Tuesday 16 December 2014

Abraar 6th Annual Quran Competition

Abraar 6th Annual Quran Competition
Assalaamu Alaykum                                                                                                         
Dear Parents/Guardians
·         It is with great pleasure to inform you of our 6th annual Quran CompetitionThe first round will be held in February 2015 Inshallah. (The final round will be first week of  April 2015).
·         The Competition is optional and is open to all Abraar students. It will be divided into the following Grade- Surah groups:

Al Fateha, Annass, Al Falaq,and Al Ikhlas. (4Suras)
Al Fateha, Annass, Al Falaq, Al Ikhlas, Al Masad, Annasr, Al Kawther, Al Asr,  Al Feel and Quraish. (10 Suras)
Al Asr, Al Feel, Quraish, Al Kaferoon, Al Maoon, Al Homaza, Attakathor, Al Qareah, Al Adiat and Al Qadr. (10 Suras)
Al Zalzala, Atteen, Al Qadr, Al Alaq, Ashareh, Adduha, Allail, Ashams, Al Balad and Al Fajr. (10 Suras)
Al Gashia, Al Alla, Al Bayyana, Attariq, Al Borooj,AlInshiqaaq , and Al Mutafifeen . (7Suras)
Al Mutafifeen, Al Infitar, Atakweer, Abasa, Annaziaat, Annaba Al Mursalat, and Al Insan. (8 Suras)
 Al Insan, Al Qiama, Al Mudather, Al Mozzamel , Al Jinn and Nooh (6 Suras)
 Al Jinn, Nooh, Al Maarej, Al Haaqa Al Qalam and Al Mulk  . (6 Suras)
Al Qalam, Al Mulk, Attahreem, Attalaq, Al Monafiqoon and Attagabon. (6 Suras)
Al Hasher, Al Momtahena, Assaf, Al Jumoaah, Al Monafiqoon and Al Tagaboon. (6 Suras)
Surat Almujadalah and Surat Yaseen.
  • Registration: All entries must be registered with your Quran teacher in January. This email only to inform you with the competition requirement so you can practice during the winter break.
  • Judging Criteria: Students will be judged based on memorization, rules of recitation (Tajweed), voice quality, and voice clarity.
  • Prizes: First and Second places in each age group will receive valuable prizes Inshallah.
  • More details and information will follow and for any questions please contact Tr. Hadia on Abraar’s phone or at hkatbi@abraarschool.com

Monday 8 December 2014

Weekly Update ( December 1-5)

قال تعالى"والله خلق كل دابة من ماء فمنهم من يمشى على بطنه ومنهم من يمشى على رجلين ومنهم من يمشى على أربع يخلق الله ما يشاء إن الله على كل شيء قدير"45 سورة النور
Allah has created every [living] creature from water. And of them are those that move on their bellies, and of them are those that walk on two legs, and of them are those that walk on four. Allah creates what He wills. Indeed, Allah is over all things competent.

Arabic Language اللغة العربية:
- Talked about the creation of Allah (Allah created the animals)
- Show and Tell. Students are doing amazing bringing different kinds of things Allah created, Masha’Allah! One student brought 2 lovely live birds, another student brought a real bouquet of flowers, and so many students brought different stuffed animals.
-Review letters أ-خ.
- Learn the letter د (دَجاجة، دُب، دَجاج مَشوي، دُعاء).

Science العلوم:
-         Identify natural habitats and consider how they are affected by human-made changes.
-          Students worked on the habitats poster and worksheet using different pictures of animals and glue to paste them where they think the animals live.
-          Students learn the words (مَسْكَن and فَوْق- تَحْت- دَاخِل-).

Arts الفنون:
-          Explore the elements of texture, and compose pictures using different materials to create different textures.
-          Students worked on texture worksheet to show their understanding of different feeling of textures.
-          Students learned the words (ناعِم- خَشِن – شائِك).

Special Events مناسبات خاصة:
-          Students received a certificate of appreciation for participating in the Pajama party event. They did really well participating in all the fun activities, Masha’Allah!
-          Pictures to be sent soon, Insha’Allah.

Special Thanks شكر خاص:

-          Special Jazakum Allahu Khyran to the parent who donated the Easel (Art Stand) to our classroom.  May Allah reward you!

Sunday 30 November 2014

Weekly Update (Nov. 24-28)

الله الخالق (الله خالق الإنسان) 

قال تعالى: {الله الَّذي خَلَقَكُم من ضَعْفٍ ثمَّ جعلَ من بعدِ ضَعْفٍ قوَّةً ثمَّ جعلَ من بعد قوَّةٍ ضَعْفاً وشَيْبَةً..} (30 الروم آية 54)

It is Allah Who has created you in a state of helplessness as a baby, then gave you strength to come out of helplessness in youth, then after strength again helplessness and grey hair in old age. He creates whatever He wills and it is He Who is the All-knowing, the Almighty. (Surah Ar-Rum. Aya 54).

Language لغة عربية:
-           We started talking about the creation of human beings.
-           A new letters has been taught through the following:
-          Identify the letter خ on a worksheet
-          use a toy car to go over the letter خ that is shaped like a road.
-          Students tasted fresh خيار and خبز. They also looked for them in their lunch bags.
-          Students got turns trying the خروف hat.
-          listen to the stories of the letter خ (خديجة والخروف).
-          to integrate the letter to Islam we talked about the story of prophet Ibrahim al Khalil and the sacrifice.
-          Students are going to work on their خ خروف craft tomorrow, Insha’Allah.

