September 25-28, 2016

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Reminders

There is no school on September 29th and October 2nd.

School ends at 12:45 (not 12:55).  Please be on time to pick up your child.

A note went home about “the box appeal” today.  Please find some time over the weekend to take your child to buy the items requested.  Let your child see that they can make a difference in someone’s life

Literature bags will start going home on October 4th.

This is the letter for our current PYP unit – Who We Are

Swimming will start in October 9th.

 

What We Did This Week

This week we read Pinkalicious which is a story about a little girl who ate too many pink cupcakes and turned pink.  We decorated pink cupcakes together and luckily when we ate them no one turned pink.  We read a great book called How the Shapes Became Friends.  The children created pictures with different shapes after reading this book.

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At centers we made our names with playdough, practiced snipping and cutting, played a Pete the Cat math game, worked on strengthening our fine motor skills through lacing and a marble game and painted our names with Q-tips. This week we looked at how to care for and talk to a friend that is hurt and started coming up with the things we can say to our friends if we are not happy with what they are doing. These are things we will continue to talk about all year.

What’s Coming Up Next Week

Next week we will start going to see Ms. Amanda for gross motor classes.  These will start on Tuesday.  The children will have these lessons every Sunday and Tuesday.  It is best to wear the gym shorts, t-shirt and sports shoes for these lessons.  We will be reading books about apples and friendship.  On Wednesday every child will bring in an apple and we will do many different activities with them.  At centers we will be sorting real items by shape, playing 3 different math games, making faces with natural objects and playing friend Bingo.


September 18-22, 2016

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Reminders

There is no school this Thursday, September 29th.

September 28th will be the last to wear the blue shirts.  We will start wearing regular uniforms in October.

If your child has Show and Tell on Thursday, they can bring their Show and Tell on Wednesday this week.

Swimming will start in October.  Please help your child by having them dress and undress themselves.

We will have library on Tuesday next week.

The literature bags will start on  the first Tuesday in October.  You must sign the sheet (sent home on Monday) to be able to participate in this.

 

What We Did This Week

This week we read Mouse Paint and White Rabbit’s Color Book which explored mixing different colors to create new colors.  The children experimented with red, yellow and blue paint to see all the different colors they could create. These wonderful creations are up on our bulletin board.  We made big, green monsters after reading the book Go Away Big Green Monster.  At centers we worked on sorting items by similar attributes, counting 1 to 1, cutting, exploring at the water table (apple cloud dough), drawing people and fishing for numbers.

What’s Coming Up Next Week

Next week we will be reading How the Shapes Became Friends and creating pictures with shapes.  We will be continuing to talk about what it means to be caring and working on being kind friends in the classroom. We are working on using big girl and boy voices (not whining) and using our words to explain what is wrong when we are upset about something (rather than yelling or crying).  We will be working at centers on our fine motor skills, making playdough names, lacing, creating faces with natural items and playing shape games.


September 4th-8th, 2016

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Reminders

There is no school from Sept. 9th – Sept.17th.  Have a blessed Eid.

Back to School Night is on September 19th starting at 5:30.  It is very important that you attend this evening to learn all about our KG1 program.  This is for parents only!

We have a no chocolate policy in KG1 (no chocolate muffins, pudding, milk, breakfast bars, sandwiches, Oreos, etc.) Please speak to whoever packs your child’s lunch about this.

Please make sure you send your child’s communication bag every day.  Please remove what we send home each day.

If you would like to buy another blue t-shirt, you can purchase them at the uniform store for 20dhs.  We will be wearing these shirts until the end of September and on field trips.

The quilt square is due on Sunday, September 18th.

The family picture for our classroom map was due on Sept.8th.

What We Did This Week

This week we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear and made our first class book based on this book—KG-1, KG-1, Who Do You See? This book will start to go home each night with a different student. This is a great way to learn all of their friend’s names.   We also learned the chant Who Took the Cookies from The Cookie Jar.  We made chocolate chip cookies and we made a class book based on this chant.

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At centers we worked on sorting items by color and strengthening our fine motor skills.  We read Little Blue and Little Yellow and then mixed yellow and blue play dough to make green play dough. We worked on following the classroom rules and being caring friends.  I use puppets to teach the children what is expected in the classroom. We also practiced for a fire drill.

What’s Coming Up After Eid

Next week we will be working on our PYP unit by reading stories about being caring and principled— two of the PYP Learner Profile attributes.  I will be focusing on all of the kind acts I see each day in our classroom.  I will be writing them down and we will talk about them as a class.  We will read Have You Filled Your Bucket and look at all the ways we can help our friends to feel good and be happy at school.  We will read Pinkalicious and make pink cupcakes.  We will also be experimenting with mixing colors, graphing and working at centers.


August 30-September 1, 2016

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Reminders

  • Please send in a photograph (4X6 size) of your family by Thursday, September 8th. Please label the back of the photograph with your home country/countries as we will connect this picture to our classroom map to show where all the children are from.
  • I sent a quilt square home today. It is due on Thursday, September 15th.

What We Did This Week

This week we spent a lot of time learning our friend’s names and the expectations in the classroom.  It was great to have the whole class together on Thursday.  The children are doing a wonderful job settling in and are getting along very well.   On Thursday we made playdough together and I introduced the children to learning centers.  The children rotated to 4 different centers and did 4 activities.  They did a fabulous job at this. One book we read this week was The Kissing Hand.  This is a book about a raccoon who is afraid to go to school. His mother gave him a special kissing hand before he went to school.  Ask your child to tell you the story and give them a kissing hand before they go to school on Sunday.

 

What’s Coming Up Next Week

Next week we will read Brown Bear, Brown Bear and made our first class book based on this book—KG-1, KG-1, Who Do You See? This book will start to go home each night with a different student. This is a great way to learn all of their friend’s names.   We will also learn the chant Who Took the Cookies From The Cookie Jar and make chocolate chip cookies together.  We will continue to work at learning centers together. The children need to learn to work with a variety of friends at different activities.  We will work on sorting items by color and strengthening our fine motor skills. One of the main focuses this week will be on listening, sharing and being a good friend.  I like to role play various issues that come in the classroom so we can all talk about them together.  One of the rules in our classroom is that you cannot tell someone that they cannot play with you.  I insist that the children play gently with each other and do not allow play fighting or pretend guns.

Please read this excerpt from the Parent Handbook.

We understand that occasional bathroom accidents do happen in school for any number of reasons.  However, it is expected that your child is 100% toilet trained by the time school starts. All children must be able to wipe themselves independently and pull up and down their own pants.  They must also be able to wash their own hands.    Diapers and training pants are not allowed.  Children who are not yet toilet trained will be asked to stay home for a period of two weeks to practice and ensure that they are fully trained before returning to school.