LILA students celebrate career day

To kick-off February, kindergarteners at Lakes International Language Academy celebrated the completion of their unit on community helpers by dressing as their favorite worker.

The unit explored the many different roles people have in the community and their importance to society.

Spanish immersion kindergarten teacher Katie Henk noted, “It has been great to watch the kids make connections between what they are learning in school with people in the larger community.”

Kindergarten students in LILA’s Spanish and Chinese immersion classrooms represented future doctors, gardeners, soldiers, pilots, teachers, scientists, and even a few hopeful future princesses. The International Baccalaureate curriculum inspires students to ask questions about the roles of various professions in the community and to link them with their own dreams.

Students began the unit by exploring the various community helper roles through dramatic play, a method of inquiry commonly used in IB Primary Years Programs at the kindergarten level.

“It is amazing to watch my five-year-old recognize Chinese characters and speak to her friends and teachers in Chinese about community helpers, after only a half year of kindergarten,” remarked Aaron Arredondo, father of a Chinese immersion kindergartener. Chinese immersion is new this year at LILA.