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Happy Summer! (update)

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This is an update letter from the previous post.

Dear Parents,

Although summer is upon us, please continue to work with your child on reading, writing and math skills. Students lose what they have learned during the school year over the summer so it is important to find the time to practice basic skills during the coming months to insure that this does not happen. I have compiled a list of websites that will help you do just that.

  • Phonic skills practice:

 

http://www.starfall.com/

https://www.kizphonics.com/phonics/mouse-cow/

http://www.abcya.com/kindergarten_computers.htm

 

  • Reading skills practice

 

https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login

http://www.starfall.com/

http://www.readingbear.org/

https://www.getepic.com/

EPIC – parents may pay a minimal fee for thousands of online stories

http://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fViewOnline.aspx%3fIs5%3dfalse%26ProductID%3d3230&Is5=false&ProductID=3230

              Tumblebooks (free online library: username – aiskuwait, password – books

 

  • Writing skills practice

 

At-Home Writing Journals – Have your child write at home for a few minutes each night. I am sending home their literacy and math journals. The journals are not complete and can therefore be used for at-home summer writing practice. Be sure that they remember the following: 1. Begin each sentence with a capital letter. 2. Put finger spaces between our words. 3. Put a period at the end of each sentence.

  • It can be just a plain notebook.
  • They can write about anything in English or Arabic.
  • They can write about things that happen at home.
  • The can write about what they saw, heard or felt on a trip or adventure.
  • The can write about write about personal feelings — pleasures as well as disappointments.

The most important thing is that they are WRITING!

 

  • Math skills practice

 

https://www.splashmath.com/math-skills/kindergarten

http://www.abcya.com/kindergarten_computers.htm

 

Note that these are computer websites that are fun and easy to use, but nothing beats good, old-fashioned paper books and notebooks in order to build your child’s reading and math skill base. I completely encourage this as well.

It has been truly a privilege being able to work with your child this year. Each of them are special in their own way. I am sure they will have great success in the coming years. Thank you for all of your support this year and have a great summer!

Warmest regards,

Ms. Kristina and Ms. Nourhan

Girgi’an dress (قرقيعان)

 

Good Morning KG and PreK families,

 

 

 

This year we are very fortunate to be able to experience the joys of Girgi’an  during our final week of school.  We would like to take the opportunity for our children to celebrate this beautiful Gulf tradition by allowing them to dress in traditional Girgi’an dress on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.  Students will dress in traditional attire and go door-to-door singing to receive a small book from neighboring classes.

 

If you would like to send in a small token for your child’s classmates, you are welcome to do so, but certainly not required.  We request that you send in nonfood items as students will not be eating treats at school.  This could be an eraser or pencil, preferably something educational.

 

For students who are celebrating birthdays during Ramadan, students are welcome to bring in a small treat to share with the class.  This should be prewrapped and ready to send home with the students.  Please understand that students will not be eating the treats in school. 

 

If you have any questions, please call the school at 1843247. 

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Jean-Marie Kahn

 

Assistant Principal KG

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Summer!

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Dear Parents,

Please excuse my departure from this blog over the last few weeks. I have been dealing with some health issues and found it difficult to keep up. My apologies.  Even though the blog has not been complete we have continued to work diligently on the essential skills necessary for first grade, and we will continue to work hard up until the last day.

Although summer is upon us, please continue to work with your child on reading, writing and math skills. Students lose what they have learned during the school year over the summer. It is important to find the time to practice basic skills during the coming months to insure that this does not happen. I have compiled a list of websites that will help you do just that.

  • Phonic skills practice:

 

http://www.starfall.com/

https://www.kizphonics.com/phonics/mouse-cow/

http://www.abcya.com/kindergarten_computers.htm

 

  • Reading skills practice

 

https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login

http://www.starfall.com/

https://www.kizphonics.com/phonics/mouse-cow/

http://www.readingbear.org/

 

  • Writing skills practice

 

At-Home Writing Journals – Have your child write at home for a few minutes each night. Be sure that they remember the following: 1. Begin each sentence with a capital letter. 2. Put finger spaces between our words. 3. Put a period at the end of each sentence.

  • It can be just a plain notebook.
  • They can write about anything in English or Arabic.
  • They can write about things that happen at home.
  • The can write about what he saw, heard or felt on a trip or adventure.
  • The can write about write about personal feelings — pleasures as well as disappointments.

The most important thing is that they are WRITING!

 

  • Math skills practice

 

https://www.splashmath.com/math-skills/kindergarten

http://www.abcya.com/kindergarten_computers.htm

 

Note that these are computer websites that are fun and easy to use, but nothing beats good, old-fashioned paper books and notebooks in order to build your child’s reading and math skill base. I fully encourage this as well.

It has been truly a privilege being able to work with your child this year. Each of them are special in their own way. I am sure they will have great success in the coming years. Thank you for all of your support this year and have a great summer!

Warmest regards,

Ms. Kristina and Ms. Nourhan

Spring Show Update

Our Spring Show is Wednesday!

Here are a few reminders:

Spring Show Costumes

 

Hello KG2 Parents,

Traditionally in KG2, the students get to wear a special cape during the show to celebrate the end of Kindergarten.

