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  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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  Friday, May 18, 2018

Helping students transitioning from Kindergarten to First grade

By Véronique Bevali

Any grade transition can be distressing for students and their parents/caregivers, but this change is particularly challenging for youngsters (and their families) as they move from K to 1st grade. At SDFAS we help students transitioning throughout the year by building opportunities for our K to meet and work with the 1st grade students and teachers. From January till March, 1st grade and K students met once a week to sing together under the direction of Claire Selva, 1st grade teacher. Last week, our K visited the first grade classes: they sat at the desks and the 1st grade teachers explained to them how everything works. Then 1st grade and K started to have recess together. Next week they will have lunch together in the elementary lunch area.

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1st grade seems now like a really nice adventure, and our K are ready!

  Friday, May 11, 2018

Science challenge in Pre-elementary: Conclusion

By Véronique Bevali

Our PK1 & 2 classes are participating in a science challenge with the AEFE network of French school in North America. For the “défi science” they have to make 3 objects: one that shows the presence of the wind, one that shows the wind’s direction and one that can measure the wind’s strength. In previous posts, we followed their observations and experiments. Now the project is completed. Please follow the link to see the whole process and its conclusion.

https://padlet.com/pre_elementary_director/SDFAS_DefiScience_2018

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It is never too early to begin to integrate academic learning and intellectual learning. Laying the foundation for the development of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) skills at the early childhood level is critical to helping students to develop the necessary thinking and collaborating skills that they will need later.

  Friday, May 4, 2018

PK1 celebrated interculturality at Chicano Park

By Véronique Bevali

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Our 3 PK1 classes went to Chicano Park located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, in Barrio Logan. The park is home to the country’s largest collection of 72 outdoor graffiti, as well as various sculptures, earthworks, and an architectural piece dedicated to the cultural heritage of the community. Before the field trip, our students had a class museum experience: they created art pieces à la manière de Frida Kahlo and studied details of the various murals. In the park, they were divided in small groups and armed with pictures; they did a clue hunt to locate the details of their pictures in the park graffiti.

To complete their trip into the Chicano culture, our students, staff and parents volunteers had a “concha” from a panaderia for snack and stopped by Old Town for a tortilla making demonstration and typical Mexican lunch.

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  Friday, April 13, 2018

Science challenge in Pre-elementary (Part 2)

By Véronique Bevali

 

Our pre-elementary students are participating in a science challenge with the AEFE network of French schools in North America. For the “défi science” they were asked to make 3 objects: one that shows the presence of the wind, one that shows the wind’s direction and one that can measure the wind’s strength.

SDFAS PK2 scientists are at work: observing, making hypothesis and experimenting: They tried to trap air in bags, blew through straw to do art, and build a rocket balloon that flew across the room.

Science is fun!

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  Friday, April 6, 2018

Science challenge in Pre-elementary (Part 1)

By Véronique Bevali

Our PK1 are participating in a science challenge with the AEFE network of French school in North America. For the “défi science” they have to make 3 objects : one that shows the presence of the wind, one that shows the wind’s direction and one that can measure the wind’s strength. Today, we will not talk about the results, but more about the process: Our students started first to investigate/explore questions:

How to move a feather without touching it? They came back with a lot of solutions: blowing, slapping the table with their hands, stomping right next to the feather (mixed results with that one). Then they discovered a few tools and tried them with the same objective: moving the feather without touching it. SDFAS PK1 scientists are at work: observing, making hypothesis and experimenting. We will continue to follow their research.
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  Friday, March 30, 2018

Another Example of Active Learning

By Véronique Bevali

 

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Our PK2 students have been working on number recognition and simple addition. In the class, they built giant dominoes to connect symbol with quantity and add numbers. Today they were outside doing a game of dominoes. They were active in their learning, engaged and having fun. This is another example of active learning where a multi-sensory approach allows us to reach different learning styles.

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