Sunday 30 October 2016

Updates & Reminders.

Asalaamu’alykum Dear Parents,

We covered a lot of ground last week.

Science/Language/Art: We studied birds but specifically owls. Students familiarized themselves with their special characteristics such as their diet, their habitat, their physical features etc. Then demonstrated their understanding by writing their own owl booklets using simple structured sentences and sponge painted an owl on the covers.   

Math: We have officially (and successfully) completed our chapter on patterns. Throughout the week we practiced creating growing patterns using a t-chart and a simple three-column chart.  Students worked on creating, extending growing patterns in pairs, groups as well as independently. We reviewed the difference between repeating and growing patterns then on Friday they wrote a pop quiz on both.

Grammar: We shifted our focus to 4 types of sentence varieties: declarative (statement), imperative (command), interrogative (question) and last but not least, exclamation! They worked on worksheets and we had a good participatory discussion which aided them in their understanding alhumdulilah.

Spelling: Students completed their spelling test on lesson 5. Before moving onto lesson 6 students will be asked to take home their spelling workbooks on Monday (October 31st) to review the words they have learned so far. There are 50 words in total and they will be tested on 20 of them next Friday (November 4th) inshaAllah.

Reading: Last Wednesday VP Naaz launched a reading strategy called making connections. She modeled how students can make three different kinds of connections whilst reading: text-to-text, text-to-self and text-to-world. For the most part students were encouraged to make text-to-self connections. Through their own experiences they related to characters in the story "Big Red Lollipop" and what specific instances it reminded them of. This will be an ongoing reading activity for the remainder of the year inshaAllah. 

Important reminders:

- DRA results were sent out to parents on Friday.

- Homework packs are due Thursday, November 3rd.

- Tr.Salam’s handouts will be distributed tomorrow in class inshaAllah, please ensure that the homework is completed and submitted on Tuesday, November 1st.

Sunday 23 October 2016

Class Updates

Asalaamu'alykum Dear Parents, 

Below are the updates on what happened last week (Oct 17th-21st).

Islamic Studies: To refresh our memories, we re-read Prophet Adam (as) story, shared our thoughts on what shaytaan did to earn Allah's anger and how Adam (as) and his wife (Hawa) earned Allah's forgiveness. Together we made a comparison chart illustrating Allah's promises and Shaytaan's promises. We learned that Shaytaan promises us nothing but fear, anger, hopelessness and jahannum while Allah (swt) promises us the exact opposite: peace, tranquility, happiness, hope and jannah. Then we focused on how we can reach jannah. I made the "cell-phone" analogy to help them understand the concept in a realistic manner. Everything we buy comes with an instructional manual, for example a cell phone. If I ever wanted to know how to work it or how to fix it I would refer back to the manual written by the maker of the phone. Likewise, we as Muslims have a manual as well and it's the Qur'an (word of Allah). If we are lost, need guidance and need to fix our problems we refer back to the Qur'an to help us because Allah (swt) created us and only He knows us better than we know ourselves. Alhumdulilah it was a healthy and engaging exchange of thoughts.

Gym: It was all fun and games in gym class this week! We had a great time trying out some new structured routines and activities. To assess them in their gross motor skills (hand-eye co-ordination, balance and throwing) and sportsmanship I had them start with a fun warm up called BRCR (bear walk/running course/crab walk/running course). For hand-eye co-ordination they did a toss-kneel-catch activity on their own followed by 2 partner activities focusing on balance and sportsmanship: a push-up high 5 and a game called "Grab it!" In our second gym class (after the warm up) we played a co-operative game called “The Hoop Pass”. The class was split into two teams, essentially the goal of the game was to encourage teammates to work together to achieve a common goal. To wrap it up, we played another game called "Race to the End!" an upper-body/balance activity in which students had to line-up in push-up position. The first person in each team started off by handing a small ball to the next person in line and then cross over to the end! If the ball fell, the team had to start over. 

Math: In our math classes this week, we continued learning about repeating patterns using a grid. Students were shown a train of snap cubes with 4 colors that repeat, they identified the core (smallest part of a pattern that repeats itself/can be used to make a prediction of what happens next). They created their own patterns using a grid in their math activity books. We moved on to creating 2 patterns using 4 attributes (things that change in a pattern such as shape, position, color and size). To demonstrate their ability to describe patterns using attributes, they worked in groups and used pattern blocks to create 2 of their own patterns using different attributes. While presenting they pointed out 4 key elements about their pattern: the kind of pattern they made, the core, how many times the core repeated and attributes that are changing. To consolidate their understanding on this topic they worked in pairs to complete a "My Patterns Book", in it they came up with a repeating pattern, identified its core and the attributes changing. Finally on Friday we moved onto growing patterns, it was a brief introduction but the concept was made clear. 

