Reminders

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Hello!

Just a reminder that we will have library tomorrow so if your child wishes to exchange their book, please have them bring theirs back to school. We will also have a little holiday celebration tomorrow afternoon with hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and cookies just in case some of the students won’t be able to make it to school on Thursday due to travel plans, etc. No need to bring anything for the party as we already have all the supplies!

Also, school will finish at 12 on Thursday (Pajama Day!!). Please still send a snack and a lunch as we have decided to eat with the students in the classroom.

Many thanks,
Michelle


Week in Review

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Hello!

We had a short but sweet week in KG2MM! I can’t believe we are already going in to our last week before holidays! Seems like we just started the schoolyear!

**LIBRARY: Our library day will be changed to Wednesday this week since we will be dismissed early on Thursday. So please return the book by Wednesday.
Thursday is a short day (done at 12:00) but we will eat lunch in the cafeteria as usual since KG2 does not buy lunch.

Here is a recap of what we have been up to this past week:

UOI – We are still working away at our Community Helpers unit. Our job focus this week was Police Officers and the various tasks/tools/vehicles that apply to them. We had a blast playing charades with community helper job names.

Language – In center time we played a a CVC card word game and I saw some lovely progress in everyone’s reading skills! Those that were flying through the CVC words were challenged to spell them out loud without looking. For writing I gave them free choice one day and then we wrote pattern sentences using describing words for our friend. We have noticed that the class is paying more attention to detail especially in regards to spacing.  In Reader’s Workshop we learned about using Sound Power – making sure we look at the letters in the word to make sure they match the picture. For example, when we saw a picture of a beetle on the page, we checked to make sure the word started with a b and not a c for cockroach.

Math – We continued with 2-D shapes and began using position vocabulary. We learned about rhombuses and trapezoids. I dumped a big box of shapes on the carpet and the class raced to sort them by the number of sides. Before continuing on with our geometry unit, we learned about different words we use to describe position (in, on, under, in front, below, beside, etc). We sorted pictures according to their position and we drew a picture of a bunny with a sentence explaining its position (ex: the bunny is BESIDE the carrot).

 

Have a fantastic weekend!!



Word Lists

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Today we are sending home a word list pre-assessment. Just like the color words, this assessment shows what words your child could already read before we begin teaching them and we will do a post-assessment later in January. When you have time, please practice these words at home. They are common sightwords that we see often in text. If you find your child is already quite confident or becomes very comfortable in reading all of the words on the list, you could further challenge them to try and write these words on their own.

Many thanks,
Michelle


Last Week Recap

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Welcome back from the long holiday weekend!

It was so nice to see everyone returning from the 4 day break with big smiles today!

Just to recap from last week:

Language:

Our focus for writing was life in the UAE! We brainstormed ideas about what makes the UAE special and made our own poster to take home. We continued with our super-reading powers such as partner power, reread power, pointer power and picture power. We finished writing the alphabet in our workbooks and have begun working on word families “-at” and “-it”!

Math:
We started our new unit on shapes! We reviewed what they already know about shapes and compared circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles. We are using vocabulary words such as sides and corners to make these comparisons. We have also been practicing drawing each of these shapes on our own.

UAE
There was a lot of buzz around National Day last week in our class! The kids had so many ideas and stories when it came to talking about what they love about the UAE. We sang a new song called “The Seven Emirates”, made a camel sunset picture, and made henna hands. The class had a blast outside at the activity tents and bouncy castles and it was lovely trying food made by UAE families after lunch!

Just a reminder that tomorrow is Early Release Day so please pick your child up at 1:50 if they do not ride the bus. Thank you!

Take care,
Michelle




Our Week in KG2MM

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Hi everyone!
Just a few reminders for next week:

-Wednesday is UAE Day AND National Dress Day (we now have 4 volunteers – thank you!!). We will be having fun activities during the day for the kids to take part in.

-There will be no school on Thursday, November 30th and Sunday, December 3rd.

-Please return the poem books this Sunday. They do not need to be returned on Wednesday as we will be quite busy for National Day and there’s no school on Thursday.

 

This week:

PYP – This week we continued our focus on our school community. In small groups the students were given the task to create the perfect school. They first planned out their school on paper and then were given materials to create their plan. It was so great to see the class collaborating effectively! We also discussed the importance of firefighters and brainstormed about their attributes and tasks.

 

Math – This was our last week for Counting and Cardinality. We reviewed previously learned concepts such as counting with base ten blocks and ten frames. We used clippers to match the amounts on ten frames and counted the total starting from 10.

 

Readers Workshop – We introduce two new super powers this week – Picture Power and Partner Power. Sometimes we run into tricky words (we call them our “kryptonite”) so we need to use our picture power to help us. While using picture power, it’s important to make sure the first letter of the word matches the first sound in the picture we see. Using our Partner Power, we worked in pairs to help each other out. One partner did the pointing, while the other partner read aloud.


Writer’s Workshop – After reading The Little Red Hen, we made our own versions of the book. Some students wrote about “The Little Pink Cat”, “The Little Orange Fox”, etc. The wrote the pattern “Who will _________? “’Not I” said _______”. To celebrate Thanksgiving, we also made turkey cards saying what we are thankful for.

 

Phonics – Q, U, V

Writing – W,Z, Y, X.

I hope you all have a great weekend! Happy Thanksgiving!!



UAE National Day *Volunteers Needed*

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Hello!

I hope everyone is doing well! Next Wednesday we will be having our UAE National Day and we are looking for 3 more volunteers. We would need volunteers for about 1 hour to help students outside as they go around to different activities from 8:30-9:30. If you’re available, please send me an email ( mmccarthy@uasdubai.ae). We would love to have you!

Many thanks,
Michelle