Thursday 29 January 2015

Thinking Thursday :)

Assalamu alaikum!

What a busy busy couple of days masha'Allah.

In language we got an introduction to our new ten passwords (sight words!) the students practiced reading them, and then we managed to put them into some interesting sentences.

Yesterday we introduced the sound that the letters -ai- make together. The action to this sound is cupping the ear and pretending not to hear making the sound: eeeh.  This sound can be found in the word sail, tail, mail, nail...etc

Today we read the story for the letter Jj, and the children had some fun wiggling like jelly and saying jjjjjjjj,

In science/math we talked about different kinds of measurement tools: thermometer used to measure temperature, scale used to measure weight, ruler or measuring stick used to measure height or length etc.  We ended the lesson with the students getting weighed and comparing the weights using the terms: more, less, most, least. 

We have a cool science experiment hanging on top of our chalkboard. We have three ziploc bags, each with a slice of white bread inside.  One slice was touched by every single student and teacher in our class, the other slice was breathed on by every person in the class, and the third was carefully placed using tongs into the ziploc bag. The children will get to see first hand the difference between food that has been contaminated vs. food that has not been exposed to contamination.  The students made predictions on what they think will happen, and we will be monitoring closely over the next few days to see what happens insha'Allah.

In Islamic studies we are discussing akhlaaq.  We are using drama to act out various scenarios related to akhlaq (manners).  What to do if someone has something you want?  If you hear someone saying something negative about someone else should you go tell them? Should you call someone a name that might hurt their feelings?  

In gym class we had a great time warming up with jumping jacks, burpees, 40 second plank, sit-ups, stretches, and balancing on one foot.  We then played pac-man, and alien tag.

We are going to continue working on our dioramas this upcoming art class, the students are very excited about this project mashallah.

Thank you all for helping your children complete their homework on time! Mashallah this is the first week that everyone's homework comes back on time :) 

Thank you for your amazing support and cooperation.

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Quraan Competition - New

Dear parents and guardians,

Assalamu Allikum

Hope this email reaches you in the best state of Eman.

For the students who have submitted registration slips for the competition, please be advised that the first round of the competition will start after the Family Day weekend  and will last until the beginning of March, so be prepared for this round according to the following dates:

 (Feb. 17 to Feb.20 )              JK, SK
 (Feb.17. to Feb. 20)              Grades 1.
 (Feb. Feb. 27)              Grades 2 and 3 .
 (Feb.17. to Feb 20)               Grades 4
 (Feb. Feb. 27)              Grades 5 & 6 
 (Feb.17. to Feb 20)               Grades 7 & 8 

On a final note, we would really appreciate any donations you can make in support of this competition. Jazakum Allah Khairan, no need to remind you of the enormous ajer in helping such a noble cause.
Those donations will go towards the gifts and trophies we will give for all of our students who participated.

Wassalamu Allikum


Tr. Hadia Arabi Katbi
Quraan Teacher
Abraar School: Islamic Education for the Next Generation
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Monday 26 January 2015

Magical Monday

Assalamu alaikum everyone!

We had a very beautiful day today mashallah.  We welcomed our dear friend Maryam back to the class, she was greatly missed by everyone!

In mathematics we started our unit on measurement.  We used snapping cubes to measure different things around the classroom.  Students loved using manipulatives to do math!

In language we practiced rhyming words, stretching out words to figure out the beginning sound, and the ending sounds, and we reviewed our vowels alhamdulillah.

We read two stories I Want to Help and The Pencil.  While reading these stories we focused on the following questions: 
1- Is the story fiction or non-fiction?
2- Who is the main character of the story?
3- What is the setting of the story?
4- What is your favourite part of the story?

Today we had indoor recess, during that time the children enjoyed playing the game "Heads Up 7-Up", and some much-needed free play.

Alhamdulillah, for a wonderful day!


1- Please send in your child's washed pillow and blanket for nap time.
2- Homework and library book are due on Wednesday.
3- Tomorrow's Show & Tell is the Mystery Object.  Please help your child select one object, place in the brown paper bag provided and help your child learn to say 3 clues about their object.  You may wish to write out the clues so that the teachers can help prompt them if they forget.
4- Please do not let your child bring toys to school, unless a toy has been requested.


Thank you to all of you that have sent in nutritious snacks for our snack bank.  

Keep up the great parenting!

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Wednesday 21 January 2015

We've been keeping busy!

Assalamu alaikum!

Alhamdulillah we've had a very busy and productive couple of days.

In language we are working on our writing skills and trying to write some words independently.  This morning the students took part in an activity where they had to search for some high-frequency words in a short story.  This activity will help the child recognize these high-frequency words as they appear in text.

