KG2 TOUCANS

Contact:

Email: nancy.ford@emsdoha.net

Phone: +974 4488 3806

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Important Events

  • Jan 17th Civil Defense Field trip with Kg2 Swans classroom. We are looking for Parents that would like to join us for this field trip. Please contact me.
  • Jan 21st - 25th International Week in school.
  • Jan 25th Parents are invited to our international week Assembly at 7:25 am ( Kg2 Toucans and Swans).
  • Feb 11th - KG Sports Day
  • Feb 13th - National Sports Day
  • Feb 18-19 - 100th Day Celebration
  • Feb 22nd- Critical Thinkers Day
  • Mar 21st - KG Mother's Day Celebration
  • Mar 25th - 29th - Book Week
  • Mar 29th- Effective Communicators Day

Jan 13, 2018

Please remember to send the field trip form tomorrow for the Civil Defense you also need to send the form saying if you will be returning next year or not.


This is what we are doing from

From 3rd - 25 th, 2018

As we learnt the 7 different continents, we are going to be discussing the 7 wonders of the world over the coming weeks. We will be planning and answering questions such as:

· What are the benefits of traveling?

· Why do we want to go there?

· How are we going there?

· Where do we want to go?

· What important things we need while traveling?

The big idea will expand through discussions, stories and sharing experiences. Transportation, different cultures and traditions will also be discussed. We will be celebrating international week from January 21st to 25th and our class will be learning about Mexico. Children will be learning a dance, numbers, a song in Spanish.

We will also be looking at our plants and we will be talking about their growing process or sequence, with activities related to it.

We will continue using numerous strategies to develop phonemic awareness. We will also continue number formation and number values using different activities and games. Students will continue to draw stories in their journals and label their pictures with beginning sounds.

On January 25th we will have our assembly in the cafeteria; at 7:30 am Parents are invited to join us. On the same day please dress your child in Mexican colors or outfits. We are inviting you to bring Mexican snacks or food to share with the class.

We hope to see on the 25 at 7:30am,


Best Wishes to a

New Year 2018

full of success and

health !

Kg2 Toucans.

This is what we are doing from

From Dec 19 th - 21 st, 2017

We will be rapping up and reviewing things learnt this term. Children will be taking their plants today , we will be talking about seeds, roots, steam and plant. We will continue to practice name and number writing.

Have a nice break for those traveling safe travels and everybody enjoy and relax and we will see you Next year 2018

KG2 Toucans are Wishing you a Happy National Day!

National Day Celebration Thursday, Dec. 14th

Dec 7, 2017

We will celebrate National Day with a project done in all of KG2. For this special day we will use a simplified version of the story Victory Over Abu Derya (a book given to us by the MIA). Some students will be pearl divers, traditional women, jellyfish, pearls, crabs, and a whale. All of these correlate to our story. On Thursday, please send your child in either pearl diver attire or Qatari traditional dress for boys or girls. We need umbrellas to make jellyfish, rope for the divers, Qatar balloons and dates to eat. We will participate in a parade around school in our costumes and have a special picnic. For the picnic please send in traditional food or your child's favorite food to share. Thank you for all of your continued support.

Project: Please create a project of your choice in representing Qatar. Our Arabic Department is going to have an Expedition for Qatar National Day. Please submit the project by Wednesday 13th December 2017.

KG2 Team


This is what we are doing from

From Dec 10 th - 14 th, 2017


Our emphasis is on Qatar National Day! Talking about the place we live in and different things or places of Doha. We will be getting ready for the Celebrations.

We will continue to talk about living and nonliving things and we will be planting seeds.

This is what we have done from

From Dec 4 th - 7th, 2017


We had a busy week where the children went on their field trip to Mia Park, and listen to a story at the Museum as well as colored pictures and enjoyed their time in the park. Children also had a change to see Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Production, they had a blast watching it and dancing before and after the play. We continue to work on our tracing, numbers and letter sounds as well as practicing their names. Please encourage your child to draw their own pictures at home and then go back to them and add details.

The Children really enjoyed the hour of coding, being able to work with tables with a partner and trying to figure out the solutions to their problems.

We talked about living and non-living things and how we know if they are living or not. Children were able to sort out different pictures in a chart.

