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Topic: Lower School
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
  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... read more
Topic: STEM, Lower School
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
  In our STEM projects, we begin with the exploration of living things and their characteristics, then we focus on our environment and the ways in which human activities impact it. The goal of STEM is to help students understand the world around them through observations and experiments, to... read more
Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School, Middle School, Preschool
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, much has changed across the globe. An entire generation of students has had their education disrupted with schools looking and feeling different than they have in years past. However, through it all, at Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley some things have remained the... read more
Topic: Lower School, Middle School, Preschool, Athletics
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
    This year the curriculum in PE was diligently adjusted to meet the COVID guidelines.  We try to keep as much as possible the substance of the program by providing the students with  physical  and playful activity individually and with their peers whether on Zoom or in person.  All... read more
Topic: Lower School, Preschool, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
  We all want our kids to do certain things. Like take their breakfast dishes to the sink, or take out the trash, or make their bed. Do you have trouble getting your kids to do the things they're supposed to do? You tell your child to do the thing. They don't do it. You remind them to do it. They... read more
Topic: STEM, Lower School
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
During the 1st semester the STEM program was structured as hands-on project-based learning.  True to the acronym “Science / Technology / Engineering / Math”, our inquires were developed in series and crossed disciplines.  G1 flight is explored through butterfly observation drawings,the... read more
Topic: Lower School, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
I always love teaching SEL* (Social, Emotional Learning), but this year has definitely thrown some curve-balls our way. Amidst the onset of COVID, SEL class saw some interesting changes. Not only was Zoom the new format, some very challenging topics began to dominate class time, and I had to... read more
Topic: Lower School, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Monday, October 19, 2020
  Since school closed back in March, students and parents have been looking forward to returning to school. Finally, we’re able to return to in-person learning in the classroom but school will look different than it did last Spring -- new rules, different classroom setup, social distancing, face... read more
Topic: Diversity, Lower School, Middle School, Preschool, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
On June 10, 2020, several EB staff and a member of the Parents’ Association came together for a webinar on the topic of “Talking with Children about Racial (In)Justice,” part of a special series EB has been offering to families during this period of sheltering-in-place. Our panel of experts... read more
Topic: Lower School, Middle School, Preschool, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
On May 20th, several EB staff members came together for “Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home,” the latest in a special webinar series EB is offering to families during this period of distance learning and sheltering-in-place. Our panel of experts included Christopher Colebourn,... read more
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

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