Smith, Ami


  • 8:40 - 9:00 Morning Meeting

    9:05 - 9:30 Foundational Skills

    9:30 - 9:55 Math / ELA Core Instruction

    9:55 - 10:05 Break
    10:05 - 11:30 Student Support and small groups
    12:30 - 1:30 independent work / intervention

    1:30  Specialist

    2:00 - 3:10 indepenent work / intervention

Professional Biography

  • In January of 2020, I began the Future Ready Kindergarten program at Lacey Elementary for students entering kindergarten the next fall.  This is a fantastic program for students new to school.  This fall, I will teach 2nd grade at Lacey elementary.  I'm happy to be part of the Lacey school family and ready for the new challenge of remote learning.    
    I have also taught kindergarten and 1st grade in North Thurston Public Schools. Before I came to NTPS,  I worked as an elementary school English Language Learner Specialist, an elementary school librarian, and I have taught English to adults and children in the U.S. and overseas. 

    When I am not busy teaching children, I enjoy spending time with my family.  My husband Chris and I are foster parents to a two year old boy and we also have a son Mathias who will begin kindergarten this fall.  Together, our family likes to hike, visit parks, ride bikes, watch cartoons, and play Star Wars.  I like to read, go to the gym, and try new recipes.  

    I am passionate about teaching children social and emotional skills that they need to be successful in school and life.  I love to view classroom challenges as opportunities to learn and grow together with my students.  My students and I work hard to create a school family that is safe, connected and solves problems together.

    I would like to give a warm welcome to my new second grade students and families for 2020 - 21.  I’m glad you’re in my class this year!

Book List

  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

    by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish Year Published: 2012 parenting

    "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk" gives parents and caregivers multiple strategies for dealing with the most common and frustrating parent experiences.  

    While reading this book you will gain tools for helping your child deal with their feelings, engaging your child's cooperation, alternatives to punishment, and more.  

    Look for this title at the public library.  I checked out the audio book and listened while driving in my car.  Another book available from the public library is "How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen".  

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  • Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline

    by Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D. Year Published: 2000 parenting

    Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict Into Cooperation has all the components of "Conscious Discipline" which I base my classroom management on, but is written for parents.  

    This book can help parents to gain skills for saying no and being heard, building your child's self esteem, encouraging your child, increasing cooperation, handling tantrums and fits, and helping children learn from their mistakes.  

    A feature that I love about this book is that it gives parents the right words to say in discipline situations. Personally, I write down lines from the book and post them on my refrigerator to use with my child at home. At the back of the book is a seven week program for implementing each of the skills outlined in the book.  

    Check out the "link library" on this web-site for discipline tips and FAQ's about Conscious Discipline.  

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  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

    by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson Year Published: 2012 Parenting, Child Development

    This book introduces 12 key strategies for parents, teachers, and caregivers which foster healthy brain development.  Learn about the different parts of the brain and their role in making good decisions and balancing emotions.  By using the strategies described, you can turn outbursts, arguments, and your child's fears into opportunities for growth.

    This title is available as a book on CD from the public library.  

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  • No-Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

    by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson Year Published: 2016 parenting

    The authors of "The Whole-Brain Child" describe clear and easy to remember strategies for dealing with most discipline situations.  You can feel better about yourself as a parent and see misbehavior as an opportunity to shape your child's developing brain.  Key concepts include discipline = teaching and "connect and redirect". A handy "refrigerator sheet" is included in the back of the book that crystalizes the key information.  I loved this book and practice the strategies at home with my own child.

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