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.
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!
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.) 🙂
Bahrain is a small country of islands in the Middle East. It’s here on the map between the h and r in Bahrain. Click on the map to see a map you can zoom in on.
Our school is a K-12 private school in Manama. Children learn in both Arabic and English. The students are all bilingual. They go to Arabic and English teachers. Some of the teachers, like me, are not bilingual.
Here is a great list about where to go in Bahrain and some of the many activities you can do here. Here are some pictures of Bahrain too:
Thanks to all those who answered our three geography surveys about “What do you call it?” The surveys have been taken over 250 times. A special thanks to our friends in the student blogging challenge who took the surveys for us. We will report back our learnings as soon as we figure out how to!
We wore pink shirts today in support of No Bullying. We got the idea on Darcy’s blog in the student blogging challenge. Jade saw Darcy’s blog post on Thursday and received permission to announce to the whole school to take a stand against bullying by wearing pink on Friday. There was a great response today! We proudly said no to bullying.