Fourth graders are learning about the solar system in French. The San Diego Astronomy Association brought 4 telescopes for students to view the clear night sky on Monday, November 11th. The students returned to school at 5:30pm to enjoy the opportunity to view a full moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury, other bright star clusters- as well as a surprise group of satellites passing by! The students used their knowledge learned in French to ask questions in English to the members. We could hear everyone sharing knowledge in both English and French all night long.
Keeping up with the most effective teaching practices to promote learning is a priority for teachers at SDFAS. One such method is flexible seating. It helps students gain learning autonomy, stay focused for long periods of time and work effectively.
Flexible seating fonctions in two phases.
It begins in a classic frontal instruction style. Teachers ask students to be attentive during short lessons and/or the presentation of instructions.
In phase two, the students are invited to put into practice what has been taught. They will settle down to work where they are most comfortable. Students have the choice to sit anywhere within the classroom empowering them and giving them some control over their environment within the established frame.
The ability to move about makes time in class more enjoyable for everyone.
As we do every year, we have celebrated Halloween at SDFAS. After welcoming many grand-parents, following the pre-school parade, the elementary students have presented a new flash-mob.
Here is the video:
Throughout the year, the 4th graders researched and prepared all the necessary steps to create a “Zen” garden. This class project is above all a collaborative school project. The students studied the culture of Japan through various subjects and topics. They were able to observe the details of the Japanese Friendship Garden located in Balboa Park, design their own 3-D mini “Zen” garden, as well as create a blueprint for a larger scaled one. Then the students came together to realize the life-size garden and have begun to finalize the completion of the project with help from their parents. The “Zen” garden seeks to interpret nature (through design) and realizing it (by implementing the plans). This garden creates opportunities for mindfulness to reflect on nature and the world around us.
The 5th graders had their final field trip last week to Astrocamp. In the beautiful town of Idyllwild, students worked on many different science activities. They had fun, they learned, and they made wonderful memories during a unique experience shared with their classmates.
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Each year the 4th Grade students attend an eventful, 3-day and 2-night field trip to Rawhide Ranch located in Bonsall. They gain confidence and independence while learning new skills and information during activities and work collaboratively to take care of the animals present at the Ranch. They always leave with fun and lasting memories of their horse, friendships, and accomplishments.
In 1st and 2nd grade students are invited to express themselves poetically based on their experiences at school. They began this project with the help of the teacher and then, little by little, became more autonomous and created their haikus by counting the verses and using a specific vocabulary. This activity also allows them to help each other, improve their work and then share their creations.
The third grade forum was a big success this morning. Family and lower elementary students enjoyed a wonderful slideshow featuring different learning experiences the third graders had throughout their school year. The third graders also impressed the audience with their beautiful singing of “Je Veux Apprendre Paroles,” a French song describing what it means to be great students, and “Count on Me,” an English song about the importance of friendship. The third graders worked very hard to be ready for their forum, and their French and American teachers could not be more proud.