Home Visit Schedule (at Henry Ford Elementary)

Home visit schedule – these visits will take place in our classroom at Henry Ford Elementary. Please check in at the office and we will come get you. There is no regular school for the pre-k students on Wednesday June 8th and Thursday June 9th.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
TimeStudent Name
9:00-9:45Malika Jawad
9:50-10:35Layan Alsoura
10:40-11:25Lamees El-hadi
11:25-12:05Ali Kazan
12:45-1:30Aylin Al-Hammashi
1:35-2:15Mohammed Atwi
2:25-3:10Mohamed Alqetwi
Thursday, June 9, 2022
TimeStudent Name
9:00-9:45Elias Muzahem
9:50-10:35Suhaib Aljahmi
10:40-11:25Tesneem Almuresi
11:25-12:05Zeinab Zayour
12:45-1:30Saltanah Musaad
1:35-2:20Mounir Cheibany
2:25-3:10Sidra Alsubari

Friday, June 10th 2022
TimeStudent Name
9:00-9:45Mahmoud Qutob

Preschool Parent Advisory Council Meeting


Dear Families:

On Wednesday, April 20, 2022 there will be a Preschool Parent Advisory Council Meeting (PPAC).  The purpose of the PPAC meeting is to collaborate with parents, staff and community on issues that involve the Great Start Preschool Program (GSRP).

Legislation requires GSRP sites to provide for active and continuous participation of families of the enrolled children.   Dearborn Public Schools champion families as active participants in their child’s education.

Topics to be covered at the April 20, 2022 meeting include but are not limited to:

  • Kindergarten Transition
  • GSRP Registration for the 2022 – 2023 school year
  • Home Visits
  • Summer School Opportunities

Please use the Zoom link below to join us on April 20th at 9:30 a.m.  The meeting will last about an hour.  Your attendance and support is important to the success of our program and we look forward to seeing you on Zoom.


Meeting ID: 833 7496 4152

Passcode: 438298

If you have any question, please contact Nadia Berry at 827-6160

Thank you.

The above letter is translated into Arabic and is found at this link:


Kindergarten Round-up

Message from Henry Ford:

We are inviting you to register for our kindergarten program for the 2022-2023 school year. Our team is excited to welcome you into our family. Kindergarten round up will take place in person on March 22nd from 2:30 – 3:30. The presentation will also be available on our school website on that date.

You are also welcome to fill out our Kindergarten Round-up questionnaire prior to your attendance on the 22nd. The link to the questionnaire is below.


As a GSRP student, your child is already registered for Kindergarten but you still need to go to the meeting so they know they will be attending in the fall. If the office gives you trouble about filling out all of the paperwork again, remind them that your child is already a registered Dearborn Schools student and attended pre-k in the GSRP program. As for the meeting next Tuesday -we will keep the kids with us at pickup if the meeting goes until after 3:30 so don’t worry about the time of the meeting 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions!

Parent Child Activity! Thursday March 17th

Parent and Child Activity – Thursday March 17th

1 parent/adult and 1 preschool child attend together. There is not a normal day of school for pre-k students today. Attendance is counted on this day!

Topic: Literacy Games and Bingo for Books!

Every child will be able to win a book and some prizes at bingo!

9:00 Meeting:  

  1. Mohamed
  2. Ali
  3. Mahmoud
  4. Lamees
  5. Malika
  6. Mohammed
  7. Elias

10:00 Meeting:

  1. Tesneem
  2. Sidra
  3. Saltanah
  4. Zeinab
  5. Aylin
  6. Shada
  7. Mounir
  8. Suhaib

This Wednesday is “Wacky Wednesday”!

Since it is March is Reading Month the whole school is focusing on a lot of fun activities that go along with books. On Wednesday March 9th, the whole school is going to be doing “Wacky Wednesday” based on the book from Dr. Seuss. It really is such a fun day and the students always enjoy the silly activities and fun things that are planned throughout the day.

