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, May 31, 2019

HaShavuah May 31, 2019

HaShavuah May 31, 2019 26 Iyar 5779 This week we have continued to focus on Chaverut (friendship) for the month of May. Both classes joined together for a special circle on Friday led by Elizheva, Youth and Family Education Direcor. She reminded us how we all sing and speak with our tongues, and how we get to choose to use kind words. The song she taught was in Hebrew and English. Here are the words: Elohai, n’tzor l’shoni meh-rah, us’fatai midabeir mirmah, My God, guard my tongue from all evil and my lips from speaking lies. May I think before I begin to speak, May my words be gentle and wise. On Thursday, Melita could not come because of illness so we wish her a r'fuah shleimah. Her friend, Jen Kantor, came to sing with us instead and she brought scarves and puppets which were both a lot of fun. In Ma'agal Shabbat we counted the Omer all the way up to 41. We also had a final run-through for the children's performance this Sunday, June 2nd at the 30th Anniversary event. In the Nevonim kitah, we began talking about Shavuot. We read "The Littlest Mountain" which is about humility. We also started talking about tzedakah, and what we want to do with the money we have collected all year. We read "The Best Place for a Penny" and "Tikkun Olam Ted". We planted carrot seeds, and used our own composted soil as we talked about Mt. Sinai in bloom. We made our own Mt. Sinai which is now a volcano that we will erupt next week. In honor of the Read-A-Thon we had several parents come read to us including Laurie Gold and Michael Tarle. In Nachshonim we had our class photo taken. Thank you to Judit Pap for volunteering her photography talents! We sorted bears, which was fun and a good way to understand numbers. We painted with water colors. Jonah's mother, Sheridan, read a few stories with us. We played with sticky foam and animals.

Friday, May 24, 2019

HaShavuah May 24, 2019

HaShavuah May 24, 2019 19 Iyar 5779 his week we celebrated Lag B'Omer with a park outing and picnic at Strawberry Creek Park. It was great to see our experienced field trip Nevonim children helping keep Nachshonim children safe, as this was their first outing. We practiced on Wednesday for the big walk to the park on Thursday. Lag B'Omer is the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer and is traditionally celebrated with campfires, games and other outdoor activities. We had roasted potatoes and watermelon (avatiach) for snack to celebrate even more. In Ma'agal Shabbat we counted today's Omer which was 34 of course! We also practiced our two songs for the 30th Anniversary Celebration that we are hoping many preschoolers will come to! In Nevonim we did Lag B'Omer art with charcoal, fire colors (nasturtiums) and powder paint as we talked about bonfires. We learned the word for bonfire, medurah. We prepared roasted potatoes for our Lag B'Omer celebration. Because of the Read-A-Thon we have also been exploring books and how they are made. We learned how Jews are the People of the Book and we examined how books are made and sewn. We are trying to write our own classroom book. On Tuesday, we had three parents come to read to us, Liora, Judd and Judit. Todah Rabah to all of them. Judit read a yoga book and even brought her special yoga bear with her. In Nachshonim, even though we missed Anna all week, we enjoyed having Elizabeth and Chen join us in the kitah. Liora came to read to us one of her favorite PJ Library books "the Forever Garden" (and she is an expert on PJ Library books!) - Ari's abba Judd came to read us a construction book, and Barack's ema Amy read us our favorite author Mo Willems' book "I'm a Frog".

Friday, May 17, 2019

HaShavuah May 17, 2019

HaShavuah May 17, 2019 We had a lovely week of Chaverut (Friendship) and Kriah (Reading). Many parents came to join us. Melita has laryngitis so did not come, but we wish her r'fuah shleimah. At Ma'agal Shabbat we continued to count the Omer, today was day 27. We also practiced our song Mah Tovu for the 30 Anniversary party on June 2nd. In Nachshonim we had fun with new puzzles and books. We celebrated Rafael's 3rd Birthday. We did water color art. We looked at Oggy at circle time and moved him to a better cage. In Nevonim we planted barley as we continue to count the Omer. We also cooked and ate barley. We talked about how in ancient times people would count the barley and their blessings at the same time; we talked our gratitude and how we show this through tzedakah, using our blessings to help others. We made our own paintbrushes and painted with them. Naava's abba, Assaf, read to us at circle time in Hebrew, a wonderful book called Mitz Petal. Rafi's ema, Mira, read to us on Friday two great books Jamboree, and a book about watermelon seeds. In the afternoon, some of the older children took a walk to the West Branch Berkeley public library as we explore the theme of reading during this Read-A-Thon month of May.

