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Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School, Middle School, Preschool
Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
As summer approaches and families are looking for ways to keep their child exposed to French, what better ways than books? Besides fostering a second language, reading has many benefits such as supporting language and literacy skills in young children all the way through adolescence. We’ve... read more
Topic: Lower School, Middle School, Preschool
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Because of the transition to distance learning, EB teachers have turned to a variety of educational technology tools to facilitate learning while students are at home. Some of these tools were already in use and some of them are new. The faculty are aware of the drawbacks of too much time on... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
The question of how much work children should be doing outside of school remains controversial with strong evidence of both benefits and drawbacks. Many families choose an independent school for academic rigor and those families should be provided with opportunities for extra home learning if they... read more
Topic: Diversity, Lower School, Middle School
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
EB continuously strives to be a community where all students, faculty, staff and parents feel happy, safe and recognized. A school community that is diverse and inclusive. Those goals are deeply embedded in our Mission, Vision and Values. Every day, our teachers bring these values to life in the... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
What will the cities of the future look like? Our 5th and 6th graders have an idea! In their Histoire-Géographie class, the 6th graders welcome the 5th graders for a month-long cross-grade project. In this project, the students identified the main problems big cities face today. Issues like... read more
Topic: Preschool
Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020
In each classroom from PS to K, there are boxes set up on some shelves. In some classes, the boxes are small and in some classes they are big. In some classes the boxes are white and in some others they are light green.  Those boxes go along with the pedagogical programming the teachers have put... read more
Topic: STEM, Lower School
Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Part of the Eco-School curriculum at the Lower School is to look at the local environment and learn from it. Our First graders went on a field trip to the Shorebird Park Nature Center near the Berkeley Marina in January to pay a close look at the bay and the wildlife around us. They compared the... read more
Topic: STEM, Middle School
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Maps can be profound, beautiful works of art...and they can convey a great deal of scientific information! The Seventh Grade class has been exploring the art and science of cartography in their Science class. They have practiced making their own maps, allowing them to better understand what goes... read more
Topic: Middle School, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
What social media platforms are EB students on? Are they *all* on social media? Why are they there, and what can parents do to educate themselves about their child’s presence on social media? EB Middle School counselor Douglas Gostlin answers the questions he most commonly receives from parents.... read more
Topic: Diversity
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
EB is celebrating the lives and accomplishments of great African-American scientists and inventors for Black History Month. Here are some great books and videos that parents can read and watch with their children.  Teaching Your Child About Black History Month (PBS.org) Top 15 Children’s Books... read more
Topic: Arts, Preschool
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
One of the highlights of Kindergarten at EB is music class with teacher (and EB parent) Mike Roberts. From January until April, this accomplished guitarist and composer will spend 14 sessions of 30 minutes with each Kindergarten class. In a recent session, you could hear the teacher's directions,... read more
Topic: Middle School
Date: Friday, January 10, 2020
This article is part of a series introducing new Middle School teachers. In April: an interview with Math-in-English teacher Sylvie Thomas-Droz. For George Speckman, being a teacher means being passionate about learning and exploring. He has spent the last ten years pursuing his passion for nature... read more
Topic: STEM, Preschool
Date: Friday, December 20, 2019
In Kindergarten, one of the ways students learn math is by using Number Corner, a skill-building program that revolves around the classroom calendar. Each day, students spend 15 to 20 minutes of instruction on Number Corner activities. Number Corner was fully rolled out in Kindergarten this year... read more
Topic: Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019
The holidays are here, and with them come changes in the routine, stressful times, overstimulation, and, yes, chaos for your children! Our favorite child consultant gives us some timely tips to make the best of the festivities with your little - and not so little - ones. 1. Stick to the routine... read more
Topic: STEM, Middle School
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019
A combined group of 7th and 8th grade students participated in a semester-long Robotics class, taught by Corinne Pluche and George Speckman. After briefly exploring what robots are, the students worked in pairs to construct a VEX IQ robot from a kit of over 800 structural parts, plus motors,... read more

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