All you need to do for your child is find some clothing that doesn’t match, looks silly together, or just wear it backwards or inside out! You can always wear two different shoes and two different socks as well. Anything to be silly! You also can style their hair in a wacky way if you wish. We just want the kids to have fun with it! We as teachers will be dressed wacky as well! Please let me know if you have any questions 🙂 Also don’t forget that this day is also the school’s late start. So remember, you can bring your pre-k child dressed all wacky at either 8:35 or 9:35 (only those two times) and we will be at our door to greet them!

February Fun

Even though February was a short month with snow days and Mid-Winter break, the students had a lot of fun and were able to learn a lot through our small group lessons and everyday activities.

Everyday the students continue to get more confident in writing their names and other words around the room all on their own. For a fun activity each child wrote each letter of their name on a “snowball” and then put the name puzzle together to create a name snowman! They also were able to read their classmates names when they were hung up around the room. They also discussed which names had the same amount of letters and which names had the least or most letters. Another way we focused on names was to have a “name hunt” around the room! Their small name tags with only their first names were placed in random places all around the room. They then had to go find each name and color it in on their paper. It was a great way to practice recognizing other people’s names and the students had so much fun!

We’ve also been continuing our focus on both 2-dimensional shapes and starting to learn about some 3-dimensional shapes. They’ve been working hard on learning the attributes of shapes and how to create new shapes from other shapes (two squares create a rectangle, two trapezoids create a hexagon, etc) and how to cut up shapes to create a new shape (cut a rectangle on a diagonal to create two triangles, cut off the tips/triangles of a star to create a pentagon, etc).

To celebrate friendship and our family members, each student created a Valentine’s day card for someone they love. It was a great writing experience as the activity held meaning for each child and they were very excited to make it for that person. We also used candy hearts of different colors to do a fun math lesson. Each child practiced their counting, sorting, and graphing skills while doing this activity. Your child can do some fun sorting and graphing activities at home as well. They can sort out different types of toys by color or size, they can sort laundry or something similar. Pretty much anything can be sorted and an easy graph/chart can be made so they can draw out how many of each item they had. They then can “read” the graph to see what the results were.

This past week we worked on measurement skills and did a fun science experiment with ice cubes. To help the students understand the concept of measuring something, we used our small unifix cubes and items from around the room. We discussed how when you go to the doctor, you get measured in inches and feet. We looked at a ruler to show what the unit of an inch and a foot looks like. They then learned that they were going to measure using a different unit – a cube. They then chose items from around the room (books, puzzles, blocks, cars, dinosaurs, etc) and then lined up the cubes from one end to the other to measure their items. They then got to practice their counting and figuring out how many units their item was.

As for our ice cube experiment, the students had been talking a lot about how the snow and ice has been melting on and off for awhile. We then talked about what they thought might help make the ice melt faster. They mentioned the heat from the sun outside, the heat from inside our homes/classrooms, and hot water. Each child then got two bowls with an ice cube in each and they could decide on two items that they think would melt their ice cubes the fastest. They could choose from cold water, salt, sand, flour, or use nothing. As the students experimented most thought that the salt and sand would be the fastest. A lot of students chose flour as well. As they observed their ice cubes throughout the day, they found that the students who chose cold water and salt had cubes that melted the fastest. Flour and sand were the slowest. We then discussed why flour and sand melted the ice the slowest. It was an easy experiment that the students were very engaged in and allowed them to learn and use almost all parts of the scientific process! You can repeat similar experiments at home and I’m sure they would love it.

As we move into March we have a lot of fun and exciting activities planned! On Wednesday it is “Wacky Wednesday”. I will have another post tomorrow explaining about Wacky Wednesday and the weeks ahead!

Virtual Learning Day Schedule ~ Tuesday March 1st

Message Board رسالة المجلس
JOIN US LIVE AT 9:30 AM! Join Zoom Meeting https://dearbornschools-org.zoom.us/j/85811326318?pwd=amJHbE5TREZvdTQxelJHWWxEQVhBQT09
Kids: Bring 1 item (favorite toy, food, etc.) with you to our Zoom to show the class! 

