Sunday, 13 September 2015

First Week of School Update (Sep. 8-11)

The first week of school went by smooth and easy, Alhamdulilah. Some of our students were very ready and excited for school, some made us feel they know what to do with everything in the classroom, Masha'Allah, and others were having difficulty separating from their parents. We are hoping that, Insha'Allah, by the end of next week all students will be adjusted and getting familiar with the school's rules and routine.

What was covered:

- On the first weeks of school teachers focus on getting the students familiar with the classroom. We want our students to feel safe and secure, not afraid to leave their parents and stay with us, as well as loving coming to school everyday. All that needs sometime, so please bear with us!

- Students started discovering classroom centers and games.

- We started working on student's fine motor skills ( Laces and buttons, clips and pompoms...ect).

- We learned some greeting and goodbye sentences:

السلام عليكم - كيف الحال؟  - مع السلامة

- We taught the children some key words in Arabic:

حمام washroom - ماء water - أولاد boys - بنات girls - اجلس sit - قف stand

- We sang some songs to help students follow classroom rules and routines:

دَ.... دَ..... دَائِرَة ، حُلْوَة جَميلَة مُدَوَّرَة 
(C..C...Circle, Everybody nice circle)

اجْلِس، اجْلِس، اجْلِس، اجْلِس، قِف ،  قِف،  قِف
تَحَرَّك، تَوَقَف 
دُر، دُر، دُر
(Sit down, stand, move, stop, turn around)

- We did some coloring, pasting, and hand printing.

- We read some simple books in Arabic (أنا أسمع/ I hear, يا ليتني كلب/ A cat wishes to be a dog. لم أكن أقصد/ I did not mean to.

- Tr. Ibtisam (The Quran teacher) started some simple Quranic games with the students. JAK!

How can you help?

- I know how much parents are worried about their little ones and would like to know everything happens inside the classroom. That is a good thing, but the teacher can not answer all parent's questions at the door. Please send me an e-mail to if you would like to ask about anything or when you have a specific concern. I will approach you or send you an e-mail if there is something specific accrued and you need to be aware of it.

- Starting from Monday, Sep. 14 school will start at 8:05 and end at 3:15. From 3:15-3:45 students will wait for their parents inside the classroom. After 3:45 students will go to the after school program. We are kindly asking you to wait for your child outside the classroom. Once we notice you, we will send your child to you. NO PARENTS ALLOWED INSIDE THE CLASSROOM AT PICK UP TIME, PLEASE!

- The video below is a fun and educational video to watch with your child and learn some Arabic sentences for beginners:

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Jazakum Allahu Khyran

Please remember me, Tr. Nagwa, Tr. Heba in your Duaa'.