January 18

January 14-18

This week we wrapped up our PYP unit How the World Works. We finished with several different experiments using our 5 senses. We did a taste, smell and sight experiment. The children enjoyed being scientists. Please ask them what happened to the Skittles and M&Ms when they were placed in water. Next week we will begin our new PYP unit – Sharing the Planet.

In centers we became engineers and had to build ramps to make the cars go faster. In math we are practicing writing our numbers and graphing.

Today was our first day of outdoor centers. The kids had a great time learning outside.

One of our parents came in to read a special book to our Chinese students.

Click here to view more photos.

KG-1 Announcements

Here are several reminders as we look ahead to the next couple of weeks:
 
* KG1 is working hard on their IXL Math skills and now we are able to offer
literacy skills on their IXL accounts! Take this next week to explore the site and let
them try some PK skills. Please remember that for both math and language arts that our students should only be doing the Pre-K skills. This is a US program and KG-1 is considered Pre-K in the US. We will send you specific lessons to work on, in next week’s
blog.
 
* You may have noticed on your class calendar that we are requesting all KG1 students to wear their colored (orange) class shirt on Sundays. We are beginning a Free Flow throughout the PK and KG1 classrooms during Free Inquiry time, and this will allow us to keep students organized. 
 
* Next Wednesday, January 24 we are going to Uptown Mirdif Park for a picnic, nature walk and playground. This will kick off our new PYP Unit of Sharing the Planet. Permission slips went home yesterday in your child’s folder. If you did not return it today, please be sure to return it on Sunday. There is no cost, but class shirts, lunch boxes and water bottles are required. 
 
* Scholastic Book Orders and correct change are due to me no later than, January 25
 
* We need your child to bring in a large, empty cereal box by January 29. We will need plenty of time to decorate them for Valentine’s Day. A class list went home yesterday for your child to begin making Valentine’s for their classmates. We would just like to reiterate that this should not be stressful. Have fun with it and do maybe 2-3 cards a day. If you think your child is ready, feel free to have them write their classmates’ names on the cards as well.
*We realize that it is getting cold outside. This is just a reminder that your child needs to wear a UAS or navy blue sweater or jacket.
* Last but not least, UAS is hosting a special Fun Fair next Friday, January 26, to raise awareness for People of Determination formerly known as special needs. We encourage you to attend this free event and invite anyone else in your neighborhood or workplace. I am attaching the flyer with times and information.  
Have a great weekend!
January 11

January 7 – January 11

Happy first week back!

I would like to start by saying that our kids had a great week. I was afraid that after the break they would have forgotten our rules and routines, but they rocked it. Only two students had to go to stop and think all week.

This week we learned how to apologize the “right way” and read the book “Sorry, I forgot to ask” by Julia Cook. I would highly recommend this book if you think your child could use some practice in asking for permission and saying sorry. If you would like more strategies to use at home please let me know.

We practiced the following:

How to apologize…

  1. Look the person in the eyes
  2. Say, “I’m sorry (person’s name) for (say what you did).”
  3.  How will you fix it? (ex: Next time I will be more careful. Next time I will ask for permission.)
  4. Say, “Thanks for listening to me.”
  5. Give the person a hug, handshake or high five.

This week we were scientists like Ada Twist (great book). We did an experiment about the states of matter and what causes things to change. We discovered that heat makes things turn from a solid to a liquid. They were so excited to use the new vocabulary that they learned. Maybe at the dinner table ask them what on the table is a solid what things are liquid.

We also read “The Mitten” by Jan Brett and made snow. It was magic. F.Y.I. you can find a similar products at Virgin Mega stores if you are interested in having snow at home.

This week we we began learning our new set of letters (o, j, g, p, d, c, s, q, b), but we are still reviewing the old ones (e, f, h, i, l, t, u).

Our letter rhyme this week is for the letter Bb. Here’s a video of the kids practicing. Feel free to have them practice at home. I will post the new set of letters and nursery rhymes in the next two weeks.

Please click here for more photos.

KG-1 Announcements

Literature bags will begin going home again beginning next Tuesday.

January 8

Quick Announcements

KG1 Annoucements

Happy 2018 KG1 Parents and Students!

