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Week of Oct 19th

This week: We read many books by Laura Numeroff, including If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and If You Give A Moose A Muffin.  The children loved the repetitive nature of these books and considering which part comes next in the story.  We also used story pieces to put the story in order.

KG1 began swimming this week! Overall the children did a great job undressing, keeping their clothes organized, keeping up with their pool items (towel, shoes, goggles) and following directions at the pool. There are a couple who are still practicing dressing “after” swimming! The best way to help your child is to teach them to do it by their self… they can do it!

Mr. Fields visited our classroom this week for our first Guidance lesson. We met his puppet named Puppy and learned how to participate in his monthly lessons. He will teach us many great things about our feelings, emotions, communicating and how to treat others.

We brought three pumpkins into our classroom on Tuesday and began our pumpkin investigation.  We used our eyes to observe the pumpkins and thought of all the ways that they are different.  We thought of ideas for how to explore them next week.  We did one of the ideas today, which was to see how heavy it is! We took them to the health clinic and used the scale there to weigh them.

Centers for the week included many pumpkin activities – fine motor paper punching, recognizing and quantifying numbers to 10, drawing a monster, and AB patterns.

Work coming home: We’ve been sending home the class books each day to different students.  We hope that you have a chance to read them at home and enjoy them! Thank you for remembering to return them each day!

The papers in the folder today are drawings that the children have done during free inquiry time.  They also made some lanterns for Diwali.  These activities are optional.

Inside the folder you will also find a brochure for the Dubai :30×30 initiative.  You can find out more information about this activity here.

Next week:

  • Sunday – Halloween treats due
    • If you have not already done so, please send in 30 small items (individual pencils, sticker packs, small toys, erasers, boxes of raisins, bags of pretzels, etc) by Sunday, October 22. Daiso has great selections of these small items. These items will be given out when they Trick or Treat within the classrooms, and we will provide bags for all KG1 students. Please do not send anything with nuts.
  • Monday – swimming! please continue to practice dressing at home.
  • Tuesday – please return library books
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday – Halloween Costume Day
    • We would ask that they not wear face masks or bring weapons, but that this be a fun day. We will enter the building at our regular 7:55 time and ask parents to stay outside. We will then prepare for our Elementary School parade, as we will parade outside, following a designated path, where parents will be able to watch and take photos. Parade should begin after 8:00. If your child wishes to change later, please send appropriate change of clothes.

Looking ahead – Please remember that Sunday, October 29 and Monday, October 30 there is no school for students, as teachers have Professional Development.  Students return to school on October 31st. It is actually Halloween, but students should wear School Uniform.


In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, on Thursday October 19th, children can come to school dressed in pink clothing or adding something pink to their clothes eg: pink ribbon or heart from construction paper.

Week of October 12th

This week: We enjoyed a full week of activities! On Monday and Tuesday, we enjoyed exploring all the apples the children brought in – thanks for doing that! We sorted them by different attributes – pattern on the outside, color, and stem/no stem.  We made predictions about what the inside looked like, then cut them open to see.  We tasted red and green apples to decide which we liked more.  We also tried to balance apples on our head, like in Ten Apples Up On Top.  The children loved all these learning experiences.

We continue to talk about shapes and read How the Shapes Became Friends, a book that shows how putting shapes together can make a picture.  The children then made their own shape picture, which will be in their portfolio.  We also found items in the classroom and sorted them by shape.

We read The Colors of Us and I Like Myself to go along with our PYP unit Who We Are.  In centers, the children looked at their faces in a mirror and drew themselves with correct skin color, hair color and eye color.  They enjoyed comparing their colors with the colors of the crayons and trying to find exactly the right shade.  We talked about how we can all be friends, even though we look different and like different things.

Other centers included lacing and marble balancing to strengthen motor skills, counting and exercise movements, creating a face with loose parts, sorting buttons by shape, and exploration of numbers 1-5.  They also worked on matching their friends’ pictures during morning centers.

Work coming home: All children will be bringing home their birthday number.  This is the date of their birthday that we will use to make our classroom birthday chart.

Other optional work coming home may be the apple paint stamping page, a snake to practice cutting curves, and drawings from free inquiry.

Next week:

  • Sunday
  • Monday – Swimming!

Please refer to your October calendar, as well as the Swimming Letter that was sent home last week, in your child’s folder. We need your child to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE getting dressed INDEPENDENTLY, at home with you. They need to WEAR swimsuits to school, with SCHOOL UNIFORM on top. Bring towel, swim cap (mandatory) and swim shoes, inside a separate swim bag. Goggles are optional.

