Book Review: My New Normal

Book Review: My New Normal

Welcome to our new series: book reviews from our teachers at ILH!

This book we recently ordered online after hearing about it on the American news.

A 7-year old girl from Michigan, U. S. A. named Mackenzie wrote this book. She struggled with being a child living through the COVID-19 outbreak, and wanted to share her experience to other kids who may also have a tough time adapting to daily life.

We read this book to our students this week and it was easy for them to understand the message of the book. Some parts of the story only applied to the current American school system, so it wasn’t completely relatable. But having a book written by a kid was amazing to share with our students!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Our overall rating is 3.5 stars!

Do you have any book recommendations? Leave a comment!

What Did You Bring Today?

What Did You Bring Today?

We have seen some very great Show and Tell speeches this month!

From magic kits, to books and pictures, to toys, to even Band-Aids, International Language House kids have brought some very cool stuff to show us!

Everyone brought a small speech or their Show and Tell Book to share information about what they brought.

Some of our Show and Tells were even a little bit interactive!

Let’s review some phrases we use every day in Show and Tell:

“What did you bring today?”
“I brought______________.”

“Where did you get it?”
“I got it at______________.”

“When did you get it? / Is it new?”
“I got it_______________.”

“Who gave it to you?”
“My_____________gave it to me.”

When our Show and Tell guest finishes their speech, we all say:

“Thank you for sharing! Can we play with it / look at it?”

Our guest can say “no” if their Show and Tell is too special. If it’s okay, they say “yes, but don’t break it / rip it / pull it, please!” It’s important for our students to show respect for each other and their belongings.


We love question time during Show and Tell because anyone can try to ask a question in English. It’s great practice for everyone to speak English to each other and not just the English teachers.

If your child doesn’t have Show and Tell but wants to still participate, maybe it would be a fun idea to think of English questions to ask together!

Here are some examples:

“Do you play with it every day?”

“Do you sleep in your bed with it?”

“Do you have any more?”

“What’s your favorite________?”

We are looking forward to our next Show and Tells. Let’s practice our English to make Show and Tell even more fun and unique!