Sunday 30 October 2016

Bi-weekly Newsletter (October 17-28)

Things we covered:

- We started reading our Hijri Calendar, checking for the weather, and reading the daily Duaa's.
- We discussed the fall season and went on a walk to explore the signs of fall. 

- The students have been practicing recognizing and reading their names. We also started tracing them as well as decorating them with straws.
- The school's "Green Day" was a fun day. Thanks for sending your child to school dressed in green and white.

- The letter Thaa' was introduced to the students ث (ثوب، ثوم، ثعبان،ثور، ثلج) ث
- We learned the number 4 (أربعة هي أطرافي).
- We started our first lesson in the life cycles unit (life cycle of a butterfly). We made a life cycle of a butterfly craft with pasta, but we are still working on coloring it.
- The students were introduced to game of floor hockey. We talked about how the game is played, the equipment needed to play the game, and the rules. The kids enjoyed the game. 

- Congratulations to the students who won the Kindness certificate for this month's character trait.
Book Hunting:
Great News!
We are going to start using an Arabic Reading Website to help the students read Arabic at home (A version of RAZ kids in Arabic). Further information will be shared with parents later.
A very big JAK to teacher Ghada (SK) for finding the website.

Activities to do at home:

Help your child have some fun decorating his/her own name:

Help me review:
Surat Al-Fatiha
Surat Al-Ikhlaas
The first lesson of Al-Qaida AlNuraniyya

Sing Along With Me:
The seasons in Arabic:

My Arabic Words:





- Please remember to send the library books back to school every Monday.
- Please remember to send your child to school dressed appropriately for the weather. As for now, the children need a warm jacket, a hat, and a pair of mittens.
- Kindly note that homework is optional. Please do not force your child to do the homework.
- Please avoid sending chips and chocolates to school as a snack for your child. We are trying to encourage the students to have healthy eating habits.

Thanks to: Razan's parents for donating rewarding Arabic stickers.

Coming Up:
Friday, November 18 is a PD Day in the morning. The same day in the afternoon will be Parent-Teacher Interviews for assigned students only.

Sunday 16 October 2016

Bi-weekly Newsletter (Oct 3-14)

Things we covered:

- We discussed the importance of Juma' in Islam, and what a Muslim should do on that day. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the students knew quite a lot about the importance of Friday!
- Teacher Sahar, JAK, read the first 10 Ayas of Surat AlKahf with the students and made them watch the story of the companions of the cave.
- We demonstrated the understanding of primary colors أحمر، أصفر، أزرقظ.
- We painted a picture with the three primary colors using sponges and paint.
- We identified, traced, and colored the letter (ب (بسم الله، بقرة، بطة، باب، بيت، برتقال، بطاطا.
- We played "What time is it Mr. Fox... كم الساعة يا ثعلب" in the gym.
- We introduced gym equipment and toys to the students and took turns playing with them.

- We identified healthy choices related to food, exercise, and hygiene.
-We counted, traced, and read the number 3 (3 أنا وأخي وأختي).
- We introduced the letter ت through the story of  princesses Tuqa, Tulin, and Tia eating their تفاح، تمر، and تين.

- We have been practicing reciting the monthly Duaa' اللهم إني أسألك فعل الخيرات، وترك المنكرات، وحب المساكين. It was a good chance to talk about poor people and how we can help them. One of the ways is to send non-perishable items to school for the Sadaqa Food Bank.
- The students are doing amazing recognizing and reading their names and the names of their classmates from the board.
- Our Educational centers time have been fun. The students have the freedom to visit the centers they like, but they are called group by group to participate in a play and learn center to apply what they have learned in the day. i.e. bring 3 toys and place them on the number 3 on the table (one-to-one correspondence).

Book Hunting:
Great News!
The website below sells Arabic textbooks for all ages, and they originate from Canada.

Activities to do at home:
- Watch the story of the companions of the cave with your child:
In Arabic:

In English:

Help me review:
- Review the letters أ، ب، and ت.

- Counting and reading the numbers 1, 2, and 3.

- The primary colors in Arabic.

- Review Surat Alfatiha,and AlKursi before bed time.