Please also bring a piece of paper, your large name tag that we sent home last week, and a pencil or crayon.

Activity with my Grown Up
10:00 a.m.        Letter + Number Sorting
Help your child cut up the letters + numbers, and then they can sort + glue them into the correct categories. 
They will bring this with them to our afternoon Zoom!      

10:20 a.m.     Planning Time التخطيط: 
What will you play with today? What might you do? How will you do it? Talk with your grown up about what you plan to do!

10:30 a.m.     Work Time: لعب الاختيار الحر
You will play without electronics for at least one hour or more! Use your toys to pretend play, build, create. Have Fun! 

11:30 a.m.      Clean Up Time: نظفBe sure to put away all the toys and supplies you used during work time. 

11:40 a.m.       Recall Time تذكر
What did you do during work time? What materials or toys did you use? How did you use the materials/toys? What did you do 1st, next, then, finally? 
Talk with your grown up about what you did during work time. We know you were very busy working!

     11:45 a.m.  Story Time وقت القصة  and      Lunch
Dr. Seuss ABC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDhcByggzks&t=112s

12:20 p.m.     Rest time         وقت الراحة

1:30 p.m.      Outside Time في الهواء الطلق
Put on your coat and go outside to PLAY! 
How does the weather feel today? What animals do you see? Play with a ball, ride your bike or scooter

1:45 p.m.  Music and Movement
Song:  5 Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2jnqUyxck0
Movement:  Pop See Ko https://youtu.be/OPLWyZMRNn0

2:20 p.m. Use Restroom and get ready for Zoom time with your teacher

2:30 – 3:10 p.m.   Large Group Time                        وقت المجموعة الكبيرة     Zoom with your Teacher   Join Zoom Meeting https://dearbornschools-org.zoom.us/j/85811326318?pwd=amJHbE5TREZvdTQxelJHWWxEQVhBQT09
Bring back your activity from the morning to share with everyone 

January Review and Valentine’s Day Note

We had so many new and fun experiences in January! Ms. Storck started in our room and has been absolutely AMAZING with the students! Her letter-link (the picture that goes along with her last name – to teach letter sounds) is a Strawberry. So if you ever hear your child talking about Storck Strawberry, that is who they are talking about 🙂 She started teaching one small group lesson a week and will now start teaching two small group lessons and some fun large group activities as well! The students have been interested in shapes so she built off of their interests and has done some lessons where they are going on shape hunts and creating shapes with all sorts of different materials. These push the students to think outside of the box, learn the attributes of shapes, and finally how some shapes can combine to create a totally different shape.

We also finished our healthy living classes from LAHC during January. The students learned a lot about healthy eating, which foods we should only eat sometimes, and how to stay active to build our muscles and keep our bodies healthy. After LAHC was finished we wanted to keep the healthy activities going! We have a group of PTA moms called “Motor Moms” who come in once a week and do a fun movement activity or sport with them in our hallway. So far they have used the scooter boards, the bucket stilts, and played bowling! They will keep doing activities with our students for at least the next month.

As for academics – we’ve focused on all areas every day, just as we have been doing all year 🙂 For math, we have worked on shapes, counting with one-to-one correspondence, writing and recognizing numbers, adding numbers together, determining which group of items is larger (or smaller), completing and creating simple and complex patterns, and measuring items. For science, the students have been very interested in cause and effect – seeing what happens to snow or other cold items when left inside. We brought snow inside for the students to paint to see what would happen if they mixed colors, left it in the room, left it by the heater, etc. That is a simple activity you can do at home for a fun science lesson! They also planted lettuce with LAHC and have been caring for it on their own. Those cups will go home soon so they can continue to make sure they water it and let it get sunlight. For literacy, we’ve worked on writing, recognizing letters and their sounds, reading words around the room, reading stories by using their pictures, retelling stories, and predicting what might happen in a new story. Literacy will be our topic for our Parent and Child Meeting/Activity on February 17th!