Winter Clothes

Please make sure you label your child's winter clothes with their name and their class. Remind your child to always put their jacket in their bags or hang them on their hooks with their bags if they are not wearing it. If your child takes the wrong jacket home please send it back the next day.

Note:

If jackets go missing please check the lost and found box in the ECC area. Remember labeling it is always helpful!

Thank you so much!!

HOUR OF CODE WEEK

03/12/17

During this week, 3rd-7th December, the KG2 students will be exposed to coding.

There’s been a lot of buzz about kids learning to code lately. This year, almost 200 million students around the world were exposed to coding through the Hour of Code event.

In today’s digital world, coding is a fundamental skill alongside math and reading, but too few kids have the opportunity to learn to program because it is rarely taught in school.

Here’s why learning to code is so important for children:

  • Coding drives innovation. From self-driving cars to robot-assisted surgery to social media, computer science is revolutionizing every aspect of our lives. Coding is a fundamental skill that children need to learn so they can lead this movement.
  • Coding allows kids to be creative. They can create projects that do really amazing things.
  • Coding builds confidence. It is incredibly empowering for children to be able to create projects and show them off to family and friends.
  • Coding is best learned early. Learning to code is similar to learning a second language. The earlier that children are exposed to fundamental topics like sequencing, loops, and conditionals, the more deeply they absorb these concepts.
  • Coding translates to success in other areas. Learning to program supports learning in other areas, like math, reading, and science.

Applications you can use at home to enhance the above skills:

  • Kodable
  • Code a Kart
  • Code.org - Site containing information and activities for children
  • You could also teach children coding by following steps such as GoNoodle songs, sequence of events in a story, making grids and blocks. Pinterest will have plenty of ideas for coding if you would like to search.

Parent Teacher Conference

Nov 30th, 2017

I will be available to meet with you on Dec 5th, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 Pm . Please click on the link below if you wish to book an appointment. Kindly be advised that all parents wanting to meet me must have an appointment. It is on a first come, first serve basis and if the timing is not convenient we can arrange another time to meet.

https://kg2toucans.youcanbook.me


If you would like to make an appointment with Ms. Beth the P.E teacher click on this link

https://primary.emsdoha.net/physical-education


Goldilocks and The Three Bears Performance

Today all the KG2 students received the permission letter to attend Goldilocks and The Three Bears performance at our school. Please sign and attach the payment of 45 QR by Sunday 3rd of December. If payments will not be made by Sunday 3rd of December your child will not be able to participate.

Nov 30th, 2017


Weekly letter for Nov 26th -30th, 2017

This is what we are doing this week

Nov 26th - 30th, 2017

Weekly letter for Nov 19th -23rd, 2017

This is what we have done from

From Nov 19th - 23rd, 2017

Field Trip

  • Dec 3rd- MIA Library Storytelling Time and MIA Park

Note: I am looking for 3 volunteers to join us in our Field trip. Please contact me if you want to go.

Weekly letter for Nov 1st -16th , 2017

This is what we have done from

Nov 1st - Nov 16th

Important Reminders

  • School dismissal time is at 12:00 pm. It is Important that you pick your child on time. So your classroom teachers can organize and plan accordingly for the next day.
  • Our P.E classes are on Sundays and Tuesdays. Please remember to wear the P.E uniform.
  • Arabic books and reading books are sent out to the children every Sunday and are collected every Thursday morning. Don't forget to send your books in to school on Thursday.


Breast Cancer Awareness Day!


This is what we did and will be doing next week

Oct 22nd - 13th, 2017

Weekly letter for 22nd - 26th Oct, 2017

Teaching Moment

October 28th, 2017

The ALFAZAA Police was in the school talking to year 1 and 2 and demonstrating their car. As Kg2 Toucans and few other classes were going to the playground, the Police had a small free time.

They welcomed our classes, spoke to the children even we were not in the schedule. The children had a very nice time talking to the police and being able to get in the car and listen to the alarm.

This is what we did from

Oct 15 - 19, 2017

Weekly letter for 15th-19 th Oct, 2017

First Visit To The Schools Library

Our First Complete Group Picture

Oct 20, 2017


A Big Thank You to...

