We are now familiar with the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and this week we had fun with retelling and acting out the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff to the class in small groups – Watch the video 🙂
In centers this week the children sorted rhyming words; retold the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff in small groups with their puppets and setting; Looked for the letter Kk and object that begin with the sound; made a strong bridge for the Billy Goats Gruff to cross using various materials; learnt about number stories; listened to the story The Three Billy Goats Gruff at the listening center; and ordered the characters in the story in the setting.
We made a class book based on the story ‘Down By the Bay’ the children will show you this next week at student-led conferences.
We enjoyed tasting the Tasty Treat – Veggie Sticks with Hummus!
Well done to this weeks Rockstars – Dora and Abel for be communicators.
Next Week in KG-1ECC
We will be attending an assembly put on by student voice on Monday. Mr Fields will come in for a lesson. The students will be showing you what they have learnt and what they are learning through centers at student-led conferences. I will be away on Tuesday and back Wednesday.
Purple shirt on Sunday!
We will have Library on Tuesday this coming week instead of Wednesday.
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. 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.
Scholastic Book orders went home this week. This will be the last order for this school year. It is a great way to get reasonably priced books in your child’s hands, especially for your summer reading. Orders due Monday 23rd April
As mentioned last week, we have begun our final PYP unit, How We Express Ourselves. You and your child will receive a letter on Sunday,
explaining 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 or come and speak to 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!
Welcome Back! – I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break. It’s great to be back and see many smiling faces.
This week in KG-1
This week we begun our new unit of inquiry into How We Express Ourselves – through stories. We read many stories and versions of ‘The Three Billy Goat Gruff’ as we are becoming familiar with the story, the characters and the setting. Ms C-C and with the help of the class we retold the story using items for the setting and the characters.
We are learning to recognise words that rhyme by listening to the ending sounds. We read the story “Rhyming Dust Bunnies” and identified objects that don’t rhyme. We sorted together objects that rhymed and ready the story/song “Down By the Bay” (you may watch it here)
We had fun making up actions to this song
In centers this week the children worked on writing beginning sounds and inventive spelling; identifying rhyming words; making The Three Billy Goat Gruff Puppets and the setting; Starfall- letter sounds; rolling the dice, identifying the number and counting out objects; watched The Three Billy Goats Gruff Story.
Next week in KG-1
We will be retelling the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff with the puppets and the setting that the children have made. We will act out the story in small groups and become a character as we perform to the class. We will make a class book based on the story/song of Down By the Bay with funny rhymes and illustrations.
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 on Monday’s. If your child needs practise independently getting dressed and undressed, please focus on that skill with your chid over the next few weeks.
Purple 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.
We were artist! We talked about the different kinds of lines and the names that go along with them. The children drew the lines on the paper and then painted them with different colors. Watch the clip below to see how it was create.
We went for a walk around the school and picked up the trash that we found along the way. We are helping to care for and look after our environment.
Happy Mother’s Day to the wonderful moms of KG-1ECC. Thank you for everything you do!!!!!
After the break
We will be starting our new Unit of Inquiry into how we express ourselves. We will be reading different versions of the story “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” If you have a copy at home, please bring it along so we can read it and talk about the similarities and differences.
Have a great spring break! – School will resume back on Sunday 8th April
Sunday 8th April – Children to wear their purple class shirt for Free Flow Free Inquiry
Trimester 2 reports will be posted on Synergetic the first week back from break.
We will be starting up swimming again the week of 29th April. More information will come home after the break. Please practise allowing your child to independently undress and dress themselves in preparation for swimming. Items needed for each child for swimming are:
A swimsuit (girls 2 piece for being able to use the bathroom throughout the day)
The children have been doing activities and preparing for our Mother’s Day Event which will be held next week. I apologise for not posting many photo’s this week as we would like it to be a surprise.
We have been working on independently reading stories – They choose books to read as they are looking at the pictures for clues about the story and what the characters are doing. After reading the story they choose one story to share with a classmate. We are also practising listening to each other when someone is telling their story.
On Tuesday we celebrated being at school for 100 days!! Look we can count to 100 while doing exercises!
We visited the Dramatic Play Room with a new Theme – Airport. the children enjoyed taking of different roles in their play.
