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  Friday, January 12, 2018

Exploring another French tradition: La Galette des Rois

By Véronique Bevali

With the arrival of January comes another French celebration with the galette des rois – the “king cake.” It’s a flaky, sweet cake served warm, straight out of the oven. But the pleasure brought by a galette des rois isn’t merely due to its delicious taste – it’s also the anticipation of wondering whether you will be the lucky one to discover la fève, a tiny charm, buried inside one of the slices. If you are, you’re “king for a day” and take your place in a 700-year old French tradition! Each class had a galette des rois, and we had a lot of royalties this week at SDFAS. In Sophie’s class, the king was Mattin, and he picked his queen, Stella.

Long live the King!
Long live the King!

 

 

  Friday, January 5, 2018

PK2 students in a P.E/Math active learning activity

By Véronique Bevali

This week our PK2 students discovered a classic game “le beret” or “steal the bacon”. Each player has a number written in his/her hands. The “bacon“ is placed in the center of the playing area. A teacher calls out a number and all students with that number run to pick up the “bacon.”

Beret PK2

It is a lot of fun and a great way to demonstrate the advantages of kinesthetic learning. In kinesthetic learning, movements and actions replace more passive forms of learning, such as listening to the teacher explaining a concept. Our young students work on numeration, are active participants in their learning and even more important in PK, they enjoy learning!

  Friday, December 15, 2017

Jingle Bells

By Véronique Bevali

 

Playing the handbells combines simplicity and challenges at the same time. It supports auditory skills development such as sound awareness and pitch perception, stimulates the brain and builds up memory, including musical memory. In Early Childhood education handbells are often used to enhance gross coordination skills development. But mostly it is fun!

  Friday, December 8, 2017

PK1: how do we expand our learning around a theme (the body)

By Véronique Bevali

Our Pk1 students focused on the body. They started by reading “la promenade de Flaubert”: During a stroll, the wind blows so hard that Flaubert accessories and body parts fly away! He is able to find everything back, though he might just look a bit different. The children love the story

Our 3 classes built Flaubert out of paper, blew on him, put him back together, developing body parts language and space awareness.

You probably saw some of the work derived from the theme in the classrooms. Check the video made by Alexandra in PK1: the students built a ‘child life size” patient. They then transformed in surgeon and operated on different body parts.

 

 

  Friday, December 1, 2017

SDFAS at La Jolla Christmas Parade

By Véronique Bevali

 

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SDFAS will participate in the 60th La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival with a Christmas float reflecting our program values. We will have a strong representation with 40 students and their families. Don’t hesitate to join us; the parade will start at 1:30 P.M from the corner of Girard Avenue & Kline Street.

 

  Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Charade

By Véronique Bevali

 

 

 

3D, answer, ask, background, business, businessman, cartoon, character, communication, competition, concept, confusion, design, doubt, face, figure, find, graphic, hand, help, human, humorous, icon, idea, illustration, information, illustration, information, isolated, male, man, mark, mind, people, pose, problem, quest, question, red, search, sign, silhouette, solution, strategy, symbol, think, white, why, worry.

Clue#1- My first is the note that follows SO

Clue#2 – My second is a jewel in Spanish

Clue#3 – My third is the first syllable of the place where your heart belongs to

Clue#4- My fourth is the family name of a famous martial arts actor and artist

Clue#6 – My fifth is the opposite of night

Clue#7 – My sixth means “step” in French

Clue#8 – My eighth means “two” in French

My whole charade is where we hope to see you marching with us on Sunday December 3, next to a festive decorated float expressing SDFAS global education and international identity!

  Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

By Véronique Bevali

What is Thanksgiving when you are 3? Our PK1 students are maybe a little confused about this wonderful tradition, but they know how special it is.

SDFAS Pre-Elementary team wish you a great Thanksgiving.

  Friday, November 17, 2017

SDFASDFAS pre-elementary artists show at La Jolla Library

By Véronique Bevali

Starting November 15th, La Jolla Library will kindly welcome our PK0 to K students’ art productions.

Our fabulous( and very efficient) volunteers, Vanessa and Angela, installed the exhibit. They had the opportunity to have first glance at our young artists works.

La Jolla 2

This year, a lot of the art works revolves around geometry and basic shapes. What better way to learn about lines or circles than to study the works of Klee, Mondrian, Dubuffet or Kusama. For their works on emotions, our Kindergarteners used Van Gogh, Boutten and Pollock.

Please stop by the library to discover the entire exhibit, we know that you will be impressed.

  

Charade!

By Véronique Bevali

Clue#3: My third is the first syllable of the place where your heart belongs

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Clue#1 – my first is the note that follows SO

Clue#2 – my second is a jewel in Spanish

  Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Charade!

By Véronique Bevali

 

Clue#2: My second is a jewel in Spanish.

Reminder of clue#1: My first is the note that follows SO.

Watch out for clue#3!

3D, answer, ask, background, business, businessman, cartoon, character, communication, competition, concept, confusion, design, doubt, face, figure, find, graphic, hand, help, human, humorous, icon, idea, illustration, information, illustration, information, isolated, male, man, mark, mind, people, pose, problem, quest, question, red, search, sign, silhouette, solution, strategy, symbol, think, white, why, worry.