February 18th-22nd

This week in KG-1

This week we began exploring different countries. The children visited Ms. Beam’s class where she taught them about Greece.  They tried food (Spanakopita) and learnt a greek dance

In Ms. Amber’s class they learnt about France where they made a flag.

The children painted their country flags which are displayed on our bulletin board outside the classroom along with the amazing looking international dressed people from our countries that were created at home.

In Centers this week the children painted pictures of themselves by identifying their  skin, eyes and hair color; worked together to complete a large floor puzzle of people wearing different clothing from their country; explored starfall on the ipad; and used magnify glasses to find letters hidden around the world.

  

Every month Mr. Fields comes in to the classroom. He has been talking about how to be a good listener and noticing how people are feeling through facial expressions. Here the children are playing “Simeon Said” they need to be listening to Mr Field’s directions.

On Wednesday Abel had his first day with us in KG-1. We would like to welcome our newest friend into our class.

Ms Hanna handed out our top IXL’ers for the month of February. Well done to Nathan, Lyne and Sarah. Our class has also spent the most hours in math and literacy on IXL for KG-1 – Keep up the great work everyone!!!!

Make sure you are also checking out all the photos that are added to our class Flikr account every week!

Next week in KG-1

We will continue to learn about countries and the world in centers, visit classrooms to learn about countries and dressing up in clothing from our country and bringing in food to share.

Reminders

  • There is NO SCHOOL this coming Sun, Feb. 25th as teacher have Professional Development
  • For show and tell next week, we are asking children to ONLY bring in something from their Home Country (small flag, poster, photo, object, OR food to share – must be individual pieces for each student( Sunday Show and Tell students, can bring on Monday.
  • UAS Elementary will celebrate International Dress Day on Wednesday, February 28th. Your child should wear their national dress or colors of their flag! This date is different than the calendar first stated.
  • You should have received an earlier post from us this week, regarding a parent volunteer opportunity to be a Mystery Reader on a Date with Dad. Click here to see the link. Please sign up on the link or email me directly.
  • If you ordered a t-shirt for Book Week, the deadline was today and t-shirts “should” come home with your child next Thursday, March 1st.
  • I will be travelling for professional development from 27th Feb-March 6th, I will be back in school on March 7th.
  • March calendar will come home early next week.

Here is some information regarding Book Week – March 4th-8th

 

February 12th-15th

This week in KG-1

The children enjoyed celebrating Valentines this week with many different activities spread out over the week. Here is a video of us in action.

A big thank you to Ahmad’s mom, Omair’s mom, Dora’s mom, Yashar’s mom, Hannah’s mom and Sara’s dad for helping out with our Valentines day centers on Wednesday.

We celebrated Chinese New Years by making lanterns and Daixin, Dora and Richard handed out a special treat to us.

This week Rock Stars are Simeon and Sheikha for using IXL

Next week in KG-1 

We will begin centers on different countries as International week is soon fast approaching. We will also be making Earth superheroes with positive messages on how we can help the Earth.

Reminders

  • Wear Purple T-Shirt on Sunday for Free Flow Free Inquiry
  • This week a international person came home in your child’s folder. This is due back on Thursday 22nd February.
  • No School Sunday 25th February Due to Teacher Professional Development.

 

February 4th-8th

This week in KG-1

The children have been learning ‘How to Read’ They can read through using the pictures to tell a story and from memory of familiar books they have been read many times over.  The children select two books from the book shelf and find a place in the classroom to individually “read” these books for  five minutes. At the end we choose 3 children to share what they have been reading. This is a great activity to do at home.

As a class the children helped read the story “Cows in the Kitchen”

In Centers this week we focused on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The children worked on activities related to the story. Colored a book of the story to share at home; drew a picture and dictated their favourite part; measure various objects using caterpillars; retold the story using props and arranging the story in order on a caterpillar; and feeding the hungry caterpillar fruits by rolling the dice, identifying the number and counting out the items.

On Thursday we had our sports day. the children participated in 6 different activities and games. They were an egg and spoon race; yoga; an obstacle course; scooter board relay; ribbon dancing and long jump. Make sure you check out all the photo’s  on the flickr account- Everyone had soooooo much fun!!!!!

Here is a snippet of the fun we got up to….

Next week in KG-1

We will be celebrating Valentines day with lots of fun activities!

Reminders

  • We will have Library on Thursday due to Valentines festivities on Wednesday
  • IXL- The list of activities that we sent home a couple of weeks ago, are Pre K activities. (KG1 here is the same as PK in the states). So please have them complete the PK activities first, and if successful, feel free to move on to K activities.
  • No School on Sunday, Feb 11. Teacher PD
  • If you have not done so already, please remember to send in the Valentine’s cards that your child has prepared for their classmates. We need these when we return on Monday, Feb. 12.
  •  Feb 14 we ask that they wear Pink, Red or White clothing for Valentines’ Day.
  • We will send home International Paper Dolls on Feb. 12 with instructions on this parent/child, home activity.

Sports Day Tomorrow

PK/KG1 Sports Day is TOMORROW!!!

Your child should come to school wearing their PURPLE class t-shirt and velcro running shoes. No skirts or dresses please!

Make sure they bring their normal 2 snacks and water bottle as well.

This will be a teacher managed activity and no parents are needed. Thank you!!!

Please be on time to school… we will go inside, from playground at 7:50, instead of 7:55.

28th Jan – 1st Feb

This week in KG-1

We were artists – the children drew the other half to their face. Look at their great work!

We made bookmarks and on Thursday we celebrated World Read Aloud Day. We read together many stories through out the day and Mrs. Beam even came and read a story to us!

The children learnt a new song called BINGO.

In centers this week the children looked at pictures of different settings, drew a picture and explained why the picture made them sad; laced around objects; listened and took turns turning the pages to the story – “Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green”; Rolled a dice, identified and wrote the letter and attempted to draw a picture of something that started with the letter; threaded beads onto a skewer; reviewed the letters LL, Tt, Ee, Ff, Uu, Ii and Hh in file folders; drew a picture on what how they can help the earth and explored plants on pebble go.

Next week in KG-1

We will continue to learn about appreciating and ways to help the environment. Sorting shapes by how many sides and have our sports day on Thursday.

Reminders

Wow, what a quick month January was! Hard to believe February is here and we will be very busy, so it will likely pass quickly too! 
 
  • You should have received a February Calendar in your child’s folder this week! Please post in a visible space, as we have a lot happening in KG1!!!
  • Your child should continue to wear their PURPLE class t-shirt each Sunday for our Free Flow Inquiry. Ask your child what new things they have explored in different classrooms the past couple of Sundays. This has been a great learning opportunity for each child both socially and academically! 
  • We hope you and your child have your ideas about the Valentine’s Cards that you are making, printing or purchasing! This is a fun time for you to sit with them and work together. Remember that each friend’s name should be written on each card, and your child should WRITE THEIR OWN NAME so the friends will know who gave the card to them. These are due by Feb. 12
  • We sent out a Valentine’s Day Activities and Sign Up sheet this week (also on the blog). If you are able to volunteer that day with an activity OR to send in a snack, PLEASE sign up on the sheet this week.
  • Our PK/KG1 Sports Day is Thursday, February 8. Your child should come to school wearing their PURPLE class t-shirt and velcro running shoes. This will be a teacher managed activity and no parents are needed. 
  • IXL is going very well and when your child utilizes this program, great things happen. It is a great review of what we are learning at school and the results are showing that it works! Please allow your child to login and practice for about 5-10 minutes, a few times each week! 
  • There is NO SCHOOL on Sunday, February 11. There is Teacher Professional Development that day.