Introducing…

Introducing…

This academic year, we have been teaching with a new system in place.

The new system, called STAR, mixes English with special topics to help immerse our students into the language more while doing different activities.

We have added three new special classes:

Timo Teacher is in charge of our music class,

Janna Teacher is in charge of our Theatre class,

And Thom Teacher is in charge of our science class!

Our English teachers teach their special class to a different grade three days a week.

Here are a few words from our teachers about how the past few weeks have been with our new program in place.

Timo Teacher:

“Timo’s STAR class is focused on teaching rhythm through 3 different approaches: Drumming, dancing, and singing.

The Mercury class [learns] rhythm skills [with] drums and other percussion instruments while the Jupiter and Saturn classes [do mainly] singing and dancing.”

*All of the music that we use in the class is either an ILH original songs created by TILT, or a monthly kindergarten song.*

Thom Teacher:

“So far in Science class we have studied anatomy, the senses, and this month we are studying water.

Through experimentation, I hope that [the kids’] motivation to speak English will be sparked by a natural curiosity [in science].”

Janna Teacher:

“We have been using Phonics as a way to practice good pronunciation and voice projection while acting in Theatre class.

My goal is to have students confidently practicing phrases that are used daily at ILH! We have also been exploring our creativity and imagination!

After teaching STAR class, our teachers return to our regular classes and teach normal english after that.

So far, it’s been a lot of fun! We are happy when our kids go home and practice what they’ve learned with us even at home.

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