Friday, May 10, 2019

HaShavuah May 10, 2019

HaShavuah May 10, 2019 4 Iyar 5779 The week started with a wonderful round of conferences. Thank you to all the teachers for their hard work and the parents for participating. Our focus all week was on Israel since Yom Ha'Atzma'ut, Israel Independence Day, took place on Thursday. In both classes children read lots of books about Israel, sang songs about Israel and enjoyed Israeli food. Rabbi Chai came to teach both classes a new song that we will be performing at the 30th anniversary on June 2nd. Some of us got to witness a scissor lift in the sanctuary as the very high light bulbs were changed. When the bulb in the Ner Tamid was changed. We talked about how the eternal light is a symbol that G-d is always with us, and Aryeh said with great reverence, "God is in the forklift!" We also notice the aleph on the Ner Tamid. At Ma'agal Shabbat we counted to 20 with Rabbi Chai and Moses and Miriam to mark the 20th day of the counting of the Omer. We also learned about Rabbi Hillel who stood on one foot and taught the whole Torah with one phrase, "treat people as you want to be treated". We all got up and stood on one foot to practice this. As our value for the month is Chaverut, this was especially relevant. In Nevonim, we made a group art project of a giant Israeli flag (proudly displayed in the hallway). We learned the word dehgel (flag) and saw how the design came from the tallit. We made a huge Israeli salad that we shared with Nachshonim. We started talking about the Read-A-thon and our goal of reading one hundred books! We read the book Press Here (and its sequel) in anticipation of our field trip on Thursday. Thank you to Felisa and Bella (Alexandra's grandma) for coming with us. We had a fabulous time, taking the bus and then being wowed for an hour by a high energy, interactive performance that we are still talking about. A few dots from the play are still showing up in our kitah, even making an appearance on Rafi S' and Alexandra's challah bag decoration! We also had a joint birthday celebration for Itamar and Reef, as well as a parade for Israel's birthday. In Nachshonim, in honor of Yom Ha'Atzmaut we made blue play dough. We glued blue stripes and triangles on paper in an exploration of the Israeli flag. We looked at the Israeli flag and compared it to the American one. We sang lots of Israel songs with Melita on Thursday.

Friday, May 3, 2019

HaShavuah May 3, 2019

HaShavuah May 3, 2019 28 Nisan 5779 It was a lovely reunion to see everyone back and refreshed after Passover vacation. The Jewish value we are emphasizing this month is appropriately enough Chaverut (friendship). We started off the week with a wonderful spring treat, thanks to Aryeh's mother (and grandmother); we released hundreds of ladybugs into our garden. We enjoyed having them crawl on our hands, seeing them fly away, and knowing that they will be helping our garden stay safe from aphids. We also learned the Hebrew word for ladybug (chilazon). We sang with Melita, using drums to sound like a heart beat, and singing lots of rainfall songs and kitty cat songs. During Ma'agal Shabbat, Moses and Miriam and Rabbi Chai helped us count to 13 since this is the 13th day of the counting of the Omer (marking the 50 days between Pesah and Shavuot). In Nevonim we have started counting the Omer ourselves every day using wheat stalks. We also tried using a mortar and pestle and a food processor to grind the wheat. We talked about threshing, winnowing and planting. We read lots of library books as we are gearing up for the May Read-A-thon. We enjoyed Abba Lior's visit to our class with his music, instruments and sense of fun. In Nachshonim, we did lots of gluing and we made salad spinner art. We hung some of our sand art on the walls. We had lots of water play. We went to join Nevonim to hear Lior (Reef's Abba) play music with us. We also ate a picnic lunch with Nevonim.