Wednesday 16 December 2015

Day 66

Assalamu alaikum,

today we started off the day with some educational centres the students got to make some mittens, and search for the letter M's in our very own class story.

During Arabic class the students worked on the letter -raa and the students learned the word reesha (feather) and talked about the different birds that they know. The students worked on the letter raa in their Arabic workbook.

We are working on learning the rules of dodge ball, and learning how to play the game strategically.  We will be working on dodge ball for the next 3 classes insha'Allah and then we will move on to floor hockey insha'Allah.

In the afternoon we worked on the number 9-nine and visited the computer lab.

Have a great evening,

Safiah Aghliw

SK2 Teacher

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Day 65

Assalamu alaikum!

Today we started off the day with French class with monsieur Said.  The students completed a letter Q q worksheet and vocabulary that begins with the letter Q.

During Quraan class teacher Ibtissam kept the children entertained while learning Quraan with some very creative Quraan games.  Please review the following ayas with your child: Surat Al-adiyat 1-5.

We introduced the letter Mm and brainstormed for many words that begin with the letter M.  We wrote the letter Mm in our phonics book.

During Arabic class the students were reviewing the letters alif-thaal.

Show and tell items have been very  unique and interesting! Keep them coming :)

Have a good evening,

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Monday 14 December 2015

Day 64

Assalamu alaikum!

We started off our day today with some activity centres followed by our morning calendar.  We read our morning message together and talked about our weekends, and our plans for the winter holidays.

We visited the library and checked out some books to read over the winter holidays.  Teacher Nancy also read us a story about rocks, and all the different uses of rocks.

During period three the grade 4 reading buddies visited our classroom and we worked together to create some puppets and then the children worked together with their reading buddies to create a story for their puppets.  The last part of the class was spent presenting their story to another group.  Masha'Allah most of the students worked really well together with the grade fours.

In Quraan class teacher Ibtissam played a nice game with the class to help reinforce their knowledge of the heavy letters.  Students got to feed the hungry monsters some heavy letters, and then they got to pick out some questions from the egg basket to answer them.  

In the afternoon we read a chapter from Charlotte's web and had French class with monsieur Said. 

Have a great evening, 

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Here is a note from monsieur Said regarding the SK curriculum.

Assalam alaikoum Dear parents, I hope my email finds you in good health and Eman.  You find below the expectations at a glance for senior kindergarten with exampls regarding French class. This year we are focusing on listening / speaking  using aimlanguagelearning.

Expectations at a Glance
Senior Kindergarten
Listening to Understand: listen in order to
demonstrate understanding of French oral text
Listening to Interact: use listening skills and
strategies in French in order to participate in
classroom activities.
A1.1 Identify words and/or simple phrases in order to understand oral French text
ExampleStudents respond to simple questions and follow one-step and two-step directions in various
contexts such as classroom routines, song lyrics, learning centres, large-group activities.

Teacher prompts:

« Dis les mots et fait comme Mme/M. » ; « Debout, tout
le monde et venez ici. » ; « Choisis la bonne image. » ;
« Colorie le mot et/ou l’image en rouge. » ; « Où est _____ ? » ;
« Qui peut/veut aider Mme/M. ? »

Student responses:

Students respond appropriately to teacher prompts, both
verbally and non-verbally: « Je suis ici. » ; « Il est là-bas. » ;
« Je peux/veux aider. »
A1.2 Demonstrate understanding of short oral French text, presented clearly and at a deliberate pace by
familiar speakers
ExampleStudents listen to a story, repetitive text, poem, song, text written by teacher, an oral description,
etc. and demonstrate understanding by acting it out, responding to questions, drawing, etc.

Teacher prompts:

« Montre-moi ____ (a character from a story, an object,
a picture, etc.) » ; « Dans l’histoire, _____ est très content.
Montre-moi que tu es content. » ; « Frappe les mains quand
tu entends le mot _____. » (e.g. a high frequency word,
a word with a particular sound)

Student responses:

Students respond appropriately to the above prompts,
listening and/or actively participating verbally and/or
A1.3 Use information and ideas from oral French text in order to make simple predictions and/or inferences
ExampleDuring various classroom activities, students use verbal and visual cues to make simple
predictions and/or inferences about familiar topics and classroom situations.
Teacher prompts:

« J’ai une surprise dans mon sac. C’est un fruit. C’est jaune.
Qu’est-ce que tu penses que c’est ? »

Student responses:

« C’est une banane. C’est un citron. »
Speaking to Deliver a Message:
communicate information orally in French
Speaking to Interact: use speaking skills and
strategies in French with teachers and peers
ExampleStudents repeat and use simple vocabulary and expressions as modelled in various
classroom activities using gestures.
B1.1 Communicate orally in French using words and/or complete sentences while participating in classroom activities
Teacher prompts:

While taking attendance, teacher looks for students
« Je cherche _____. Où est _____ ? » ; « Montre-moi ton ami. »

Student responses:

« Je suis ici ! » ; « _____ n’est pas ici ! » ; « Voici mon ami. »
B1.2 Respond orally in French to a variety of French text to convey information
ExampleStudents respond to shared reading of books, songs, poems, posters, etc.

