On November 8, 2017 SDFAS pre-elementary parents were invited to see our second mini-forum. Our stars performers this time were the Kindergarteners, and for the first time this year, our three classes of PK1. The presentation started with a dance from our PK1, and we saw future rock stars!
The Kindergarteners demonstrated their mastery of the French language with poems about the fall season, and closed the show with a classic French song “Dans la Forêt lointaine”.
During our last day of school before Fall Break, we celebrated grandparents and special friends by inviting them to participate in our Halloween parties. We took a lot of pictures and did a parade around the whole campus. Then we enjoyed watching the elementary Flash Mob before going back to the classroom for a potluck with all our friends and families. We also had a pumpkin-carving contest. What a day!
On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 SDFAS Kindergarten and PK2 students were the stars of our first mini-forum. Our three K classes, who sang two songs a cappella, opened the show. Then PK2 students interpreted “cinq petits mots”.
Performing in front of an audience is such an incredible way to work on self-confidence. It was a lot of fun, and your children were so proud to perform for you!
The annual Semaine du Goût or Taste Week is a celebration of flavors, good food, and nutrition. Numerous events are organized throughout the week.
This year in the pre-elementary school, children experienced “taste lessons”: They explored textures and colors, compared and contrasted fresh fruits and dried fruits, and identify the main basic flavors (sour, bitter, salty, and savory).
Starting from PK0 and up to 8th grade, SDFAS curriculum integrates Arts in the daily activities of the classroom. In K, our students have been working on emotions. Our 3 classes have been organizing all their activities around this theme. They target social and emotional development, strategies to better recognize and manage emotions, and reading and writing, vocabulary.
Integrating arts into core subjects helps young children learn better across the curriculum. Arts-integrated teaching taps into children’s natural desire for active learning through the senses. By singing, imagining, dancing, drawing and connecting their bodies and minds, children learn more deeply and meaningfully, especially in subjects like reading, math, and science.
Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. During these activities children acquire information allowing them to make classifications in their environment. Our PK1 students experienced a lot of different textures in this sensorial course: Sticky, slippery, gooey, rough, soft, bumpy… This was also a fun way to learn French vocabulary in context, associating visual and tactile stimuli.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is omnipresent in SDFAS curriculum and our students practice STEM activities on a daily basis.
Exploring the sand area, identifying simple machines like gears, wheels and pulleys, planning and designing structures, and making patterns are some examples of STEM in Early Childhood
Our approach? We are targeting the “what” instead of the “why”.
“What” questions focus on what is happening, what children are noticing, and what they are doing. By focusing questions on what kids observe and notice, we are helping them not only to develop valuable communication and observation skills, but also to build their confidence by giving them questions they can answer as experts.
Margot, future engineer or architect?
Multisensory learning is learning that involves two or more of the senses within the same activity: auditory, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic.
In PK0, Geraldine is using visual and tactile to work on colors.
In our PK1 class, Alexandra is associating auditory, visual and kinesthetic to work on language with her PK1 students during her circle time. Look how engaged the students are!
Moving through the different stages of pencil grasp development is an important part of Early Childhood Education. At SDFAS, we start in PK0 through a lot of fun gross motor skill activities that will make shoulders and arms stronger, and help your child’s pencil grasp to mature as well.
The final aim is to reach the Dynamic Tripod Grasp. Such a grasp is characterized by holding the writing tool with the ends of the thumb, index and middle finger. The pencil is controlled with finger movement rather than the hand or arm.
And look at our PK2 students, they are already so confident with their pencil control! (Pictures 3&4)
Our PK2 students went camping today! They had their gear ready, and set out for the forest. They then selected the perfect location to set up their sleeping bags. When the sun went down, they listened to the animals to try to identify them. There were so many animals in this forest, from tiny to enormous, from bees to bears. The children even identified a dragon! What a great way to work on sound discrimination and vocabulary.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein