Friday 30 October 2015

Day 35

Assalamu alaikum.

What a Friday! Alhamdulillah we had a very busy day.  The children started off the day with teacher Salam, they worked on the letter jeem and learned new vocabulary with that letter, they also watched an Arabic video about the letter jeem.

Teacher Ibtissam listened to the students' recitation of surat at-takathur.  Please help your child practice this sura at home.

During gym class the students play the pizza game, and water/fire/earth.

In the afternoon we read from Charlotte's web and had our Friday halaqa where we talked about the second pillar of Islam, prayer.  The students are learning the names of the five daily prayers and the number of rakaas in each prayer.  We prayed two rakas as a practice prayer, thank you for remembering to send in hijabs and prayer rugs.  Our friend Mohammed made the iqaama today for prayer, and we all made du'aa at the end of prayer.

We had some valuable play time at the end of the day, followed by a delicious treat brought in by sister Hanan, Abdorrahman's mother.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher 

Thursday 29 October 2015

Day 34

Assalamu alaikum,

jazakum Allahu khairan for keeping track of our show & tell schedule and sending in items related to our topic/theme.  This week we got some interesting orange items: oranges, carrots, orange cupcakes (thank you Yousif's mom), orange tigers, orange stuffies, a mysterious orange liquid, and many other orange objects.  

Today was TWIN DAY, thank you to all of you that participated in this awesome Spirit Day.  Alhamdulillah we had lots of twins and triplets in our very own classroom :) 

This morning we started off our day with some quraan with teacher Ibtissam, alhamdulillah we are all done surat at-takathur and we are getting ready to move on to our new sura.

During period two we did a very quick calendar followed by writing the letter Nn in our workbooks.  

Period three was with teacher Salam, she came in with a letter jeem jamal and a stuffed camel ready for her jeem lesson.  

It was raining during our recess time and so we stayed and played inside instead.  We also watched part of the Dr.Seuss movie Horton Hears a Who. 

In the afternoon the children authored and illustrated their own books.  They did an excellent job masha'Allah, please ask them to read these books to you at home and then they can place them with their other books at home.

Have a great evening,

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Day 32

Assalamu alaikum.

The children started off their day today with french class.  The french curriculum at Abraar school uses many gestures that go along with the words and sentences, this helps the students remember the words and sentences they learn in class.  Today the children watched a fun video that teaches the children some of these gestures.

During arabic class the children worked on the letter -thaa in their workbooks.

We did our morning calendar, during our calendar we reviewed all the letters we have taken so far.  We also counted to 100 by 1's, 10's, 5's, and we are learning how to count by 2's.  We are reading the story Charlotte's Web, this is a 22 chapter book that we will be reading over the next month insha'Allah.  This book will introduce the children to new vocabulary, and enhance their listening skills insha'Allah.

In math we worked on the number two in our math workbooks.  We learned how to draw two tally marks, we learned that the number two is an even number and we learned how to spell the number two.

During quraan class the children worked on ayas 7,8 and teacher Ibtissam would like them to practice these ayas at home.

During outdoor play the students had lots of fun searching for pine cones, climbing trees, and playing at the city park.

If your child hasn't brought in their homework, please make sure they bring it in tomorrow (homework is always due on Wednesdays).

Thank you for your cooperation and support!

Please remember that Thursday is TWIN DAY.

Have a great evening,

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Monday 26 October 2015

DAY 31

Assalamu alaikum,

we started off our day today with some Level 1 reading, followed by our morning circle time.  During our circle time we practiced our two duaas, and the children told me about their weekends.  We read our morning message, and introduced our new letter, the letter -Nn.  The children learned the sound that the letter Nn makes, and learned the correct way of forming the capital N and lower case n.

Teacher Nancy was away today, so we read a story in our classroom instead.  We read "The Dark" by Robert Munsch.  This book got us talking about shadows, and how they are formed.

In math we are learning the number word t-w-o.

During Quraan class the students have been working on surat at-takathur and they have two more ayas left and they will finish.

In the afternoon we had a surprise visitor from Dr.Aisha, she brought in a box and read a book called It's Not a Box to the class.  This book encourages students to use their imaginations and helps them see outside of the box.

In french class the students took the letter Ff and they learned a few words that begin with Ff.

Have a great evening everyone!

