Specialist Classes

Hmong Class

In Hmong class, all students will learn basic communication in the Hmong language. Each grade level will have different content areas of focus as well. Below are examples of the different content areas by grade level. 

  • Kindergarten: Body Parts, Colors, and Numbers
  • 1st Grade: Hmong Clothes, Classroom Items, and Kitchen Items
  • 2nd Grade: Review Content from previous grades, Single Vowels, Double Vowels, and Single Consonants
  • 3rd Grade: Review Content from previous grades, Single Vowels, Double Vowels, Single Consonants, and Tone Markers
  • 4th Grade: Review Content from previous grades, Single Vowels, Double Vowels, Single Consonants, Double Consonants, and Tone Markers
  • 5th Grade: Review Content from previous grades, Single Vowels, Double Vowels, Single Consonants, Double Consonants, Triple Consonants, Quadruple Consonants, and Tone Markers

Art Class

In Art class students, enhance their knowledge about Art. Here, students are able to experiment with different techniques such as drawing, painting, weaving/sewing, and modeling clay. Students will incorporate the elements of Art, as well as learn about different artists to aid their own artwork.

Karen Class

In Karen class, all grade levels start by learning the Karen consonants, vowels, tones and clusters which are the basic Karen language. Students also learn through music and educational videos on these topics.  We also participate in Karen activities and for basic communication skills each grade has different content that we focus on that are slightly different from each grade level. For students who already master all the basics, they get to the point where they put the basics together and make a word or phrase.

  • Kindergarten-Students learn how to read and write the Karen alphabet, learn colors, numbers, and body parts.
  • 1st grade- Students learn how to read and write the Karen alphabet, learn family terms, numbers, and colors.
  • 2nd grade- Students learn how to read and write the Karen alphabet and vowels. We learn shapes, school supplies, colors, and numbers. 
  • 3rd grade-Students learn how to read and  write the Karen alphabet, vowels, and tones. We learn the five senses, Karen clothes items, and 2-d figure shapes.
  • 4th and 5th grade – Students learn how to read and write the Karen alphabet, vowels, tones, and clusters. Students also learn the vocabulary related to greeting and everyday basic communication skills. They learn how to ask and answer questions using who, what, when, where, how, and why.

Website-YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc_RiXpuN9dAex0IHEzyDjw (Poe Hser)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCano-1q_E00mC2t-XC1cPLA (Eh Wah & Eh Ler Tha Voice of Karen)

Library

In Library class all students are exposed to various kinds of literature for their reading pleasure. This is where their love of reading is nurtured. Students also learn and practice researching techniques. Lastly, students learn how to be good Digital Citizens.

Music

In Music Class, students explore many different forms of music through whole-group activity. Through songs, music games, and instruments, students learn to play together, listening to one another and creating something meaningful. In our music class, we explore different styles of music across the globe, focusing on singing and percussion in the lower elementary, and reinforcing those skills by learning recorder, ukulele, and even keyboards and digital music creation in upper elementary grades.

P.E.

Our Physical Education program is used to develop individuals who are proficient at movement and who can use physical activity to: maintain and/or develop physical fitness, develop skills for sport and recreation, use movement for self-expression, enjoyment, challenge, and social interaction, while supporting lifelong physical activity. Our Physical Education curriculum is a sequential, developmentally appropriate educational program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, fitness and attitudes necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle. A physically educated person is someone who participates in health enhancing physical activity; demonstrates competence in selected motor skills; assesses, achieves, and maintains physical fitness; applies cognitive concepts in making wise lifestyle choices; and exhibits appropriate personal-social character traits while participating in physical activity.

Technology

In computer classes all students are taught how to use a variety of computer programs and how to navigate the internet.  IXL (a website), abcya.com, starfall.com, mathplayground.com are used to supplement and reinforce core subject area content and skills.  Students in 2nd-5th grade are taught keyboarding skills and WPM (Words Per Minute) scores are kept to show students their progress.  During 4th Quarter 3rd and 5th grade students will be exposed to beginning 3D printing. (All upper elementary students will use a 3D printer during the 2022-2023 school year.)