Oct 19, 2017

Dania's Mom

Diala' Mom

Layan's Mom

We really enjoyed having you with us in our field trip, you did fabulous helping Ms. Filma and myself with the children. We all had a very nice time and the best thing is that the children were able to participate and enjoy their time while there. It was also nice to see the children in a different environment. Parents ask your child to tell you all about our trip.


Handwriting Books To Go Home

October 18th, 2017

Your child will be taking 2 handwriting books on Thursday Oct 19th, 2017. These are for your child to keep and use at home. He or she do not need to be return it . They are for your child to draw and practice writing in at home.

Field Trip

KG2 Toucans and KG2 Falcons will be going on a field trip on Thursday October 19 TH


We will be going to the Traffic Department on Thursday October 17th, we will be be leaving the school at 07:30 am. If you wish your child to join the field trip, please fill in the form and return it to me on Sunday. If you decide not to send your child to field trip. Please please keep him or her at home because the rest of the class will not be in school. All children must come dressed in their P.E uniform on Thursday.

I hope all the children can make it !


This is what we did from

Oct 08 - 12, 2017


weekly letter for 8-12 oct, 2017

Special Thank You!

We had a very nice assembly and it was the first one done this school year. The children were amazing, they did their best and it showed. We were able to accomplish this in this short time. This just tells us, we have gone a long way, the children are getting used to the school, the routines and enjoying what they are doing in their classroom. We are very happy you were able to come and see your child perform because this help him or her have a positive attitude towards the language school and home. Ms. Filma and myself also want to say thank you for gifts and words of encouragement and appreciation we received from you. We want you to know, we are here to work as a team with you and to help create a successful foundation for your child life.

Thank you for coming!

Note: If you have taken a video or group picture of the performance that you would like to share so we can post it. Feel free to my email. Thank you.

Anti Bullying Day and pop corn after our first assembly.

Special Note:

The term 1 information letter is already posted on the KG2's main page.

This past week ( Oct 1st -5th )

This was our Anti Bullying week and we continue to emphasis the stories from last week and kept discussing how words are not for hurting, teeth are not for biting and feet are not for kicking. The children drew a picture of themselves with their friends and shared it with the class. We sang lots of songs like the feeling song, the family song, I am a person, the more we get together. You will notice that in our class we will sing and read a lot to help increase their vocabulary with a lot of repetition.

We also read the story Germs Are Not for Sharing’. The children had fun learning all about germs! What they are, how they can be spread and how we can try our best not to spread them. We pretended glitter was germs! I asked the children to put their hands in it and then to touch things around the class to see how easy it is for germs to spread. We did a little experiment with some bread. We touched a piece of bread with our dirty another with glitter hands and then clean hands and we put put each one in a zip lock bag labeled. We are going to observe what happens to those pieces of bread over the next week. The children really had fun with the glitter and really enjoyed spreading it! As the experiment finished they were reminding each other to was their hands, to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing.

This week we have also been working with online stories on how to male or trace different lines listening to how to make curly Q? and draw a snail then a story also how to make a lady bug. All we used was :

  • Round and Round lines
  • Up and Down lines
  • Back and Forth lines
  • Zig Zag lines
  • Wiggle Wiggle lines
  • Dot Dot lines

They had so much fun they came up with amazing drawings which is helping with their fine motor skills.

Children were introduced to the game of Jenga where they have to follow rules, order , concentrate, work on their hand eye coordination and fine motor skills ( this is also a nice family game ).

Every Sunday we talk about our weekend, I encourage you to help your child think of things he did during the weekend so he can share it in class, this will help him or her fill more confident. Let your child come up with his sentences they don't have to be elaborate, they have to feel comfortable with what they are saying. We just want to help them make the connection with what they did while they were not in school.

Important

  • We will be having a field trip On October 19th, 2017. We will need 3 mothers as volunteers to help out with the children. Please contact me. I will be posting more information for the Field trip as I get it from the school.
  • I am looking for special donations for the class for year projects and would like to see if we could make it happen. Please contact me if interested.


A few Toucans snaps...

Our First two weeks went by fast...

· This was a time where some shared some tears at the beginning but little by little fell in to the routine. Started liking and learning all about their classrooms, friends, and teachers.

It has been amazing and the children are really doing their best. We have been getting to know what we have in the classroom and how to use things around us. With each thing we touch in the classroom, we discover new games and ways to use things. At the same time, we have rules and responsibilities that will help us take care of our classroom, our self, our friends and school.

