For Your Information @ TIS Library Media November

Happy Fall! This year, classes come to the Library biweekly to check out books and enjoy quiet reading time.

First graders can check out 2 books at one time during the library class, but he or she may check out more books after school. Library is opened until 4 o’clock this year! Parents are welcome to get their own library cards and check out library materials. Books are due in two weeks from checkout date but students may renew them, if desired. If student have an overdue book, he or she may not check out another until it is returned.

Not sure when your child has library class? Look below to find out!

WEEK 1 - Nov 9-13, 23-27, Dec 7-11, Jan 4-8, 18-22... WEEK 2 - Nov 16-20, 30- Jan 4, Jan 14-18, 11-15...

This year’s library reading challenge, We love oregon, has begun and we are so happy that many students are perticipating the challenge. Keep reading!

CLICK HERE for the Kinder through Grade 2 book list http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55032d5ee4b00b62e15b46b9/t/56251fb9e4b06bce1ba4f3ca/1445273529143/ReadingchallengeK-2.pdf

May 11, 2015: Library

The TIS annual Scholastic book fair will be held the first week in June outside Stearns Hall.  This is a good time to get books for summer reading! Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering.

During library class, the Kinders have been introduced to different types of books and genres (folktale, fantasy, science fiction, informational, mystery, poetry).  It is great to see the students' enthusiasm for different types of literature.

We are also working on making story maps and doing book reports.  Here are some samples of our work:

 

Summer is fast approaching!  Please make sure your child returns all his or her library books at the end of this month, May.  Invoices for books lost or damaged during the school year will be sent home in early June.  Also look for information on this year's summer reading challenge to come home at the end of the month, or visit the TIS Library website for information. It is so important for kinders to participate in preparation for first grade and English classes!




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Tamara Beecroft
Librarian

May 11, 2015: Music

       Hello Kindergarten :).  These past few weeks have been busy and a lot of fun! The children have been playing and singing to the classic song A Hunting We Will Go. This song explains that a fox is caught, put in a box, and then let go. The kids are so wonderful as some of them carry scarf tails and others pretend to be scientist who catch a fox and then release it into the wild.
       My favorite activity is a European dance called The Chimes of Dunkirk. This is one that even the first graders request to do again. The students get to clap, stomp and twirl with their partners before sashaying down the line. One of our instrument activities is where I set out some unique and special instruments. The students jump from one instrument to the next while I sing Green Sally Up and whenever I stop singing they get  a chance to explore and play the instrument in front of them.

Kami Richards
EC Music Teacher

May 11, 2015: PE

We are finishing our gymnastics unit by designing our own foot balance courses as a class and deciding individually how we will move on them to keep challenging ourselves to improve our sense of balance. Our falling monkey hops strengthened both our upper bodies and our ability to balance on our hands so that we could all safely perform a simple cartwheel. As summer approaches we will begin our review and revisit our important skills of the past year.

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David Platt
Early Childhood Physical Education

April 3, 2015: Art

Welcome back and happy Spring! Kindergarten is just about wrapping up their unit on art around the world. They will be finishing up their paper weaving next week and then deciding which parts of their "trip" they will be displaying on the art show and which ones they will take home.
The next unit will focus around recycled art, so be on the lookout for emails asking for recycled trash!Thanks, and see you around campus(es)!

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Carolina Barros
Early Childhood Art Specialist

April 3, 2015: Library

Kindergarteners will be Reading Across the Genres for the remainder of the school year.  Your child will be encouraged to check out a book in the genre we are studying that week.  As the students develop into independent readers, they will have a taste for the different types of literature of interest to them.  Expect to see fairy tales, non-fiction, poetry, mysteries, realistic fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and biographies. This will keep them reading and exploring!

Author and illustrator Arthur Dorros will be visiting TIS on April 9!  We will be reading his books during library classes.  You may learn more about Arthur and his work at arthurdorros.com

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Tamara Beecroft
Librarian

April 3, 2015: Music

Hello and welcome to Spring, Kindergarten! I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break. We are easing back into our routine with some fun movement activities. Songs like Popcorn in the Popper and Bananas. The kids and I joke that our song list sounds more like lunch than music class and yet, the songs help us practice rhythm, form and movement.  An engaging mental twister we started doing has been to stand in a circle where everyone is facing inward. Then without letting go of each other hands, singing the song Shoo Fly, one leader will try to lead the rest of the group into a circle that faces outward. The children are doing a great job being careful with each others bodies, singing, and mentally solving the puzzle. During our instrument time the children are working on a poem called Drum's Birthday. This activity teaches the names of instruments, taking turns, and gives the students a chance to be an independent musician and not just rely on the class. This is a wonderful season and I hope ya'll have a wonderful day!

