Our Week

Our Week:

This week we focused on our unit of inquiry, homes.  We read the story The Three Little Pigs and discussed the three types of homes that were in the story.  We also focused on story features, including the identifying the characters.  The children also had the opportunity to retell and sequence the story using a story board.  In addition to reading and retelling the story, the children made three houses, a straw house, a stick house, and a brick house.  The children then identified their favorite part of the story.  It was a fun week reading and retelling a classic story.  

We also started discussing our own homes.  On Thursday, we talked about the who lives in our homes.  The children then created individual graphs that showed who lives in their home.  Check out our hallway bulletin board outside our classroom to see our work.

 This week we also started a new activity, Outdoor Centers.  Outdoor Centers focus on developing skills outside the classroom.  These skills include gross and fine motor skills, cooperation, and problem solving.  This week our Outdoor Centers were an obstacle course, sand construction, bowling, and painting with water.  See the pictures below and on Flickr to see our work during Outdoor Centers.  

We also celebrated Celine’s 4th birthday on Wednesday and my birthday on Thursday.  A big thank you to all the parents that contributed to the surprise celebration for me on Thursday.  I truly enjoy my work with your children and the surprise made me feel very appreciated.  THANK YOU!

Looking ahead:

On January 21st, we will be starting an activity with PreK and KG1 called Open Inquiry.  During Open Inquiry, we will open up the PreK and KG1 classrooms and the children will move and explore between classrooms in a free flow manner.  Open Inquiry gives the children the opportunity to interact with new peers, explore different materials, and get to know all the PreK and KG1 teachers.  It also helps prepare the PreK students for the transition to KG1 as they will become familiar with the teachers and classrooms in KG1.  Since we will be working with all of PreK and KG1, it is very important for your child to wear their PreK UAS red shirt every Sunday, starting January 21st.

Our animal friends from Posh Paws Animals will be coming to UAS. The date is to be determined and more information will be posted next week.

Blue Day will be January 31st.  Please send your child to school wearing blue or have them bring something blue for show & tell.

House Keeping:

***Important*** Student dress code at UAS was mentioned in the elementary blog earlier this week. 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.

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

Pictures from this week:

Please check out our Flickr page for more pictures.

Happy New Year!

Our Week:

Happy New Year from Ms. Lisa and Ms. Themla’s class!  We hope you had a wonderful and restful holiday break.  We had a great first week back together.  This week we continued working on our unit of inquiry, homes.  Before the break, we focused on animal homes.  This week we looked at how two different insects live, bees and butterflies.  We took a look inside bee hives by reading the non-fiction book Look Inside a Bee Hive.  The children then made their own bee hives.  To learn about butterflies, we revisited The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  To compliment the story, we have been focusing on the butterfly life cycle.  To understand the process, the children made their own caterpillars which we will place in cocoons.  After a week, the caterpillars will emerge from the cocoons as butterflies.

We have also focused on our monthly concepts.  The color of the month is blue and the shape of the month is a rectangle.  We have been focusing on the number five during morning circle as well as the nursery rhyme Little Boy Blue.

In addition to these monthly concepts, we are have started more literacy and numeracy concepts.  So far this year, the children have been learning to recognize their own name as well as their friends’ names.  Starting in January, we will be focusing on learning the letters in their names.  We will learn to recognize letters and focus on letter formation as well.  In math, we are also working on counting with one-to-one correspondence and recognizing the quantity of a given numeral for numbers 1 to 10.

Looking Ahead:

We have many exciting activities coming up in preK.  Starting next Thursday, the 18th, we will be having outdoor learning centers.  There will be four activities in the early childhood playground and each child will participate in all activity.  Outdoor learning centers will take place one a week on Thursdays.

On January 21st, we will be starting an activity with PreK and KG1 called Open Inquiry.  During Open Inquiry, we will open up the PreK and KG1 classrooms and the children will move and explore between classrooms in a free flow manner.  Open Inquiry gives the children the opportunity to interact with new peers, explore different materials, and get to know all the PreK and KG1 teachers.  It also helps prepare the PreK students for the transition to KG1 as they will become familiar with the teachers and classrooms in KG1.  Since we will be working with all of PreK and KG1, it is very important for your child to wear their PreK UAS red shirt every Sunday, starting January 21st.

