At SDFAS, students are exposed to a diversity of learning situations. Teachers use cross-disciplinary methods in order to help students build meaningful knowledge. For instance, part of the science program in 1st grade is dedicated to practicing the scientific approach (questioning, observing, experimenting, describing…). During the same activity, students reinvest the vocabulary they have learned and incorporate their knowledge on size and measurement, which is a part of the mathematics program.
A memorable musical moment shared with our SDFAS community. Many thanks to Claire and the 5th graders students choir who sang extracts of the French opera “Nous n’irons pas à l’opéra” (we will not go to the opera), written by Julien Joubert.
In Period Two, the 3rd graders learned about animal adaptations in Science. The students conducted individual research on various animal adaptations: Scientific Names, Climate, Habitat, Diet, Physical Adaptations, Behavioral Adaptations, and Interesting Facts. The research project was designed to enhance the students’ research, artistic, reading, and writing skills as they learned about animal adaptations.
In September, Mr. Moncelet (5th grade) and Mr. Giot (6th grade) decided to embark on a fun and innovative project that would give students opportunity to work together on their geometrical skills.
After a few workshops on Math class time, students were ready to apply their skills to the drawing of giant geometric shapes on the blacktop. On Monday November 13 and Tuesday November 14, the two groups (6B/5B on Monday and 6A/5A on Tuesday) were tracing giant 2-meter diameter shapes on the blacktop, using chalk and ropes for measurement.
1st grade students learn how to write in cursive once or twice a week. After working on specific white boards, they write on their French note books with “Seyes” lines. The French cursive is a demanding graphic technique that allows students to develop fine motor skills, and teaches them to remain focused over a long period of time.
Started last year, the robotic program continues this year from 1st to 5th grade. During this period (November-December) 2nd and 3rd grades work on geometry: they draw figures and shapes using Pro-Bot.
On Monday, October 16, both 1st grade classes went on a field trip in Julian to visit the orchard Calico Ranch. Thanks to the owners David and Amparo Young (also parents at SDFAS), the children learned about apple culture and work. They picked up apples from trees, made apple juice and had the pleasure to taste delicious organic apples and pears. The ranch has no less than 120 different varieties of apples. The children were surprised and impressed to discover some apple trees are almost 70 years old! An ideal field trip integrated in a long term project for the first graders this year around trees and forest.
Claire Selva – Sarah Leboyer – Elisabeth Perdereau
On Thursday, October 12th, the 5th grade and 7th grade classes met for a series of activities. These activities were designed to build connections between the students of both grades in order to prepare 5th graders for the transition to middle school and foster friendship between the students of both classes. As an icebreaker, groups of three and four played “two truths and a lie,” where the other participants had to guess which statements that the others told about themselves were true and which ones were false. After the icebreaker, the students switched groups, and the 5th grade students asked the 7th graders questions about life in middle school. it is the hope that the 5th graders and 7th graders can use this introduction to each other as the starting point for a continued connection when both classes are together in middle school.
Emmanuel Parello, Julien Moncelet
Our first session of sailing went great! The students were so happy even though they had a lot of theory this time (parts of the boat, winds, how to navigate and cooperate on the sabot…). All students passed their mandatory swim test and were able to enjoy sailing.
Binetou Badiane-Maggio, Alice Kong, François Tregouët
After our field trip to Wild Willows farm, we better understand plant and animal adaptations to the desert-beach climate. Wild Willows Farm is situated in Imperial Beach next to the Tijuana River Valley. Second Grade discovered that a river ran through the area when the students collected little seashells.
The students also learned about water preservation, composting and recycling.
We also took time to smell, feel and taste different plants. Everybody wanted to stay longer.
Murielle Brimaldi, Emily Loomis & Caroline Dumas