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Kami Richards
EC Music Teacher

April 3, 2015: PE

Our gymnastics unit continues with more challenging courses to strengthen our static and dynamic balance. We are beginning a variety of rolls and tumbles that require shifting our weight from our feet to our hands and controlling our bodies during moments when we lose our balance intentionally. We have also been practicing donkey kicks and monkey hops to strengthen our upper bodies in preparation for learning a simple cartwheel.

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David Platt
Early Childhood Physical Education

Feb 22, 2015: Music

Hello Kinder Families! I hope you are doing well. Valentine's Day has passed but not before we were able to have a little musical fun. We learned the partner dance, "Heel Toe." This song is a big hit every year. It incorporates the central idea of their current unit as well as involves singing, dancing and changing partners.  In the instrument area, Kindergarten has been working to expand musical vocabulary with instrument games like, "What Do You Hear?" and "Follow the Conductor." The first game allows one child to play a hidden instrument and the others guess by using the proper name of the instrument. "Follow the Conductor" allows children to explore and use improvisation while also practicing dynamics and the appropriate vocabulary used to describe these musical ideas.


We have also done a fun listening activity where the children have to hear a high, middle and low pitch. Then their actions reflect the pitch that they heard. For example, if they hear the high pitch they jump up and down but if they hear the low pitch they have to crawl around on their hands and knees. They are working hard and I am amazed by every class. They are wonderful cupcakes! (Feel free to ask your child why I think they are a musical cupcake. They should be able to explain.) Have a good day!

Kami Richards
EC Music Teacher

Feb 22, 2015: Art

Kindergarten has been going on an art trip around the world! We've just finished studying Peruvian Artist Enrique Bustamonte and we are moving on to China to study watercolors with Qi Baishi, who invented many dry brush watercolor methods and did many scenes from nature.

I feel so lucky to see all my students' confidence in line-making improve and their boundless sense of creativity and color take off!

I cannot wait to see their Chinese paintings this and next week. The next country we will visit will be Japan!


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Carolina Barros
Early Childhood Art Specialist

Feb 22, 2015: PE

We are finishing up our creative movement unit where we have imagined the farm, the jungle, and the ocean while moving and dancing like different animals, learning yoga poses through imagined stories, and acting out adventure stories. We also worked in groups to continue the adventure stories, inventing the ideas and movements of what might happen next. We will begin our gymnastics unit next where we will be working on a variety of balance courses and later explore how different kinds of balance are important as we begin to put together more complex sequences of movement.

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David Platt
Early Childhood Physical Education

Jan 16, 2015: Art

Kindergarten is embarking on an art journey around the world! We studied European artists on our previous unit- now it's time to see what other artists in different continents are doing during the 1920s! We will begin our journey in Brazil, with Tarsilla do Amaral, who painted many city and country landscapes across her country.These paintings sound very promising...and then we will visit Peru, and then onwards to Asia!

 

- Carolina Barros

Jan 16, 2015: Library

Kinders are a librarian's dream!  They are crazy about books, hearing stories, learning new ideas and learning to read!  In January, we are focused on learning more in depth about how our school library is organized and how to find what we are looking for.  We read stories about snow and snowflakes and each made our own snowflake during library class.

There are three weeks left to complete the reading challenge and gallery project. Please sign your child's reading challenge form and return to the library with his/her project by February 6.  If you are having trouble finding a particular book for the challenge, please email me and I will try to set one aside for your child when it comes in.  Information about the reading challenge is on the library website, including reading lists and project ideas. Thank you all for supporting these great readers!

- Tamara Beecroft

Jan 16, 2015: Music

Happy January, Kinder! It is definitely starting to feel like we are back in the groove of school.  This is one of my favorite times of the year because my music curriculum supports the homeroom unit. The students will be exploring music from different cultures and in different languages. Our most challenging piece at the moment is a hand clapping game from Indonesia called, "Gamsut." The ending is the same as "Rock, Paper, Scissors." This is an exciting revelation for the children to realize that kids in other countries have different versions of games we already know.

We are also doing body percussion to the Morroccan song "A Ram Sam Sam" and learning a simple dance by an Australian choreographer. One of our final activities is watching a video that displays the meaning of "Fais Do Do" in a cartoon style. It is great to have the students listen to the French words sung by a native speaker while depicting the meaning through the use of colorful pictures. That's just a short peak into our music room. I hope you have a wonderful day! 