  • Tuesday – please only return the library book on Tuesday
  • Wednesday – we will have our first lesson with Mr. Fields, the early childhood counselor
  • Thursday

For the following week:

HALLOWEEN TREATS– Your child brought home an ORANGE note in their folders this week, regarding our Halloween celebration and Trick or Treating. Please send in 30 small items (individual pencils, stickers packs, erasers, boxes of raisins , bag of pretzels, etc) by Sunday, October 22. These items will be given out when they Trick or Treat within the classrooms, and we will provide bags for all KG1 students. Please do not send in a pumpkin or container.

Parent Volunteers needed

We are looking for parents to help run Halloween activities in the classroom on Tuesday, October 31st.  Please click on this link to find more information and to sign up!



Week of October 5th

This week: We enjoyed another full week of KG1! Discussions this week introduced the concept of months since we changed the calendar to the month of October. We also talked about our birthdays and how they have a day and month.  We also talked about our families and made a graph about if we had brothers, sisters, both or neither.

We read the story Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? and have played the game in class each week.  The children have learned the repetitive language of the story and enjoy the mystery of who has the cookie.  We introduced the letters l, f, e and t through this game and thought about some words that start with those sounds.

Our other stories this week focused on color theory, reading books like Color Dance and Mouse Paint that talk about mixing colors together.  The children chose colors that they wanted to mix with fingerpaints and learned about various combinations.  We also read Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly and made our own monster faces during centers.

Other centers for this week included practicing tracing on the lines, counting games, and identifying name practice with playdough and loose parts.  They also practiced sorting objects by color to make color posters and did a drawing sample for September.

Work coming home: Your child may be bringing home an optional morning center activity of cutting strips or doing their own drawings on scrap paper.  Other work from this week has been saved to put into your child’s portfolio.

Next week: We will be doing activities with apples in class, so please be sure to send one in on Monday so that your child can participate!

If you want your child to participate in the take-home literature bags, please send in the permission slip on Sunday.  I apologize for the due date being wrong!

  • Sunday – begin wearing white UAS uniforms
  • Monday – bring in an apple
  • Tuesday – return your library book to get a new one!
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Community Fair

The PTSO will be hosting a Community Fair tomorrow at UAS. The event will run from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the school’s main reception area and elementary lobby and exits.  There will be a variety of booths selling cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream, pizza and sandwiches. There will be service booths as well (including: ASA vendors, beauty salons, health and fitness services, accessories and more).

Mid-week reminders

A HUGE thank you to the parents who attended our Back-to-School Information Sessions! I’m so glad we were able to speak through more of the specifics of our KG1 program together.  If you missed the session yesterday, the handout is coming home in your child’s folder today.  Please take the time to read each section.  The back to school presentation is found here if you would like to see the slides.

Two notes for this week:

  • The Scholastic magazines were sent home on Sunday.  If you would like to order some books for your child, please send in the order form and exact change tomorrow.  I will be placing the order on Thursday.  We’ve been reading Curious George books in the classroom, as well as the series with Bear Says Thank You and Hippo Says Excuse Me.  They would enjoy having these at home!
  • We are still missing some family photos! The ones we have received have gone up around the world map, and we have discussed family members and our home countries.  Please send it in your child’s folder or email me with the attachment.

Thank you!

Week of Sept. 28th

This week: We enjoyed a full week in KG1! This week, we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? everyday and looked at different parts of the story.  We talked about the colors of the animals in the story, found items around the room that were the same color, talked about the difference between words and picture, and put in the animals of the story in order (sequencing).  While reading books from the Curious George series, we talked about various good choices and bad choices that George makes in the story.  We also read How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?  and How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?, discussing the good choices that we can make also.  We continued to play name games for the children to practice each others’ names.

On Tuesday, we read Little Blue and Little Yellow.  In the story, little blue and little yellow hug, and form green! We made our own little blues and little yellows with play dough and mixed them together to make green! The children made their own combinations with blue, yellow, and red playdough and saw all the colors that they could make.  We made a poster about how to make green, orange, purple, and grey.  The children loved this color mixing exploration.

In centers this week, we continued to focus on gaining fine motor strength using large tweezers, scissors, and other grasping activities.  The children were able to be creative in designing items from basic shapes, practiced sorting objects by color, kind and shape, and did finger painting on the first letter of their names.

