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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
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: Lower School
Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Usually fine motor skills are associated with hand motricity and finger motricity (manipulating small objects). It is also eye-hand (ocular) motricity, and tongue (articulation) motricity. Fine motor skills are important at school for activities such as cutting, writing, underlining, coloring,... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
The Eco-school program is in full swing. Since September, our 11 eco-delegates have been busy calculating the school waste production, marking litter in the yard and finally deciding and agreeing on a common action plan. Some ideas of the action plans have already been put in motion.  One of the... read more
Topic: STEM, Lower School
Date: Monday, December 16, 2019
FIRST LEGO League, for grades 4-8, focuses on a challenge based on a real-world scientific topic: this year is CITY SHAPER. The CITY SHAPER Challenge has students building, testing, and programming an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology and completing missions with it, all while... read more
Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School, Middle School, Preschool
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
If you thought that podcasts are only for adults, think twice. There are podcasts for children as young as three years, in English and in French. We’ve tapped the power of our bilingual community of parents and teachers and brought you the best audio stories that you can listen to with your child,... read more
Topic: Lower School, Preschool
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Camille Trou, one of EB's learning specialists What are some activities and games you can do with your child to support their speech and language development? Below are some ideas, by EB Learning Specialist Camille Trou. To begin with, here is a typical chronological speech and language... read more
Topic: Web Radio, Lower School
Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Our Lower School students are putting on a webradio show every two months, under the guidance of Lower School Head Sebastien Robert. Listen to all the shows produced over the 2019-2020 school year:   December 16, 2019 Show Two fifth grade students interview EB's head of school Mehdi Lazar on... read more
Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School, Middle School, Preschool
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Are you interested in bilingualism for your child? Are you bilingual yourself? Learn more about what it means to speak two or more languages, what happens in the brain, what's the best age to learn another language and other common questions in these three books (two in English, and one in French... read more

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