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, April 12, 2019

HaShavuah April 12, 2019

HaShavuah April 12, 2019 7 Nisan 5779 As this is the last Friday before Pesah, we are focused fully on this upcoming holiday. A reminder that we will be closed April 19th-26th for Pesah (that includes Friday the 19th!). Everyone enjoyed the spring weather this week as we had many outdoor picnics, water play and even an afternoon walk to the creek. Melita told us the Passover story through song. In Nevonim, we put great effort into making individual Afikomen holders for children to take home and use at their Seders. We played lots of Passover games, matching ones and story-telling ones. We perfected singing "Ma Nishtanah" and are excited to keep working on it next week! We had a fun outing to Strawberry Creek Park on Thursday. In Nachshonim we made new yellow (desert colored) playdough. We have been playing "basket black" as a way of cleaning up. We keep singing Pesach songs like "Mah Nishtanah" and "Dayenu" and telling the Pesach story.

Friday, April 5, 2019

HaShavuah April 5, 2019

HaShavuah April 5, 2019 29 Adar II We are now in the month of April, focusing on Derech Eretz . We have also started Pesah learning in both classrooms. We have been practicing with Rabbi Chai and Tati our "Bang, Bang, Dig, Dig" song for tomorrow's Preschool Shabbat. We also sang Passover songs with Melita and enjoyed a little more spring rain. In Nevonim, we have started learning the 4 questions for Pesach with hand movements. We have been making spring necklaces for the classroom and we made delicious (nut-free) charoset which children took home to enjoy before Pesach (as it is not kosher for Passover). We learned Hebrew words tamar (date) tapuach (apple), agas (pear) and teheynah (fig). We continued to reinforce the Pesah story in many different ways. In Nachshonim we explored many of the Ten Plagues: we made red oobleck to represent the blood in the Nile. We looked at the pupils in our eyes to see how they change size when we flash a light in the eye. We made communal paintings. We played with frogs jumping in playdough. We played with bugs in sticky foam. We heard the story of baby Moses and the women of his life (Yocheved, Miriam, Batia). We talked about how Moses asked Pharoah to let his people go and what happened next. We told the story of Nachshon (like our name!) who was first to cross the Sea of Reeds. We have been hiding our pretend Afikomen and looking for it.