Monday 24 October 2016

SK2 Updates: Oct.17- Oct 21

As-salamu-alaikum wa Rahmatullah Dear Parents,I hope and pray that all of you are doing well insha'Allah. We had a productive and fun week alhamdulilah!

Below are some updates from our classroom.

One of the first things we encourage our students to do in our classroom is to write their names on their work (i.e. drawings, writing, paintings, etc.).  We teach them that their names are important and meaningful so that each student feels a sense of belonging.

In the new Ontario Kindergarten Program 2016, one of the four frames focuses on Belonging and Contributing. We believe that making a child understand his/her sense of self begins with them identifying and being able to write his/her name and knowing how special and unique they are.

Belonging and Contributing

This frame encompasses children's learning and development with respect to:
  • their sense of connectedness to others;
  • their relationships to others, and their contributions as part of a group, a community, and the natural world;
  • their understanding of relationships and community, and of the ways in which people contribute to the world around them.
The learning encompassed in this frame also relates to the child's early development of the attributes and attributes that inform citizenship, through his or her sense of personal connectedness to various communities.

Kindergarten Program, pg. 47

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

Most SK2 students memorized the new dua'a. MashaAllah way to go SK2!

Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviours

This frame encompasses children's learning and development with respect to:
  • communicating through thoughts and feelings - through gestures, physical movements, words, symbols, and representations, as well as through the use of a variety of materials;
  • literacy behaviours, evident in the various ways they use language, images, and materials to express and think critically about ideas and emotions, as they listen and speak, view and represent, and begin to read and write;
  • mathematics behaviours, evident in the various ways they use concepts of number and pattern during play and inquiry; access, manage, create, and evaluate information; and experience an emergent understanding of mathematical relationships, concepts, skills, and processes;
  • an active engagement in learning and a developing love of learning, which can instil the habit of learning for life.
What children learn in connection with this frame develops their capacity to think critically, to understand and respect many different perspectives, and to process various kinds of information.

Kindergarten Program, pg. 54

Arabic Language اللغة العربية

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

How to write the letter ث at the beginning, middle and End.

Reading: Read the letter ث with short vowels (fatha, kasra, and dama

Writing: Practice writing the letter ث  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 ؟

Math: We took number Four. 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! 

You will receive an email shortly demonstrating this frame.

Social skills:
Kindness related story we covered in class is:

Problem Solving and Innovation

This frame encompasses children's learning and development with respect to:

  • exploring the world through natural curiosity, in ways that engage the mind, the senses, and the body;
  • making meaning of their world by asking questions, testing theories solving problems, and engaging in creative and analytical thinking;
  • the innovative ways of thinking about and doing things that naturally arise with an active curiosity, and applying those ideas in relationships with others, with materials, and with the environment.
The learning encompassed by this frame supports collaborative problem solving and bringing innovative ideas to relationships with others.

Children are natural scientists. They learn by touching and feeling, noticing, asking questions and by trying things out for themselves. 

within the last two weeks we did some fun science experiments about the five senses. Please ask your child about it!

We also added a new centre (Discovery Centre). Alhamdullelah the children had so much fun exploring using different objects including the sensory tubes.

To release some of our never-ending energy, we’ve been frequenting the gym, and the playground. Some of our activities have included- warming up exercises, the pizza game , what time is it Mr. Wolf?, earth, fire and ground and playing different games with our parachute. 

Islamic Studies: 

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

Stars 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: Madina and Majd We 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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