Sunday 25 November 2012

Weekly Update…. 

"He it is Who produceth gardens trellised and untrellised, and the date-palm, and crops of divers flavour, and the olive and the pomegranate, like and unlike. Eat ye of the fruit thereof when it fruiteth, and pay the due thereof upon the harvest day, and be not prodigal. Lo! Allah loveth not the prodigals". Quran

Circle time discussions:

We discussed the Harvest theme with our little ones and tried to relate it to Islam and how Allah blessed humanity with different types of foods and crops.

We read some stories related to the theme (Like: What’s for lunch, Moose, Amalia Bedilia and Howard Learns about Mud and Rainbow).

Sister Madleen, Jazaha Allahu Khyran, read a really nice story to our students called “I Love you Blue Kangaroo”. The students enjoyed listening to the story and afterwards they were given a coloring activity that was prepared by Sister Madleen.

Along with theme discussions we did the following:

-       Reviewed alphabet letters a-d (letter recognition, sound and sign language symbol).
-       Introduced the letter “e” through:  recognition, stories, playdough, tracing , writing and craft.

-          Trace/ write number 3.
-          Shapes patterns.
-          Weather Graph.
-          Count from 1-20.

-          Students worked on lacing some pictures.
-          Worked on the “Corn Cob Weaving” craft.

Physical Development/ Health:
-          Students enjoyed throwing plastic balls into baskets working as a team.
-          JK1 , JK2 and SK students had fun playing the “Vegetable Hunt” outside of the school.
Potatoes and onions were hidden under the play structure and students were digging and trying to look for them. Students found most of the vegetables, but we are still missing some!

Wednesday 21 November 2012


POPCORN WORDS are sight words that POP up when we are reading. 

These words are going to be taught to our JK1 students in order for them to take their first step into reading.

We teach the words through many activities, games and songs in order for students to get familiar with them. 

We already started with the word 'a' and students tried to search for it in their library books.

We are planning on giving each child a cup of popcorn once they start reading at least 3 sight words Insha'Allah.

Sunday 18 November 2012

French Language Update from Teacher Said:

 Below is a list of what students in JK1 were learning:
1-Introducing a few language forms used  to describe oneself using gesture ( je suis un garçon – je suis une fille ).

2-Introducing the expression – est-ce que je peux ?

3-Reviewing  the expression – je vois , je regarde .

4-Learning a song  - La classe commence  en français / ouvre la tête, enlève l'anglais .

5-Gesture teaching and review ( ici – la bas – oui – non – finit – commence ).

6-Learning alphabet  - B -  with the word – bateau –

Arabic Language Update from Teacher Salam:

Alphabet learning:
JK1 students reached the letter “حاء in their learning of the Arabic letters. And that was through the following:

Telling a story to highlight the letter, teach new vocabulary and good manners.

-         Shaping the letter with playdough.
-         Singing Nasheed (Dad lives in the farm أبي يسكن في المزرعة).
-         Tracing and coloring the letter.

Fine motor skills:
Students were taught how to grasp a pencil and how to start writing from right to left and from top to bottom.

New opposite words were taught (through physical movements) to students (up-down, front- back, right- left).
Most of the students memorized nasheed (Allah is one واحد هو ربي ). We are currently working on memorizing the days of the week’s nasheed.

Our expectations from the students at this time are:
-         To be able to recognize the names of the letters أ، ب، ت، ث ، ج ، ح and how to distinguish between them.

Your help and co-operation for keeping up with our students in learning the Arabic language is highly appreciated.