This year we are making new embroidered capes that the students get to take home after the spring show.

We are asking students to bring in 6KWD to offset the cost of the capes and the decorations for the auditorium. Students should wear comfortable black or navy blue clothing underneath their costumes and capes. No other items need to be bought for the show.

Feel free to take your child home to celebrate their accomplishments after the show.

Thank you for your ongoing support for these fantastic students.

From the KG2 Team

Weekly Newsletter April 2 – 6

April Dates to Remember:

April 7 – 16th – Spring Break

April 17th – First day back from Spring Break

April 26th – Spring Show

What We Are Learning

Unit of Inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time

This unit is an inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

The central idea of the unit is: Homes are shaped by culture and where people live. Students will be inquiring into:

  • Homes around the world
  • How culture shapes homes
  • How location and environment shape homes

Summative Assessment Task: Create a home structure

Students will:

  1. Plan their idea (Knowledge/Thinking skills)
  2. Sketch (Math/Design)
  3. Build (Design)
  4. Write a connection/opinion piece (Writing)
  5. Present (Communication skills)

 

During our unit, the following trans-disciplinary skills will be focused on:

Communication

The students will use their communication skills by writing and presenting their projects.

Thinking

The students will use their thinking skills by acquiring knowledge and analyzing their new learning on homes.

 

PYP Learner Profile

We will explore ways to promote being:

Open-minded: The students will demonstrate open-mindedness when learning about new homes.

Caring: The students will demonstrate caring by listening to others speak about their homes and differences.

We will discuss how to show:
  • Empathy
  • Tolerance
  • Integrity

Inquiry into Literacy

In literacy we will inquire into:

  • Using reading strategies while reading
  • Making connections while reading a text
  • Reading own writing
  • Using beginning, middle and end sounds in writing
  • Asking questions to seek new information
  • Word digraphs: sh, th, ch, wh, ph
  • Writing complete sentences with punctuation and finger spacing
Phonics focus:

Letter “Xx” and “sh”

Writer’s workshop topics of study:

1.   Students will write about their own houses.

Writer’s Workshop Format:

§  Think

§  Draw

§  Add Details

§  Label and/or write a sentence

§  Color

Writer’s Workshop Key Points:

1.   Begin each sentence with a capital letter.

2.   Put finger spaces between our words.

3.   Put a period at the end of each sentence.

Literature Study:

How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons

UOI Guided Reading:

“Homes” by Rosie McCormick

CVC Word Practice:

Writing practice – writing CVC words

Literacy Centers:

Various centers will include the following: phonics work, CVC word practice, quiet reading, writing practice

Sight words study: of, day, long, you, find, was

{These words have been sent home. Please practice them with your child.}

 

What You Can Do to Help Your Child With Literacy

  1. RAZ Kids! Don’t forget to have your child read at least 2-3 RAZ Kids books each night. Students will receive a ‘Super Reading Award’ for every 1000 stars achieved! Please make sure your child reads in order to receive a certificate. It is sad for some children to receive them and not others.

Questions to ask while reading:

  • Who is the main character?
  • What was the setting?
  • What was the problem in the story and how was it solved?
  • What do you predict will happen next in the story?
  • Why do you think the author chose the title for the story?
  • Do you like the title of the story? Why/why not?
  • Can you think of a different title for the story?
  • Which character from the story would you choose to be your friend? Why?
  • What part of the story did you like best? Why?
  • Did you like the end? Why?
  1. At-Home Reflective Writing Journals– The students tell me that they have been writing in journals at home. This is wonderful. They can even bring them in to school to share from time-to-time. If your child does not have one yet, it can be just a plain notebook. They can write about anything in English or Arabic. Students can write anything. The most important thing is that they are WRITING!

Practice sight words. The words for this week are the following:

of, day, long, you, find, was

  1. Practice CVC Words also known as ‘word families’: such as, sub, tub, cub. They need to be able to spell these words. Take 10 minutes and say a CVC word. Have your child sound out each letter to spell the word. For more information regarding CVC words, please see the following link:

https://comicphonics.com/2013/03/31/what-does-cvc-mean/

 

Inquiry into Math

In Math we will inquire into:

  • Counting to 100 by 1s and 10s
  • Decompose numbers less than
  • or equal to 10
  • Name and analyze 3D shapes
  • For any number 1 and 9 find the number that makes 10 when added together
  • Fluently add and subtract within 5
  • Solve addition and subtraction word problems
Naming 3D Shapes
Identifying 3D shapes
Comparing and describing 3D Shapes
Building 3D shapes
Counting to 100 by 1s
Counting to 100 by 10s
Representing addition with objects and drawings
Representing subtraction with objects and drawings
Solving addition and subtraction word (story) problems

 

What You Can Do to Help Your Child With Math

At-Home Writing Journals – Please continue to have your child write at home for a few minutes each night. It can be just a plain notebook. A math journal, or problem solving notebook as they are sometimes referred to, is a book in which students record their math work and thinking. They can be used to:

  • Practice adding numbers.
  • Practice counting to 100.
  • Practice writing numbers to 20.
  • Practice drawing shapes.
  • Locate 2D and 3D shapes at home and outside the home.

 

Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Thank you all for following our blog!