Thursday 24 November 2016

Term 2 has began :)

Assalamu alaikum!
We have finished our 11th week of school, walhamdulillah!
Lots was done:

  • all students have started to sound out on their own, many of them are writing legible words and sentences and some are trying very hard to get to that step.  (As long as the student is able to sound out and read what they have written then they have achieved the first step in writing).
  • we have been reading books that have to do with the weather (mostly snow).  We are practicing reading at our own reading levels.
  • we enjoyed our 'Data Management' chapter.  We had a chance to do many activities as a class and in groups. We asked survey questions and we collected data to make graphs. We wrapped up our chapter with 'Teddy Bear Day', in which we looked at the size, and color of our bears to come up with our graphs.  We have started working on chapter 5 'Linear Measurement'.  The students were given a chance to measure many things around the class using non-standard units (popsicle sticks, cubes, cotton balls, hands, feet, etc.).           
  • we have completed our 'Living and non living things' unit in science and started working on our 'Materials and Structures' unit.  We are identifying the different materials that are found around us in the class.  We had a close look at our shoe and the materials that they are made out of.
  • We have completed a class project about 'Remembrance Day'.  We made our own poppies.  We made stuffed paper teddy bears.
  • in Islamic Studies (taught in Arabic) we are practicing wudu step by step.  We acted it out.  We took turns teaching each other.  We did it as a class and in groups. Soon we will be tested on wudu.  (Please practice with your child the 11 steps of wudu.) We are still talking about 'najasa' and 'tahara' and the importance of cleanliness.
  • in gym/health class we have been practicing our warm exercises.  We began talking about the four food groups.
  • in social studies we have wrapped up our unit on relationships, responsibilities, roles, rules, routines, etc.

*Please note that I usually do NOT send personal emails home unless I feel that you need to be aware of something that happened in class, but please feel free to email me if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or/and comments.

*Usually I do not send books home because most of the time, but if you need to take a look at the work we are covering in class, please let me know and I can send the book(s) home.

*Also, if you need anything or feel like you would like to meet please email me and we can plan accordingly, inshallah.

*I am sure all of you are aware of our 'Zero Tolerance' rule, in which no one is allowed to touch his/her classmate in any way or manner that would hurt.  Parents will be notified through an email whenever a student breaks the 'Zero Tolerance Rule'.

*Homework goes home on Tuesdays and comes back on Mondays.  Homework has to be done on a daily basis.  Try to encourage your child to do 10 minutes of homework every day.  That is the best way to make the most and learn from the homework. (Homework that is returned on Monday, will be marked late.

*Spelling tests take place every Wednesday.  I will be sending the spelling notebook home every 5th spelling test so that I can take a look at your child's results.

By working together we will have a successful year, inshallah!

Teacher Asma'a