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Thursday 22 October 2015

Day 29

Assalamu alaikum,

the children started off the day with Quraan with teacher Ibtissam, masha'Allah the students are almost finished memorizing the whole sura!

New reading material "I Am"

After Quraan we worked on reading our new reading material, we also did calendar and read a nice Robert Munsch story, Thomas's Snowsuit.

The children had Arabic with teacher Salam, they worked on their small booklet on the letter -taa with tashkeel.

We had gym again today and during gym class we did our warm ups, followed by a game of pac-man, and a game of "granny says".

In the afternoon we worked on our beautiful fall art project.  It is now hanging beautifully in our hallway for everyone to enjoy.

Have a great evening,

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Fall Art
Fall Art

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Day 28 - Wonderful Wednesday

Assalamu alaikum!

We would like to welcome our friend Hakim to SK2.  Hakim has already made many friends, and is a great addition to our class.  

We had a great start to our day today with some hands-on learning centres.  Students were encouraged to visit two or three of the available centres.  Here are the centres that were available, and the goal of each centre:

1- Word Wheel: Students use the word wheel to make words, read them, and then write them. 
2- Roll and Record: Students roll a set of dice, count the dots, and write the number on their tracking sheet.
3- Play-dough Words: Students use play dough to write out the words.
4- Bananagram Letters: Students use letter tiles to form words that match the words on their cards.
5- Geoboards: Students use colourful rubber bands to make geometric shapes and alphabetical letters, and numbers!
6- Number Puzzles: Students worked together to help build 2 different numbers puzzles.

After our centre time we had our calendar time. During calendar we have been working on patterning, and graphing.  We also try and figure out what we should wear at recess depending on the afternoon temperature that the students tell the class about. (thank you for telling your child the temperature in the morning, this makes them very excited to share this information during calendar time).

In Arabic the students worked on the letter taa and vocabulary with that letter.  They are also learning the days of the week, and the welcoming song.

We had gym during period 4, we started off doing our usual warm ups including yoga, planks (ask your child to do this!), and other muscle building exercises.  We worked on different types of movement: running, jogging, side shuffle etc.  Due to popular demand, we ended our gym class with two games of the Pizza Game.

In the afternoon we had our Wednesday show & tell.  Many interesting items today masha Allah!  Wooden Quraan holder and giraffe spoon, coffee, a mug, some stuffed toys, a lego ship, the mater character from cars, and dark chocolate.

We got to visit the computer lab for the first time today.  The students enjoyed some interactive games from TVO kids, and Starfall.  If you have not sent in head phones for your child, please do so at your earliest convenience.

The students reached 10 points on their daily challenges, they were rewarded with some Timbits.

Have a great evening everyone,

Safiah Aghliw

SK2 Teacher

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Day 27

Assalamu alaikum!

Today  was a busy day alhamdulillah.  The children had French with monsieur Said during the first period he read a story to them while describing the physical feature: eye colour, hair colour, name etc.

Second period was with teacher Ibtissam, the students continued to work on surat at-takathur.

During period three we talked about what we had for breakfast talking about healthy foods, we read our morning message, and did our daily calendar.  We are graphing our weather patterns using bar graphs, to help us figure out what kind of weather we have been having.

Show & tell was very interesting today, we had teddy bears and other stuffed toys, a brown heart, cinnamon sticks, and even cupcakes!

Have a great evening everyone :)

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Monday 19 October 2015

Day 26

Assalamu alaikum everyone, we had a great Monday today alhamdulillah.

We started off the day with some fun language centres (pictures will be on Class Dojo insha'Allah).  The children then had a chance to talk about their weekends in full sentences, we call this university talk!

We introduced the letter Pp and the sound it makes at the beginning and at the end of a word.  We practiced reading simple words composed from the letters SATIP.

Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to visit the library today because there was some testing being done in the library instead we read a story in the class.

During math class we reviewed the spelling of the word: z-e-r-o, and learned the spelling of the word o-n-e.

We are working on our math booklets that include tally-marks, odd and evening, and sequencing.

In Quraan class the students are now working on ayas 5-6 of surat attakathur, please practice these ayas with your child at home.

During French class the students took the letter Dd, and practiced vocabulary related to the letter.

Have a great evening!

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Friday 16 October 2015

Day 25

Assalamu alaikum everyone!

