Our Week

Our Week:

This week we continued with our unit of inquiry, feelings.  In our explorations, we focused on the emotion anger.  We started the week by discussing what being angry looks and feels like.  We also talked about what makes us angry and what we can do to feel better when we are angry.  Together we made a poster showing this information.  In our discussions, we highlighted appropriate ways to deal with our anger and how our behavior impacts others.  

We also read a few stories that talk about how to deal with anger, including Everybody Feels Angry Sometimes, When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really Angry, and Mouse Was Mad.  These stories discuss how it feels to be angry and how to deal with anger.  In addition to reading these stories, we also added to our feelings faces books.  The children drew pictures of faces that were angry and then shared one thing that made them feel angry.  Most of the children expressed that it made them feel angry when someone does not share with them.

We also celebrated Qiaoyang’s 4th birthday on Tuesday.  Happy Birthday Qiaoyang!

On Thursday we had our last day of outdoor centers.  This week’s centers were the sandbox, the water table, parachute play, and writing on easels.

This week we also prepared for mother’s day.  We had a great time getting things ready for next week.  We will finish our mother’s day activities next week and will send home our surprises by next Thursday.  We hope you are looking forward to your surprise and special day!

Looking Ahead:

Please remember to have your child wear their RED shirt on Sundays for open inquiry.

Green Day is March 19th.  Your child may come to school dressed in green or bring something green for Show & Tell.

Spring Break is from March 25th until April 7th.  March 22nd will be an early release day.  School will resume on Sunday, April 8th.

Swimming will start the last week of April.  Please help your child get ready for swimming by having practice them undressing and dressing by themselves.

Housekeeping:

Sleeping Habits- Please make sure your child goes to bed at a consistent time and gets enough sleep daily.  Three and four year olds need between 10 and 13 hours of sleep a night.

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

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 sweets, crackers, cereal, cookies, chocolate, candy, donuts, and nuts are not allowed.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact me at Ldornan@UASdubai.ae.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

Check out our Flickr account for pictures from this week!

Our Week

Our Week:

It’s been a busy week full of reading for Book Week.  In celebration of Book Week, we focused on different stories by the well-known children’s author Mo Willems.  Mo Willems is best known for the Elephant and Piggie series as well as the Knuffle Bunny and Pigeon series.

This week we read several of Mo Willems books.  After reading some of these stories, we asked the children which Mo Willems character was their favorite.  We completed a graph to show which characters were the most popular.  The Pigeon series was the most popular with Elephant & Piggie and Knuffle Bunny finishing second and third.  After selecting their favorite characters, the children completed a craft of their favorite Mo Willems character.  Come check out the wall outside our classroom to see our graph and our favorite Mo Willems book character crafts.

This week we also participated in daily DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read).  During this time, the children select their own books to read and enjoy.  As the children do not conventionally read yet, the children retell familiar stories in their own words or read the pictures, telling the story in their own words.  This time is valuable for building early literacy skills and an appreciation for books.  In addition to DEAR this week, the children also participate in daily independent reading time.  Independent reading lasts for five minutes and occurs everyday after recess.  Encourage your child to read and look at books by themselves at home as well.

Thursday was Favorite Book Character Day.  The children enjoyed dressing up as their favorite book characters and walking in the parade.  We hope you were able to see us in our customs.  On Thursday we also celebrated Qingwu’s 4th birthday.  Happy birthday Qingwu!

 

Looking Ahead:

Green Day is March 19th.  Your child may come to school dressed in green or bring something green for Show & Tell.

Spring Break is from March 25th until April 7th.  March 22nd will be a half day.  School will resume on Sunday, April 8th.

 

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

 

Thank you for a great week.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns (ldornan@uasdubai.ae).  Check out our Flickr page for more pictures from this week.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

 

Read It Forward!

In conjunction with Book Week, we will be participating in Read it Forward.  Ms. Leslie the librarian gave our class a new read aloud book, Spot Bakes a Cake.  Today we read the book as a class.  I sent the book home with one student Sunday afternoon to read with their family.  That student will bring the book back on Monday and then I will send it home with another student. We will continue to send the book home  to a new student every afternoon until everyone has had a turn to read the story at home.  Please let me know if you have any questions (ldornan@uasdubai.ae).

Happy reading!

Ms. Lisa

 

Our Week

Our Week: 

It was International Week at UAS so we spent the week celebrating our cultures.  We started the week by talking about where we are from.  The children were excited to share where they come from with their classmates.  Each child also painted their home country’s flag.  We displayed these flags and the international dress dolls in the hallway outside our classroom

Wednesday was international dress day.  It was so fun seeing all the children wearing their national dress.  We could tell that the children were proud to share their heritage.

Ms. Thelma also shared some information about her home country, the Philippines.  The children learned some facts about the Philippines and watched a video of a traditional filipino fan dance.  After the video, the children made their own fans.

We also spent some time this week talking about the similarities we all have in common.  To highlight this important point, we read the story Whoever You Are by Mem Fox.  The book focuses on the fact that although we dress differently, speak different languages and come from different countries, we share similarities as people.

We finished the week with our artist of the month, Jim Dine.  We looked at several of Jim Dine’s pieces and noticed that he paints colorful hearts in many of his works.  Our art activity was focused on coloring hearts in the style of Jim Dine.  Each child colored their own heart using vibrant oil pastels.

We also had outdoor centers on Thursday.  This week’s centers were the sandbox, the playground, and a water table.

This week we also had a Tasty Treat provided by school doctor Dr. Amna and KG2 teacher Ms. Daramola.  The children enjoyed eating the berry pops.  We sent the recipe home yesterday for you to enjoy with your families.

With the beginning of March, we start our new monthly concepts.  The color if the month is green, the shape of the month is an oval, and the nursery rhyme of the month is Humpty Dumpty.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking Ahead:

International Day is Saturday, March 3rd from 11:00am until 5pm.  Please join us for a day of fun!

Please remember to have your child wear their RED shirt every Sunday for Open Inquiry.

Book Week is March 4th through March 8th.  In PreK, we will be focusing on the work of Mo Willems.  Favorite Book Character day is Thursday, March 8th.  Your child may come to school dressed as their favorite book character.  There will be a parade at 8:00am so please join us on the ES playground to watch.

In conjunction with Book Week, we will also be participating in Read it Forward.  Ms. Leslie the librarian gave our class a new read aloud book , Spot Bakes a Cake.  On Sunday we will read the book as a class.  Then I will send the book home with one student Sunday night to read with their family.  That student will bring the book back on Monday and then I will send it home with another student. We will continue to send the book home until everyone has had a turn to read the story at home.

 

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

 

Thank you for a great week.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns (ldornan@uasdubai.ae).  Check out our Flickr page for more pictures from this week.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa