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

 

September 16th to 20th

Our Week: 

We started our week talking about our focus question, which was ‘What we should do if we are scared or nervous at school?’. During circle time we looked at pictures of different emotions. The children identified the different feelings and practiced making similar faces. We focused on happy, sad, and scared. We then brainstormed different things that make us feel happy, sad, scared or worried. We talked about what to do if we have those feelings and how it is important to share those feelings.

We also read two stories this week about feeling scared or nervous about school. Our first story was Wemberly Worried, which was about a girl mouse who worries about all sorts of things, but especially about starting school! As we read the story, we learned that Wemberly made a friend at school. We learned that making friends is one way to feel a lot less scared about school. Our second story was The Kissing Hand. In the story, Chester the raccoon is going to school for the first time. He tells his mother that he does not want to go to school but stay home with her. At the end of the story, Chester learns that his mother’s love is with him wherever he goes. After the story, we talked about how it is ok to miss our moms and dads but that school is a fun place and that we will see mom and dad at the end of the school day.

We also started talking about the first letter of our names. We did an art project in which the children painted around the first letter of their name. On Sunday, we will continue to talk about the letters in our names. Our finished products are hanging on display in the classroom.

Later in the week, we started talking about our next focus question, ‘What our are rules?’. We started our conversation about rules by talking about why we have rules. We agreed that rules keep us safe and allow us to have fun at school. We then talked about what kinds or rules we have in our classroom. We reviewed the listening rules as well as a few other rules, including sharing, taking turns, and keeping our hands and feet to ourselves.

The music and movement songs and nursery rhymes we sang this week are Two Plump Turtles and Mary Had a Little Lamb. Listening to and reciting rhymes help promote literacy and language development. We also played a game to develop executive functioning skills called Jack in the Box. During the game the children have to listen for a signal to jump during the rhyme. Playing executive functioning games promote brain development, focus, and self monitoring skills.

 

Looking Ahead:

Next week we will continue our discussion of the focus question, ‘What our are rules’. We will read the stories Charlie Anderson, Peeny Butter Fudge and Jalapeño Bagels. We will finish our week by looking at our next focus question, ‘When do things happen at school?’. The purpose of this focus question is to help familiarize the children with our routines and schedule. Having predictable routines and a schedule builds predictability and promotes security for children. Next week we will also start our small group rotations. During small groups we will focus on literacy and mathematics.

Back to School Night Presentation:

Thank you to the parents that were able to join us for Back to School Night. I enjoyed getting to speak with you more about our curriculum and what our day looks like in PreK. My Back to School Night presentation is available for you to review as well by clicking this link. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the presentation.

Make sure to check out our Flickr for pictures from this week.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

Literacy Parent Workshop

Greetings Parents!

Please read the following flyer about the literacy parent workshop series I will be offering this year for PreK and KG1 parents. The purpose of the workshop series is to build strong emergent literacy skills in our youngest learners. The workshops are the last Tuesday of every month, from 7:30-8:30 in the Elementary Library. I hope you will be able to attend!

Literacy Parent Workshop Flyer: Literacy with Ms. Lisa

Thank you,

Ms. Lisa

 

 

Back to School Night

Greetings Parents,

Wednesday, September 19th is Back to School Night. PreK is offering two information sessions. The first session is from 1:00pm to 1:45pm. The second session is from 5:15pm to 6:00pm. Both sessions will be in our classroom, 117.

There will be an option for childcare as well. Please fill out this form if you are interested in childcare during the information sessions.

Please email me at ldornan@uasdubai.ae if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Ms. Lisa

Our First Week at School

Greetings Parents!

It has been an exciting week in PreK! This week we have mostly focused on learning our class routines and procedures. The children are settling in and getting to know one another.

We started our week on Sunday by talking about our names. During circle time, we sang a name song to help each other learn our classmates names.  We then recited the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and talked about how Humpty Dumpty had a unique name and that we all have unique names as well. We also read the story A Pocket of Corduroy. In the story, a teddy bear named Corduroy is given a card with his name on it. During Free Inquiry, we talked about the rules of our centers and how we use our name cards to show where we want to play. The children practiced using their name cards and enjoyed playing together.

On Monday, we continued to talk about our names. At circle time, we listened to the nursery rhyme Three Little Kittens. In the rhyme, the three kittens loose their mittens. We then talked about how everything in our classroom has a special place so that items do not get lost. At story time, we reread the story a Pocket for Corduroy.

On Tuesday, we continued to sing our name song at circle time. The children have enjoyed practicing their friends names. We also talked about how to ask if you don’t know a friend’s name. We continued to practice our routines and procedures and read the story Quinito: Day and Night. In the story, a boy named Quinito talks about his family and what he does during the day and the night.