We started off our day today by presenting our tuffah and tamr, and talking about the letter taa .

Our second period was GYM, we went through our warm-up routine followed by a nice new game called PAC-MAN.

During our second Arabic period, we listened to a nice story and worked in our workbooks.

Quraan class was great today, many of the children got recognized for completing their sticker-charts.  

There is no nap of Fridays, and instead we get to watch a 30-minute educational show.  Today we watched Leap Frog's Word Factory.

In Islamic Studies we introduced the pillars of Islam through a visual of the pillars, and also via a nice song.  We prayed 2 rakaas together, and the children made their athkaar, tasbeeh, and duaa.

Students with purple reward coupons got to cash in their rewards today!  There was a chair ride, some computer time, and tablet time.  Rewards will always be given out on Thursdays, and cashed in on Fridays insha'Allah.  If you child brings home a purple reward paper, please do not throw it out! They need it to redeem their rewards.  The rest of the class enjoyed some free play for the last half hour of the day.

We missed our friends Maya, Mohammed, Norah, and Lateen today.  We hope to have them with us again soon :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Thursday 15 October 2015

Day 24

Assalamu alaikum!

Today the students had quraan first period, they are still working on surat at-Takathor.  During second period we had our daily calendar, and then we worked on completing the letter -Ii in our phonics books.

Here is a list of words you can practice sounding out with your child at home.  Here's how, your can write them out in clear printing, and and ask your child to make the sound of each letter they will connect the sounds to make the word.


In Arabic today the students were introduced to letter ت (taa), teacher Salam has asked the students to bring in a تفاحة tuffaha (apple), and/or some  تمر tamr (dates).  The children will use these during Arabic tomorrow insha'Allah.

During gym class we practiced some yoga moves, and practiced different kinds of movement.  Please make sure your child has proper gym shoes (rubber bottom and not hard plastic), they need to have good grip otherwise it is hard for them to run in the gym, they end up slipping and sliding.

For art today we worked on making a book about leaves, however due to an error on my part they didn't turn out so well!  Insha'Allah we will work on them again tomorrow (time-permitting) or Wednesday.

Have a great evening!

Safiah Aghliw

SK2 Teacher

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Day 23

Assalamu alaikum!

We started off our day today with some educational centres.  We focused on the following skills:

-social skills (sharing + problem solving)
-fine motor skills (cutting + pasting)
-math skills (making 2-D shapes on the geoboards)
-fine motor skills (play dough)

In phonics we introduced the letter -Ii and the two sounds it makes, we also brainstormed for words that start with the letter I.

During Arabic class the students worked on a baa-baqara craft.

In the gym we started off with some warm ups, played a very competitive game of duck duck goose.  The children also got take part in an obstacle course that helped them work on their gross motor skills.  They had to zigzag, hop, run, and throw a ring in order to complete the obstacle course.

The children had outdoor recess today, please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather.

In the afternoon we enjoyed hearing about everyone's Show & Tell.  The highlight of today's Show & Tell was meeting Wateen's baby sister who was dressed in red :).

We are working on conflict resolution in the class.  Please help your child practice saying "STOP I don't like that" in a strong voice (not yelling), this skill will stay with them throughout their life and it will empower them to react in situations where they don't feel comfortable.

Have a great evening!

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Day 22

Assalamu alaikum!

It was great seeing everyone after a 4-day break.  We started off our day by doing some silent reading on the carpet, followed by French class with monsieur Said, the students worked on counting in French and they also worked on learning some new french vocabulary with actions.

During Quraan time, teacher Ibtissam introduced the children to the benefits of reading quraan through a very visual castle poster that represents their reward in jannah insha'Allah.  The students practiced ayas 1-4 of surat alkawthar.
Quraan Castle

During Arabic class teacher Salam read the children a story about a baqara cow, and then the students wrote the letter baa in their workbooks.

It was a rainy day today, so we did not get to go outside.  We reviewed the letters Ss, Aa, and Tt and read some simple words when we put them together in the words s-a-t, and a-t.

We did a visual demonstration of how germs spread from one person to the next, we did this by using glitter and we also demonstrated the proper way of washing hands.

It was very interesting seeing all the red items the children brought in! Masha'Allah the students did an excellent job presenting and describing their items.

We finished off the day working on our math booklets.  We learned the spelling of the number word z-e-r-o.