Please remember to check out the photo album – there are over 1,300 pictures from the year so far! If you aren’t sure what is going on in a picture – ask your child! You’d be surprised that they remember what activities they have worked on that week! The link is at the top of the blog but I’ll also post it again here. It is much easier to post all pictures there instead of individually on the blog. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ifo7XKdXV8oYvNKu6 

For Valentine’s Day next week, we do not have a big celebration since we aren’t supposed to. We do allow students to bring in a valentine to hand out if they wish. They do NOT have to bring in anything. Also, if your child would like to bring in a valentine for their friends, turn it into a fun literacy activity. They can write their own names on the valentine so everyone knows who it is from. It’s a great way to have them practice their name 🙂 At the end of the school day the children will have a chance to hand out their valentines to the whole class. Please do not bring in any candy! If you have any questions just let me know.

January Parent Meeting

This is a REQUIRED event, attendance will be counted, per GSRP guidelines + administration 

We will be meeting on ZOOM this month for our parent meeting. Each meeting will be about 30 minutes long, and will be a parent-child shared activity led by the teachers. Materials will be sent home prior to the meeting. Please keep them in a safe place until the meeting begins so your child is ready to learn! You will be able to access the ZOOM meeting from any phone, tablet or computer. If you do NOT have a device to use, please let us know asap as Cotter has a few Chromebooks that can be lent out. 

ZOOM Link: 


Please click this link at the start of your designated meeting time. 

You will be automatically placed in a waiting room, and the teacher will let you into the meeting when it is time to begin. 

Meeting #1 9:00-9:30Suhaib, Lamees, Haya, Mohamed Alqetwi
Meeting #2 9:30-10:00Malika, Zeinab, Mahmoud, Mohammed Atwi
Meeting #3 10:00-10:30Saltanah, Tesneem, Elias
Meeting #4 10:30-11:00 Shada, Aylin, Sidra, Ali

Recapping the activities in 2021

I can’t believe it is already 2022! The first few months of the school year went by so fast. During November and December our classroom was lucky to have consistent associate teachers – Ms. Majida was with us for most of November. Ms. Randa has been with us since right after Thanksgiving break and she will continue the rest of the school year with us! 🙂 We are very lucky to have her and the students have really bonded with her as well.

During the last two months the students have been working hard on learning about letters – recognition, letter sounds, and how to write them. We’ve done this by having small group lessons like these: ABC stamps, sensory writing, name puzzles, gingerbread alphabet matching games, and working on writing during writing time each day. They have also had a lot of practice during work time while they are playing in the art area, book area, or toy area and using toys and games that focus on their alphabetic knowledge. They also focused a lot on literacy and retelling familiar stories.

Students have also had a lot of practice with their math skills. During small group in the last several weeks we’ve had lessons such as placing pom-poms on apple trees and counting and adding the items up, shape bingo games, creating patterns while making a candy cane, using dice and bingo dabbers to see how many dots they could get, going on a gingerbread man number hunt around the school, finding and cutting out only numerals in newspapers, sorting elephant toys by size and/or color and graphing the results, and graphing our gingerbread man cookie eating. We also count and point out numbers all throughout the school day.

When your child comes home from school they might just tell you they played or say they can’t remember what they did. To help your child talk about what they did during the day – ask them more specific questions: What did you do during Small Group today? What did you do during Large Group today? Who did you work with during Work Time? What did you talk about during lunch time? What did you do while you were outside? When you mention the different parts of our school day by name it can help them focus and recall what they did that day and help you get more information out of them as well 🙂 Please remember to check the photo album each week – I try to update it with pictures at the end of the week. These pictures are normally from small group, work time, writing, or outside time. Look at the pictures with your child and I’m sure they will have lots of stories for you! The link is at the top menu of the blog. I’ll also link it here again: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ifo7XKdXV8oYvNKu6  If you sign up for it, you will get updates when I add pictures as well.

This week a student teacher from U of M – Dearborn will start joining our classroom a few days a week. Her name is Ms. Storck and she will be with us until the end of April. She will be creating a blog post/letter to introduce herself in the coming weeks. Please remind your child that she will be in our room for the first time tomorrow as well 🙂