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.
All 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.
“Out of this world! Welcome to space”
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.
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!
This year all our pre-elementary classes switched to positive reinforcement. We adopted a token economy in which pebbles are given individually but at the end of the day, the students empty their little buckets into the group bucket to contribute to a group reward that the students choose together.
This system allows us to focus on good choices and create group cohesion. Collective rewards varied since the beginning of the year: In K we had painting on the windows, eating in the classroom, having hot chocolate etc.This week our KA filled up their collective bucket and decided together that they wanted their teachers to organize an Alpha hunt.
Fairy tale and Robotics
Do you know The Three Little Pigs? Like most people you must have read the story or seen the cartoon. Our PK2 students created a new version of it, using tiny robots: the Ozobots. The principle is simple: the robot follows any traced line on paper, representing a drawing, an art piece or… a fairy tale character’s path. Children were able to place all the elements from The Three Little Pigs on a large sheet of paper (spatial orientation), to trace the wolf’s route (memorization and story segmentation), and to narrate the tale live, observing the robot-wolf literally moving along the story (oral skills). How exciting it was to create an animated RoboTale, moving in front of our eyes!
Anne Ferton, SDFAS PK2C teacher, is following a yearlong training with the Mission Laïque Française on body percussions. Body percussion is a brilliant way to create music in a group. It is also valuable for internalizing fundamental musical concepts including rhythm, beat and tempo. Through her personal music experience (Anne was the lead singer in a band) and this intense training, Anne will be stomping, clapping hands and clicking fingers, with her students to put in music stories created in the class. We are all waiting for their first performance!
After creating a repertoire of sound effects with their mouth and their body, Anne and her students associated each sound effect with an image. As with musical notes, students were able to create their own sound scores and play them with their bodies.
Our PK0 students investigated how some objects move when placed on an inclined plane, or ramp. They went to the auditorium to explore different kind of ramps, small and big.
They discovered that some objects roll down, some slide down, and some do not move at all. They definitively prefer the ones that roll!
And they even did the same experiment in class with paint…. So messy but so fun!
SDFAS PK2 classes went to our first Robotic class this week. They discovered Ozobot, a little toy robot that can identify lines, colors and codes on both digital surfaces, such as an iPad, and physical surfaces, such as paper.
François prepared a few large sheets of paper with lines of different colors. Our PK2 students turned on the Ozobots and observed: They realized that the robots were following the lines and changed colors according to the color of the lines they were riding on. GREAT JOB EVERYBODY! What are they going to discover next week?