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  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.

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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.

 

  Friday, November 10, 2017

Charade!

By Véronique Bevali

 

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A fun event is coming up soon… See if you can guess from the charade, whose clues will be published one by one in the next coming days/weeks.

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

Your next clue will come on Monday!

Enjoy.

  

Alternative seating in SDFAS KC learning environment

By Véronique Bevali

A growing number of studies suggest that incorporating movement routinely will likely increase students’ engagement, and support their learning. Alternative seating is a way to work on that goal, and a tool to assist teachers in behavior management and on-task behavior. It provides the movement needed within the classroom to improve a child’s sensory modulation and attention.

Alternative seating

In KC, SDFAS teacher Laurette Reinhard raised a table so the students can stand. She added big blue gym balls to sit on while they work. Finally, she lowered a table around which students can sit, crisscross or on their knees.

Students who are engaged, focus better and for longer periods of time. They will learn more efficiently in all academic areas, including reading and language arts.