We also practiced what to do during a fire drill.  The book we read said to: be still, listen to your teacher, walk in line, stay with your class.  We practiced walking outside quietly and lining up on our number outside.

Work coming home: During morning exploration, the children colored their own book based off the book Brown Bear.  The children may or may not be finished coloring.  This type of book is called an emergent reader.  The children are not able to actually read the words, but they have memorized the language and look at the pictures.  These books develop an early love of reading and feeling of success.  Today we all read the books as a class and they loved turning the page and reading together.  This is something that you can do with your child at home – please ask them to read it to you!

Some of the children worked on optional puppet pieces for the Brown Bear story; those are coming home today as well.

Next week: You should have received in your child’s folder our October calendar with all upcoming information.  Please note that we start swimming on October 16th.  Your child will need to undress and dress independently (underwear, shirt, pants, shoes) so please be working on that at home in preparation.

  • Sunday – we will begin show-and-tell this week.  Your child can ONLY bring show-and-tell on his scheduled day, otherwise we would not have time for other important learning activities! You can find the information on the tab labeled ‘Information and Schedules‘.
    • Scholastic magazines will also be sent home on Sunday.
  • Monday – Back-to-School information sessions are at 1 pm or 5:15 pm! Please click on this link to sign up if you have not done so yet.  Please respond even if you are unable to attend.
  • Tuesday – Library.  We will be bringing books home for the first time! They are to be returned on the following Tuesday.
  • Wednesday – Scholastic magazine orders are due.
  • Thursday – UAS Community Faire 12-5 pm

Back-to-School Information and Sign-Up

Dear Parents,
We would like to invite you to attend our Back to School Information Session on Monday October 2nd.  We will be offering two sessions for parents, which we highly recommend and hope you can attend one of them.  The sessions being offered are at:
  • 1:00-1:45pm
  • 5:15-6:00pm

You must fill out the Back to School Information Form to let your teacher know if you are attending and at which session before noon on Thursday

***Important Reply Needed***
The Back to School Information Sessions is not a parent conference time, but rather a session to learn more about our program and the curriculum we use.  Please note if you wish to attend the 1pm session we will be offering child supervision at that time.  We hope these times work well for you and we look forward to seeing all of you on Monday 2nd October,
The Early Childhood Team.

Week of Sept. 20th

We had a lovely first week of school! Below, you will find our typical weekly blogpost.  The structure is as follows: this week, work coming home, and next week.  Please read these sections carefully to learn what we are doing in our class!

This week: We have begun our school year as KG1-LD with an emphasis on community.  This week, we have played many name games for the children to become comfortable sharing their name with others and to learn others’ names.  We have also worked on recognizing our first name each morning as we begin circle time.  We have a boy and girl helper of the day, who are our line leaders, door holders and calendar helpers.  The children have all made friends and it is delightful to see them playing together.

We have read many books this week, including the favorites Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and more books from the Llama Llama series.  We talked about Llama’s actions and how we need to wait patiently and to share toys with others.  We also read No, David! and David Goes to School, two books that show the bad choices that David made.  We went through the books again after reading them and talked about why the choices were bad and what we should do instead.

Centers from this week including lots of letter and number exposure, sorting by color, and strengthening the hands through fine motor activities.  We also practiced how to hold scissors properly and practiced cutting on a straight line.  Children also had practice using the glue bottles and only putting a few small drops on each piece.

Work coming home: This week’s work might include a letter stamping page and a page with foam numbers glued on.  These activities were designed to give children exposure to letters and numbers and to start conversations during the activities.  It is ok if the numbers are backwards and if the children do not know the letters; it was an initial fine motor activity meant to be an introduction to our content this year.

Another book coming home is Pete’s Shoes.  This story is modeled after Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.  Some of the children may have begun coloring but others have not.  This is a book for you to read to your child at home.  The children should be familiar with the longer story that we read in class, so you can also ask them to tell you the story in their own words.

Please empty the folder out each time something is sent home.

Next week: We have NO SCHOOL tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 21st.

On Sunday, we will continue with our circle time, literacy activities, centers, and free inquiry.  We will also be introducing color theory and mixing colors.  We will also create our first class book.

  • Sunday – please send in a family photo or email it to me if you have not yet done so.  I have received very few so far.  We will be doing an activity about our family on Wednesday, and we will need the picture for that.
  • Monday – please return quilt square with your child’s name and photo
  • Tuesday – we will have our first trip to the library!
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Upcoming – Back to School Night on October 2nd! Be looking for more information!

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