Physics in PK2
Yes our students are exposed to some concepts related to Physics.
In PK2 they had to understand and resolve a few new concepts: what shapes of objects will be able to roll or slide down, and how to increase their speed when rolling down.
They spent a few classes building slopes using cardboards or papers, creating some more or less steep slopes, observing the kind of objects that would roll better, and making conclusions.
In our French curriculum, all the Math skills have the power to help our students develop some important tools to structure their way of thinking. One of the skills the Kindergarten study is “Reproduce an assembly from a template (puzzle, tiling, construction)”.
The children will have to manipulate after a precise observation which will help them to understand some abstract concepts such as space visualization.
Another skill they need to master is “Count to compare two given sets”. This skill may appear an easy one but to achieve it you need to have fully understood the quantities which is a difficult skill that our students at SDFAS start to learn from PK0, with a quantity of 2 objects, then 3 objects in PK1, 5 objects in PK2 and finally they will easily master the quantity of 10 objects.
Our PK1 students spend some time acquiring this next Math skill:”Identify a pattern and continue the sequence”. This particular skill will allow them to develop their logical way of thinking and prepare them for problem solving.
Being able to count is not being able to recite the numbers. This is only one of the various Math Number sense concepts our students will master by the end of Kindergarten.
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A tool to help our students progress with their French oral
One of the favorite tools our French teachers use with their students to help them improve their oral vocabulary and language are the “Oral album”.
Those albums are created to teach the students how to strengthen their oral and improve their speech skills. The story is told by the teacher, not read as with a normal book, to the children.
The main goal is that the students get fully familiar with the language used to tell the story, by listening to the CD audio which comes with the album as often as they wish and individually.
At the end, the students are invited to tell the story using their own words usually greatly enriched by the appropriation of the vocabulary and sentences used in the story told.
Those albums offer different levels of oral skills (PK1, PK2 and Kindergarten levels).