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September: Principled

Click the followings links and then find the title below to hear a story about being principled:

Howard and the Monkey on His Back
Howard on Yes or No: A Fable About Trust


October: Communicator

To Be a Communicator from the International School in Dusseldorf, Germany

Kid President Videos:

20 Things We Should Say More Often
Kid President Shares Your Things We Should Say More Often


November: Balanced

Here is a great site for learning about how to cook healthy and great-tasting food!

“350 step-by-step video recipes.” Chicken nachos to Sea Turtle Taters and even some Turkey Cupcakes for the holidays!


“Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns Too Much of a Good Thing is Bad”

Click on the peach-colored book to see an animated version of the book.


December: Caring

Video that will change your life


Be Caring

Kindness Boomerang

Share Care Job

Pay It Forward


This is a great video for intermediate students of the affect one person can have on other people’s lives:

Unsung Hero

Filling Your Bucket video, based on the book

Filling Your Bucket

A Howard B. Wigglebottom video:

The Power of Christmas Giving

A fun video with a 5 yr. old talking about things you can do to be kind:

Be Kind by Sophia

A video from the Naik Foundation about how kindness can be passed along: (Only available on YouTube so it contains advertising and video promos)



Kid President Videos:

20 Things We Should Say More Often

Kid President Shares Your Things We Should Say More Often


January: Open Minded

What is Culture: Elementary Lesson

If the World Were a Village


February: Thinker


March: Inquirer

Spanish Alphabet


April: Reflective

May: Courageous/ Risk-Taker

For the Heroes


June: Knowledgeable


The IB Learner Profile:
Bringing it Home!


The Learner Profile is a cornerstone of the IB program. Our goal is for our students to learn to be “internationally-minded” and the profile is how that term is defined. We want our students to be:

  • Principled—we do the right thing even when no one is looking
  • Communicators—we share and receive ideas and information in more than one language (our chosen world language is Spanish)
  • Balanced—we understand the importance of balancing work and play in our lives and taking good care of our minds and bodies
  • Caring—we show empathy, compassion and respect and seek to make a difference in the world around us
  • Open Minded—we appreciate our own culture and that of others and listen to other points of view
  • Thinkers—we use critical and creative thinking skills to become problem-solvers
  • Inquirers—we are curious about our world, learn independently and are enthusiastic about learning
  • Reflective—we think about our learning and what we can do to become better learners
  • Courageous/ Risk-Takers—we are not afraid to try new things, even if we’re unsure
  • Knowlegeable—we explore our understanding across a broad range of subject areas and engage with issues and ideas that have global significance


Here are some ideas for things you can do at home to help support your child’s understanding of the Learner Profile attributes we are working on this fall. We started with Principled in September and will keep adding new attributes each month!


Principled: September

  • Notice when your child has done something without being reminded or asked to and let them know that they made a “principled” choice.
  • Play a board game with them and talk about how following the rules make the game more fun.
  • When your child wins a game, insist that they be a well-mannered winner by shaking hands with their opponent or thanking them.
  • At school, we give “grow leaves” when a child has made a principled choice. You can make your own tree at home for them to post their grow leaves when they bring them home. Encourage your child to think of ways they might earn a grow leaf at school. You could even give them “grow leaves” for things they do at home!

Communicators: October

  • Encourage your child to stay in touch with relatives and friends who live in other countries. Use whatever technology you have at home to write, draw pictures, or even make videos to help keep in touch!
  • Model being a good listener. Listen closely when your child talks to you and ask them questions about what they are telling you.
  • Learn a new language with them! We have books in English and Spanish in our library that your child can check out and bring home.

Balanced: November

  • Model this attribute as a parent—spend time as a family doing many different activities.
  • On a weekend day, ask your child or help your child to keep track of how much time they spend in active play and how much in quiet activities. Talk about what they could do to have time for both.
  • Monitor “screen time”. It’s easy to get caught up in a television show or video game or computer game and lose track of time. Make an agreement for how much screen time your child can have and set a timer. Make a plan for something to do together when the timer goes off, like make dinner together or go play in the leaves!

Caring: December

  • Model the caring behavior you would like to see in your child. Use kind words, help others, hold a door for a person coming in behind you—even the little things matter!
  • Care for the earth by reusing and recycling everything you can. Ask your child how they do this at school and have them help make a plan for how they could help do it at home.
  • Volunteer with your child to help a neighbor or to work in the school garden or with a Birchwood neighborhood group. Write your child a thank-you note for helping!

Open-Minded: January

  • Talk with your children at dinner about the foods that they are eating that come from your background or culture. Even better, teach them how to make those foods!
  • When you serve new foods to your children, encourage them to respond with either “that was good” or “that was interesting” rather than respond negatively to new foods. If they don’t like something, reassure them that they may develop a taste for it as they get older.
  • Look for events to attend that highlight different cultures. In March, for example, the Jewish community offers a Purim carnival for everyone at Bloedel Donovan Park with lots of fun games for kids and great food! The Bellingham Herald event calendar has a list of local events at:

Thinkers: February

  • Encourage your child to think of solutions to problems independently rather than offer them solutions. When it’s possible, let them decide something for themselves.
  • Pose real life problems and questions to your child. “How can we arrange these toys to fit in this cupboard?” “How can we make it easier in the morning to get ready for school?”
  • Ask your child questions when they are working on a problem. “Do you have any ideas of how we can begin?” Listen to answers and ask them to “tell me more about it”.