KG/1st Islamic Studies

Assalumualaikum Parents,
Welcome to the 2016 -2017 Webb Foundation Sunday school year!!
This year we will cover lots of material in our class and my plan is to make each class informative and fun for our students.
This week in our first class we played a memory name game so that the children could learn each other’s names and learn fun facts about their classmates. We also talked about honesty, which is this month’s character trait. I asked the children to tell me what honesty meant and they were right on target when they said ‘to tell the truth’….I plan to make this a running concept in our classroom throughout the year because I believe honesty is the best way to develop positive relationships and create strong character.
Finally, I took the children outside to participate in an exercise on gratitude.  I asked the children to lay on beach towels and close their eyes. They laid quiet and still for a moment and I asked them to tell me what they heard. They raised their hands and told me they heard birds chirping, cars on the freeway, wind, dogs barking, etc. Next I asked them how they felt and the responses were varied but most of them felt happy and warm. I told them that this exercise was meant to introduce them to the concept of gratitude. I asked them if they knew what it meant and after just a little probing several students told me gratitude meant being thankful. I explained that we should practice gratitude so that we can learn to appreciate the people and things in our lives. Before we left for the day I gave each of the children a slip of paper that read ‘I am thankful for…’ and asked them to write one thing that they are thankful for. My goal is to do this each week when they come in to class so that they never forget how blessed they are.
I am honored that you have entrusted me with your children and I will do my best to make each class fun and informative. Please feel free to share your feedback and ideas with me. I look forward to a productive school year. Have a great week and inshallah we will see you on Sunday.
Ms. Joy (Islamic Studies teacher)
Ms. Suha (TA)

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