Sing Along With Me:
- The days of the week: أيام الأسبوع

- My Family: نحن العائلة

My Arabic Words:


 ارفع يدك

 اجلس معتدلاً

Play at home:
- Painting with shaving cream is so much fun. You should try it!

- The green folder will be sent home every Friday. Please remember to keep all the worksheets at home and send the folder back to school.

Thanks to:
I would like to thank all the parents who send food items for the Sadaqa Food Bank.
Jazakum Allahu Khyran..

Tuesday 11 October 2016

A Message from Teacher Sahar (Quran Teacher)

Dear Parents,

Assalamu Alikum Wa Rahamtullah.

We started with Surat Al-Fatiha from Ayah 1-4. 


Sunday 2 October 2016

Bi-weekly Newsletter (Sep 19-30)

Things we covered:
- Practiced sitting on the carpet in an assigned square.
- Learned how to wash our hands properly before eating and after using the washroom.
- Learned each others names using the who ate the cookie from the cookie jar game.
- We are learning the three primary colors أحمر، أصفر، أزرق
- We got all messy from playing with shaving cream and paint.

- The students had fun hand printing on construction papers choosing their favorite colors.
- We learned the number 2 (identification, counting, correspondence, and with a show of fingers).
- We learned the letter (أ (همزة Hamza (أسد، أرنب، الله) (Recognition, tracing, and craft).

- We are still discussing the living and non-living things.
Placing living & non-living things on the cardboard.

- The students enjoyed playing duck, duck, goose, and what time is it Mr. Fox in the gym.
- Teacher Nancy JAK has been training the students on how to take care of the library books. The students will borrow their first library book tomorrow, Insha'Allah.
- Teacher Hiat has been teaching the students about the letters A and B. She reads some interesting stories to them, Masha'Allah.
- Teacher Sahar is still working with our students on the memorization of Surah AlFatiha with proper Tajweed and reading rules.
- We went to Cosmic Adventures and it was a lot of fun!

- Design your character hat day was  a great success. The students enjoyed wearing a hat that represented them.

Book Hunting:
Enjoy borrowing the following books form the library and reading them with your child:
- Seeing Red by Robert Munsch
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
-Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
- Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman
- Arabic Story Books (There is a section for Arabic books at the Centrepointe library, make sure you visit it).
Please note that I read the stories to the students in Arabic. I also read Arabic story books on a daily basis.

Activities to do at home:
- Tell the story of building the Kaaba, the story of Zamzam, and the story of the sacrifice to your child or watch them as a cartoon together.
- Practice holding scissors and cutting in a straight line with your child.
- Practice holding a pencil and tracing a straight line.
- Practice washing hands properly with your child (water, soap, water, dry). 

Help me review:
- The Islamic greeting (السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته) and how to respond to it (وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته).
 -Eating, nap time, and washroom Duaa's. 
اللهم بارك لنا فيه وأطعمنا خيراً منه
باسمك اللهم أموت وأحيا
اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الخبث والخبائث
- Surat Al-Fatiha. (You can download an app called Ayat to help your child memorize).
- Counting number 1 and 2. 
- Review the letter همزة    أ

Sing Along With Me:
- إجلس، إجلس، إجلس، إجلس.... قف، قف، قف... تحرك ، توقف
- الله ربي، الله ربي، أحب ربي من كلي قلبي، الله ربي وفي علاه, أدعوه ربي أرجو رضاه
- You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel and enjoy watching many Arabic learning videos. Please click on the link below:

My Arabic Words:

حقيبة Backpack

حقيبة الطعامLunch Bag

حذاء Shoes


Play at home:
- Make your own fake sand!
Mix 7 cups of flour with 1 cup of baby oil, and let your child enjoy the texture of the fake sand. You can add few drops of food coloring to change the color.

- There will be a PD day for teachers on Friday, October 7 therefore there will be no school for students.
- Monday, October 10 (Thanksgiving Day) is a Statutory Holiday. There will be no school for students.

Thanks to:
I would like to thank Hamza's father for donating dress up costumes for our classroom. May Allah reward you.

Jazakum Allahu Khyran.