Math حساب:
-  Counting from 1- 5 backwards by singing number Nasheeds.
- Teach one-to-one correspondence. I.e. match number 2 with 2 objects.
- Finished learning number 3.
- Sorting big and small items. كبيرٌ كبير – صغيرٌ صغير

Science علوم:
-      We talked about the human life cycle and made the craft (baby- child- adult- old age) using paper plates, glue and crayons.

Islamic Studies التربية الإسلامية:
- We started a new routine where students start their day with reciting Ayat Al-Kursi and listen to it before sleeping. Students are getting really good at picking up some words form the Ayah, Masha'Allah!

-      Students used lunch bags, googlie eyes, rods and markers to make ح حوت craft.

Gym رياضة:

-      Students are still practicing balancing on one foot. They had fun racing while hopping on one foot.

Sunday 23 November 2014

Updates and Reminders:

1-      How can parents help their children acquire a second language?
Below is a very good read regarding second language acquisition you can get benefit from.

2-      Show and Tell:
We will start our regular show and tell on Tuesday, November 25, Insha’Allah.  Show & tell will help the children’s oral and visual communication skills and will be a good practice for an upcoming project Insha’Allah!
Each student will have one day in the week for show & tell. The children can bring in toys, however I encourage them to bring other items to share, preferably theme related items. For our current theme “Allah the creator” they can bring in their baby pictures, an animal toy, a fruit or a vegetable, leaf, anything that Allah created.
If you are sending an item for show & tell that requires extra care, send me a small note with your child and I will try and make sure it comes back to you safely!
-          Please check the schedule below to know the day of your child’s show and tell.

جدول اعرض وتكلم
Show and Tell Schedule


آدم  أ







لينا القطان


آدم ي

لينا طبيب



عبد الرحمن













3-    Parent-Teacher Interviews:
Jazakum Allahu Khyran for all the parents who showed up at the interviews and shared their concerns with us. It’s amazing to see how all parents are concerned about their children’s social development and not only the academic achievement. You can rest assured that we will work more on that, Insha’Allah. By now the teacher can tell every student’s strengths and weaknesses, who they like and what they prefer, what strategy to follow with which student…etc.  All of that will be in our minds when we change the seating plan in December, Insha’Allah.

4-    Last potluck night:
Jazakum Allahu Khyran for all your help and support that you showed at the potluck night. It was very successful Alahmdulilah. We are now thinking of our next one, but we would like to take your opinion on when to do it and if you have any ideas that you would like us to do. You can share your ideas by emailing them to us. Below are some ideas for the next parent gatherings:
-          Bike-riding night in the gym: (Students bring in their bicycles and ride it in the gym following specific instructions in Arabic).
-          Abraar Market night: (Parents bring in some fruits, vegetables, clothes, toys …etc and set a table in the gym. Students take fake money and try to buy what they like. Communication will only be in Arabic. Students and parents try their best to talk in Arabic asking to buy items and ask for their prices).
-          Art night: (Students rotate between different stations making arts and crafts using art material. They talk in Arabic naming the materials, shapes and colors they use).
-          For are going to need parent volunteers for all the gatherings.
-          Movie night. We can show a cartoon in Arabic.

5-    Volunteers:
There are many parents who are always offering us help, Mash’Allah! Your help is always needed and highly appreciated. If you are willing to help, kindly choose one of the areas you can help in from the list below:
-          Filing.
-          Preparing crafts (cutting, coloring, etc…) on Tuesdays.
-          Reading a story in Arabic.
-          Tutoring students who need extra help.
-          Making scholastic orders.
-          Classifying pictures and videos and producing them if necessary.
-          Make trips to Dollarama to buy supplies from classroom’s petty cash.
-          Organizing classroom’s library.
-          Field trips.

Weekly Update (Nov. 10-20)

 الله الخالق
قال الله تعالى: {إنَّ في خَلقِ السَّمواتِ والأَرضِ واختِلافِ اللَّيلِ والنَّهارِ لآياتٍ لأُولي الألبابِ(190) الَّذين يَذكرونَ الله قِياماً وقُعُوداً وعلى جُنُوبِهم ويَتَفَكَّرُونَ في خَلقِ السَّمواتِ والأَرضِ ربَّنا ما خَلَقتَ هذا باطلاً سبحانكَ فَقِنَا عذابَ النَّارِ(191)}
سورة آل عمران(3)

Language لغة عربية:
- We started our new theme “Allah the creator”.  In this theme we are expected to talk about 5 different things Allah created (الإنسان ، الحيوان، الطعام، البحار، الفضاء).
- Two new letters have been taught through the following:
-          Identify the letter ح on a worksheet
-          shape the letter ج with a play dough
-          students check for جزر in their lunch bags and repeat the word جزر
-          listen to the stories of the letter ج and ح (جميلة والجمل، حنان والحوت)
-          to integrate the letter to Islam we talked about how Allah SWT created the جمل and made it get adjusted to the life in the desert.
We also told the story or Prophet Yunus and الحوت. Students traced the letters ج and ح, and colored the pictures of جمل، جزر، حوت، حصان) ). Students worked on their letter ج craft (ج جمل) and are going to work on (ح حوت) craft tomorrow (Monday, Nov.24), Insha’Allah.

English Language لغة إنجليزية:
-          Below is a very useful website your child can use for practicing some skills in the English Language:

Math حساب:
-  Students are practicing counting 1-10 on a daily basis during calendar, circle time, recess etc…
-  Counting from 1- 5 backwards by singing number Nasheeds.
- Teach one-to-one correspondence. I.e. match number 2 with 2 objects.

-          Students made a frame for the word “Allah” using paper plates, rods, glitter and glue sticks.

-          Students made a huge sticky mess experiencing the feeling of sticky slime and had lots of fun playing with it.