* Please remember the Scholastic book orders are due this week, if you plan on ordering some books for your child please do so before Friday.

* Here is the final copy of our schedule, insha'allah it will remain the same throughout the school year.

Have a great evening,

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Thursday 8 October 2015

Day 21

Assalamu alaikum,

this morning we started our morning with some reading, the students were either searching for the letters that we have learned or trying to sound out words.

They started out reading quraan with teacher Ibtissam, they are still working on surat attakathur, please help your child memorize ayas 1-4 at home.

Our second period was calendar and reading, we practiced reading and focused on the words:
I, can.

Here is what we were reading:

I Can

I can walk.
I can speak.
I can breathe.
I can see.

In Arabic the students worked on learning words that begin with the letter -baa.

The gym's ceiling was being cleaned during our gym period and so we went to the public park to enjoy some time there.

In the afternoon the students listened to the story of the Paper Bag Prince, by Robert Munsch, and they enjoyed some free play.  

Have a great evening,

Safiah Aghliw

SK2 Teacher

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Day 20

Assalamu alaikum!

Today we started off our day with one hour of educational centres.  We had cup stacking, geo-boards, play-dough, writing centre, and science discovery centre.

We had our morning calendar, where we talked about making good eating choices and we had a small introduction to the different food groups.

During period three we had the chance to take part in a school-wide assemble on cooperation. The grade four classes performed some short plays to help the children understand the meaning of the word cooperation.

In phonics we wrote the letter Tt in our jolly phonics book, the students tried really hard to produce their best quality work.

Outdoor play was a little different today because we got to go to the city park.

In the afternoon we had our Show & Tell and we rewarded some students for reaching 50 Dojo Points, every Wednesday will be our Dojo rewards day.  Students that have reached the 50/100/150 mark will be given their rewards on this day.

Have a great evening!
Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Day 19

Assalamu alaikum,

we started off our morning today with some educational centre that includes a writing centre, students get to practice writing and producing written material. This will help reinforce the idea that writing is a form of communication used to convey messages.

They later had Quraan with a substitute teacher, teacher Ibtissam was away today.  

During our language period today we introduced the letter Tt and the sound it makes.  We brainstormed for words that begin with the Tt sound, and we practiced stretching out words to figure out the sounds at the beginning-middle- and -end.  This will come in handy later when we start writing in our journals insha'Allah.

Teacher Salam is continuing work with the students on the letter -baa with tashkeel.

In the afternoon we had our very first show & tell, the students did an excellent job presenting their favourite stuffies to the class masha'Allah.  Tomorrow is the Wednesday group's turn to present, please don't forget to send in their chosen item.

*Please remember to send in your child's homework, it is due tomorrow.

Have a great evening,

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Monday 5 October 2015

Day 18

Assalamu alaikum!

Alhamdulillah we had an awesome day today, for some reason the children seemed to be full of energy and exceptionally excited to be at school today!

We started off our day finishing off some phonics work in our books.  We then read our two morning duaas, followed by our morning rug time.  We talked about our weekends, sang our calendar songs, and practiced our new pattern on the calendar.  

We have a new schedule! Some of the subjects have been shuffled around, insha'Allah I will be sending you a copy of our new schedule within the next couple of day.

We went to the library where teacher Nancy read us a story about making a story :).  Insha'Allah we will be bringing home books on our next library visit.  Teacher Nancy is organizing the annual Terry Fox run, the JKs and SKs will take part in this fundraising campaign by bringing in a toonie ($2) for Terrry.  The money will go towards cancer research funds.  Please visit this link for more details: .

For math class we played a game of Numbers Bingo, this allowed me to assess the students ability to recognize the numbers 1-20 in a fun and interactive way.

During Quraan class, the students are still working on Surat At-takathur, teacher Ibtissam has asked that you help review the first two ayas with your child at home.

The weather was gorgeous today and alhamdulillah we got to enjoy it outside where the students got to go on a seashell hunt in the sand box!  Thank you to teacher Nermin, for this fabulous idea.

In the afternoon we practiced reading during our DEAR (drop everything and read) time.  We also started talking about things we NEED vs. things we WANT, this is a concept that was a little bit to hard for some of the children to grasp, as many of their beloved belongings feel like NEEDS :)

Our last period today was French and we worked on activite 3A. With the following sentences:  
- Le chat Micha regarde le ciel.
-La poule Maboule court.
-Le mouton Fiston entre dans la caverne.