Our animal friends from Posh Paws Animals will be coming to UAS. The date is to be determined and more information will be posted next week.

Blue Day will be January 31st.  Please send your child to school wearing blue or have them bring something blue for show & tell.

House Keeping:

***Important*** Student dress code at UAS was mentioned in the elementary blog earlier this week. 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.

Please continue to have your child practice taking off and putting on their socks and shoes independently.  They need to be able to demonstrate this skill to enjoy the outdoor sensory area.  Additionally, swimming will take place this spring.  The children will need to be able to get changed and dressed independently for swimming.  Please start having your child practice this skill now so they are ready for swimming in the spring.

 

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

Pictures from this week:

Please see our Flickr page for more pictures.

Happy Holidays!

Our Week:

This week has been full of holiday cheer. We have spent the last week working on holiday projects, including paper candy canes, holiday trees, and handprint snowflakes.  We also read several holiday and winter books like the classic The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Snow by Uri Shulevitz, and Elmer and Papa Red by David McKee.

We also celebrated two birthdays this week.  Alexia turned 4 on Monday and Omar will turn 4 on December 19th.

Today was Pajama Day for the elementary school.  We enjoyed our time being cozy in our PJs and sharing our stuff animals with the class.  We also visited with Santa today!  The children each got a special, little surprise from Santa.

Over the Break:

We opened a new section of the early years playground, the a sensory area.  In this area, the children take off their shoes and socks to experience the different textures of various materials.  Children may only use the sensory area if they can take off and put on their shoes and socks independently.  To help your child, I am requesting that you have your child practice taking off and putting on their shoes and socks over the break.  This is a great skill to practice and build independence!

Thank you for all the holiday wishes over the past week.  I am wishing you and your family happy holidays and a happy New Year.

See you in January!

Ms. Lisa

Pictures From Our Visit with Santa!

Please check out our Flickr page for more pictures.

 

 

PJ Day: December 14th

Greetings Parents,

December 14th will be PJ day for the elementary school.  Your child may come to school wearing PJs.  We will also visit with Santa on the 14th.  Please see the link below for a flyer about PJ day and the Santa visit. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns at ldornan@UASdubai.ae.

PJ Day

Thank you!

Ms. Lisa

 

Our Week

Our Week:

We spent this week learning about and celebrating the UAE.  We learned that we all live in Dubai and that Dubai is part of the UAE.  Our centers were focused on the UAE this week.  We had UAE puzzles, pictures of UAE buildings in the block center, and a UAE exploration center.  The children participated in a variety of activities that highlight the UAE as well.  On Sunday, we made UAE flags using hand-printing. On Monday, we created camels using watercolors.  On Tuesday, we created falcons out of paper and feathers.  We also read two stories about the Dubai, Expi Elephant Travels to Dubai and The Camel that Got Away.

Today was our National Day celebration.  The children were divided into small groups and went around to different activities.  Some of the activities included a bean bag toss, creating UAE buildings, UAE bowling, UAE watercoloring, UAE matching games, and UAE yoga poses.  The children got to try all the activities and had an excellent time.  After the activities, the children got to try Emirati food and have a picnic.  It was a wonderful National Day celebration!

A special thank you to the parents, Naydn (Aya’s mother), Heba (Omar’s mother), Qiuxiang (Qiaoyang’s mother), and Amina (Oasha’s mother), that were able to volunteer or cooked food for the children.  We couldn’t of had the celebration without your help and support!

Looking Ahead:

There is no school on  Thursday, November 30th or Sunday, December 3rd.  School will resume on Monday, December 4th.

Red day will be on Monday, December 11th.  Please send your child to school wearing red or have them bring a red item for show & tell.

Thursday, December 14th we will have a pajama day where the children may come to school dressed in pajamas and bring a cuddly toy for show & tell. There will also be a Santa visit with pictures and Santa will read all the kids a story.

Winter break starts Thursday, December 14th and lasts until Saturday, January 6th.  Thursday December 14th is an early release day; school will finish at 12:00pm.  School will resume on Sunday, January 7th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at ldornan@uasdubai.ae.

Thank you and have a lovely, long weekend!

Ms. Lisa

Please check out our Flickr page for more photos!