Krebs' Class Blogs

Constructing, creating, communicating, collaborating, and thinking critically in grade 5.

March 25, 2015
by Denise Krebs

Answers from Bahrain to Iowa

We have new pen pals from Iowa. They have asked us a lot of questions. We will keep answering these questions over the break.

Parents, if any student wants to help, just pick a question and send the answer to Mrs. Denise, and she will post it here! Thanks!

  • How old are you (students in class)?

We are 5 or 6 years old.

  • How many students are in your class?

We have 26 in each class.

  • May we see a picture of your class?

We’re working on a video for you!

  • Is your classroom the only one?

There are two KG2 classes.

  • Do you students have Classroom Jobs?

Yes, we do. There are table jobs. You bring the basket of colors, pencils, erasers, and books to the table for the students at our table.

We have a new job–the person who writes the date on the whiteboard each day. That person gets to do the job for one week.

We all do the cleaning up job. We take turns doing the Calendar job.

  • Do you do the Calendar each day?

We count the days. We are now on 123. We put a square on the day of the month. We tell what the weather is like.

Our Calendar Time Happens Here

  • What is the weather like? Do you ever get snow to build a snowman?

We will never build a snowman in Bahrain. The low temperature is in the 50s F.

However, did you know you can go snow skiing in Dubai, which is a large city not far from us? You don’t even have to wait until winter. How do you suppose they do that?

  • How do you get to school? By bus?

Some of us come to school by bus, but not yellow school buses. We take large vans like the picture shows. A few of us come with our nannies or a driver. More come with our mom or dad. No one walks to school, except for Mrs. Denise.


15 passenger vans are used for private bus service

15 passenger vans are used for private bus service

transportation summary

  • Do you use Daily 5?

No, we don’t use Daily 5. Most of the day we are in Arabic class. We come to English class for 1-2 hours a day. We practice sounds and writing letters. We sing. We build. We write.

  • Do you have P.E., Art, Music, and/or Library?

Yes, we have all of those. We call P.E. Sports, though. Our teacher is Ms. Fatima. We have art with Ms. Sameera. We have music with Ms. Anna and library with Ms. Andrea.

  • What have you learned (this school year)?

ABCs, numbers, to read, to write sentences. We learned new songs, like “I Think You’re Wonderful” and “These are My Sight Words.” We learned sight words. We learned from each other during show and tell time.

  • What do you like about school?

Some of the things we like are:

  1. reading books
  2. drawing
  3. writing
  4. Arabic and English homework
  5. playing
  6. birthday and other parties
  7. teachers
  8. art
  9. show and tell
  10. 100 Day party
  11. ABCDs
  12. sight words
  13. all my classmates
  14. all the school
  • How many days of school have you had? Have you had your 100th day?

Yes, we had our 100th day of school. We had a party. Here are some pictures from the 100 Day celebration.

29 May – it is Day 140 today.

  • Have you learned about Community Workers?

Yes, we dressed up like community workers. It was also who we wanted to be when we grew up. We were police, teachers, artists, fire fighters, nurses and doctors.

  • How good are you students at listening?

Mrs. Denise said some days we listen better than others!

  • What happens if you are good or naughty?

Sometimes we have a time out, or we go see the supervisor when we are naughty. When we are good we learn a lot and have fun creating and producing!

March 15, 2015
by Denise Krebs

A New Sight Word Book

Using images by Hada Litim at #eltpics, I made this sight word book for our new words: one and two.

It’s always best to practice sight words in a meaningful reading experience. Hopefully, this will be a fun way to practice reading one and two. It will also give practice with English names for some fruits and vegetables. Watch the slide show here or read it below.

One and Two

Link to book here.

March 12, 2015
by Denise Krebs

Our New Pen Pals


We are excited to have new blogging pen pals in Iowa. Our penpals are students in Ms. Swanson’s Menagerie. They’ll be blogging at this link, and we’ll be blogging here.

We are kindergarteners in the wonderful Kingdom of Bahrain. Most of us have Arabic as our first language, though a few of us started our lives speaking different languages, like Farsi or English.

Did you know people who learn additional languages tend to grow bigger brains? Mrs. Denise (that’s what we call Mrs. Krebs) tells us about this brain research all the time. She thinks that some of your class know more than one language too. That’s great! She hopes you ALL will learn English and Spanish. When you know two languages it will make learning three and four languages easier too.

We like to remember that our brain is growing as we continue to learn.

We like to remember that our brain is growing as we continue to learn.

This week we had parent-teacher conferences. Mrs. Denise told our parents we were doing better than last time and learning very much. We also had an English book fair. Many of us bought books to read at home. Sometimes we have an Arabic book fair too.

In one week we’ll have our school carnival. We’ll be sure to share pictures with you!

We look forward to getting to know you as we blog together!

Mrs. Denise and all the KG2 students

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