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  Monday, June 1, 2020

Geometry in Kindergarten

By Isabelle Gilet

Kindergarten students pick up where their classes left off last year. They no have a good handle on lines and 2D shapes. They are ready to learn about 3D shapes and the world around us! Bravo!

  Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Solids and Liquids – Exploring Water

By Isabelle Gilet

Voici ce que les 2 classes de PK1 font en distance learning sur le thème de l’eau.

What is a liquid? What is a solid? Can a liquid become a solid? We will discover the answer to all of these questions together!

  Monday, May 18, 2020

The Farm – PK0

By Isabelle Gilet

The 2 and 3 year old students just finished up their unit on the farm. They learned french vocabulary and sentence structures. They worked on counting the animals they saw and they also used this theme to explore lines to prepare for writing. Enjoy!

  Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Seeds and Plants – Science in Preschool

By Isabelle Gilet

How do you make a garden grow? Ms. Valerie and Ms. Emilie’s students studied Seeds and Plants. They can know and they can help!

  Monday, May 4, 2020

Prewriting skills- Guided Drawing

By Isabelle Gilet

Students are learning to follow step-by-step instructions while they practice critical pre-writing skills!

  Thursday, February 27, 2020

Mardi Gras

By Isabelle Gilet

Wearing PURPLE, GREEN, and GOLD to celebrate “New Orleans Mardi Gras” and the diversity that exists at our SDFAS community, we had a bead parade.
Upon arrival, the Middle and Elementary school students received beaded necklaces. They looked with admiration upon their older school mates as they paraded around the school. By gently placing his or her own necklace around the neck of one of the little ones, they shared a moment of encouragement and a special bond.

 

  Monday, February 24, 2020

Sculpture Exploration

By Isabelle Gilet

The pk2 classes have developed a partnership with the sculptor Jon Koehler, from Jon Koehler sculpture. He has lent the class’ 4 artworks that the class were allowed to explore by touching and observing. They then choose a sculpture that they will talk about either/or describe and tell their feelings about it for the French ministry of Education action called “Mai au musée” (May at the Museum). This year’s subject is Music, so each class will also pair the sculpture of their choice with one or two music. The video realized for that occasion will be part of an online virtual museum with all the artwork chosen by students around the country.
In a second part of the project we will meet with the sculptor, see how he works and put ourselves in his shoes by creating an individual metallic sculpture.
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  Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sculptor at school

By Isabelle Gilet

TIMG_0205 IMG_1904 IMG_1897 IMG_0164he pk2 classes have developed a partnership with the sculptor Jon Koehler, from Jon Koehler sculpture. He has lent the class’ 4 artworks that the class were allowed to explore by touching and observing. They then choose a sculpture that they will talk about either/or describe and tell their feelings about it for the French ministry of Education action called “Mai au musée” (May at the Museum). This year’s subject is Music, so each class will also pair the sculpture of their choice with one or two music. The video realized for that occasion will be part of an online virtual museum with all the artwork chosen by students around the country.
In a second part of the project we will meet with the sculptor, see how he works and put ourselves in his shoes by creating an individual metallic sculpture.
If you want to know more about Jon’s work, click here:
  Thursday, January 30, 2020

Social Emotional Project for our Winter show

By Isabelle Gilet

spectacle 4All the Preschoolers and Kindergartners  were able to express themselves on stage through one of the most important pillars at SDFAS  : EMOTIONS . We are proud that our students presented an original show on stage and showcase themselves with confidence. We saw and celebrated ANGRY, HAPPY, SAD, SCARED, CALM and EXCITED,… faces. We showed parents how we deal with these big emotions in a healthy way.spectacle 4 spectacle 1 spectacle 2

  Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Creativity and Design- STEAM Project

By Isabelle Gilet

“Out of this world! Welcome to space”

Cardboard Challenge

Pre-Elementary Students are hard at work and building their cardboard creations furiously.

Inspired by Caine’s Arcade Pre-Elementary students take on the cardboard challenge!  The process began with allowing the students to explore, create and imagine things with cardboard. They observe, play with and manipulate the cardboard, becoming familiar with the material.

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SPACE. This year, in particular, exploring the theme was a big part of the project for us as Space is an unfamiliar place for the students. It is challenging to build something that is not part of the kid’s reality and daily life. The students considered many questions:
What do you need to explore it? Is it possible to see from Earth? Why do people go? How do you get there? What is it? Where is it? What do you wear there? Who gets to go? and Who lives there??

The cardboard challenge is one of many opportunities we give to students to exercise and develop their problem-solving skills. It is a great occasion to collaborate and build a project together. Students follow a process, they observe and analyze, then produce their version of something. What’s more, they use recyclable materials, become more familiar with repurposing objects and get to run with their creativity.

These pictures are a sneak preview of the works in progress!