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.
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!
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.
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.
PK1 parents presenting a country
Our section was an active participant of the SDFAS International Week. PK2 and K students enrolled in the Mandarin program performed on Wednesday, March 21st. The following day the Kindergarteners sang with the 1st graders in Basque. 11 Pre-elementary students participated in the “Défilé des langues” and spoke in Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese and Breton. Kindergarteners went around the world and visited the classrooms of older students who prepared a lot of fun activities related to a country. In the PK1 and PK2 classrooms, our wonderful parents presented to very curious students, aspects of their culture. It was another great opportunity to celebrate the diversity of SDFAS community!
Our K discovering Japan with the 8th grade K and 1st grade Choir
Mandarin PK2 Mandarin K
This week to work on balance, our Pre-Elementary students did a balance course, walking on a beam, using spooner boards, moving with some clip cloppers and going through some unstable obstacles.
Balance is an important building block for so many skills! In order to move safely, a child must be able to switch from balanced position to balanced position. With good balance and coordination there is less likelihood of injury, as children will react with appropriate postural responses when needed (e.g. putting hands out to protect themselves when they fall off their bike).
Using only basic symbols to represent the different parts of the story, our PK2 students created their own version of the three little pigs. They then went to visit the Kindergarteners and used their wordless book to tell the story to their friends.
Wordless books, are reading before reading: Young children are empowered to be the storyteller instead of having to listen to adults. It is also a great tool to work on inferences, and story structure: Without words, students have to rely on their symbolic representation of the story to infer what is happening next. Always in our pre-elementary program, we have to consider the fun factor of an activity, and wordless books are fun! The story is always changing and evolving each time you “read” it. Children love to create and use their imaginations, and wordless books provide an outlet for that. It’s amazing to see the ideas they have and the way they process the information. A classic story can become something quite different than the “original version”.
Francois Tregouet, STEAM Coordinator and 3rd grade teacher, lead an collaborative project between 4th graders and kindergarteners. The 4th graders studied polygons and learned how to code Probot to trace them. Kindergarteners learned to identify polygons, named them, both in English and French, and recognized their names in capital letter, lowercase and cursive. Both grades then met: the 4th graders coded Probot to trace polygons and Kindergarteners had to name them orally, and identify them by their writing as well. This is a perfect example of peer teaching, with a twist of high-tech!
This week our PK0 students had their first mini-forum. They presented a mimed story in French ” le village de Chut”. Some of our young students were still intimidated by the setting and the presence of so many parents and friends, but most of them were really proud and happy to perform for an audience. Then our PK2 did a song and dance number for a captivated public. “Les trois petits cochons” and farm animals were the theme of their performance, and a reflection of the classroom learning.
Again a great performance from SDFAS preschoolers!
Our PK0 are using the Album “ toutes les couleurs” d’Alex Sanders as a starting point to introduce the vocabulary of the body. In the album, a cute little rabbit is playing outside, and ends up with a green bottom from the grass, a red mouth from the strawberry, brown feet from the mud and so on. Our students are creating their own album, painting the background, and acting the part of the adventurous rabbit.
SDFAS teachers always promote active learning as it makes learning relevant and fun!