Sep
2015

Read to self

We have started our Daily 5 structure in our classroom! Each child received a book box and it contained several books to read independently. If you would like to send in some books for your child to read at this time, you may do so. It is recommended to have books that your child is interested in. The goal for this time is to help your child be a better reader and to make reading a fun and important  part of their daily lives.

We have discussed 3 ways to read a book:

  1. read the pictures
  2. read the words
  3. retell the story

We have also developed an I-chart that discusses their roles as a reader as well as the teacher.

i-chart for reading to self

Here are a few our students in action:

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Happy reading 🙂

-Ms. Mohamed

Sep
2015

Week of September 14th

We are starting our first day of full-day Kindergarten!!

This week in Kindergarten, we are in our second week of our literacy unit: Start Smart.

In…..

Reading: We will read stories called Hands Can, I can measure my self, My family, The Gingerbread Boy and Kindergarten Kids. We will discuss what we could do with our hands and other body parts. For example: I can clap with my hands, I can run/jump with my feet. etc

Sight words: Can, can- Also we will review the word I

Writing: We will write/draw using our new words I, can

Math: We will go over the calendar procedure, practice counting and one to one correspondence with numbers 1-9. We will write numbers and draw pictures to match the number. We will also create a birthday graph and sort objects based on their attributes.

Science: We will discuss what it means to be a scientist. We will discuss germs and ways to keep them away. We will practice bathroom procedures including hand washing, flushing etc.

Social Studies: We have created a set of “I can do it” rules to establish expectations in the classroom.  We will review these rules to continue the structure.

EVENTS THIS WEEK AND NEXT WEEK

  • Tuesday, September 15th- Howard PTA picnic 4:30-7:00
  • Thursday, September 17th- Open House 5:00-6:30
  • Monday, September 21st- Picture Day
  • No school-Eid Holiday- Wednesday-Friday, September 23-25
  • Return to school Monday, September  28th

-Ms. Mohamed

Sep
2015

What a great first week of school!

The kindergarten children in room 2 were awesome this week! We read multiple kindergarten stories. We established “I can do it” rules. We even learned our first sight word (not letter) I. We practiced walking in line and we were able to go to our 1st special-Gym. A note came home  from our Gym teacher Mr. Haliburda. I also sent the emergency cards home. Please review and fill out any missing parts. It is both sided. Please return as soon as possible.

We will be starting a full day of kindergarten on Monday. That means lunch will be served. A lunch menu has been sent home earlier this week. PLEASE discuss with your child whether they will be eating 1st choice, 2nd choice or home lunch. I will practice this procedure in the classroom.

Also, we will be having our first Open House on Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 5:00-6:30.

Below are some pictures from our first week!

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-Ms. Mohamed

 

Aug
2015

Welcome to Kindergarten Room #2

My name is Kadeeja Mohamed and I will be your child’s Kindergarten teacher this year. First and foremost, I would like to welcome you and your child to our class. I am so excited to meet you and your child!

Let me begin by telling you a little about myself. I graduated from Wayne State University with a Masters in Bilingual-Bicultural Education with a Specialization in English as a Second Language in 2015. I also have a Bachelors in Elementary Education in 2009 with an Early Childhood Endorsement from Wayne State University as well.  This is my seventh year teaching kindergarten.

Next, let me give you a brief summary of how your child will spend his or her day in the classroom. I have worked very hard to create a classroom that is very organized and structured. Your child’s daily routine will be filled with hands-on activities, small group work, whole class work and discussion, one-on-one instruction, and subject concentrated centers. Through these aspects, your child will learn through discovery and exploration, but most of all they will learn by having FUN. It is also my plan to teach your child to grow into a well-rounded individual that loves to learn.  I whole heartily believe my patience, kindness, and love for learning will aide greatly in developing your child’s love for learning.

As all of you know, your child is still growing mentally and physically. To aide in this growth, your child will have one snack time. I will be providing snack for the first week, but please donate a healthy snack for the class. Snacks preferred would be cheese crackers, animal crackers, gold fish etc. You could pick up a box from your next trip to the grocery store or Sams club.

I will be here every day for your child, which means I will also be here for you as a parent.  If at any time you have any questions or concerns, I will be here for you.  My email address is mohamek@dearbornschools.org . The best form of communication is email, but I am also available by phone. I do ask, out of respect for your child’s education, that communication take place before or after school hours. Of course, if it is an emergency, you can contact the front office and they will connect you to the classroom.

This blog is used as a communication tool. So please refer to this blog weekly. I will discuss content and expectations for each week on Monday or Tuesday. You may leave comments below. For more personal matters, please email me at mohamek@dearbornschools.org

Lastly, I want to thank you for allowing me to educate your child. Your child is in the best of hands throughout the day and you are welcome anytime!

Thank You,

Ms. Mohamed

Jun
2015

Wrapping up the 2014-15 KG year!