In science we are working on our "living & non-living" theme, alhamdulillah this morning the students got to be scientists and had a chance to take part in two hands-on science activities.   With the help of Tr.Amina (head of science department) we set up the class with 3 microscopes, and the children had the chance to look at different slides containing samples taken from living creatures. i.e. bee's leg, feather, camel hair, hare hair, and bamboo shoot.  The students then recorded their findings using illustrations.  It was very rewarding seeing how involved the children were in this activity.

In math the children have finished learning all of their number words from 1-10 and we are now working on a unit on measurement.  We will be focusing on using the terms: longer than, shorter than, equal to  - lighter than, heavier than, and of the same weight.  

In Islamic Studies we now have 5 duaas memorized masha'Allah.  We will be focusing on the steps of wudu' through a fun song, insha'Allah next Friday the students will have the chance to practice making their on real wudu'.

In physical education the students had lots of fun doing different warm-ups that help stretch out their muscles, followed by popular games such as: ant tag, and pac-man.  

In art we will be working on our dioramas insha'Allah.  


  1. Please make sure your child comes to school with hat, neck warmer, waterproof mittens, snowpants, good boots, and warm jacket.
  2. If you haven't sent in a shoe box, please send one in as soon as possible.


Thank you so much for the generous donations for our snack bank, boot mats, and tissue boxes.  May Allah swt reward you all.

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher
Abraar School

Tuesday 13 January 2015

Terrific Tuesday

Assalamu alaikum!

Today we started off our day by working on finishing our unfinished work in out Phonics Book 2.

We then had Arabic with Tr.Salam :) in Arabic we are working on the letter -raa.  
The students did a really great job presenting their Show & Tell.  This week's subject is something yellow! We had a banana, an airplane, wolverine figurine, and some rubber duckies.

During gym time we had a good warm up followed by a game of pacman, and dodge ball.

It was an indoor recess today!  We used that time to watch a little show, and play indoors.

We introduced the letter Ff- and brainstormed for different words that begin with Ff.

Alhamdulillah it was a very productive day!

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Monday 12 January 2015

Mighty Monday

Assalamu alaikum everyone!

Alhamdulillah we had a very busy day today filled with fun and excitement.  We are still missing a few of our classroom friends, and can't wait for them to return to our classroom insha'allah.

We started off our day with some educational/fun centres.  The kids had the chance to choose to participate in the following centres:  playdough, writing/drawing, whiteboards, blocks, and math (roll and record using dice).  

After centres we did our morning routine: quraan, du'aa, morning message, and calendar.  We did a mini-language lesson on syllables, and we also talked about the importance of vowels! (the glue to forming words).

We read the story of Knuffle Bunny Too, by Mo Willems. The kids then had fun clapping out some of the syllables in the story.

Teacher Hoda started a new sura with the class, they are now working on surat Quraish.  

In math we worked on the numbers 5, and 6.  We learned how to record them using tally marks and letters.

In Arabic the students are learning a beautiful nasheed about prophet Mohammed PBUH.

We had lots of fun outside playing in the snow!!! Some of the children had to borrow snow pants from the class supply.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure your child comes to school prepared to go outside!!!!

In the afternoon we had a fun French class with Monsieur Said where we learned the letter Hh and some vocabulary associated with this letter.

Looking forward to a fun and exciting day tomorrow insha'Allah.

*** Our facial tissues (kleenex), and snack bank supplies are reaching an all-time low, please help us by sending in a tissue box, and a nourishing snack with your child.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan,

Safiah Aghliw

SK2 Teacher

Wednesday 7 January 2015

Getting back into school mode :)

Assalamu alaikum!

Alhamdulillah we had a very smooth transition back to school.  

The students worked on learning the numbers three and four.  In language we read the story of "The Giving Tree", after this story we discussed the main ideas of the story: kindness, giving, compassion, and happiness. 

We also used our math skills and reading skills to follow a playdough recipe, alhamdulillah we made a huge batch of blue playdough for us to enjoy in the class.  

Here is the recipe we used for our playdough in case you want to make some at home with your child:

  • Playdough Recipe
  • 1/2 cups salt
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 tbs cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 3 drops liquid food colouring

This week we will covering the following topics insha'Allah:

Language: The letter Uu, and Ll.  We will be learning how to break a word into syllables, this will come in handy once the children begin to write independently insha'Allah.

Math:  In mathematics we are still working on the following skills: Writing and reading number words, using tally marks to record a number, and using dice to roll and record.

Science: In science we are working on the concept of Living Things vs. Non-living Things.  Insha'Allah we will be introducing the children to an in-class diorama project that they will be working on.  

Islamic Studies:  This months character theme is "leadership", we will be talking about the greatest leader of mankind Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Looking forward to an amazing week insha'Allah.

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher
Abraar School