March 10th to 14th

It was a fun filled Book Week at UAS in the PreK class! In addition to our regular reading activities, on Wednesday we read with book buddies in KG2, Ms. McCarthy’s class. Then on Thursday we participated in the elementary Book Character Parade. We had great costumes inspired by our favorite books. Check out our instagram account (Ms.Lisa.UAS) to see pictures from the Book Character Parade.

Sunday, March 10th and Monday, March 11th are Student-led Conference days, so there is no school for students. Please sign-up for a student-led conference time as soon as possible using the parent portal (synergetic). Your child should accompany you to your conference time as well. Please send me a dojo message if you have any questions about these conferences.

Next week, we will continue to focus on our unit of inquiry about insects. Our focus questions are “Where do insects live? How do they live?”. We will focus on animal habitats and homes in our discussions and read alouds.

The objectives we will focus on are:

  • 2b Establishes and sustains positive relationships: Respond to emotional cues
  • 8b Listens to and understands increasingly complex language: comprehends language
  • 11 Demonstrates positive approach to learning: shows curiosity and motivation
  • 13 Uses classification skills
  • 15b Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminate discrete units of sounds.
  • 18a Interacts during reading experiences, book conversations and text reflections
  • 18c Retells stories and recounts details from information texts
  • 20a Counts
  • 24 Uses scientific inquiry skills
  • 25 Demonstrates the knowledge of characteristics of living things

We will read the following books:

  • A Look Inside an Ant’s Nest
  • A Look Inside a Beehive
  • Waiting for Wings

 

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

 

March 3rd to 7th

We had a great week in PreK! Wednesday was sports day. We had a great time participating in the different activities. Thank you to all the parents that were able to come join us and cheer for us. We had a great day!

Next week, we will be continuing our insects unit of inquiry. Our focus question for the week will be “What are the characteristics of insects?”. We will be focusing on the basic characteristics of all insects, including:

  • All insects have three body parts- Head, thorax, and an abdomen
  • All insects have 6 legs
  • All insects have antenna or feelers

The objects we will focus on for next week are:

  • 4 Demonstrates travelling skills
  • 5 Demonstrates balancing skills
  • 10a Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills
  • 15a Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition
  • 18b Comprehends and responds to books and other texts: Uses emergent reading skills
  • 18c Comprehends and responds to books and other texts: Retells stories and recounts details from informational texts
  • 20c Connects Numerals with their quantities
  • 21b Understanding shapes
  • 23 Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
  • 22 Measures objects
  • 36 Explores drama through actions and language

 

We will read the following books:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Ants’ Nest
  • Under the Lemon Moon
  • Look Inside a Beehive

 

Next week is also the UAS Elementary Book Week. During the week, we will participate in different reading and literacy activities. The week will end with a Book Character Parade on Thursday, March 7th at 8:05am. Children are to come to school dressed up as their favorite book character. Parents are also welcome to come watch the parade on the elementary school playground. Please let me know if you have any questions about Book Week or the Book Character Parade.

 

Thank you and have a lovely weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

February 24th to 28th

Greetings Parents,

Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us for the Sing-Along today. It was a great success and the children had so much fun performing for you.

Reminder: There is no school Sunday, February 24th. 

Next week we will start our new unit of inquiry on insects. Our central idea is “There are many types of insects and each have a role in the environment.”. During this study, we will explore different types of insects, the characteristics all insects share, and how insects change. 

The objectives we will focus on next week are:

  • 15b Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition:Notices and discriminates alliteration
  • 15c  notices and discriminates discrete units of sound
  • 16a: Demonstrated knowledge of the alphabet: identifies letter sound correspondence
  • 20b Quantifies
  • 20c Connects numerals with their quantities
  • 22a Compares and measures: measures objects
  • 36  Eplores drama through actions and language
  • 9d- tells about another time or place (taking about insect walk)
  • 18a- interacts during reading experiences, book conversations, and text reflections

We will read the following books:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Under the Lemon Tree

 

Thank you and have a great weekend,

Ms. Lisa

 

February 17th to 21st

Hello Parents!

Happy Valentine’s Day! The children had a wonderful day filled with Valentine’s Day activities. We exchanged cards and had some treats as well. Thank you to the parents that were able to volunteer today and help out with the Valentine’s Day activities.

Next week we will focus on the following objectives:

  • 12b Remembers and connects experiences
  • 15a Notices and discriminates rhyme
  • 20a Uses number concepts and operations; counts
  • 20b Uses number concepts and operations; quantifies
  • 21a Explores and describes spatial relationships

In small groups, we will focus on sorting & classifying, patterns, rhyming words, and spatial relations as well as bookmaking.

We will read the following books:

  • One Duck Stuck
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

Please join us on Thursday, February 21st for our PreK Sing-Along on the early years playground from 8:15-8:45. The children will sing some nursery rhymes and then there will be activities for you to participate with your child. We hope you will be able to join us.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

 

February 10th to 14th

Greetings Parents,

Just a reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on Sunday, February 10th.

Next week will be the last week of our music unit. Our focus questions will be “Who works with music for their jobs? What tools do they use?”

The objectives we will focus on next week are:

  • 1b follows limits and expectations.
  • 10b Uses approp conversational and other communication skills uses social rules of language
  • 12b Remembers and connects experiences
  • 15a Notices and discriminates rhyme
  • 15b Demonstrates Phonological awareness phonics skills and word recognition.  
  • 21a Explores and describes spatial relationships
  • 20a & b Uses number concepts and operations; counts; quantifies
  • 26 Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials

The books we will read next week are:

  • Listen to My Trumpet
  • Rap A Tap Tap
  • Hey Diddle Diddle

Please join us on Thursday, February 21st for our music study celebration. We will have a Sing-a-long in the early years playground at 8:15. Please come join us to hear the nursery rhymes we have learned so far this year.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Ms. Lisa

 

February 3rd to 7th

We will continue to focus on our music unit. Our focus questions for the week are:

“What different styles of music are there? How do they make us feel?”

The objectives we will focus on this week are:

  • 2 Establishes and sustains positive relationships: Responds to emotional cues
  • 12b Remembers and connects experiences
  • 15 Demonstrates phonological awareness, phonics skills, and word recognition: Notices and discriminates rhyme
  • 21a Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes: Understands spatial relationships.
  • 36 Explores drama through actions and language

In small groups, we will also continue to focus on storytelling and bookmaking.

We will read the following books next week:

  • Giraffe’s Can’t Dance
  • Olivia Forms a Band
  • Rap a Tap Tap

We will also prepare for our Sing-A-Long that will take place on February 21st at 8:15 on the early years playground. We hope you are able to make it!

 

 

 

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