We hope you enjoyed your 3 week holiday and we are so excited to begin a new year with you and your child. We are looking forward to lots of fun and successes for the remainder of this KG1 school year!
* Books- Your child will begin bringing home library books this week and Literature Bags next week.
* IXL- I apologize for the technical difficulties. IT has informed me that the student passwords were programmed incorrectly, but that they have fixed it. Please try to log in again. If you are still having trouble please email me or IT, so we can get your child practicing right away. The kids love it and it is a great way for them to show you what they are learning. An earlier blog post lists the skills we would like for them to review for January.
*Pictures were sent home yesterday.
* Spare Clothes- If your child has had a growth spurt, you may want to send in a different change of clothes to keep at school in case of an accident. Also, if your child used their spare clothes and they need to be replaced please send them in as soon as possible.
Just KG1-AM
End of year recap….please take a look at our Flickr account for pictures of our special days before the break. The new sensory tent was opened. We had a 5 senses show and tell, made waffles, visited Santa and made special gifts for our parents.
January 7

Welcome Back

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a restful break. I am looking forward to seeing everyone this morning! I have missed you all. I just wanted to let you all know that I was completely unplugged over the winter break. When I landed home I was informed that my grandfather had passed away the day before. It was this reason that I decided to be completely present and spend time with my family. I also had a new niece that I was meeting for the first time. I did not even open my laptop while I was home. I spent every moment I could with my family both in the joy of the baby and the sorrow of our loss. I hope you can understand why I was unavailable. With that said, it is time to dive back in. Please reach out with any questions or concerns and I promise I will get back to you ASAP. KG1 will be posting an update later today, but I just wanted to reach out to you all before that. WELCOME BACK!!!!

December 10

Dear Parents,

We are excited to be sending home information for IXL today, a web-based math program that your child can explore and do “homework” at home now. Each child has their own username and login.
We will set monthly goals for them to work on. They can always work on more, but at least try to cover the areas below.
Below are the goals for December and January. The letter in your child’s folder will explain in more detail.
Thanks!
KG1 Team

Count to 10

  1. C.1Learn to count – up to 10
  2. C.2Count objects – up to 10
  3. C.3Count dots – up to 10
  4. C.4Count shapes – up to 10
  5. C.5Count using stickers – up to 10
  6. C.6Count on ten frames – up to 10
  7. C.7Show numbers on ten frames – up to 10
  8. C.8Represent numbers – up to 10

    Flat shapes

    1. K.1Name the shape
    2. K.2Circles
    3. K.3Squares
    4. K.4Triangles
    5. K.5Rectangles
    6. K.6Circles, squares, and triangles
December 7

December 3-7

“Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”

This week’s centers were focused on the Gingerbread Man. We read several different versions of the story including the The Gingerbread Girl.

We went on another sensory walk and recorded what we observed.

In science we are learning about birds. We went bird watching outside and listened to the different sounds.

We wrote letters to Santa and put them in Santa’s Mailbox.

 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you for making today such a special day for our kids. They were soooooo excited to perform for you. Here is a video from today. If you have any videos or photos that you would like to share please add them to this shared google folder. To view more photos please visit our class Flickr.

KG-1 Annoucements

Looking ahead to next week… 
  • Five Senses Show and Tell- Your child should bring ONE item related to seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing or touching, next week on their regular scheduled day. “If” they choose to bring an item for tasting, please remember no nuts and that individual pieces for 20 students should be prepared.
  • Literature Bags will not come home next week, due to the long Winter Break. Also, we will not be checking out library books due to our long break.
 
  • Thursday, December 14th is another special celebration day! Please allow your child to wear pajamas to school and bring their favorite stuffed animal. We recommend that students wear normal school shoes, as we will still play outside on the playground. Click on the letter to find out more.

  • Thursday, December 14th is our last day of school for 2017. Students will be dismissed at 11:45. We will see you back on Sunday, January 7, 2018. If your family is traveling earlier than the 14 or later than January 7, please notify me via email.
 
  • Thank you again for your contribution and time to our Winter Celebration on Thursday. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Have a wonderful Winter break!!!
November 29

November 26-29

This week was all about the UAE. Today’s post is short and sweet. To view photos please visit our class Flickr account (UAE Week Album and UAE National Day Album). There were too many photos to post on the blog.

On Sunday Ms. Suha (Rashid’s mom) did a special presentation about the UAE.

On Monday Ms. Nancy (Anthony’s mom), Ms. Andrea (Laila’s mom), Ms. Nicole (Nia’s mom) and Ms. Suha (Rashid’s mom) came in to our classroom and did UAE centers with our class. They made bracelets, read Arabic books, made an edible UAE flag and completed a cut and paste activity of important UAE facts.

Tuesday we continued our UAE centers.

 

Wednesday was our fun day! THANK YOU to all of our parent volunteers that took children around and cooked food. More importantly, thank you for being so flexible as the plans for today kept changing.

KG-1 Announcements

There is NO SCHOOL on Thursday November 30th and Sunday December 3rd. School will resume on Monday December 4th.

