November 11th to November 13th

Our Week:

It was a short week in PreK. This week we focused on looking at our school building. Our focus question this week was “What is special about our building?”. We continued to show pictures of our homes. We also talked about the different rooms in our building and how are school is different from our homes. We had two parent visitors, an architect and an engineer, come to our class and discuss their jobs and how they help design and create buildings.

Looking Ahead:

There is no school Sunday, November 18th.

Our focus questions for next week are “Who builds buildings?” and “What tools do they use?”. We will talk about different jobs related to buildings and construction.

The objectives we will focus on are:

  • 9a: Uses an expanding expressive vocabulary
  • 11: Demonstrates positive approaches to learning: Persists
  • 15c: Notices small units of sound
  • 16a: Demonstrated knowledge of the alphabet:Identifies and names letters
  • 17b Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses: Uses print concepts
  • 20b: Quantifies
  • 21b: Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes: understands shapes4
  • 23: Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
  • 30: Shows basic understanding of people and how they live.

The books we will read next week are:

  • Build it From A to Z
  • Building a Home
  • Changes, Changes
  • The Three Little Pig

 

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

 

November 4th to 8th

Our Week:

It has been a busy week in PreK! We have started unpacking our new unit of inquiry on buildings. Our focus question was “What do the buildings in our neighborhood and other places look like?”. We have been talking about our homes, buildings in our neighborhood, and famous buildings in Dubai. The children have enjoyed looking at pictures of different buildings and talking about the similarities and differences. We have been reading the Three Little Pigs, so we have been talking about what different buildings are made of as well.

Look Ahead: 

Wednesday, November 14th and Thursday, November 15th are Parent Teacher Conferences. There is no school for students. You can sign up using the UAS Parent Portal.  See instructions to book your appointment here.  If you are having technical problems please contact portalsupport@uasdubai.ae. The booking system on the Parent Portal will close on Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm. Please be sure to select your appointments by that time. We kindly ask that you complete this Google Form (PreK) for each of your children in PreK as well.

Our focus question for next week is “What is special about our building?”. We will take a closer look at our school and learn about our building. We will also have two special visitors come to talk about how they work with buildings.

The objectives we will focus on are:

  • 12a: Remembers and connects experiences: Recognizes and recalls
  • 15c: Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonic skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
  • 16a: Demonstrated knowledge of the alphabet: Identifies and names letters
  • 20a: Uses number concepts and operations: Counts
  • 20b: Uses number concepts and operations: Quantifies
  • 21b: Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes: Understands shapes
  • 22a: Compares and measures: Measures objects

The books we will read are:

  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
  • 10 Little Ducks
  • Rhyming Dust Bunnies

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences

November 14 & 15, 2018

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

You can sign up using the UAS Parent Portal.  See instructions to book your appointment here.  If you are having technical problems please contact portalsupport@uasdubai.ae. The booking system on the Parent Portal will close on Sunday, November 11 at 4:00pm. Please be sure to select your appointments by that time.

We kindly ask that you complete this Google Form (PreK) for each of your children in PreK. This form will provide information to your child’s teachers in order to help them best meet your needs during these conferences.

October 28 to November 1

Our Week: 

This week was packed full of learning and fun. On Sunday, we looked at our new unit which is a study on buildings. The central idea is of our unit is: The construction and use of buildings can transform a community. Monday we participated in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walkathon and kicked off the Dubai Fitness Challenge at UAS. Wednesday was Halloween. The children participated in the UAS parade and then went trick or treating in the early years hallway. On Thursday, we celebrated UAE Flag Day, made Halloween crafts, and carved our class pumpkin. This week in small groups we focused on identifying numerals 1 to 5 and counting quantities.

Looking Ahead: 

We will continue our new unit by looking at buildings in our neighborhood. Please send in pictures of buildings that are important to your child, such as a picture of your home or a favorite place in your neighborhood.

The objectives we will focus on next week are:

  • 12a: Remembers and connects experiences: Recognizes and recalls
  • 15a: Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonic skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates rhyme
  • 15c: Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonic skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
  • 16a: Demonstrated knowledge of the alphabet: Identifies and names letters
  • 20b: Uses number concepts and operations: Quantifies
  • 21a: Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes: Understands spatial relationships
  • 23: Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
  • 35: Explores dance and movement concepts

The books we will read this week are:

  • Buildings, Buildings, Buildings
  • Changes, Changes
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • House Sweet House

Thank you for a great week. Please check out our Flickr page for pictures from Halloween and Flag Day.

Ms. Lisa

October 14th to 18th

Our Week:

This week we focused on the questions “What sounds do you hear at school?”. We explored and talked about different sounds at school. We also read stories that focused on sounds including Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear and Going On A Bear Hunt. Today, we went on a bear hunt on the early years playground. The children walked through different obstacles that were from the story, including tall wavy grass, a deep cold river, and thick oozy mud. In small groups, we continued to focus on identifying the letters of our names.

 

Looking Ahead:

There is no school next week, October 21st to October 25th. 

We will start our new unit on October 28th. Please read the letter we sent home today about the new unit. Our new unit is a study on buildings. The central idea is of our unit is: The construction and use of buildings can transform a community.

