Saturday, 1 February 2014

SK1 Updates: (Jan.17- Jan.28)

Language Arts:

We are still working in our fourth phonic book. The focus will be on:

The Sound of Short Vowels

If there is one vowel in a one-syllable word, it is
usually short vowel sound.

Examples: pan- met - rid- rod - tub.

The Sound of Long Vowels:

Long vowels heard in the middle of a one-syllable
word are usually formed in one of two ways:

Two vowels together – the first vowel is long and the second vowel is silent (example: pāin).

 A vowel followed by a consonant or consonants and a silent e at the end of a word (example: pāne).

 We are also learning about the following digraphs: ai,oa,ie,ee,or

 Some examples are:

ai:  rain- paint-snail

oa:  oak-goat-road

i-e:  kite-bike-fine

ee: sheep- keep- tree

or: storm-fork-horse

We read some poems about these digraphs, please ask your child about it!

 Next week inshaAllah the students will make their own Vowel Sound Book.



Sk1 are doing an amazing job reading to their classmates. We are now in our second book of the guided reading. The book name is: I like Me!

We are learning to read the following sentences:

I like my smile.

I like my eyes.

I like my shape.

I like my size.

I like my hair.

I like my nose.

I like me, from head to toes!

 We also read the following stories:

The brave red fire truck.

The old man’s mitten.

The bus ride.

How do I feel?


SK students are expected to copy words from the board and also to try sounding out the words when they write.

We started the weekly journal writing. We are now learning to follow the basic rules for writing such as starting with a capital letter and ending with a period.

We are also learning to leave one finger space between each word.

We wrote the last sentences we read in our first guided reading book “I can!”

 I can skip.

I can slide.

I can run.

I can ride.

I can skate.

I can swing.

I can do anything!




We began by measuring the length. Through direct comparison of various objects and pictures, children are learning to determine which is taller, shorter, or longer, and which is the tallest, shortest, and longest.

We are still learning about measurement using non standard tools. The class really enjoyed measuring items with their snap cubes, jumbo paperclips, popsicle sticks and straws.

The children are measuring objects using nonstandard units, such as connecting cubes, paper clips, pencils, erasers, crayons, hands, feet, and shoes. Children need to understand the idea of measuring in tangible units before they can move on to using rulers and standard units. Measuring how many paper clips or crayons long an object is builds a foundation for understanding the relationship between quantities and symbolic numbers. Nonstandard units also make children aware of the need for standard units of measurement. As they measure the same object with units such as their hands or feet, children will see that different-sized units, such as hands and feet, yield different measurements which is the tallest, shortest, and longest.

In addition we are learning how to count by 2s and 5s.



We read the following stories:

Winter time

Animal hibernation

We are still learning about winter and animals that hibernate. We focused on how wild plants and wild animals adapt to the winter through migration, hibernation and other strategies. We also integrated science with Art. We made a beautiful group and individual work for animals that hibernate in the winter.

 Islamic studies:

Through group work we placed the cards for making wudu in the correct order.

We are also learning the Nasheed “this is the way we make wudu”.



Star of the week!

We've had some shining stars amongst us!
 Layan and Adnane

 Congratulation to the most recent starts of the week.

We hope to see many more stars brightening up our Sk1 classroom inshaAllah.