Language: We studied the difference between linking verbs and action verbs. Apart from learning previously that verbs show action, we now know that they can also link ideas together (do not show action). When verbs link ideas together they are called linking verbs. They include all forms of the verb "to be" (am, is, are, be, being, been, was and were). After describing the difference and taking up examples, students were able to distinguish between the two verbs. Action verbs explain what something does and linking verbs explain what something is. Independently they completed 2 worksheets and I took it up as a class. Next week I will introduce journal writing inshaAllah. I will give them writing prompts of their interest and they will practice writing 5 sentences (to start with) using what we have learned so far in grammar (nouns, common and proper nouns, action verbs, linking verbs, as well as c.u.p.s.)

Spelling: Alhumduliah the 4th spelling test was taken up on Thursday. I do realize I did not send home the spelling books for signatures yet, inshaAllah I will distribute them Monday morning first thing. In their spelling workbooks, students learned the short vowel "e" sound and worked on 4 related activities. Their next spelling test is once again on Thursday, October 27th: set, help, yet, bread, belt, tent, said, bed and sell. 

FOR BONUS MARKS: Paradise, empathy, kindness, eleventh and twelfth.

Art/Math: I had an interesting art activity lined up for them on Friday. I introduced the "Name Design" and modeled it. It is basically their first name written out in bubble letters at the center of a sheet of white paper. The space surrounding their name had to be filled in with a variety of lines and shapes. The challenge was to fill in the whole paper! They were encouraged to try different types of patterns, using lots of interesting designs and colors. No spaghetti coloring was allowed! They could only practice neat coloring techniques. It tied in very nicely with their lessons about patterns from math class. MashaAllah they did a wonderful job but will be completing it by next week inshaAllah. 

Science: A book on orcas/killer whales was read to students in an effort to explore interesting facts about a specific mammal. As a class we reflected the five characteristics that classify orcas as mammals. Then independently students work on a "Mammal Report" showcasing their understanding. They wrote 4 different interesting facts about orcas, drew a picture and shared it with the class. I briefly introduced our next set of vertebrates on friday: BIRDS. InshaAllah we will be continuing our learning in more detail next week with a special insight into owls.  

Library: During our library period last week, our wonderful librarian Tr.Nancy taught the students some very important information about different parts of a book such as title, author, illustrator, spine, spine label, call number, barcode etc. The importance of keeping the library organized was also discussed. Alhumdulilah students are getting more and more familiar with the proper procedures for library use. It would be most beneficial if you remind your child to keep the books that they have checked out in good condition and to bring them back in time inshaAllah.  

Homework packs are due Thursday, October 27th.

JazakAllah kahyr.

Sunday 16 October 2016

Latest Class Updates

Asalaamu'alykum dear Parents,

It was a short but busy week alhumdulilah. We started off with our field trip to Papanack zoo. The experience was a fun one for all students and it tied in very well with our science unit on animals.

Math: After students wrote a pop quiz on numbers we started a new unit on patterns. We discussed that a pattern can be something that repeats over and over again. They identified basic yet different repeating patterns and demonstrated their understanding by using colors, objects, movements, sounds and sizes. After presenting their different patterns (AB, ABB, AAB, ABC, ABCD etc), we moved on to read about repeating patterns at the zoo as well as in the city.

Islamic Studies: This week we took a look at a new chapter titled "I Love My Family". The story focused on the importance of being good to family, finding ways to be helpful, treating everyone with kindness and how to give that special attention and care to our parents. They completed a few exercises in their Islamic studies workbook. In our second period of Islamic studies this week, we also covered the story of Prophet Adam (as) which puts a lot of emphasis on how important it is to obey Allah (swt) and how to avoid Shaytaan's whisper.

Spelling/Language/Science: Students had their 3rd spelling test, learned to identify short "o" and "u" vowel sounds, completed 3 related activities in their workbooks and wrote a reflection on their experience at the zoo using simple structured sentences about their favourite part, favourite animal and what they know about the animals from what they have learned so far in science class.

The following words are for the next spelling quiz (Thursday, October 20th): gum, pot, dust, frog, must, sock,  pup, shot, soft and tug. 

FOR BONUS MARKS: sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth.

Art: A book on kindness was read to the students to inspire and engage them in different ways to practice it. I used Prophet (saw) as an example of how he did most good to others by showing kindness to all of creation especially orphans. We brainstormed together different acts of kindness we could incorporate into our daily lives and drew a picture of themselves doing an act of kindness to their family members or friends. Next week they will make these picture into cards, write a message and deliver them.

Reminder: Homework packs are due Thursday, October 20th inshaAllah.

Note: I will be sending home all students' spelling notebooks for parents to check and sign. I would like to ask you to kindly send them back in time for our next spelling quiz on Thursday, October 20th. JazakAllah Khayr.

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Message from Tr.Salam

Gr.2A - Quran –Tr. Salam Beseiso

Assalamu aliakom,

In Quran class we have started with Sourat Al-Bayyinah and with the first lesson from El-Qaida Al Nouranya, during class the students are:

-Reciting Sourat Al-Bayyinah and memorizing the first five verses.
-Providing interpretation for the meaning of the verses.
-Learning to respect and love the Holy Quran.
- Learning the story of Angel Gabrielعليه السلام with Prophet Mohammed صلى الله عليه و سلم (How Prophet Mohammed صلى الله عليه و سلم received the Quran).
-Learning the names and the shapes of the alphabet letters in order (ا الى ش).
-Distinguishing, writing, and pronouncing the alphabet letters with characteristics and articulationالصفات و المخارج) ).

