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  Tuesday, May 23, 2017


By Ariel Arsac-Ellison


Our young actors are are shining stars!  Every week, they vivdly and creatively express themselves with more confidence!  Through theatre games and acting in short plays, they are practicing stage presence and etiquette, movement, voice projection, emotional expression and becoming characters in stories.  They especially enjoy being the lions and jugglers in the circus play they will soon perform!

Picture below: students expressing how they like to wake up


Picture below: after the students wake up, they react to their parents saying “Guess what we’re going to do today!”


Picture below: students interpreting how an animal shows it is “fierce”


ASA Drumming

By Ariel Arsac-Ellison

Our ASA World Hand Drumming participants are actively engaging in the rhythmic musicality of percussion instruments!  In addition to learning a few world music rhythms (specific to djembes and other world drums), they especially enjoy creating their own music … using syllables of their names (and the names of family members), favorite foods and animals to create rhythm patterns; exploring the different sounds and tones each instrument can make;  and writing their own Boomwhacker music!


  Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ASA Kids Dance Adventure

By Ariel Arsac-Ellison

In the ASA Kids Dance Adventure, children are working on the Circus theme, and the Circus act is coming along great. We have a clown act, hula hoop tricks, and a sweet little intermission dance.



  Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ASA Mathematical Problem Solving

By Ariel Arsac-Ellison

In the Math Problem Solving ASA this week we thought about sharing cookies evenly among 9 children, and figured out properties of remainders (les restes) when numbers are added or multiplied.  After solving the problems on the worksheet below, we deduced the rule for deciding if a number is divisible by 9, without doing the division.

Having learned how to do this kind of problem fast, we divided into two teams and competed to solve a sequence of speed problems.

02nines 5.3.17

  Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ASA Yoga & Nia

By Ariel Arsac-Ellison

Our wonderful Kids Nia/Yoga class was full of fun, friendship, and exploration.  Children mastered the 5 stages of Nia as well as key yoga poses such as cat/cow; down dog; up dog; airplane; moon; eagle; and a favorite, savasana. They worked with the Emotion Dance and Freeze Dances during Nia time and “yoga clock” during yoga time. They learned about healthy foods and explored things that they love in life through art work. They learned to still their minds with mudra (hand positions) along with mantra (repeated sounds).  Ask them about their “Sa – ta – na- ma” exercise!




ASA Theater

By Ariel Arsac-Ellison

Acting is an active way of telling stories.  During this after school theater program, students learned storytelling and theater basics by actively engaging in theater games, improvisation, enacting scenes and puppetry – all of which invite exploration of voice, body, movement and emotion!

  Friday, April 7, 2017

ASA Kids Dance Adventure

By Ariel Arsac-Ellison

For the last class Monday children got face painting


ASA Les beaux arts

By Ariel Arsac-Ellison

Children learned about different artists such as Matisse, Vasarely, Van Gogh…

This class is available for the last session in Spring.


ASA Chess

By Ariel Arsac-Ellison

Tuesday was the last Chess ASA class. If you would like your child to continue please register online at:

  Thursday, April 6, 2017

ASA Mathematical Problem Solving

By Ariel Arsac-Ellison

In the last Mathematical Problem Solving class this week we studied even and odd numbers, les entiers pairs et impairs.  We used some simple algebra to prove that the sum of two even numbers is even, the sum of two odd numbers is even, and an even number plus an odd number is odd.  We also explored the even/odd pattern in Pascal’s triangle.  The students asked about numbers that are evenly divisible by 3, or have a remainder of 1, or of 2.  We decided to call those numbers “threeven”, “throdd”, and “negathrodd”, respectively.  The name of the last comes from the observation one of the students made, that having a remainder of 2 is the same as having a remainder of -1.

Attached is the worksheet.

4.6.17 Math Solving