Our focus questions for the first week of our unit are”What do we know about buildings?” and “What do we want to find out?”

The objectives we will be focusing on are:

  • 8a Listens to and understands increasingly complex language: comprehends language:
  • 9a Uses language to express thoughts and needs: an expanding vocabulary
  • 13 Uses classification skills
  • 15c Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
  • 16b Identifies letter-sound correspondence
  • 16a Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet: identifies and names letter
  • 20b Uses number concepts and operations: quantifies.
  • 20c Connects numerals with their quantities
  • 22a Compares and measures: measures objects
  • 36 Explores drama through actions and language

The books we will be reading are:

The Three Little Pigs and Changes, Changes 

Have a great break and I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday, October 28th.

Ms. Lisa

 

October 7th to October 11th

Our Week:

Our focus questions this week were “How do we make and keep friends?” and “How can we be part of a group?”. We read several books about friendship including Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems. We also played a singing game in which the children practiced how to ask friends to play with them. We also finished painting our gingerbread men.

Looking Ahead: 

Next week we will complete our first mini-study. Our focus questions for the week are “What sounds do we hear at school?”and “Where do they come from?”.

The objectives we will focus on are:

  • 8b Follows directions
  • 15a Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates rhyme
  • 15c Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
  • 16a Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet: identifies and names letter
  • 18c Comprehends and responds to books and other texts: Retells stories and recounts details from informational texts
  • 19a Demonstrate writing skills: writes names
  • 20b Uses number concepts and operations: Quantifies

 

Our books this coming week are:

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear 

Going on a Bear Hunt  

 

Reminders: 

Our library day is Monday. Please return your child’s book on Monday so they can check out another book.

Picture day is October 17th. Please remember to send your child to school wearing their UAS polo shirt for picture day.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

September 30th to October 4th

Our Week:

It was another fun week in PreK. Our focus question was “Who Works at Our School”. This week we learned about the people who work in our school. Ms. Fox, Ms. Gloria, and Ms. Karen came to visit our class. We asked them questions about their jobs and what they do at UAS.

During small groups, we focused on literacy and mathematics. In math, we practiced our measuring skills by comparing different lengths as well as making salt dough. The children helped follow the recipe to make the salt dough. We used the salt dough to make gingerbread men to go with our story from this week, The Gingerbread Man. In literacy, we continued to focus on the the letters in our first name by playing a matching game.

Looking Ahead: 

Our focus questions for next week will be “How do we make and keep friends?” and “How can we be part of a group?”.

The objectives we will focus on our:

  • 1a Manages feelings
  • 2 Establishes and sustains positive relationships.
  • 3b participate cooperatively and constructively
  • 4 Demonstrates travelling skills
  • 10a  Engages in Conversations
  • 15 Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition
  • 16a Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet: identifies and names letter
  • 17b Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses: uses print concepts
  • 18a Comprehends and responds to books and other texts: Interacts during reading experiences, book conversations and text reflections
  • 20a Uses number concepts and operations
  • 20B Uses number concepts and operations
  • 34 Explores musical concepts and expression

Our books this coming week are:

  • The Gingerbread Man  
  • Hooray, a Piñata 
  • Too Many Tamales 
  • Crazy Pizza Day

Our songs this coming week are:

  • This Old Man

 

Reminders:

Our class library day is Monday. Please send your child’s library book to school on Monday so they will be able to check out another book.

 

Thank you for another fun week and we hope you have a great weekend.

 

Ms. Lisa

 

 

September 23th to 27th

Our Week:

We had a great week together in PreK. The nursery rhymes we sang this week were Hickory Dickory Dock and One, Two Buckle My Shoe. In small groups, we focused on identifying letters in our first names as well as using positional words (in, on, behind, in front of, next to, etc).

 

Looking Ahead:

Next week we will focus on the following questions:

  • When do things happen at school?
    • We will continue to focus on learning our daily schedule. Our schedule is an important part of our day and having a predictable schedule help the children feel safe and secure. We will also continue to talk about the signals we use during the day to know when we transition from one activity to another.
  • Who works at our school?
    • We will talk about the different people that work at our school. We will have a few school workers visit the classroom to talk about their jobs at UAS. Ms. Karen, Ms. Gloria, and Ms. Fox will visit the classroom and the children will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the people in our school community.

The main objectives we will focus on next week are:

  • 11b Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
  • 16a Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet: identifies and names letter
  • 15b Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills and word recognition: Notices and discriminates alliteration.
  • 18a Comprehends and responds to books and other texts: Interacts during reading experiences, book conversations and text reflections
  • 20a Uses number concept and operations
  • 21b Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes: understands shapes
  • 22a,c Compares and measures: measures objects and represents and analyzes data.
  • 30 Shows basic understanding of people and how they live
  • 36 Explores drama through actions and language

In small groups, we will focus on measuring, analyzing data as well as comparing objects of various sizes.

Our stories for next week will be The Gingerbread Man,  The Neighborhood Song, and Papi, How Many Stars Are in the Sky.

 

Reminders:

If you would like to be a room parent, please email me at ldornan@uasdubai.ae.

Please check out our Flickr page for pictures from the week.

 

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Lisa