On Thursday we did learning in outdoor centers – which is unfortunately coming to an end as the weather is starting to change. The children have enjoyed participating in many of the different activities, where they get to choose who they worked with in their small groups.
Well done to our Rockstars this week – Troy and Tayyab who are Inquirers. They enjoy communicating and asking questions about the things we are learning.
Next week in KG-1ECC
We will be looking at identifying beginning sounds and matching them with the letter. We will create artwork using different lines and celebrate Mother’s Day.
Sunday – Wear PURPLE t-shirt for Free Flow Free Inquiry.
Take Home/Literacy Bags will not be sent home next week due to the upcoming break. They will start up again when we are back.
Wednesday – Mother’s Day Celebration. Children can dress in non UAS uniform for this event. This is held in the school cafeteria. After dropping off your child at the small playground please head over to the cafeteria – Please be sure to be on time to school.
Thursday – We will be celebrating Ms. Kareen’s Birthday. Could you please have your child make a card for her at home. We will give these to her during the day.
Thursday – School dismissal is at 11:45am – The carpark gets very full, very quickly as the whole school finishes at the time on this day.
This week was Book week at UAS! The children participated in many activities related to books and literacy.
We had 5 Mystery Readers come and who came and read stories to us throughout the week. Thanks to Hannah, Yashar, Troy and Abel Mom’s for coming in!
On Tuesday we had an Author visit by Stacey – She shared her Fiction book of bugs and animals found in the UAE
On Wednesday we had “A Date with Dad” Thanks to the seven dads – (Yashar, Sara, Daniel, Troy, Omair, Hannah and Lyne) who came in a read to small groups of children.
Our centers were based around the story “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and stories by Dr Seuss.
We finished off book week with dressing up as our Favourite Book Character.
Next week in KG-1
We will be preparing and getting ready for our Mother’s Day celebration that falls on March 21st.
We sent a personal email out to the dad’s last week regarding a photo. If you have not yet emailed that photo in, PLEASE do so as soon as possible.
Mother’s Day invitations came home today and we are preparing for a special day on Wednesday, March 21 at 8:00 am. Our hope is that ALL moms can attend, but if not, PLEASE email me and let me know. (I need to be able to prepare your child if you are not in attendance). We work hard on this program and they get SUPER excited to celebrate YOU!
Continue to have your child wear their PURPLE class t-shirt on Sundays for Free Flow.
As you know I am away on a Professional Development Course in New York City. The course is on reading and writing in the Early Years. I am learning so much and can’t wait to get back into the classroom to share some of this with the children and also you – the parents!
This week in KG-1
Ms. Kareen has been updating me on a daily basis on what has been happening in the classroom and the learning that has been taking place!
We have enjoyed exploring more countries and cultures this week as the children have been sharing about their country during show and tell. The children learnt a dance from New Zealand using poi’s and a stick action partner song. On Wednesday the children dressed up in their international clothing – I am sad to of missed this day; however, I was lucky enough to receive pictures.
In centers this week the children made the world by ripping, rolling and gluing green and blue paper; used one to one correspondence and counting to move around the world in a math game; dressing people in different clothes from around the world and Identifying the letter Bb and things that start with that letter in their I Spy Books.
The children tried a Tasty Treat- Brought to us by Dr Amna and Ms. Daramola. Here is the video of the Tasty Treat being made by Dr Amna – If you would like to make it with your child at home
Is BOOK WEEK – The children will wear t-shirt with words on it; dress as their favourite book character; Author visit; Reading with dads (A date with dad); mystery readers will be coming into the classroom throughout the week; and centers based around stories.
UAS International Day 11am Saturday 3rd March
For show and tell can next week please have your child bring in one of their favourite stories which they will share with the class.
Sunday – Wear a t-shirt with words on it (if your child brought a book week t-shirt they will receive them Sunday morning. They can wear them any time throughout the week)
Monday – Last day to bring in money if you would like to purchase the book from our author visit
Wednesday – A date with dad – Shared reading
Thursday – Dress as your favourite book character.
** All Moms, Please plan on attending our Mother’s Day Celebration on 21st March. It will be first thing in the morning. More information to come soon.
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.
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