# Week in Review

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Hi everyone,

I hope you’re having a great week! Here’s what we’ve been up to this past week:

Language:

Writer’s Workshop: This past week in Writer’s Workshop the students wrote clues about a community helper and wrote the answer on the inside of their booklet to have their reader guess. The kids were really into this activity and were excited about the idea of having others guess their community helper.

Reader’s Workshop: We are wrapping up our first Super Reader unit and will begin another on Sunday. We used organizers to mark which powers we used as we read. We also learned about how using our voices can help us keep the audience’s attention as we read.

Phonics – We continued to review sh/ch/th as well as short vowel sounds. We sorted consonants and vowels as a whole class by going on a popsicle stick hunt and bringing the consonants and vowels back to their “home”.

Math

We finished our geometry unit this week. We reviewed the terms we use to describe 3D shapes (edges, faces, vertices) as well as 3D shape names. Our ultimate challenge this week was to replicate 2D and 3D shapes using playdough and toothpicks. After they created their assigned shape, they had to record their attributes on our shape posters.

UOI
Our community helper focus this week was dentists! We used GIANT teeth to show how to properly brush our teeth and learned about how to take care of our teeth to prevent cavities and other yucky things. We also conducted a science experiment to show the effects of acid (vinegar) and soda on teeth when they are left unbrushed. We placed one egg in vinegar and the other in soda and left them soaking overnight. We found that the soda stains the egg (teeth) and vinegar eats away at the shell (enamel).

Have a great weekend!

Michelle

# The next few weeks

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Hi everyone,

Just a note to keep you all in the loop of what is happening for the next little while. This past week we had visitors from KHDA and this week we have CIS visiting to check out our school and what we do in our daily routines. The students have been so respectful towards our visitors and they shown them how hard they work – I am super proud of them!

Next week we will begin our MAP assessments. We will be doing these on our ipads so please make sure you child has a set of headphones here to use (most of you have already sent them in with your school supplies in September). We will also be doing our PM Benchmark reading assessments next week.

The following week (Jan 28-Feb1) we will be doing the post-assessment for the sightwords given last month. Please keep practicing the sightwords at home. We have been practicing them in class by finding snapwords in our books and we will continue to do more activities with the words.

Since we have so much to cover and lots to keep us busy, we will begin homework in February. Students will be able to choose their homework assignment using a homework chart that they will get each week. I will give more details on this as February comes closer. Their homework should not cause stress and is an opportunity for your child to gain pride in their abilities.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Many thanks,
Michelle

# Happy New Year!!

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I hope you all had a lovely winter holiday! It really was nice to be back to the classroom after a 3 week break and it was awesome to see the kids come back with great enthusiasm! They did a great job of settling in right away and they were eager to learn and take part in activities. We had a busy but fun week!

Language

This week in Reader’s Workshop we started making Snap Words. These are words that we find more than once in a book. We are working on remembering these words so that we don’t have to take the time sounding out each letter when we see them. The class came up with a huge list of Snapwords such as this, the, at, is, and you. When we find a snapword we use these steps: look, read, spell, write it and then read it out once more. On Wednesday we tried writing our words in fancy letters so that we spend more time looking at the spelling of the word.

We started learning the digraphs ch, sh, and th. We sorted out words with these sounds and played BINGO and freeze dance games to practice them.

UOI

We focused on doctors and being healthy! Ask your child about how germs spread! We did an experiment showing how they spread using glitter. Some students dipped their hands in glitter and shook hands with others showing just how fast and easily germs spread from body to body. We finished by taking lots of time to make sure that we wash our hands all over!

Math

We worked with 3D shapes and learned their names as well as their attributes. The students sorted 3D shapes by the faces they saw on each shape (ex: a pyramid has a square face). After learning about spheres, cubes, cones, cuboids, pyramids, and cylinders we made predictions about which shapes would roll and then carried out the experiment as a class to check out predictions.

Have a fabulous weekend!

# 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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Hello,

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

# National Dress Day

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In addition to Wednesday being library day AND UAE National Day, it is also National Dress Day! On Wednesday, your child may come to school wearing traditional clothes or they can also wear the UAE colors (black, red, green, and white).

# Library on Wednesday

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Hello,

Due to Thursday being a holiday, we will be going to the library on Wednesday. If you child wishes to exchange their book, they need to bring it back by Wednesday. Thank you!