Our Week

Our Week:

We spent the week planning and preparing for our Valentine’s Day party.  On Monday, we made tissue paper hearts and continued to talk about the emotion happy.  We also read The Feel Good Book by Todd Parr.  The children enjoyed the story and then we talked about what makes them feel good and what they can do to make others feel good.

On Tuesday, we prepared envelopes for our Valentine’s Day card exchange.  The children decorated the envelopes and practiced writing their names.  We have been practicing writing our names so this was a great opportunity for the children to practice in a meaningful way.

Wednesday was pink day and Valentine’s Day.  We started the day making Valentine’s cards for our moms and dads.  We made handprint hearts and and drew our family on the inside of the card.  We hope you liked the cards! We then had our Valentine’s Day party with popcorn and cupcakes.  We also enjoyed the story Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool.

We ended the week with outdoor centers.  Our centers this week were playing catch, the sand box, bean bag toss, and drawing on large paper.  Outdoor centers is a great opportunity for the children to practice and use cooperative skills as most of the activities require the children to work together to achieve a common goal.

Looking Ahead:

There is no school on February 25th.

International Week is February 26th through March 1st.  International Dress day is March 1st and International Day is March 3rd.

Book Week is March 4th through March 8th.  The Favorite Book Character parade is March 8th.

More information about both events will be posted on the blog in the coming weeks.

Housekeeping:

Show & Tell– Please see the chart below to see when your child has Show & Tell.  Please encourage your child to bring in an item on their day.  Show & Tell is a great way to build and practice communication skills. Items can be toys or something as simple as a drawing.   Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Sheza

Tadhg

Qiaoyang

Honey

Oasha

Khattab

Alexia

Qingwu

Omar

Aya

Celine

Noor

Yousef

Lana

Sophia

Mohammed

Amen

Extra Clothes– Please keep an extra set of clothes in your child’s cubby.  We noticed that many children no longer have a set of clothes.  Please check and make sure your child has extra clothes at school.  Extra clothes do not need to be a uniform.

Snack– Please remember to pack only healthy foods for snack times.  Items like fruits, vegetables, cheese, and sandwiches will give your child energy they need for the day.  Items like crackers, cereal, cookies, chocolate, candy, donuts, and nuts are not allowed.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact me (LDornan@UASdubai.ae).  Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

Check out our Flickr account for pictures from this week!

Valentine’s Day Tomorrow!

Greetings Parents,

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day Tomorrow!  We previously sent home valentines for your child to work on.  Please help your child to color or decorate as they would like. Then help or write on the back of each valentine–Love or From, (your child’s name.)”.  There is no need to write the other children’s names on the valentines.  You can tape a piece of CANDY on the valentine, if you would like. They will pass these out to one another on the tomorrow.  Please return the valentines in your child’s folder tomorrow. 

Thank you!

Ms. Lisa

Valentines for Wednesday

Greetings Parents,

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14th.  We previously sent home valentines for your child to work on.  Please help your child to color or decorate as they would like. Then help or write on the back of each valentine–Love or From, (your child’s name.)”.  There is no need to write the other children’s names on the valentines.  You can tape a piece of CANDY on the valentine, if you would like. They will pass these out to one another on the 14th.  Please return the valentines in your child’s folder tomorrow. 

Thank you!

Ms. Lisa

 

Our Week

Our Week:

This week we started our new unit of inquiry, feelings.  Monday we had a discussion about the feelings we know. The children came up with: happy, sad, grumpy, surprised, scared, and angry.  We added these words to our feelings chart.  I also had the children draw faces for the feelings happy, sad, scared, and mad so I could see what they knew about these feelings.  We also read The Feelings Book by Todd Parr and added some new feelings to our chart.

On Tuesday, we had a discussion about what it feels to be happy.  We looked a pictures of happy faces and talked about what we noticed about the faces.  We talked about what being happy feels like and what it looks like.  We also discussed what makes us feel happy.  The children expressed that being with mommy/daddy and when someone shares with them make them feel happy.

On Wednesday, we continued our discussion on feeling happy.  The children also started a feelings faces book.  In the book, the children drew a happy face and then described something that made them feel happy.  I also introduce our feelings graph.  On the white board, I created a feelings graph so the children could share how they are feeling that day.  To use the graph, the children place their name below the emotion they are feeling that day.  The graph is a great way to have the children check in with their emotions and express their feelings.

Thursday was Sports Day!  Although the weather was not the best, the children still had an excellent time participating in the different activities.  There were six different activities: an obstacle course, a scooter race, ribbon dancing, the long jump, yoga, and a spoon race.   We spent about 10 minutes at each station and then rotated to the next activity.  The children had a great time working together and being active.  Make sure to check out our Flickr page to see all the pictures from today’s event.

 

Looking Ahead: 

There is no school on Sunday, February 11th.

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14th.  Today (Thursday) we sent home valentines for your child to work on.  Enclosed in your child’s folder is 16 valentines (one per each child in the class). Please help your child to color or decorate as they would like. Then help or write on the back of each valentine–Love or From, (your child’s name.)”.  There is no need to write the other children’s names on the valentines.  You can tape a piece of CANDY on the valentine, if you would like. They will pass these out to one another on the 14th.  Please return the valentines in your child’s folder by Monday, February 12th.

Pink day will be February 14th.  Your child may come to school dressed in pink (or red and white) or bring in something pink for show & tell.

