PJ Library Bone Button Borscht), and then, thanks to many helpful parent contributions, we spent several days making our own Stone Soup which was truly delicioius. New words that we learned in Hebrew were zera-seed, shoresh-root, geza-trunk, and anaf-branch. Chen (Maor's Ema) read us a book in Hebrew about geshem, rain. Outside we also made "leaf soup" which was not quite as tasty as the stone soup.. On Friday we has special help from Team Clean-up (Teo, Shaya, Ayelet, Miriam and Alexandra, and Noah for sweeping the yard!) On Tuesday, at 9:45 the Nevonim class will be having their own Tu B'Shevat Seder - Parents are welcome to join! In the afternoons in addition to calm relaxation time, we also had dance parties including "Watch Me Whip!" Nene, Dance basics of the 8-count and parachute play.