May 3

April 29-3

First, I would like to say THANK YOU!!!! All of our parents came to last week’s student-led conferences. The children were so excited to show their parents what they have been learning.

This week we read traditional stories of The Three Little Pigs. Next week we will read different versions, including stories told from the wolf’s perspective. The class also started making their own little pig houses to retell the stories on their own.

In centers they continued identifying items by their beginning sounds using their I Spy books. They acted out and retold the story of the Three Little Pigs. Students chose a numbered log and had to put two groups of different colored frogs. Then they had to say, “I have 3 blue frogs and 2 red frogs.” I would ask how many total frogs are on the log, and they would say, ” I have 5 frogs.” This is the first step in understanding addition.

On Tuesday we celebrated Hag Al Laila. Thank you to all the parents that sent in candy to share with the class. Rashid and Nia’s mom came in to pass out candy. The children were very excited, but I promise they were only allowed to eat 2 pieces that day.

We had our first swim class. They were soooooo excited!

 

Don’t forget to visit     for more photos.

KG1 Announcements

There is no school on May 13th.

Tuesday, May 8 will be the last week that we will send home Literature Bags in KG1. During Ramadan, our TA’s will leave after the students leave and there is no time for them to organize the bags. We hope you and your child have enjoyed these great books and activities to build language and literacy skills. Maybe you can make some for home!

We want your child to continue using IXL each week throughout the remainder of the school year and even into the summer… They will still have an account! We are sending home one final list for May/June and your child can repeat as many as you think they need to practice.
We will continue swimming each week on Wednesday. Although most students made great progress in dressing/undressing since we last swam, please make sure your child can show you how to do it by themselves. Also, towels and swim caps are required items and if your child only wears slippers/flip flops to school on their swim day, there is a risk they may trip or fall while on the playground. Sneakers are always a good idea for the rest of the school day.
It won’t be long before we begin our How We Express Ourselves story retelling to the whole class. Please allow your child to practice retelling and acting out the story with you at home, a couple times each week, so they will be comfortable. Any props, costumes, puppets, etc. should also be made at home soon, so they can practice with them. Let me know if you have any questions.
April 29

KG-1 Reminders

Just a few quick reminders…

  1. Hag Al Laila will be on Tuesday May 1st. Students can dress up in celebratory clothing. Thank you to those parents who have made candy donations to the school.
  2. Our class will begin swimming this Wednesday May 2nd. Please ensure that your child has the following:
    • Swim trunk (boys) or 2 piece swimsuit (girls)
    • Flip-flops/slippers
    • change of clothes (underwear, socks, UAS uniform shirt and pants, socks, shoes)
    • towel
    • swim cap
    • bag for wet swimsuits
  3. KG-1 will be hosting a parent workshop on Tuesday May 15th at 7:30am. If you would like to attend please  sign up here.

Have a wonderful evening!

April 24

April 22-26

This was a short week. On Sunday Ms. Leslie came to our class to do a lesson because the book fair took place in the library. Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day of the book fair. You can visit the book fair anytime. We also had our regularly scheduled free flow.

On Monday we had a special assembly where we learned about RESPECT. Please ask your child one way they can be respectful at school or home.

Today we discussed and compared the different Little Red Hen stories we have read together.

We reviewed an older nursery rhyme and learned a new letter rhyme for the Letter M.

KG-1 Announcements

Just a reminder that student-led conferences begin tomorrow. I look forward to seeing you all. Your children are extremely excited to show you what they have learned.

April 19

April 15-19

This week our class continued to read different tales. So far we have read Little Red Riding Hood, The Little Red Hen and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Throughout the week we read several different versions of the stories. In a few of the versions of Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf wanted to eat muffins instead of Grandma, or be friends with Red Riding Hood. Here a just a few that we have read…

Click here to access the fairy tales resource folder. Below are a few videos that they might enjoy as well.

Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Super Why Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Little Red Hen

During centers students are continuing spell and to write the sounds they hear in words. We also distinguished between words that do and do not rhyme. Students are demonstrating a great knowledge in quantifying numbers (if the number is 12, they take out 12 pebbles). They also are retelling and acting out the stories we have read.

     

Our class is continuing to make new friends in other classes.

On Wednesday our kiddos had a tasty treat of fresh hummus and veggies. The recipe was sent home with them.

Don’t forget you can always view more photos on our class   account.

KG-1 Announcements

Hopefully by now, you have read over the information for our Student Led Conferences, which will be held next Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26 (click here for the details). Thank you to those who have reserved your times already. If you have not, please do so by Sunday, April 22, so we can make plans accordingly. Also, there is no school those 2 days, but YOUR CHILD must come with you to the conference.
 
The BookWorm Book Fair begins next Monday. If you have a conference scheduled for Wednesday, you are welcome to take your child to the library to visit the Book Fair. The Book Fair will close Wednesday afternoon, so if your conference is Thursday, you may want to take your child to visit on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday before or after school.
 
If you don’t get a chance to shop at the Book Fair, we will be sending home one final Scholastic Book Order in the coming weeks. This is a great way to get reasonably priced books in your child’s hands, especially for your summer reading.
 