 

Housekeeping:

Show & Tell– We are going to start a new schedule for Show & Tell.  Please see the chart below to see when your child has Show & Tell.  Please encourage your child to bring in an item on their day.  Show & Tell is a great way to build and practice communication skills. Items can be toys or something as simple as a drawing.   Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Sheza

Tadhg

Qiaoyang

Honey

Oasha

Khattab

Alexia

Qingwu

Omar

Aya

Celine

Noor

Yousef

Lana

Sophia

Mohammed

Amen

Extra Clothes– Please keep an extra set of clothes in your child’s cubby.  We noticed that many children no longer have a set of clothes.  Please check and make sure your child has extra clothes at school.  Extra clothes do not need to be a uniform.

Snack– Please remember to pack only healthy foods for snack times.  Items like fruits, vegetables, cheese, and sandwiches will give your child energy they need for the day.  Items like crackers, cereal, cookies, chocolate, candy, donuts, and nuts are not allowed.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact me (LDornan@UASdubai.ae).  Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

Check out some pictures from this week.  Please see our Flickr page for more pictures, especially from Sports Day!

 

 

 

Sports Day!

Hello Parents,

PreK and KG1 Sports Day is Thursday February 8th from 8:15 until 10:15.  We will participate in 6 different physical activities, rotating from one activity to the next activity.

Please have your child wear there RED PreK shirt on Thursday.

Thank you!

Ms. Lisa

 

Show & Tell Schedule

Greetings Parents!

We are going to start a new schedule for Show & Tell.  Please see the chart below to see when your child has Show & Tell.   The new schedule will start tomorrow, Wednesday February 7th.  Please encourage your child to bring in an item on their day.  Show & Tell is a great way to build and practice communication skills. Items can be toys or something as simple as a drawing.   Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Sheza

Tadhg

Qiaoyang

Honey

Oasha

Khattab

Alexia

Qingwu

Omar

Aya

Celine

Noor

Yousef

Lana

Sophia

Mohammed

Amen

 

Thank you!

Ms. Lisa

 

Our Week

Our Week:

We started the week with Open Inquiry.  The children are now comfortable moving between classrooms and have enjoyed getting to know the other PreK and KG1 students better.  This week we focused on our monthly themes- our shape of the month, color of the month, nursery rhyme of the month, and artist of the month.  As part of identifying rectangles, we read the story It’s Not a Box .  In the story, a bunny rabbit plays with a cardboard box, pretending it is different objects like a race car, a boat, and a hot air balloon.  We then gave each child a rectangle and asked them to turn it into a different object.  Come see what we created; our work is hanging on the wall next to our classroom.  Wednesday was Blue Day.  We created our blue projects using pipe-cleaners and blue paint to make blue snowflake prints.  We also learned about the artist Piet Mondrian.  Mondrian most well know pieces use the primary colors with black and white lines to create abstract works of art.  The children created their own Mondrian pieces by arranging blue, yellow, and red rectangles with black lines on a white sheet of paper.

Tuesday we also had a visit with our animal friends from Posh Paws.  The children had a great time petting and feeding the animals.  It was a great experience!

Thursday we had Outdoor Centers.  This week’s centers were outdoor coding, sandbox play, a balloon relay, and chalk paint.  Outdoor coding was a new activity for us.  We used the black grid on the early childhood playground.  The objective of outdoor coding is to move from one end of the grid to the target square on the opposite end of the grid.  The children then have arrows that they point in the direction they want to move.  They can move left, right, straight or backwards.  It was a bit tricky but the children enjoyed working together to get to the target square.

It is now February, so we have new monthly concepts.  Our color of the month is pink, the shape of the month is a heart, and the nursery rhyme is One, Two Buckle My Shoe.

 

Looking Ahead:

Next week we start our new unit of inquiry, feelings.  In this unit we will focus on identifying different feelings as well as building our emotional vocabulary.  Please check out the unit page of this website to learn more about the unit.

Remember to have your child wear their RED shirt on Sunday for Open Inquiry.

PreK and KG1 Sports Day will be February 8th.  Please have your child wear their RED shirt on the 8th.  More details will be posted in the coming week.

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14th.  Today (Thursday) we sent home valentines for your child to work on.  Enclosed in your child’s folder is 16 valentines (one per each child in the class). Please help your child to color or decorate as they would like. Then help or write on the back of each valentine–Love or From, (your child’s name.)”.  There is no need to write the other children’s names on the valentines.  You can tape a piece of CANDY on the valentine, if you would like. They will pass these out to one another on the 14th.  Please return the valentines in your child’s folder by Monday, February 12th.

Pink day will be February 14th.  Your child may come to school dressed in pink (or red and white) or bring in something pink for show & tell.

 

Housekeeping: 

Uniforms– 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.

Extra Clothes– Please keep an extra set of clothes in your child’s cubby.  We noticed that many children no longer have a set of clothes.  Please check and make sure your child has extra clothes at school.  Extra clothes do not need to be a uniform.

Snack– Please remember to pack only healthy foods for snack times.  Items like fruits, vegetables, cheese, and sandwiches will give your child energy they need for the day.  Items like crackers, cereal, cookies, chocolate, candy, and nuts are not allowed.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact me (LDornan@UASdubai.ae).  Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

Check out some pictures from this week.  Please see our Flickr page for more pictures.