January 14th-18th

This week in KG-1

This week we were SCIENTIST as we completed many science activities as we finished our UOI into ‘How the World Works’ using our five senses. We read the story ‘Ava Twist the Scientist’ as we talked about asking and answering questions with Why, How and What.

Experiment 1 – Liquids and Solids

In pairs the children predicted what they thought would happen to different objects and recorded them on sheets

We put them outside

We investigated what happened to our object

We drew our findings and described what happened to the ones that changed.

Experiment 2 – We made slime

The children enjoyed working in pairs mixing the ingredients together and observing what happened when they mixed the two mixtures together.

Here is the experiment if you would like to make it at home!

Experiment 3 – Candy Observation

In centre this week

The children tasted different foods and used describing words such as bitter, salty, sweet and sour; with different materials they created something to make a car go faster; fished for numbers and practised writing what they found; sorted fish by color and made a graph of the fish colours; smelt different containers and guessed which fruit scent was inside; rolled a dice, identified the letter and sound and drew a picture an object that starts with that letter; laced pasta and used our five senses to identify what was inside jar #1 and jar #2

This week we begun outdoor centers where the children worked at different activities in our outside enviroment. Ask your child what they did. Photo’s on Flikr

Well done to this weeks Rockstar Recess – Daniel for being responsible in the classroom and to Sara for being a risk-taker.

Next Week in KG-1

We will begin our new unit of inquiry into ‘Sharing the Planet’ we will be going on a field trip to Uptown Mirdif Park. On Sunday we are trialling  Free Flow Free Inquiry where the children will be able to visit a range of classrooms during our free inquiry.


* 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. We will send you specific lessons to work on, in next week’s blog.
Ms Crystal Hanna came and awarded our class a certificate for having the most IXL hours in KG-1!
* You may have noticed on your class calendar that we are requesting all KG1 students to wear their colored 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. 
* Please remember Take home bags are due back on Sunday’s. If they are returned late you will not get one the following week and will have to wait until the following week to receive one as it takes Ms. Kareen time to check all the bags for the items which she does on a Sunday afternoon.
*Library will be on Tuesday next week due to our Field trip on Wednesday
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 are in your child’s folder and should be returned on Sunday! There is no cost, but class shirts, lunch boxes and water bottles are required. 
* 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 came home today for your child to begin making Valentine’s for their classmates. 
* 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.  

January 7th-11th

Happy New Year and welcome back!

This week in KG-1ECC

It was great seeing everyone back in class this week and hearing about all the exciting things that happened over the break! Welcome to Dora and Lyne who have completed their first week in KG-1!

Throughout the week we read and re-read the story of  “The Mitten” the children enjoyed wearing  mittens and holding ice cubes and then seeing the difference without the mittens on. We discussed and learnt about the different animals in the story using Pebblego as some of the animals were new to us! We made note of how each animal moved as we took turns acting out the story.


We made snow!

We talked about how old we are and made a class graph. The children made an age collage where they stuck groups of objects together to represent their age.

In centers this week we did many activities around the story “The Mitten”

The children laced a mitten together and hung mittens with numbers in order from 0-12; explored measurement using different items to identify heavy and light; listened to The Mitten story on the iPad and retold the story using magnetic pieces; built letters using curves and lines; explored and found items in the water table; identified the letter Jj in our I Spy Books, and coloured and retold versions of The mitten with emergent readers.

The children have enjoyed learning The Bean Bag Bop song.

Well done to this weeks rockstars (Alia and Hannah) who have been caring and helpful towards our two new students and showing them what we do in our classroom and where to put things!

Next week in KG-1ECC

It is the end of our unit of inquiry into ‘How the World Works”  We will finish up with a taste and smell test followed by a very fun and messy science experiement!


The January calendar was sent home today – Please take some time to have a look at what is happening/needed for this month at school.

IXL- About half of my class has logged in and completed lots of Math questions on IXL. Please log in with your child and let them show you what they are learning. An earlier blog post lists the skills we would like for them to review for January.

Student dress code at UAS was mentioned in the elementary blog earlier this week. Please make sure your child is wearing the UAS school uniform to school (T-shirt, Jacket,  shorts, trousers etc). We are noticing many children wearing non UAS uniform clothing. In the Early Years we are happy for children to be wearing plain navy bottoms if need be due to uniform sizing.



December 10th-14th

This week in KG-1ECC

This week were were scientist! We conducted an investigation to see which liquid dissolved the Gingerbread Man the fastest. We used five different liquids, soda, water, pineapple juice, vinegar and dishwashing liquid. We set a timer and observed what happened.

The children worked in small groups and they found material, made a plan and tested out there results as they problem solved to find a way to get the Gingerbread across the river without getting wet.

In centers the children identified numbers, matched numbers and arranged them in order, created gingerbread people with different items, Looked for letters in their ‘I Spy’ books and retold the Gingerbread story using the characters from the story in small groups.

We made snowflakes!

On Thursday we dressed in our pyjamas, watched the Gingerbread boy with Super Why and visited Santa.

After the winter break in KG-1ECC

We will be reading the story “The Mitten” and do various activities around this story. We have two new students starting with us after the break – Dora and Imeldalyne. We are looking forward to meeting them both and welcoming them into our class!


  • On Wednesday 13th first trimester reports went live on the portal. If you have any issues please contact helpdesk@uasdubai.ae 
  • School starts back on Sunday January 7th. Happy holidays!
  • Lit bags will return the week of Jan 14

I wish everyone a Happy Holidays over the next three weeks. I am looking forward to heading back to New Zealand and meeting the latest addition to our family!


