Welcome to Early Years.
1. Read together every day
Reading with your child continues to be really important so keep reading lots of different books together. Most picture books will be too hard for a child of this age to read alone, but it’s good for them just to listen to a story or information book and talk about the pictures with you.
2. Allow some reading alone time
Try a short reading time when you are reading (newspaper, magazine, book, on-screen) and your child is too. It’s good to start this habit of quiet reading time early, however short to begin with!
3. Talk about the book before you begin reading
Before reading a book together, always talk about the title, the pictures and the information on the cover (front and back). If it’s new, ask what your child thinks the book might be about. If it’s an old favourite then talk about the bits you love most! Don’t worry if some books get chosen again and again!
4. Read with different voices
When reading aloud use lots of expression and try different voices for different characters. Get your child to join in with bits too, such as, ‘They pulled and they pulled!’ and‘Fee, fi, fo, fom...’. See if your child can copy you!
5. Ask each other questions
Talk about the stories and information books when you’ve finished reading together and ask questions. What did you like best? Why did the tiger let Floppy go? Have you ever played a trick on anybody? Get your child to ask you questions too.
6. Retell stories and events
Ask your child about things that happened at school or with their friends. Sometimes, after you’ve shared a story or watched a TV programme, ask your child to tell you about it. Help them by asking What happened first? What next? And then what?
This week we will be reflecting on our last unit of inquiry and moving on to our new one:
How the world Works, and our central idea is:
The Earth’s natural cycles influence the activity of living things.
The Lines of Inquiry are:
We will all be reading in our pajamas! Everyone is welcome to bring a small blanket and soft toy to cuddle up and read!
Looks like another exciting week at ISM!
As part of our transdisciplinary unit, How We Express Ourselves, we have been inquiring into ways we can communicate ideas and feelings through music and art. The children have been building their understandings around this idea through many exciting experiences and interactions with each other. We wondered together how reading stories makes us feel. So we experimented our feelings through music. We have also spent lots of time listening and dancing to many different kinds of music. We will finish this unit at the end of this week. We have read a variety of books including, fables, traditional, cultural and modern stories and have enjoyed many of them. We used our inquiry skills to determine how the author makes the audience engage with the stories and what lessons they share with us.
In math we are counting 1-100 and measuring objects in the classroom with rulers and then we compare the height and width of these objects. Also we are practicing counting backwards 10-1.This week we will be mixing colours to make new colours and how mixing dots of two colours can create different colours and we will be talking about how we express our thoughts and feelings through colours and art.
Looking forward to another great week in early years.
This week we will be reading books that have letter H in them.
One will be, Harold and the Purple Crayon, the other,The Hungry Caterpillar.
Our Jolly Phonics song is ‘I like to hop, hop, hop up and down.’
The students will practice writing upper and lower case H and h.
The students are expressing how they feel after we read a story and we are discussing what makes us feel like that'
The Nursery Rhyme next week is Peter Piper.
No Uniform Day: Friday January 19th.It is a Fundraiser by the Student Council. Cost 20,-DH.
Another event will be a bake sale on Friday January 26th.
We’re looking forward to another exciting week.
Mrs. Achaoui and Ms Boudrika
We had a great start to 2018.The students worked well last week and we read the story, Elmer the Elephant. We discussed how the story made us feel,(happy, sad, excited or scared,) and then we demonstrated our feelings through paintings and music.In math we counted to 20 and wrote numbers 1-20. Children are encouraged to say the number that is one more and one less than the given number.
This week we are going to talk about patchwork and do some weaving activities.
We continue to teach the Jolly Phonics program and introduce the second group of letter sounds: e and h. Some strategies to support your child at home are,practice singing Jolly Phonics action songs, rhymes and reading stories together. Next steps include hearing the end sounds, for example, that red ends in /d/ sound. End sounds are more difficult to hear than initial sounds.
This trimester we will be continue to use Seesaw to document and communicate our learning .Y our constructive feedback is always appreciated.
Looking forward to another great week.
Please note that:
Wednesday January 10th is Early Dismissal.12:15 pm
Thursday January 11th is No School. Morocco Independence Day.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and welcome back to school. I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing break and the students are ready to start our new year activities with lots of energy and enthusiasm.
We will continue with our unit, ‘How We Express Ourselves,’ and as we read stories we will reflect on the,
Lines of inquiry:
*What stories can convey
*How stories created and shared
*Feelings and emotions that stories evokes
*How to construct an effective story.
We will review our sounds, S A T P I N CK and introduce the e sound, our jolly phonics song is , ‘Eggs in the pan, E E E !
We will read about elephants and make lots of craft activities that begin with the letter E. In math will continue to count up to 20 and make groups of eight with objects we find around the classroom. We will use dice and dominoes to do addition problems, counting dots to find the sum of two numbers and write and record our answers.
Looking forward to a great week.