Krebs' Class Blogs

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes are age-old, silly, rhythmic poems. They are fun to say and a great way for your child to learn phonological awareness. Phonological awareness is your child’s ability to identify and manipulate sounds, syllables, and words, understanding how the structure of English works. Strong phonological awareness is a powerful predictor of literacy success in the future. Read more about it here at Reading Rockets.

Here are the nursery rhymes we are learning. We are just reciting them, but some children might prefer to sing them (in any tune they come up with!) I hope that your child can learn at least one that she/he enjoys and say it to the class for show and tell, whenever s/he is ready!

We would love to hear your child share his favorite, and it will give good practice in speaking (and listening, for the audience). Thank you!

Old Mother Hubbard

 Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard

To get her poor dog a bone;

But when she got there

The cupboard was bare,

And so the poor dog had none.

Watch “Old Mother Hubbard”

Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey, diddle diddle,

The cat and the fiddle,

The cow jumped over the moon;

The little dog laughed

to see such sport,

And the dish ran away with the spoon.

 Watch “Hey, Diddle Diddle”

Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue,

Come blow your horn.

The sheep’s in the meadow.

The cow’s in the corn.

Where is the boy who looks after the sheep?

He’s under a haystack, fast asleep.

Watch “Little Boy Blue”

Pat-a-Cake

Pat-a-Cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,

Bake me a cake as fast as you can.

Roll it and prick it and mark it with a B,

Put it in the oven for baby and me.

Watch “Pat-a-Cake”

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory, dickory, dock,

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one, and down he run.

Hickory, dickory, dock.

 Watch “Hickory, Dickory Dock”

This Little Piggy Went to Market

This little piggy went to market.

This little piggy stayed home.

This little piggy had roast beef.

This little piggy had none.

And this little piggy cried, “Wee! Wee! Wee!” all the way home.

Watch a silly version of “This Little Piggy”

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey.

Along came a spider and sat down beside her

And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Watch “Little Miss Muffet”

Peas Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot.

Pease porridge cold.

Pease porridge in the pot

Nine days old.

Some like it hot.

Some like it cold.

Some like it in the pot

Nine days old.

Watch “Pease Porridge Hot”

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Watch “Humpty Dumpty”

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle little star,

How I wonder what you are.

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are.

Watch “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Little Robin Redbreast

Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree.

Up went  Pussy Cat, and down went he.

Down came Pussy Cat, away Robin ran;

Says little Robin Redbreast, “Catch me if you can.”

Watch “Little Robin Redbreast”

Jack Be Nimble

Jack be nimble.

Jack be quick.

Jack jump over

The candlestick.

Watch “Jack Be Nimble”

 

 

 

 

Bee Bim Bop Update

I’m still going to make a video of our Bee-Bim Bop experience, but I wanted to share the kindergarteners pictures and stories about Bee-Bim Bop. More later.

We made bee-bim bop Bahrain style with potatoes, corn, sausages, chicken, carrots, green olives, tuna, green peppers (aka capsicum), yogurt, and more.

Thanks to all our friends who shared videos of authentic bibimbop. Check out the links in the comment section on our first post.

KG2A Bee Bim Bop

KG2B Bee Bim Bop

Sports Day

Last week we had a Sports Day. The KG2 students enjoyed tumbling, cup stacking, keep away, jumping in hoops and watching some of the other children in their activities.

They wrote about their day in the books that follow. They have learned to read the words “I go to…”, so most of them copied “I go to Sports Day” from the board. Some wrote more or asked the teacher to write more for them.

KG2A Sports Day

KG2B Sports Day

Universal Children’s Day

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We had an assembly celebrating Universal Children’s Day, promoting the rights of children of Bahrain (and the world.)

We watched some videos about the rights of children and celebrated our children’s growth in school.

  • My right to identity
  • My right to education
  • My right to healthcare
  • My right to rest and play
  • My right to protection
  • My right to expression

Universal Children's Day Assembly

Bee Bim Bop

Here's a page from the book

This week we are reading Linda Sue Park’s book called Bee-Bim Bop. The name comes from a Korean dish. We want to make it in KG2. Our version will be made with steamed rice in a bowl and toppings added like fried or scrambled eggs, meat, stir fried veggies like green onions, garlic, bean sprouts, carrots, or whatever. It is seasoned with soy sauce or other seasoning.

Next week in English class we will mix-mix like crazy and eat it. (Parents, more information coming home tomorrow in diaries and in an email.)

We hope to connect with some students in Korea, so we can see if some of them really eat bee-bim bop. Any takers?

And maybe we can even connect with Ms. Linda?

International Dot Day

International Dot Day was on September 15.

Of course, we read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Some students painted, others made sticker dot art, and others chose to make art on the interactive white board.

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Here are some of our whiteboard creations.

It was a lovely day to make a mark and see where it took us, a day to celebrate creativity.

Do You Like Our Repurposed Juice Bottles?

We saw this recycled bottle love seat made by Unbound scholars in Guatemala. We liked it, and we wanted to make our own, so kindergarteners began saving juice bottles from home.

After we saved about 40 bottles, we were ready to build a kindergarten-sized love seat.

getting started

We taped 20 bottles together for the seat.

arm rests

We rigged up armrests with more juice bottles.

There was some wild and crazy creating going on. It wasn’t easy helping 52 kindergarteners feel ownership in making our new furniture, but we did it. They are very proud of their work and look forward to getting a turn to sit on it.

White Cover

First, we just had a white sheet for a cover.

Almost ready

Here’s a peek under the cover.

That's better

We only had the white sheet for one day. Then someone brought this colorful cover.

About Our School+

Here are some stories about our school in Bahrain, where children learn both Arabic and English from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. (Note: a few children forgot the topic, so we have a few additional topics included in these books.) :)

(Mostly) School Class A

(Mostly) School Class B

 

We Went to Adhari Park

We took a trip to Adhari Park, an amusement park in Bahrain. It was lots of fun. We rode many rides and had chicken nuggets, fries and juice for lunch. Here are our stories about our trip.

Adhari Class A

Adhari Class B

More About Bahrain

Looking across to Muharraq

View from the Bahrain National Museum

Kindergarteners each wrote a page about some aspect of Bahrain. Some made patriotic pictures, others wrote about things they enjoy doing here, and others taught something about life in Bahrain.

We hope you enjoy reading their pages. Click on the links to see their work.

All About Bahrain A

All About Bahrain B

Wahoo Water Park

This is part of the Wahoo Water Park at City Center Mall. These slides hang over the building.