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  Friday, November 16, 2018

Ça roule!

By Véronique Bevali

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!

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  Friday, November 9, 2018

SDFAS PK2 discovered Ozobot

By Véronique Bevali

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?

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  Friday, October 19, 2018

Robotics, a tool for learning and sharing

By François Trégouët

      For the last 2 months, Kindergarten students have counted, added and subtracted by programming little robots called “Beebot”. Meanwhile, the 4th graders were learning how to code polygons using “Probot”, an advanced version of the “Beebot”. In addition to the required Geometry skills, they acquired specific coding knowledge: loops, logic and debugging.

      All this work led to a meeting between both classes so they could share their new skills during a cooperative lesson. The older students had to program their Probot to trace different polygons. Then, they asked the younger ones to name the figures in French and English, and to point to the correct word among others on a document. A great active pedagogical experience, full of kindness and cooperation to learn better.

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  Friday, October 12, 2018

Taste Week 2018 Edition

By Véronique Bevali

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Each year SDFAS Pre-Elementary section celebrates “la semaine du Goût” (Taste Week), with numerous activities revolving around food. During the 2018 Edition, our students trod grapes, cooked with chefs, and discovered food from India, Turkey, France, and Syria. They blinded tested, compared and contrasted fresh fruits and dry fruits. They organized a market with a lemonade stand, a salty cake stand and a coconut cake stand. What a week!

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  Friday, October 5, 2018

Cardboard Challenge: sharing our creations

By Véronique Bevali

After a month of working on concepts, picking a vehicle, designing it, improving it, our students finally shared their creations today with SDFAS teachers, students, and parents. They were so proud and everybody had the opportunity to play with a red plane, a bus, a train, a spaceship, a balloon, a pink plane and some race cars.

Two constructions stations were also available to allow our visitors to create their own vehicle. It was a great celebration of our students creativity and imagination.

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  Sunday, September 30, 2018

Mindfulness through Yoga and Meditation in SDFAS K.

By Véronique Bevali

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During quiet time, Kindergarten students engage in relaxation activities like yoga, meditation, and massages. These massages are done with slow and gentle movements. The gestures we choose are based on natural elements from the weather such as rain, sun, wind… In that way, a mental picture is created.

Massages help to reduce the chance of cumulative fatigue in the morning. They also build new interactions between classroom peers, as we reinforce what we know about Social Emotional Learning.

This quiet activity happens once or twice a week in French and in English. It’s a time that students appreciate a lot because they can relax and recharge their battery for the rest of the day!

  Friday, September 21, 2018

Design Thinking in Early Childhood Education

By Véronique Bevali

 

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San Diego French American School will celebrate creativity by providing an opportunity for its youngest students to play and learn by using simple materials to build the things they imagine. The theme this year is Transportation. Let’s encourage our children to explore their interests and passions and use this as a way to reinforce language and work on valuable “21st Century” skills such as critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork.

  Friday, June 8, 2018

PK0 students on their first field trip

By Véronique Bevali

Our PK0 students went to SDFAS sport field to discover some animals: Giant rabbit, goat, alpagas, ducks, and more. They loved it!

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  Friday, June 1, 2018

Kindergarten Graduation 2018

By Véronique Bevali

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This morning we celebrated our Kindergarten Graduation.

A study find that “The average Kindergarten student has already spent 5,000 hours in front of a TV screen, nearly as much time as necessary for a university student to complete a bachelor’s degree!” SDFAS students, with 25 hours of instruction per week and 35 weeks per year, from PK1 to Kindergarten, will have spent about 3,000 hours in an incredibly varied, enriching learning environment: 3,000 hours not spent in front of a TV screen but in rich interactive educational activities, immersed in languages, mixing with friends from a large variety of backgrounds.

An incredible start for elementary school, that gives them a global perspective preparing them to make positive changes in tomorrow’s world.

Congratulation SDFAS Kindergarteners !

  Friday, May 25, 2018

Structured block play: introduction of 3D

By Véronique Bevali

 

Our PK1 classes were asked to reproduce a structure from a model or blueprint. It is a challenging activity that boosts spatial learning. Building structures encourages a child to test spatial relationships and mentally rotate objects in the mind’s eye. It also helps in the development of hand eye coordination. Learning math concepts through manipulation and games is the best way to make our young children curious and motivated to master a concept. Learning should always be fun!

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