It has been a busy week! We had so much fun! It was a pleasure working you and your child this year. It’s time to bid farewell. Good luck in first grade and you could always visit. Thank you for allowing me to work with your child and thank you for all the support! Below is few pictures of our last week together. We definitely had a blast!!!!

Ms. Mohamed

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Jun
2015

Happy Father’s Day!

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Thanks to all the Dad’s and other guardians for coming out and enjoying this time with us. A special thanks to Mrs. Reda for helping us during this celebration!

-Ms. Mohamed

Jun
2015

Week of June 1st

WOW! 8 days left for school!!!!!!! We can’t believe it. Soon enough first grade-here we come.

This week our focus will be frogs. We will read Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel. We will discuss the frog life cycle and how it is similar to  butterflies.

We create a Venn diagram and discuss how they are alike and how they are different. We will then write a description about frogs.

Our spelling words are: dip, hip, nip, rip, grip, ship, snip, trip, skip, find

We will continue adding and subtracting this week.

In Science, we will discuss the life cycle of a frog: egg, tadpole, tadpole with legs, froglet, adult frog

In Social Studies, we will discuss the important parts of the flag. the color, the 50 stars, the 13 stripes etc.

Notes:

  • All Library Books are due.  No more checkouts.  Please return any Library Books that may still be at home.
  • Friday, June 5-Donuts With Dad  9:00 am
  • Tuesday, June 9-Kindergarten Class Picnic    You are invited to bring a lunch (and blanket) to share a picnic lunch with your child.  Nothing fancy…just a chance to be together, make connections for summer play dates, and relax!  We’ll meet at York Park (park next to the school) at 11:30.  I have reserved the park for us so we should be the only grade out there at that time.
  • Wednesday, June 10-Last day for students
May
2015

Week of May 26th

I hope everyone had a lovely break with their families.

Short week….

We will be investigating butterflies a bit more. We will read multiple stories (fiction and non-fiction). We will view a time lapse of a butterfly’s life cycle. We will work on sequencing and retelling.

We will write about butterflies. We will create a writing map to help us with our writing. We will continue our consistent way of writing a rough draft, revise/edit and then publish.

Spelling words: butterfly, caterpillar, funny, find, fed, bed, led, sled, shed

In Math, we will continue to practice addition and subtraction. We will explore story problems and create number sentences.

In Science, we will discuss how animal change and grow. We will finish this week with caterpillars and discover other animals that can change when they grow.

In Social Studies, we will discuss the flag. We will learn the colors and what the stripes mean. (13 stripes represent the 13 colonies before we became the amazing 50 United States.)

Coming up:

  • Last day for library book returns will be tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27th.
  • Class picnic June 9th (details later)
  • Last day of school June 10th (half day)

Thanks for your support!

Ms. Mohamed

 

 

May
2015

Week of May 18th

Review Week:

Reading: We will read Turtle Splash.

Strategy: Re-read, look for details, setting, cause and effect, Retell

Grammar: review nouns (plural-singular), homophones, pronouns, opposites

Letters: Aa-Zz (Review)

Writing: we will create an “I can flower”. We will write I can statements on flower petals to demonstrate how much we have learned thus far. We will create a draft in our journals. We will write 5 sentences making 5 petals.

Spelling words: dad, mad,  sad, had, where, they, up, down, jump, make

Math: we will continue addition and subtraction problems. Make sure your child is being careful what the symbol represents. I have been giving them addition and subtraction sheets mixed up. We will also continue counting by 5’s, 10’s and 2’s. We have been practicing to count on from any number 0-100.

Science: We are exploring the lifecycle of a butterfly. ie. egg > caterpillar> pupa > butterfly

Social Studies: we will learning about Memorial day.

Reminders:

  • Last day for check out from the library would be Wednesday, May 20th
  • There will be no school on Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day
  • We are running low on snacks. If you can donate some, that would be great.

Thanks,

Ms. Mohamed

May
2015

Week of May 11th, 2015

Literacy Unit: Art All Around

Reading: We will read Warthogs Paint. Our strategy will be to re-read and identify cause and effect. We will also read Amazing People and identify famous people. We will different color books to help practice reading different color words. We will also read a story called Fun places and reflect a fun place we have traveled to or would like to go to.

Writing: We will continue to practice putting our spelling words in sentences. We will create a book using color words.

Spelling words: with, me, my, where, they, pop, hop, top, flop, crop

Math: We will continue to practice writing 1-100, addition and subtraction practice

Science: We will begin to investigate the life cycle of a butterfly.

Reminders:

  • Late start Wednesday, May 13th
  • Library check out Wednesday, May 13th
  • Make sure your child is in tennis shoes. We are playing out side and sandals, flip flops or slip-ons are really uncomfortable for walking on wood chips.
  • Thanks for your continued support! Thank you for such a lovely teacher appreciation week! Everything was so thoughtful and sweet.

Ms. Mohamed