Wednesday was a special day because we had our first Early Years assembly! During the assembly we got to meet our UAS administrative team and have a dance party. Check out the video of our class dancing to Tooty Ta Ta on our class instagram and our Flickr photostream! The assembly was so much fun. We also had our first art class as well. At art we listened to a story and did a coloring activity with markers. It was a very busy but exciting day!

Please check out our Flickr photostream under weekly photos for pictures from this week.

 

Looking Ahead:

Next week our focus question will be What Should We Do If We Get Sad or Scared at School. We will primarily focus on what to do when we feel sad or scared and who we can talk to when we are upset. We will read the books Wemberly Worried and The Kissing Hand. Both of these stories focus on characters that get scared and sad while at school and what they do when they feel that way.

 

Housekeeping:

No School: There is no school on Thursday, September 13th. Have a nice weekend!

Specials: Our specialist schedule is A Day- Art, B Day- PE, and C Day- Music.  Please use the calendar set out by UAS administration to keep track of specials schedule. Sunday will be a B day, so we have PE.

School Uniform: Your child may start wearing the regular UAS uniform on Sunday, September 16th. Please save your red t-shirt as we will use it for field trips and other important days.

Back to School Night: Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 19th. I will post more information next week.

 

Thank you for a great week and have a nice weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

Literacy Parent Workshops

Dear Parents,

We are happy to announce that we will be holding a series of workshops about emergent literacy in the early years.

Ms. Lisa will be holding the workshops on the last Tuesday of the month. Right now, we are trying to work out the times that will suit you best so that you can attend. Please fill in this form so we can find the best time. Your help is greatly appreciated.

More information to follow.

We hope you can all attend.

Sincerely,

Ms. Lisa and Ms. Fox

Our First Day- Part 2

Hello Parents,

Today was an exciting day in PreK as we welcomed the second half of our class. We greeted our new friends on the playground and said goodbyes to moms and dads. We then went to our new classroom and had exploration time, during which we got to play together with our classmates. At circle time we sang a good morning song and learned our friends’ names. We had snack and went to recess were we got to climb, jump, slide, and run. At snack we sat with our friends and talked about all the fun things we had done at school so far. After snack we read the story Pete the Cat: I’m Rocking In My School Shoes. The children loved talking about what Pete did at school.

The children enjoyed free inquiry time, during which they could choose where they wanted to work and play. Before we knew it, it was time for lunch and to say goodbye for the day. We had a wonderful time together and I look forward to seeing everyone again on Sunday.

Please check out our Flickr stream for pictures from today, including a first day of PreK photo.

Reminders:

School Uniform: In addition to wearing the red T-shirt, your child needs to be wearing UAS school pants or shorts. These can be purchased at the school uniform store in the lobby. Please make sure your child is wearing school issued pants or shorts on Sunday.

Water Bottles: Every child needs a large reusable water bottle. This water bottle should labeled with their name and be brought to school daily.

Snack & Lunch: Please only pack healthy food for snack and lunch. Items like cookies, chocolate, chips, pudding, and candy are not allowed at school.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

Our First Day- Part 1

Greetings Parents!

Our Day:

We had a busy but fun day at PreK. We started the day getting to know each other at circle time and singing name songs. We then read the picture book How Do Dinosaurs Go To School. After reading the story, we talked about our listening rules for carpet and group time. We then enjoyed playing outside at recess. When we came in from recess, we completed our first PreK drawing and read a story about the first day of school, Pete the Cat: I’m Rocking in My School Shoes.

The children enjoyed free inquiry time, during which they could choose where they wanted to work and play. Before we knew it, it was time for lunch and to say goodbye for the day. We had a wonderful time together and I look forward to seeing everyone again on Sunday.

Please check out our Flickr stream for pictures from today, including a first day of PreK photo.

Reminders:

School Uniform: In addition to wearing the red T-shirt, your child needs to be wearing UAS school pants or shorts. These can be purchased at the school uniform store in the lobby. Please make sure your child is wearing school issued pants or shorts on Sunday.

Water Bottles: Every child needs a large reusable water bottle. This water bottle should labeled with their name and be brought to school daily.

Snack & Lunch: Please only pack healthy food for snack and lunch. Items like cookies, chocolate, chips, pudding, and candy are not allowed at school.

 

Thank you for a great first day!

Ms. Lisa

 

PreK Orientation

Greetings Parents,

Emails have been sent out regarding PreK orientation appointments for Monday September 3rd and 5th.  If you have any questions regarding the orientation schedule or any concerns please feel free to contact me at ldornan@uasdubai.ae .

I look forward to meeting you and your children this week!

Kind regards,

Ms. Lisa