Our Winter Celebration will be next Thursday December 7th at 8am. Please click here to sign-up for an item to bring to share.

Please enjoy your long holiday!

November 28

UAE National Day Update

Dear Parents, 
 
To followup on the National Day parent information you received earlier today from UAS, we just want to clarify a few things. 
 
PK and KG1 decided not to attend the outside activities that the Emirati Club has organized. Although these students have done a great job, we felt that most of the activities were not age appropriate for our little ones. So instead we have organized our own UAE Fun Day for Wednesday morning, from 8:30-10:00. It will be packed full of exciting activities.
We want to THANK our many parent volunteers for assisting us! If you are interested in volunteering there is still room to help out, especially with the activities. Please email your child’s teacher.
KG1-AM Volunteers
Andrea
Nicole
Nancy
Suha
Anzla
Fang
 
Please allow your child to dress in UAE National Dress or UAE colors (red, green, white and black) forWednesday. Also, send snack and water bottles as usual. 
 
Thank you so much for supporting our Early Years experiences! 
 
PK/KG1 Teams
November 23

November 19-23

We had a full and very busy week.

During centers we continue to practice identifying both the sound and name of the letters E, F, H, I, L, T and U. We also practiced sorting objects by shape, color and category. We also continued to explore our 5 senses. This included using microscopes.

This week was our last week swimming until the spring. We all had a blast in the pool together.

In honor of Thanksgiving, we discussed what we were thankful for and created our own thankful trees. We had a little difficulty understanding the concept of being grateful, but we did our best.

 

Our nursery rhyme of the week is Hey Diddle, Diddle. Don’t forget to check out the nursery rhyme and letter pages.

In preparation of UAE National week, we read the book The Camel That Got Away. Then we designed our very own camels.

Finally, all of our hard work paid off. We presented our support staff with our kindness boxes. The students were so proud of themselves. They brought in the items, placed them in the boxes, painted the boxes and made cards for each person. Our class was able to fill 8 boxes for support staff. Thank you to the parents for bringing in those items. The students then told everyone thank you and handed them the boxes.

This week’s rock stars are Sally and Laila for being kind friends. Congratulations girls!

KG-1 Announcements

Wow, we have been and continue to be, SO BUSY IN KGI! This time of year there are many wonderful things to celebrate and be a part of. Here’s what’s going on over the next couple of weeks… 
  • Our SWIMMING has officially ended until after Spring Break. The weather has turned cooler and we will take a break until warm weather returns in April. We are proud that so many students have been Risk-Takers in their swimming experience!
  • Today we gave our Caring Boxes to our Support Staff! We have been so excited decorating our boxes and bags, making cards and sharing ways that we can be CARING!!! Thanks to all of you who sent in the items to make this event possible! Look for pics on the blog and Flickr!!!
  • Next Wednesday, November 29, UAS will celebrate UAE National Day!!! All students are encouraged to wear UAE colors (red, green, black and white) or UAE national dress. (This is NOT your child’s national/country dress, unless you are Emirati of course). There will be lots of photos on this day!
  • Also, on Wednesday, November 29, our class will be going outside to enjoy the Emirati presentations and fun day. We are asking for at least 4 parents for each of our KG1 classes, to assist us that morning between 8:30 and 9:30. If you are available and have not contacted your child’s teacher, please email her or add your name in this signup sheet… UAE Day Parent Volunteers Signup
  • No School on Thursday, November 30 and Sunday, December 3. Enjoy UAE National Day/Weekend with your families!
  • Student Portfolios were due back today. If you have not returned your child’s portfolio, please do so on Sunday. We hope you have enjoyed looking at these together with your child. We will add more items to them throughout the year!
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS… Thursday, December 7, we would like to invite all parents to join us for our KG1 Winter Celebration, at 8:00 am in the cafeteria. We would also like to do a center rotation (like we did for Halloween) and have 4 parents volunteer to do winter activities with the children. We will send more information out next week.
  • Handwriting Without Tears– At Parent Teacher Conferences, we gave all parents a handout (green packet) explaining the proper formation of writing the alphabet. Today, we are sending home some “pieces” similar to what we use at school, for you to cut out and practice with your child at home. These include, Big Line, Little Line, Big Curve and Little Curve. I would recommend laminating the pieces so they will last longer. Also, we are sending you a copy of the Picture Cards that will help learn the SOUNDS of each letter. We are excited about this program and thank you for spending time with your child at home, learning together!

As always, thank you for supporting your child’s learning and excitement about school. We appreciate all you do!!!