Teacher prompts:

« Qui est dans l’histoire ? »

Student responses:

« Il y a une fille, un garçon et un chien. »

 Teacher Said
Jazakoum Allah khairan

Friday 11 December 2015

Day 63

Assalamu alaikum,

it was great to be back in the classroom today after being away yesterday,  We had a very productive day with double Arabic periods, and a quraan period.

The students are now working on surat al-adiyaat.  Please help your child memorize the first three ayas.

During our gym period, we learned the rule of dodge ball and had a really great time playing dodge ball in the gym mashallah. 

After lunch recess we watched a short Hansel and Gretel cartoon, and then we started working on our set together.  The children coloured, cut, painted and got step 1 of creating our set ready.  The kids were very excited about this project, the script is ready and we will begin practicing next week insha'Allah.

During our Friday halaqa we talked about respecting our parents and being more responsible at home.  We prayed two rakas and made special du'aa.  The imam for today's prayer was Mahmoud, well done mashallah!

Have a great weekend :)

Safiah Aghliw

Wednesday 9 December 2015

Day 61

Assalamu alaikum,

What a wonderful day mashallah.  We were all scientists today!  Scientists Nancy from Scientists in School visited our classroom today.  She transformed the classroom into a science lab with different science stations that help us learn all about the winter and the different occurances that happen during the winter.  Thank you so much to our wonderful volunteers, we couldn't have done it without you :)  The children got to take home some bird feeders, and snowflakes.

Show and Tell was great today with lots of nice grey items mashallah we had a nice shirt, an air hockey game, and a pot .

In the afternoon we had some reading time followed by our weekly visit to the computer lab.

*Please send me an email if you are planning on travelling before the 18th.

Thank you and have a great evening,

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Thursday 3 December 2015

Day 57

Assalamu alaikum!

We started off our day today finishing off the letter Hh in our phonics books.  The students are really learning to take pride in their work and they are producing excellent quality work masha'Allah.  

In Quraan class the 

During period two some students got to visit the Scholastic Book Fair and purchase some books for their reading pleasure.  

We did our daily calendar routine and practiced our vowel sounds a-e-i-o-u sometimes -y.  We learned that vowels are like the glue that keep the word together and every English word has to have one or more vowels in it.  

During Arabic the students worked on the letter -thaal with tashkeel (fatha-dumma-kasra) they also worked in their text books masha'Allah.

In gym class today we did some gymnastics.  Students practiced doing motorcycle jumps, wall hand stands, rolling and somersaults mashallah.

Show and tell was lot of fun again today with a dump truck, some fridge magnets, a cool toy, a balloon, and some Kraft Dinner!  Next week's topic is SOMETHING GREY.

For art today we worked on our drama unit.  We read the story of Hansel and Gretel and the students acted our the different scenes of the story.  It was a very fun and exciting time for the students.  I am looking for the following items to help us with the props for our production.

- witch hat.
- large wooden spoon.
- children's denim overalls (size 6 or 7 to fit over clothes)
- wig
- men's flannel shirt 
- bird mask or costume
- apron

* All items will be returned by December 18th insha'Allah.

The last part of our day was deeeelicious! We got to enjoy some cake that Alizay and Ali brought to the class.

Have a great evening,

Safiah Aghliw

SK2 Teacher 

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Day 56

Assalamu alaikum!

Wednesdays are SK2's favourite day.  We always start off with an hour of educational centres, today's centres included: 
-writing centre
-math shapes centre/art
-language letter hunt/reading
-play dough/construction
-memory game

Alhamdulillah the class had lots of fun rotating through these centres.  Please check class dojo for photos insha'Allah.

We had our morning calendar and practiced reading a letter Hh story.  We talked about what we had for breakfast, and sang a song that helps us learn our vowel sounds, it is called Apples and Bananas. (ask your child about it!).

During gym class teacher Charmaine lead the class in a series of relay races after some nice warm ups.

Show and tell was fun today with a minion, Sponge Bob, a lemon, a tennish racquet and ball, and a truck.  Thank you all for remembering and practising with your children at home.

In the afternoon we worked on our phonics book and visited in the computer lab.

It was a special day for Alizay and Ali masha'Allah they turned five today and shared some wonderful treats with the whole class.

Have a great evening,

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Day 55

Assalamu alaikum!

We started our day today with some fun/educational centres.  Our first class was with Ms.Layla a substitute teacher replacing monsieur Said.  We took the letter Pp in French and talked about the words that start with this letter.

In Quraan the students were being tested on surat al-Kafiroon, and they took part in a fun Quraan activity.  During period three we did calendar and introduced the letter Hh, we brainstormed words that begin with Hh and talked about the correct formation of this letter.

Show & Tell was something yellow, we got a minion, big bird, and some other cool yellow items!

During Arabic we started working on the letter -thaal.  

In the afternoon we sang our "three states of matter song", and learned the spelling of the number word 7-seven.  We worked in our math booklets, and read a chapter from Charlotte's Web.

Safiah Aghliw
SK2 Teacher