*** Please remember that tomorrow is the Tuesday Group's Show & Tell.  The topic is favourite stuffed toy.

Have a great evening!

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Sunday 4 October 2015

Terry Fox School Run

Dear Parents,
Assalamu Alaikum

The National Terry Fox School Run day is this week, inshaAllah. For more information concerning this important cause, please click here to view the flyer.

Thank you for your support in this crucial fight against cancer. Jazakum Allahu Khairan.


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Friday 2 October 2015

Day 17

Assalamu alaikum!

Today we started off our day with an Arabic class with teacher Salam, we worked on a fun arnab (rabbit) craft.

Please visit teacher Salam's blog entry:

We had fun talking about our breakfast choices at circle time, we also had fun comparing leaves and talking about the different textures and colours found in the leaves.  The students got to further experiment with the leaves at the self-guided science centre.

During our phonics period practiced printing, and coloring in our Jolly Phonics book 1.  For more phonics on the jolly phonics system, please visit .

In math we are now working on AABB type of pattern, and we are doing this during our circle time.

During quraan time we practiced ayas 1-4 of surat attakathur.

In our Islamic Studies class we talked about Friday and its significance for us muslims and some of the great habits of the prophet pbuh (sunnahs) that were performed on Fridays.  We also prayed two rakaas together.  Thank you all for sending in hijabs and/or prayer rugs.

We ended our day with French class where we ended with the story of the three little pigs in French.

Have a great weekend!

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Arabic Letter - Tr.Salam

Asalamu Alaikum                                                                                              S.K
                                                                                                          2 / 10 / 2015
Dear Parents/Guardians,
I would like to welcome everyone back to the new school year and express some of the excitement that we will be having in Arabic class.
The curriculum this year enables the student to learn the basics of the Arabic language by using different methods. These methods encourage eagerness to participate in class while learning in a fun, social and active context that feels psychologically comfortable and safe.
For our first semester, we will insha Allah cover the following:
·        learning the basic phonetics with the different harakats of the alphabet letters (Alif to Dal);
·        recognizing the different shapes of the same alphabet letter;
·        knowing few words that begin with the same letter;
·        writing the individual alphabet letters correctly;
·        promoting positive Islamic values;
·        improving  thinking skills ; and
·        Practicing oral skills of communication.

The reading and exercise books will remain in the classroom only to be sent home once in a while for you to be able to see your child’s abilities as they progress. You can contact me by email at

Salam Beseiso

Arabic Language Teacher 

Thursday 1 October 2015

SK2 Day 16

Assalamu alaikum!

We would like to say a big WELCOME to our friend Mesk :) nice to have you in SK2 with us!

We had a very productive day today alhamdulillah.  We started off our day finishing off our phonics work in our Jolly Phonics workbooks.  The students came in and found their books open waiting for them!

During Quraan class the students worked on the first 3 ayas of surat Al-Takathur.  Teacher Ibtissam has a very unique way of creating healthy competition between the groups to keep them all motivated.

We read our morning message, and talked about the temperature and how it starts dropping in the fall.  Masha'Allah the students are being excellent meteorologists bringing in news of the day's temperature.  We sang our fall song, and our four season song.

Fall Song

The leaves are falling down.
The leaves are falling down.
Red, yellow, green, and brown.
The leaves are falling down.

Four Seasons

Winter and Spring - Winter and Spring
Summer and Fall - Summer and Fall
These are the four season - These are the four season
We love them all!  - We love them all!

In gym class we did our warm ups, and played some games that will help the children follow instructions in the gym.  This is really important to help ensure the safety of the children during gym time.

We read a big book about Apples, and talked about our favourite kind of apples! You can expect lots of apple talk, and activities during the month of October insha'Allah.

We learned the letter Aa, and the correct formation of the letter in both capital form and lower case form.  We squeezed our brains and brainstormed for Aa-words, the children came up with quite a few masha'Allah.

Outside we had lots of fun playing with the school's parachute in the playground!

In the afternoon we played the game "who is the rock?".  

During Arabic class the children were taught how to politely ask for something using the words "minn fathlik".  The students had to complete a tracing sheet that teaches them to trace from right to left.  

Have a great evening everyone!

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher