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posted Feb 8, 2016, 2:45 PM by Katie Henry   [ updated Feb 29, 2016, 10:39 AM ]



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24:
 2:40 Blayne
 3:00 Brindle
 3:20 Avery
 3:40 Claire
 4:00 
 4:20 
 4:40 Levi
 5:00 Jacob
 5:20 Stella
 5:40 August
 6:00 Grace
 6:20 Owen



MONDAY, MARCH 14: (no school this day)
 8:00 
 8:20 Jaxson
 8:40 Corynn
 9:00Megan
 9:20 Isabelle
 9:40 Teagan
 10:00 Veronica
 10:20 Bryce
 10:40 
 11:00 
  11:20 


THURSDAY, MARCH 17:
 2:40 
 3:00 
 3:20 
 3:40 
 4:00 
 4:20 
 4:40 Mitchell
 5:00 Alex
 5:20 Brevick
 5:40 Eliza
 6:00 River
 6:20 Olivia


Students are reading and writing!

posted Nov 11, 2015, 1:04 PM by Katie Henry

What a fun time of year!  I love seeing that snowball start rolling.  Last week we began learning syllables, which means that students are actually reading and putting sounds together!  Yes, the yellow books are pattern books and should not be sounded out, but we can start with syllables.  We have also added the first few power words to their bags.  Below is a list of what we have worked on.  Students have cards in their blue book bags, but I encourage you to make your own set for games at home because the others should stay in their blue bags for school use.  Check the tab on the left for some ideas > Reading 100 Book Challenge > Reading games for at home (on the bottom).  Make their reading steps fun!
ma, me, mi, mo, mu, pa, pe, pi, po, pu, mi, mis, mas.

We have also been working on more writing in students' journals!  If your kids do a drawing, encourage them to label it, even if it's just a D for deer or M for mom.  Also, focus on letter sounds not names!  We are trying to build confidence and independence in inventive spelling, so if students ask for help, encourage them to just use the sounds and do their best, or assist by helping break apart the sounds--don't just tell them the letters to write. 

Fun with inquiry

posted Oct 28, 2015, 12:55 PM by Katie Henry

As an IB world school, at LILA we try to design our learning (and be flexible with our teaching plans) around what interests the kids and what questions they come up with.  Today, Jaxson brought in a wooly bear caterpillar, which of course raised some excitement!  Although guiding questions at this age can often be phrased more as comments, we decided we should definitely investigate more about our fuzzy visitor.  Will it turn into a monarch?  What does it eat?  Can we touch it?  Inquiry is all about guiding the kids to find their own answers instead of just telling them.  We found a book with some information and a few short youtube videos--one with a fastforward view of a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, and another with a nature expert teaching about wooly bears.  We discovered that a wooly bear will freeze over the winter due to a chemical it has, then come back to life in the spring to make their cocoon.  When it emerges, it will be an Isabella Tiger Moth.  A MOTH!  Not a butterfly!  And it turns out what my mom taught me about the colors predicting winter cold is just an old folk tale.  After discovering Jaxson's new pet will become moth, we learned more about the differences between moths and butterflies.  Moths are usually out at night, have smaller wings, and are not very colorful.  Butterflies are usually out during the day, have bigger wings, and are more colorful.  One last thing we learned is that some people can be allergic to wooly bears and can get rashes when they touch them, so be careful if this inspires wooly bear hunts of your own.
Thanks for sharing Jaxson!  Don't forget to encourage good thinkers at home too :)

21 Septiembre, 2015

posted Sep 22, 2015, 8:21 AM by Katie Henry

Señora Katie’s Weekly Update

21 Septiembre, 2015



What’s happening this week?


Specialists this week

Monday: D  Library

Tuesday: E Art

Wednesday:  F Música

Thursday: A  Educación Física

Friday: B Library

Next Monday: C Music & Educación Física


Snack this week

Avery Messina

Next week: Blayne Pludeman



Homework this week

Today we sent home the first packet of math homework in folders.  THIS PACKET IS FOR THE WHOLE WEEK!  Please don’t do it all in one sitting.  It has Spanish on one side and English on the other--you only have to do one, not both languages of the same thing.  I will collect packets next Monday, Sept 28.



Unit goals…

  • This week we are meeting with a 3rd grade class to help us with our Hopes and Dreams for kinder.  Using what we want to accomplish this year, we will also talk about our class agreements (rules) that will help us reach these goals (which I will share with you when we decide them together).

  • Learning about how to be a caring friend -- we share, we help each other, we use kind words and voices, we greet each other...


Literacy goals…

  • Letter O, o -- what it looks like, how to write it (start from the top, using a C shape), O vocabulary, etc.

  • Word of the Day (Palabra del Día).  In connection with our letters of the day, students will begin writing a word of the day in their notebooks.  The main goal with this is inventive spelling.  This is when students use the sounds in a words to do their best writing it -- we will not tell students the letters to write or show them words to copy because our goal is them gaining confidence in their writing.  This can be hard for students at first, but it is so much better for the confidence and writing skills in the long run!  If students are writing at home, we encourage you to do the same and help them with the sounds in a word and not just tell them the letters to write.


Math goals…

  • This week we are focusing on the vocabulary same (igual) and different (diferente), the number 3 (writing and recognizing) and colors-blue, green and red.


Other class notes…

  • We are still waiting for Profe Cristina to arrive from Spain!  She is very excited to get here, but for now I have still had a few other helpers with me that you may have heard about.

  • As we are building our classroom routines, I am trying to get students used to bathroom breaks.  If a student really needs to go I will always let them, but I have started trying to point out when it is not a good time and to go before or after -- mostly circle time and specialist classes.  Reminders from home about this are always helpful too!

  • Remember to bring tennis shoes when they have Physical Education

  • Just a reminder that if you have any changes for your child at the end of the school day please contact Transportation and Explorer club respectively. Also, changes must be submitted by noon. If there is an emergency call the school.

14 Septiembre, 2015

posted Sep 14, 2015, 4:01 PM by Katie Henry   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 4:33 PM ]

Señora Katie’s Weekly Update

14 Septiembre, 2015



What’s happening this week?


Specialists this week

Monday: E  Art

Tuesday: F  Música

Wednesday:  A  Educación Física

Thursday: B  Library

Friday: C  Music & Educación Física

Next Monday: D  Library



Homework this week

There is no homework this week, we will start sending it home next week.  



Unit goals…

  • Getting to know our classmates names, class routines and other teachers at LILA

  • Learning about how to be a caring friend -- we share, we help each other, we use kind words and voices, we greet each other...


Literacy goals…

  • Introducing the Spanish alphabet

  • Practicing fine motor.  In preparation for writing, we are strengthening our hands in fun ways!  Many of you mentioned at Welcome Conferences that your child is not yet comfortable with sitting and writing and that they don’t like it.  I encourage you to help get your child ready for this stage by playing fun games at home--they won’t even realize it will make them a better writer!  Some ideas:  String beads (pipecleaners can be sturdier than string), twist nuts and bolts, flip coins on a table (time them to see how many!), putting clothespins on things, lacing cards (check the dollar store), playdough...


Math goals…

  • We are beginning Unit 1 which focuses on numbers 1-5.  I bet almost every child knows numbers 1-5, but using this program we go deeper by focusing on handwriting, fine motor, number sense, spanish vocabulary etc.

  • This week we are focusing on numbers 1 and 2, some Spanish colors, and things that are the same and different.


Other class notes…

  • We are still waiting for Profe Cristina to arrive from Spain!  She is very excited to get here, but for now I have still had a few other helpers with me that you may have heard about.

  • Students have been doing very well taking the bus in the afternoon to transfer at the High School.  Starting next week the teachers will not be going along to help.  

  • If your child wants to eat breakfast at school, please help us in this transition by having them tell me they want to eat breakfast in the morning.  They are encouraged to go straight the the cafeteria to eat, but some can be shy so if they tell me I will make sure someone helps them get to the cafeteria. 

Primer Día!

posted Sep 8, 2015, 10:27 AM by Katie Henry

We had a great first day of school!  Normally on the first day of the week I will give you an outline of the things we will be doing for the week, but since this week doesn't totally follow our usual routine, here are just a few updates...

Today we...
  • met the new friends in our class
  • had a tour of the lunchroom and school to learn about those routines and people who work there
  • played games and sang songs
  • learned about bathroom expectations
  • began exploring some classroom materials
  • watched a bus safety video

The rest of the week we will...

  • Meet our specialist teachers (the official first specialist class begins on Thursday)
  • continue learning about how we use our classroom materials -- at LILA we model expectations for each thing, so currently most of our classroom is "closed" and students might say "we didn't get to play with anything"  ;)  Slowly but surely we'll get there

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