Sunday 16 October 2016

SK2 Updates: (Oct. 3 - Oct. 14)

As-salamu-alaikum wa Rahmatullah Dear Parents,

Image result for ‫انا احب اللغة العربية‬‎I hope and pray that all of you are doing well insha'Allah. We had a wonderful week of school alhamdulillah! Masha'Allah I am very happy about the level of progress the SK2 students are showing in Arabic. They work hard to learn with enthusiasm and most students participate in class alhamdulillah. Way to go SK2!

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Below are some updates from our classroom.

Du`aa' of the Month- October

اللَّهم إني أسألك فعل الخيرات، وَتَرْكَ الْمُنْكَرَاتِ، وَحُبَّ الْمَسَاكِينِ 

Allāhumma as’aluka fi`lal Khayrāt. Wa tarkal munkarā, wa Hubbal masākeen

“O Allah, I ask You to help me do good deeds, abandon bad deeds, and love the poor"

An excerpt from a hadeeth in Jami` at-Tirmidhi
Arabic reference: Book 47, Hadith 3541

SK2 students are learning to memorize the new dua'a. MashaAllah way to go SK2!

October's Character Trait- Kindness

We just launched our first character trait for this year! We will be talking about 'Kindness' during the month of October insha'Allah.
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Prophet Muhammad ( ) said, “Every act of kindness is a charity".

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم‏:‏ كُلُّ مَعْرُوفٍ صَدَقَةٌ‏.‏

Reference : Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 231 (in Sahih Al Albani)
In-book reference: Book 11, Hadith 11
English translation : Book 11, Hadith 231
Refusing to tease or ridicule others.
Showing concern when someone is sad.
Taking care of the environment.
Smiling at those you know and those you don’t know
Saying As-salamu alaykum and good morning
Reminding someone how special he or she is
Volunteering time to help others in need or donating to a charity
Asking “How can I help?” or “How are you?”
Listening with full attention to the speaker and looking for the feelings behind the words, facial expressions, and body language
Respecting the thoughts of a friend who has shared his or her feelings
Allowing the person to share his or her feelings without interrupting, judging, or trying to solve his or her problem
Trying to really understand a person’s feelings and motives, even when you may disagree with the actions of a person
Understanding that we are all a lot more alike than we think, even if on the outside we look and act differently
Seeing ourselves in others—even those we think are so different from us

We discussed the above in Arabic and to encourage our students to visulaize kindness. We gave each student a small piece of paper with an airplane picture on it. Students were asked to colour and write their names on it. Each time a student do an act of kindness, the teacher move the airplane a little until they reach the happy face (Kindness act).

We are still working on the following goals:

Learning how to hold the pencil correctly and how to write from right to left in Arabic.
Learning about classroom rules and manners and how to be a star.
Learning the names of the 7 days of the week in order through a fun and interactive song.
Learning the names of the 12 months in order also through a fun song.

·    Talking about the weather, and learning about the different vocabulary associated with that through the weather/calendar songs.

·    Practicing how to answer in full sentences.

·    Learning some Islamic anasheed such as (Assalam alikum, Bismillah, the five senses song, the feelings song and the body parts song), please ask your child about it.

·    Singing the Arabic Alphabet song.
·    Listening to different Islamic and Arabic stories. 

    Learned the name of the harakat (fatha, kasra , and dama) and how to read the letters studied with them; this has been accomplished through a number of activities, such as songs, games, stories, and competitions. The children have found these activities to be exciting and fun. Please ask your children about them and watch as they make the sounds and the actions.
Hands on Arabic Activities!

Arabic Language اللغة العربية

Lesson Title: The letters ) and (ت)   fatha,  kasra, dama)
The students worked on the Arabic letters in the classroom.

How to write these letters at the beginning, middle and End.

Reading: Read the letters with short vowels (fatha, kasra, and dama) 

Writing: Practice writing the letters in the Arabic workbook.
Orally:  Ask the kids what is your name? and how are you? in Arabic. Know the different between asking a boy or a girl ( feminine and masculine ) كيف حالك ؟ ما اسمـك؟  The kids have to answer in complete sentences.
how many days in a week? كم يوم في الاسبوع ؟
What day is today? ما اليوم ؟

Social skills:

We’re still working really hard on our social skills! We’re learning to share toys, smiling at each other, and apologizing to each other if we hurt each other's feelings.  

Reading related stories for the kindness theme and the feelings topic we discussed in class:

Please visit Class Dojo to get daily updates about your child's behaviour. Thank you!

Image result for ‫انا احب اللغة العربية‬‎Reading Buddies: We started the reading buddies program a couple of weeks ago with the grade 4 students. They will visit our class every second Thursday of each month until the end of the year insha'Allah. Thank you teacher Seher and grade 4 students :)

Math: We took number three. In addition we are working in the patterning unit. We will spend some time in this unit inshaAllah. We will be identifying simple patterns followed by more complicated ones. Students will also get a chance to create their own patterns through rhythms, and beats!

We talked about the weather and mainly focused on the fall season. We learned about the different colours of the leaves during the fall and we observed the transition from the summer season into the fall season. I read a book about this topic ( why the leaves fall from the trees?) and the kids participated by answering some comprehension questions about this book.

The students also collected lots of colourful leaves for some hands on science activities. The students enjoyed examining closely the different colours of the fall leaves using the magnifying glasses and by drawing their observations in their science journals.

Hands-on-Science Activities!

Islamic Studies: The students learned that one of Allah (swt) names is the creator الله هو الخالق 

  We are currently learning about the five pillars of Islam. We introduced this topic by singing a new nasheed. Please ask your child about it!

Star of the Week:
We've had some shining stars in our SK2 classroom. Congratulations to the following students for being the most recent STARS OF THE WEEK: Mina and AhmadWe hope to see many more stars brightening up our SK2 classroom inshaAllah.

The stars of the week will be selected every Friday insha'Allah based on overall behavior throughout the week, homework completion, participation, and acts of kindness.

  Jazakum Allahu khairan for your cooperation and support!

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SK2 Early Arabic Language Immersion Program Team (EALIP)

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