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, March 29, 2019

HaShavuah March 29, 2019

HaShavuah March 29, 2019 22 Adar II We had a lovely week of talking about spring. We also had a very successful Picture Day - thank you to parent volunteers Leah Edelstein, Talia Nagar, Brenna Strauss, and Mira Goodman, and a huge thank you to Judit Pap for volunteering her talents. We all look forward to seeing the photos! For children who were not here or did not want their picture taken, we will be scheduling a make-up day and will let you know when it is. In Nevonim, we talked about Spring (Aviv). We have been watching our parsley sprout slowly and our wheat grass sprout amazingly quickly. We learned the Hebrew word for parsley (karpas), berries (tutim), blueberry (oochmaniah) and egg (beytzah). Judy talked about the connection between spring time and eggs. We studied eggs and other baby animals. Wednesday Reef's Abba Lior came to lead us in a fabulous music circle - he brought his drum, a big guitar ,and a tiny guitar (that makes a beautiful sound), and lots of percussion instruments for children to use. He mimicked a heart beat rhythm and we made rain on his big drum with our fingers. On Thursday Melita sang tree and fruit songs with us. We had strawberries for snack since it is a spring food and we created spring artwork for our door. We started practicing the first of the 4 questions in anticipation of our learning that begins next week. In Nachshonim we decorated bowls for ourselves since we have been pretending to be puppies. We had fun with playdough. We made tails for some of our puppy kids. We made leashes for our stuffy puppies. We made trains, pushed one another on chairs and played Scooby Doo in the social hall. We had lots of manipulative play - building with blocks and playing with trains.

Friday, March 22, 2019

HaShavuah March 22, 2019

HaShavuah March 22, 2019 15 Adar II 5779 What a fabulous week of Purim fun we had! Both classes created many projects and tried on many costumes and lots of facepaint. We celebrated together on Thursday with a parade around the building, singing and delivering Misloach Manot, then we all sang and danced together with Melita in the Sanctuary. In Ma'agal Shabbat Moses and Aaron (with the help of Rabbi Chai) talked to us about Leviticus and how it has a lot of laws and rules in it. In Nevonim, we made filling for Oznei Haman (hamantaschen), we learned about the Hebrew letter Taf - that starts the word for date/tamar, for apple/tapuach, for picture/t'munah, for potato/tapuach adamah. We made hamantaschen in a great frenzy of baking. A big Todah Rabah to Aliza Weiss for making the dough for us! We decorated and filled Misloach Manot bags to give to families and synagogue staff, and we planted wheat seeds. In the afternoon we had lots of large motor fun with the ninja line and wooden rollers and we made ephemeral art with glass squares and natural materials. In Nachshonim we finished making our groggers, filling them with beads and taping them. We practiced using them every time Haman's name is said. We painted our faces (and many other parts of our bodies...). We had great fun at the Purim parade.

Friday, March 15, 2019

HaShavuah March 15, 2019

HaShavuah March 15, 2019 8 Adar II 5779 In Nevonim we made megillah scrolls, we made crowns. We made groggers, ra'ashanim. We learned about the custom of making misloach manot and we made cards for our gift baskets. We learned about Purim tzedakah and we are making tzedakah boxes. We played outside with our new water dispenser (this way we can conserve water but still have ample water play). We made a small object museum inside the kitah and we made many things with large boxes outside. In Nachshonim we played with groggers and had lots of fun trying on different masks We started making groggers, decorating cups with paint, then we brushed some glue and added more decorations. We were very excited about making rainbows with reflections of CDs in the sun. We also explored using flashlights on the CDs and on other things like mirrors and wooden toys, to see if there's a reflection.

Friday, March 8, 2019

HaShavuah March 8, 2019

HaShavuah March 8, 2019 1 Adar II 5779 Rejoice we are in Adar (again)! With the new moon and the start of Adar II we are fully immersed in Purim fun and exploration. Melita taught us a lot of Purim songs (she will join us on Purim Day to lead our parade). Rabbi Chai taught us a song at Ma'agal Shabbat based on the Torah portion about when Jews were slaves in Egypt written by Shaya's aunt. The children will be practicing it for the next few weeks to perform at the Preschool Sponsored Kiddush April 6th. We will be sending parents the words and tune in the next few weeks. In Nevonim we also focused on self-care. We had our own "spa" week with oatmeal and coconut oil masques and hand massage one day, and cucumbers and foot massages another day. We learned the Hebrew word for mask, (mahsaycha) and we explored other kinds of masks for Purim, as well as face painting and costume wearing galore. We read many great books about Purim, as well as a fun book called "Ninja School" and one called "Piggies in the Puddle" since many of us like to be Ninjas and most of us love jumping in puddles - which we did a lot of this week! Since we are focusing on Shalom Ba'Kitah we have been working a lot with Feeling Cards and charts to help us have self-reflection and awareness of how we and others feel. Some of us also set up a museum of our own creations in the loft. We made a communal art project for the April 6th Kiddush using acrylic paints on canvas. We all enjoyed having Eliana, Rafi S.'s older sister, join us on Monday. Last week we celebrated Judah's 4th birthday and this week Noga's 4th birthday! In Nachshonim, we all loved having Jennaba's daughter Kaiya join us on Friday to help in the kitah. We did ephemeral art with natural materials. We found earthworms and a beetle under a log. We talked about the importance of worms and how they help loosen the soil which helps the plants. We did a lot of cutting and gluing. We made shapes with rubber bands on geo-boards. We made pancakes and everyone had a turn pouring and mixing. We sang "Yaldah Achat, Mitriayah Achat" (One Girl, One Umbrella) in the social hall (see the photo below).

Friday, March 1, 2019

HaShavuah March 1, 2019

HaShavuah March 1, 2019 24 Adar I 5779 Well we are in a new calendar month so we are now focusing on the value of Shalom BaKitah (Peace in the Classroom) - you can certainly expand it to be Shalom BaBayit (Peace at Home) or Shalom BaOlam (Peace in the World). Our focus on Purim is also getting stronger as we get closer to Adar II and Purim itself. Rabbi Chai came to both kitot to sing Purim songs with us, and we got to use instruments as noisemakers (ra'ashanim). At Ma'agal Shabbat, we also sang and danced to M'SheNichanas L'Adar which is a song we sing to enter the month of Adar with Joy. Rabbi Chai taught us about the Torah portion which explains all the details of the Mishkan so we looked around the Sanctuary to notice all the beautiful colors, objects and materials. On Thursday Melita came to sing with us and did a new call and response song about a bunny. In Nevonim, we looked at the morning prayer of zokef kefufim — straighten the bent. We talked about having flexibility in our bodies. So all week we explored flexibility - with Aleph Bet Yoga, with pipe cleaner art, with measuring tapes and rulers, and rubber band play. We read many new books with great excitement. We voted and our favorite was Danny the Lion. On Friday, a few of our children went to participate in Shabbat at Gan Shalom Preschool and they learned stories about strong women in the Torah. The rest of us stayed at CNS and read a Mezuzah on the Door and made our own mezuzot cases to take home. In Nachshonim, we explored magnets and what they stick to. We did Havdallah with the Nevonim. We used foam paint and we also wrote our names in it with a stick and our fingers. We practiced cutting with scissors. We kept practicing listening to our friends and teachers by using words to get what we want like "give it to me when you're done" and "I want a turn" and by using our voices and bodies to say "stop!" and I don't like it." We braided everybody's hair (and the challah). We made rainbows and rays of color on the ceiling by putting cds and colorful clear blocks to reflect the sunlight.