January 6th to 10th

Our Week:

Welcome back to PreK! It has been a great start to the new year. This week we started our new unit of inquiry. Our study topic is Music Making. During this unit we will be exploring how music is made, what can be used to make instruments, and how music makes us feel.

Our central idea: Music can provide inspiration and an outlet for expression

The lines of inquiry are:

  • How instruments are used
  • Why people make music
  • How music makes us feel

 

Looking Ahead:

We will continue to investigate our new study topic on music making. The objectives we will focus on next week are:

  • 13 Classifying
  • 15a Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition:Notices and discriminates rhymes
  • 15b Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates alliteration
  • 15c Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates discrete units of sounds
  • 20 Quantifies
  • 22a Compares and measures: Measures objects
  • 35 Explores dance and movement concepts

We will read the following books:

  • Olivia Forms a Band
  • Pepi Sings a New Song
  • Giraffe’s Can’t Dance
  • Five Little Ducks
  • Today Is Monday

 

Have a great weekend!

Ms Lisa

 

 

December 4th to 6th

Our Week:

It was a short but fun week in PreK. We continued to work on our box buildings. Please join us on Thursday, December 13th for a building exhibition. The exhibition will take place from 7:30am to 8:00am on the early years playground. We hope you are able to join us!

Looking Ahead:

Next week we will take our field trip to Dig It on Monday, December 10th. If you have not done so already, please send in your child’s permission slip and 45 AED.

On Tuesday, December 11th we will have a Winter Slumber Party! Children should come to school dressed in their pajamas and bring along a stuffed animal and a blanket for the movie.  If you would like to donate some food for this event, we are asking for individual chocolate milks, popcorn (pre-popped), pizza and cookies for the whole class. Please let me know what you are bringing to avoid extra food.  This will be our second snack for the day.

Next week we will finish our unit on buildings. The objectives we will focus on for next week are:

  • 17 Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses
    20a Counting
  • 21 Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes: Understands spatial relationships
  • 23 Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
  • 35 Explores dance and movement

Additionally Thursday, December 13th will be a short day, with dismissal at 11:45.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

November 25th to November 29th

Our Week:

This week we focused on creating our own buildings out of cardboard boxes. First, we constructed our buildings uses boxes and tape. Then the children painted the boxes. Next week we will use other materials to put the finishing touches on our buildings. In addition to creating our buildings, we worked in small groups on bookmaking. The children are learning to tell stories across pages and illustrate their ideas.

Looking Ahead:

Our focus question for next week will be “What Happens Inside Buildings”. We will focus on the the impact that neighborhood buildings have on a community as well as what happens in different buildings. We will continue to work on our building creations as well.

The objectives we will focus on our:

  • 15 Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition
  • 20 Uses number concepts and operations: connects numerals with their quantities
  • 23 Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
  • 30 Show basic understanding of people and how they live

 

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

Ms. Lisa

November 19th to the 22nd

Our Week:

This week we our focus questions were “Who builds buildings” and “What tools do they use”. We discussed the different jobs required to build buildings and the types of tools these workers use. The children had the opportunity to explore different tools in our blocks center as well. In small groups, we focused on bookmaking this week. We also had our first free flow experience with KG1. The children were risk-takers and went to new classrooms and worked with new friends. We will continue free flow this coming week as well on Thursday. Please have your child wear their red shirt on Thursday.

A special thank you to all our families for coming to Friendsgiving on Thursday. It was a wonderful afternoon and the children really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with their families and friends.

Look Ahead: 

Our focus questions for next week will be “What are buildings made of?” and “What makes them strong?”. We will look at different building materials and start making our own buildings. 

The objectives we will focus on next week are:

  • 8b Listens to and understands increasingly complex language: Follows directions
  • 9a Uses language to express thoughts and needs: Uses an expanding expressive vocabulary
  • 15b Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition:Notices and discriminates alliteration
  • 21b: Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes: Understands shapes
  • 22a Compares and measures: Measures object
  • 26 Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials
  • 35 Explores dance and movement concepts

We will read the following books:

  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Building A House
  • Build It From A- Z

 

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

Ms. Lisa

 

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