Gr.2 has three periods weekly, 50 minutes each on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please regularly check the student’s agenda on these days for Quran home work.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me an email at:

Jazakum Allah Khairan


Tuesday 11 October 2016

Message from Tr.Salam

للغة العربية -  الثاني الابتدائي صف " أبو عبيدة بن الجراح" - المعلمة : سلام بسيسو.

السلام عليكم:
*بدأنا بحمد الله الدرس الأول و الثاني من المنهج المقرر لهذا العام ، بعد أن تم مراجعة وتعزيز بعض المهارات اللغوية الأساسية  السابقة .
*للصف الثاني الابتدائي 3 حصص لمادة اللغة العربية لهذا العام ( الاثنين ، الثلاثاء ، والخميس ) من كل أسبوع ،وقت الحصة 50 دقيقة.

*الواجبات المنزلية … الرجاء متابعتها من أجندة الطالب في أيام حصص مادة اللغة العربية المشار اليها...

*الواجب المنزلي غالبا ما يكون :
التدريب على القراءة الصحيحة بصوت مرتفع لموضوع محدد (الرجاء اعطاء ذلك مزيدا من الاهتمام لأهميته ) …..أو تكملة تدريبات لغوية تم حلها في الصف على شكل أنشطة صفية مختلفة، ولم يتسن للطالب تكملة حلها في الفصل ….. أو  لمراجعة مفردات الإملاء التي تم التدريب عليها في الفصل أيضا.

*تم تقسيم طلاب الصف الثاني لهذا العام، بشعبتيه( أ- ب) معا ،  الى مستويين :

-        المستوى الاول منهما، والذي كلفت بمهام تدريسه لهذا العام، سمي باسم (أبو عبيدة بن الجراح) كما هو موضح في بداية الرسالة ...
-       و المستوى الثاني منهما،  سمي باسم آخر (عثمان بن أبي عفان) وكلفت بمهام تدريسه معلمة أخرى.

                                                                           جزاكم الله خيرا .. المعلمة سلام بسيسو
                                                                                        صف أبو عبيدة بن الجراح

                                                                                             يمكنكم التواصل معي عبر ايميل المدرسة

Monday 10 October 2016

Important Reminders and Updates.

Asalaamu’alykum dear Parents,

Here’s what happened last week (October 3rd-October 7th):

During Monday morning’s assembly Tr.Dina, our Islamic Studies co-ordinator, announced the character for the month of October to be KINDNESS in an effort to showcase the ways in which the Prophet Muhammad (saw) demonstrated this attribute in his (saw) every day life.  As a class we talked about the ways in which we can make this characteristic practical in our lives in any given situation or circumstance especially when someone is harsh to us- a most fruitful discussion alhumdulilah!

Math: We reviewed the different methods we learned so far to count such as number lines, 10-frames, calendars, tallies, place value etc. After skip counting how many socks people were wearing in class, they individually worked on representing the number 50 in four different ways to demonstrate their understanding. We also covered comparing numbers using number sentences by using greater than and less than symbols.

Grammar: Together we brainstormed different action words while playing "simon says", learned to identify verbs and determined the use of them by working on related worksheets/activities. InshaAllah very soon we’ll be learning how to write short sentences.

Spelling: So far we learned that vowels sounds help separate the consonant sounds in words and that a word without a vowel would be very hard to pronounce. We started lesson 3 on short vowels “a” and “I” sounds in our spelling workbook.

The list of words for next Thursday’s spelling test: band, fit, him, tack, sad, list, mitt, have, will and skin.

FOR BONUS MARKS students can learn to spell the ordinal numbers from 1-5: first, second, third, fourth and fifth.

Science: Mammals was our main topic of discussion for the entire week. We learned their many unique traits. Apart from being vertebrates, students learned that mammals are warm-blooded, have fur/hair, give milk to their young (babies), give live birth and live everywhere (land, water, air). They watched 2 videos and worked on their mammal activities independently.

Islamic Studies/Art: Alhumdulilah we wrapped up the chapter “I Think of Allah First” which emphasizes the importance of praying on time. Students completed activities in their workbooks on the attribute of Al-Awwal and discussed the significance of having good intentions and the purity of intentions for the sake of Allah (swt). We incorporated a little bit of art into this lesson as well by making lovely frames depicting the attribute of Allah: Al-Awwal.

IMPORTANT REMINDER -> Our fieldtrip is tomorrow Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 inshaAllah. It's the perfect place to keep us thoroughly entertained for the day J Before venturing your children off to the zoo please remember that they are expected to be in uniform. Also keep in mind of the slight change in weather! A jacket or sweater would be ideal- as well as comfy shoes.  

VOLUNTEERS: For those parents who’ve approached me regarding their availability I thank you for reaching out, please e-mail me to confirm if you will be joining us on this trip, jazakAllah khayr.