- Kami Richards

Jan 16, 2015: PE

We have begun our unit on creative movement, where we are exploring how we can use our imaginations and bodies together to tell stories and show emotion. We have been having fun moving creatively as different animals, dancing together, stretching and strengthening our bodies through imagination yoga, and planning and acting out adventure stories. Through different themes, we are inventing new ways to move our bodies as we show how we can use our imaginations to move creatively.

- David Platt

Dec 5,2014: PE

We have been exploring how force and timing are important when we catch and throw different sized balls. Working in pairs, we had to decide between an underhand and an overhand throw depending on the distance, and whether to catch with a basket catch or a two-handed catch. We also learned the importance of making adjustments to our throws and catches to help with our accuracy. We are now practicing our bowling throw which we will use in an invasion game where we will work together on teams to both attack and defend targets.

David Platt
Early Childhood Physical Education
davidp@intschool.org

Dec 5,2014: Library

This year’s library reading challenge, Across Time and Culture, has begun. Students should read on their own, or with an adult, at least six books from the K-2 list and return the challenge form to the librarian along with the completed art project no later than Friday, February 6. During a class party, certificates and prizes will be awarded to each student who completes both the project and reading six books. Books are available in the TIS Library, your local public library or bookstore.  Visit the TIS Library website for more information, booklists and art project ideas.

The library has subscribed to a new ebook resource, BrainHive.  You may check out books to read on a reading device or computer.  This site offers a large selection of high quality books.  If you would like to use this resource, please contact me for personalized login information. You must access this database through the link below.  In addition, the library subscribes to two other ebook databases you may be interested in exploring with your child.
http://library.intlschool.org/ebooks/

Passwords:

Tumblebooks
Username:  internationalschool
Password:  books

BookFlix
Username: intlschool
Password: intlschool

 

Tamara Beecroft
Librarian
tamarab@intlschool.org

Dec 5,2014: Art

     Hello, parents! We are just about wrapping up our inquiry unit into artists' many different techniques. This week we will do our final piece on this unit: A self portrait made in the techniques of Sfumato, Surrealism, or Impressionism.

     We will also be talking about what emotions derive from each technique and why it is important to consciously apply a certain technique to one's portrait to convey different reactions.
     We also have a field trip coming up! We will go to PNCA to study more about impressionism! Please let your homeroom teacher know if you can be a driver and/ or chaperone!
See you there!

Carolina Barros
Early Childhood Art Specialist
carolinab@intlschool.org

Dec 5,2014: Music

     Happy December! Kindergarten is working very hard and I am proud of them. This week’s opening activity is a dance called, “Oats and Beans and Barley Grow.” I love doing this song! It requires the use of singing, steady beat, social skills and, of course, my favorite part is that the kids seem to really enjoy it.

    A recent highlight is that the children are doing a wonderful job transitioning from one instrument to the next. We have been using “Baa Baa Black Sheep” as our instrumental piece this week. Students sing one musical phrase and then speak the next phrase while improvising their own rhythmic or melodic accompaniment.  

    We are also working on a game called “Hotspot.” In this game, we do a pat, clap, snap, snap pattern. On the first snap the students have to say their own name and on the second snap they say another person’s name.  This is very challenging for Kinders and yet, they feel so successful when they master it. It would be a great help if you would like to ask your child about this activity and work on it together at home.  I hope you enjoy the holidays!


Kami Richards
EC Music Teacher
503-226-2496

October 24, 2014: Art

Hello Kinder families!

The kinder classes have been working on their observational skills in art. Many of them now use the phrase “catching lines” to talk about drawing the lines they see. They have been practicing “catching” only the lines that they can see in front of them. They have used clipboards to wander around the room and work on their observational drawings.

We also did a project based on Matisse’s paper cutouts- we explored using color to bring out intensity in our art and pretended to have an “impairment” just as Matisse did later in life with his arthritis. Students were only given paper, scissors and glue to create their cutouts (without drawing shapes first). The results were so original and creative. I haven’t sent any artwork home, as I would like to show everything to Carolina but you will probably see some of this artwork soon.

We are now starting our work on self-portraits. This week we are using mirrors to practice the proportions of our facial features.

Carolina will be back from maternity leave on Monday and next week we will be teaching side by side to help with the transition. I have reminded all of the students that this will be happening. I will certainly miss working with all the LowK-1st graders! It’s been such an enriching, wonderful experience.

Many thanks,
Deanna Sundberg