Last week we started making an All about me book, each child is making their own book. You will be seeing it the by the first week of October or before. We read the books Hands Are Not for Hitting and Feet Are not for Kicking. We printed our hands and feet and talked about the good things we can do with them, the children drew some beautiful pictures of what they can do with their hands! We also made our self portraits and picked a book from the library, we read The 3 Billy Goats Gruff and decorated the house area board as a group, the children colored the characters as a group and cut the bricks for the bridge and the sun. So they practiced their fine motor skills.

This week have continued talking and reading the books from last week and added new ones such as Words Are Not for Hurting and Teeth Are Not for Biting. We talked about how different words can affect us.

We talked about the importance of brushing our teeth and why eating healthy food is also good for our teeth. The children loved brushing their teeth at school and on Wednesday brushed an egg carton teeth with white paint! The the realized we were not painting the egg carton, they had to brush it with paint but this time trying to get it all painted with the white paint was not easy because they had very little paint on their brush. Having them see that it's the same thing that happens with our teeth.

We will continue to settle into our routine having different fine motor skills exercises to help develop our little fingers. As an everyday part of our routine we sing songs, dance to music, do the calendar, count the days we been in school, introduce letters of their names, try to recognize their names, read lots of stories and introduce the children to lots of vocabulary, help them develop fine and grouse motor skill, we do are best to guide your child with all those skill that will help them carry out in life. We give them the foundation for their future.

The Toucans class started practicing for our first assembly which will take place this Thursday Oct 5th at 7:30 am. Please make sure your child is in school on time and we hope you have a few minutes to see your child's performance. We will be done before 8:00 am .

Assemblies

The KG2 classes have a monthly scheduled assembly. These assemblies are conducted by two hosting classes that join together to display a performance or a segment representing a topic or an event. The Toucans and the Swans class are hosting it on October 5th. The assemblies usually take place on Thursdays at 7:30 am. Children still need to be in the classroom by 7:00 am. The invitation is to the parents of the hosting classes only please. If you come to attend an assembly and your child's class is not the hosting class you are going to be disappointed as you will not see your child performing.

Requesting empty egg carton an old toothbrush and a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Dear Parents can you please send with your child into school with an old toothbrush that they can paint with this one will stay in school and a toothbrush and toothpaste for them to practice brushing their teeth with that will go back home with your child. (please label them with your child's name.) This week we are reading a story called 'Teeth are not for biting' and we are talking about what we use our teeth for. We will start our teeth activites on Wednesday 27th September. Thank you so much for your continued cooperation and support. We will also be using the egg carton to for related activities.

Welcome to KG2 Toucans

We would like to welcome you and your child to the 2017-2018 KG2 Toucan class. My name is Nancy Ford. I was born in Venezuela, raised in a bilingual home and speak fluent English and Spanish. This is my 6th year working at English Modern School in Doha. Been working ( Venezuela, Seoul, Tanzania / Shinyanga). I enjoy trying to help with your child's first foundation and I understand what it is to be raised in a bilingual home.

Our classroom assistant is Ms. Filma Combao. We want your child to feel secure and that he/she can approach the two classroom teachers equally. Our aim is to provide your child with a nurturing and safe environment, were different skills will be learnt in a fun way. These skills will be the ones that will help with your child's foundations to be carried for the rest of his or her life.

The following information is very important. Please read it carefully and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

  • The school day time is from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm. Punctuality is greatly appreciated. Please notify the school if your child will be late or absent. If your child arrives at 7:10 it’s consider a tardy and will need a pass to enter the classroom.
  • For snack please enclose healthy small snacks such as fresh fruits or sandwiches (Finger food). Please, no candy bars or sodas.
  • Please send a plastic thermos instead of glass bottles or jars for your child's drink. (Plastic is safe for your child).
  • Please label all personal items that are going to be sent to school.
  • If your child needs to take any medication on a regular basis, please contact the nurse.
  • Children must not bring jewelry to school. We will not be responsible for any losses.
  • Your child should bring a change of clothes just in case of emergencies (These items will stay in school on a regular basis).

Regards,

Ms.Nancy Ford

nancy.ford@emsdoha.net

​ Ms. Filma Combao

The Toucans Class


KG2 Toucans Weekly Schedule.docx