IXL for December and January

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 more details.
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 4th-7th

This week in KG-1

This week we read many different  versions of the story of The Gingerbread Man; some of the titles included The Gingerbread Girl and The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School. The children enjoyed doing centers based on the Gingerbread Man which included – ordering the Gingerbread by size from smallest to biggest, creating and decorating Gingerbread out of playdough; and coloring their own Gingerbread book to share at home.

The children helped to make Gingerbread by measuring and adding the ingredients into the bowl. They loved smelling the ginger and the cinnamon that was added to the mixure!!!! The children rolled the dough out and used gingerbread cutters to make their Gingerbreads and placed them on the tray. Ms. C-C took them home to cook them. On Thursday while we were outside for recess the Gingerbread cookies RAN AWAY! We went on a hunt around the school looking for them, we had to stop and ask teachers along the way to see if they had seen them! When we finally found them we made sure the classroom door stayed shut while we decorated the cookies with icing and M&M’s and they were delicious!!!!!

Parents – Thank you for coming along to our winter celebration on Thursday morning that was held in the cafeteria. Here is the link of the performance – just incase you missed it or wanted to watch it again!!

Next week in KG-1

We will continue to read more Gingerbread stories followed with more activities based on the Gingerbread – we will even do an experiment with the Gingerbread cookies. On Thursday we will visit Santa before we depart for our winter break.


  • 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 17 students should be prepared.
  • Literature Bags will not come home next week, due to the long Winter 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. Here is a letter to explain more… ​PJ Day (4)-1rhgjdq
  • 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 26th-29th

This week in KG-1ECC

This week the children have been doing many activities on the UAE! Rashids mom from Ms Ambers class came and spoke to us about the UAE she talked about the seven Emirates, the Rulers, Money, clothing and the language they speak. In our centers the children used their five senses as they explored items from the UAE, smelt different scents, tasted local foods, touched items and watched a clip on the UAE. They also enjoyed coloring different places in Dubai in their coloring book, building the Burj Khalifa out of clay, building different buildings in the UAE out of blocks and drawing pictures of what they would spend 100aed on.

On Wednesday the children dress in UAE clothing and in colors of the UAE flag. Thanks to our 5 parents (Yashar’s mom, Hannah’s mom, Omair’s mom, Troy’s mom and Richard’s dad) who came and helped out with our UAE centers. They took small groups around different activities. Thank you to all the Emirati familys in Pre-K, KG-1 and KG-2 who brought in UAE foods for us to enjoy. Please see below a short video of what we did this week. There are also lots of photo’s to look at too.

This week the children  enjoyed using Rhythm sticks as we learnt a new song. They did a great job listening and following the actions!!!

Next week in KG-1ECC

Next week we will be reading lots of stories and versions of The Gingerbread Man. We will make Gingerbread cookies on Monday – Would any parent be willing to take our Gingerbread cookies home to bake them on Monday and return them on Tuesday? – If you are able too, please let me know through email! – Thanks


No school on Thursday 30th November and Sunday 3rd December – Enjoy the long weekend!!!

The December calendar came home this week – Please note that on the 11th December it says sports day – Unfortunately we will be postponing this event until January.

If you have not done so already please send your child’s portfolio to school on Monday 4th December

Would anyone like to take home our Gingerbread cookies to cook on Monday?

We invite all parents to come to our Winter Celebration on Thursday 8th December at 8am in the school Cafeteria- We will be singing a song and eating together. Please sign up what you will be bringing on this link Children are to come to school dressed on festive party clothes.

National Day

Dear Parents,
To follow-up 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 as 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 and we want to THANK our many parent volunteers for assisting us!
Please allow your child to dress in UAE National Dress or UAE colors (red, green, white and black) for Wednesday. Also, send snack and water bottles as usual.
Thank you so much for supporting our Early Years experiences!
PK/KG1 Teams

November 18th-22nd

This week in KG-1ECC

We read the stories ‘Shark in the Park’ and ‘Shark in the Dark’ as we focused on our sense of sight. The children enjoyed using there telescopes to go on a looking walk around the school.

In learning centers this week:

Literacy- The children worked on different activities for the 7 letters we are learning – created the letters out of wikistick; Matched and stamped upper and lower case letters; and identified and looked for the letter Ee amongst other letters and coloured items that begin with the Ee sound.

Math- The children are learning to sort object in different ways.

Unit of Inquiry – The children explored different items with their five senses; made telescopes and were scientist as they investigated with magnets.

Here is a video of us learning in centers!


We have been growing our pumpkin seeds over the past month in the classroom. Today the children took their plants and planted them outside in the garden.


The children decorated the Caring Boxes, sorted the items and made Thank You cards. On Thursday we gave the boxes to our wonderful support staff!

This week the certificates went to Lyan and Richard who have done a fantastic job tidying up after centers and free inquiry as well as making sure the classroom is nice and tidy throughout the day. Well Done!


Next week in KG-1ECC

We will be learning about the UAE through many different activities as well as attending the   national day celebration on Wednesday.


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!
  • Next Wednesday, November 29, UAS will celebration 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!
  • No School on Thursday, November 30 and Sunday, December 3. Enjoy UAE National Day/Weekend with your families!
  • 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 will send more information out next week.
  • Handwriting Without Tears– At Parent Teacher Conferences, we gave all parents a handout explaining the proper formation of writing the alphabet. Thursday, 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.  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!!! 

November 19th

Reminder… my class will have School Pictures this Wednesday, November 22nd. Your child should wear their UAS polo shirt and either shorts/pants/skirt. You received a picture order form in your child’s folder on Sunday. Even if you are not purchasing photos, please return the envelope as the photographer will scan their name/barcode. Thanks!!!

Also, I am in need of 4 parents to volunteer to help our little ones rotate to the UAE National Day stations outside on Wednesday, November 29 from 8:30-9:30. If you are interested just email me or go to this link and add your name!