As mentioned last week, we have begun our final PYP unit, How We Express Ourselves. You and your child will receive a letter on Sundayexplaining the requirements for a final performance/presentation that will conclude our unit. This is an exciting unit and if you have any questions after reading the letter, please email me.
 
We surveyed KG1 parents about some possible workshop ideas. You will be receiving information regarding those plans very soon.
 
Your child is encouraged to continue using IXL each week. Even 10-15 minutes during the week, will help support and enhance their learning!
 
Swimming begins on May 2 for our class. Please have your child practice changing clothes and showing you how much they improved since the fall.
 
Finally, a slip of paper came home in your child’s folder this week regarding “your plans” for their last day of KG1. With Ramadan, Eid and many families traveling, we are just trying to plan ahead. Please return that slip of paper on Sunday of next week.
Have a great weekend!
 
April 12

April 8-12

Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a great spring break.

We have a new friend that joined us this week. Please welcome Omar to the class.

We jumped right back into things this week. Our kiddos have grown so much since September. We are beginning to dive into harder concepts. We are moving beyond just letter name and sound recognition. We are ready for sounding out words, blending words and inventive spelling. Although we have been reading nursery rhymes, I formally introduced the concept of rhyming this week. It is a VERY difficult skill. You will get to see your child practice some of these during student led conferences. After the conferences I will create a folder of resources that you can use at home with your child.

This week I introduced the final set of letters that we will be learning (A, K, M, N, R, V, W, X, Y, Z). Please visit the letters page for the picture cards.

We reviewed our previous letters and how to identify the beginning sound in words. We also reviewed counting syllables.

We started our new PYP unit, How We Express Ourselves. During this unit we will focus on fairy tales. So far, we have read Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. While reading the Three Billy Goats Gruff we learned about mountains, hills and valleys. The students have enjoyed retelling and acting out the stories. I have created a fairy tales folder with resources for each fairy tale if you would like to act them out at home.

 

There is still time to add photos to our class spring break album. I will be adding a few of mine this weekend. I will print the book next week and share it with the class.

KG-1 Announcements

  • Student-Led Conferences will be held on  the 25th/26th April. The school will be sending out information about how to sign up for your child’s session.
  • A swimming note went home this week. We will be starting swimming the last week of April. Our swimming day is Wednesdays. If your child needs practice independently getting dressed and undressed, please focus on that skill with your chid over the next few weeks.
  • Orange class T-Shirt on Sunday’s for Free Flow Free Inquiry.
  • Second Trimester reports were posted on Synergetic this week. If you are unsure of your login, please contact the IT help desk at school located in the foyer.

Have a great weekend!

March 21

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!!! Thank you to all the moms who came to celebrate this special day with their child. They worked so hard on making your presents and practicing their songs. The video was too long to post, so I created a google folder with all the pictures and the videos. You can also upload any photos or videos that you have taken. You will notice several class selfies that were taken as we waited for the rest of the class to return. (P.S. Your children did make necklaces too, but my oven is a little funny and I burned them. SORRY! We will definitely make something for the end of the year.)

KG-1AM Mother’s Day Folder

Our students are starting to make new friends during free flow Sunday. It is great to watch them practice their social skills. We also visited the airport for the first time. I had fun listening to the students make travel plans and choose destinations.

 

In centers this week we played the math movement game and got lots of exercise. We also watched Mo Willems stories online, read the Knuffle Bunny series and continued to practice identifying the beginning sounds in words.

Ms. Leslie did a lesson about penguins in the library. She used pebblego to make the lesson more interactive. Don’t forget the school has a pebblego account that you can access at home.

 

I presented our top IXL users a certificate for all the time they spend practicing and growing their brains. Congratulations to Minato, Miya Z., Mia D., Aanya, Karina, and Nia A.

Happy Birthday Alyza!!!

Lastly, Spring Break is finally here!!! YAY!!!! I have created a google photo album for you to upload pictures of what you will be doing over the break. Whether enjoying the beautiful weather here in Dubai or traveling across the world, please share what your littles ones are up to. Thanks!

KG-1AM Spring Break Album

KG-1 Announcements

-School will resume on Sunday April 8th.

-We will be starting swimming the week of April 29th. Please practice allowing your child to independently undress and dress him/herslef in preparation.

-Items needed for each child for swimming are:

  • swimsuit (girls 2 piece for easy toileting throughout the day)
  • Swimming cap
  • Towel
  • Flip flops/crocs
  • UAS uniform labeled with student’s name

Have a wonderful Spring Break and safe travels!

March 20

Mother’s Day Tomorrow

Good Evening Mothers,

We are looking forward to our Mother’s day event tomorrow!

Here are some notes for our event tomorrow:

  • The children are invited to dress in clothes from home for the celebration
  • In the morning, please drop your child off at the playground and head over to the cafeteria by 7:50.
  • We will start promptly so please do not be late. We will be singing a song first.
  • There will be a photobooth in the front lobby after the event for moms and their children so feel free to go afterwards to take your picture.

Looking forwared to tomorrow!