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May 28, 2017
by Denise Krebs

Summer Resources

Have fun this summer, but don’t forget English!

Our main objective in the English department is TO ACQUIRE ENGLISH–that is to learn to use English in listening, speaking, reading and writing in order to communicate.

You can continue to grown  in acquiring English over the summer.

  • As you travel, you will find English to be a handy language to help you get around in many different countries around the world.
  • If you have a person in your life whose first language (or the only common language with you) is English (like a nanny, housekeeper, tutor, friend), you have a great chance to practice and grow in acquiring English. You can also get to know another human being!
  • Make a goal to add to your vocabulary this summer. Here are some suggestions from an article on Medium called: “How to Expand Your Vocabulary
  1. Look up new words you encounter. Use a dictionary or Google to define it in English.
  2. When you don’t know an English word that one of your friends, family or teachers use, ask them what the new word means.
  3. Read a lot! – The best way to acquire English at a higher level is to READ. Check out 11 Free Reading Websites for Kids)
  4. Get a Kindle to read books. The dictionary is built-in, so you can click on words you don’t know to see the definitions.

In my experience as a teacher of English language learners, the students who do these four things acquire more and more English vocabulary–a key to unlocking the language.

Check out the vocabulary article for 6 more ideas.

More Ideas and Resources

  1. Summer Learning Loss – What you should know

  1. Teach Your Monster to Read
  2. Genius Hour – Encourage your child to continue their Genius Hour project over the summer. Or start a new Genius Hour project!
  3. Continue blogging – I will keep checking and publishing blog posts your child wants to write. If they have their own blog, of course, they are free to publish on their own.
  4. Free Rice vocabulary builder – Practice English synonyms, as well as donate food to the hungry.
  5. Computer Coding – Computer coding is a fun way to practice a brand new language and a bit of English too.
    1. Hour of Code
  6. Do worksheets in your English practice book. Bring 20 or more finished pages (90-100%) to me in September for a prize! NOTE: If you choose to do the Spelling pages only, remember that is a spelling test page. You need to learn the spelling and meaning of these words. (You can show me how well you learned them in September!)
  7. If you need help with high frequency words, here are some spelling words for the summer with practice worksheets.
  8. Here are some stories to help you build reading fluency. Be sure to think about the story–predict, question, clarify and summarize while you read.  Leveled stories:
    1. EFGHI
    2. KLMNO
  9. Write another novel! Did you know the NaNoWriMo site is improving every day. You can actually write a novel on it now all year long! How about if you do a sequel to the novel you wrote last November? Check it out at You’ll need to log in or create an account to use it.

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.

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