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Recent Lower School Blog Postings

Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School, Middle School
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
This year, French Middle School teacher Emmanuel Labadie has built bridges between the Lower and the Middle School. Some 7th and 8th graders go visit some Kindergarten and 5th grade classrooms to encourage the love of reading (in French!). “This experience is very good for the Middle School... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Mic is on! Starting this year, students in grades 1 to 5 are introduced to the world of radio production thanks to a new web-radio unit. Two lower school teachers, Sylvie Le Meur and Luc Molitor benefitted from a web radio training via EB’s partnership with the Mission Laique Française earlier this... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
This Fall, a new after school class was added to the plethora of classes available to EB students: musical theater class. The class is taught by Maggie Schoon and Anne Kuhry, EB’s new music teacher. Third, fourth and fifth graders participated in the class and prepared a production of Le Roi Lion (... read more
Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School, Preschool
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Three vital concepts in a bilingual school are collaboration, harmonization and co-teaching. This three part blog post series will give you a glimpse into how all three of those concepts work together at EB. Collaboration refers to the time teachers spend together to plan instruction --this is... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
In October, lower and middle school students took the MAP Growth tests. This article will answer some of the questions that parents may have about these tests. What is the MAP test? MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress and is a test from NWEA, a non-for-profit association that has been... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Monday, December 17, 2018
Opera a la Carte has a long tradition at Ecole Bilingue, and is part of a program sponsored by the SF Opera designed to familiarize youth with opera. This year the performance was an adaptation of Donizetti's comic opera "The Elixir of Love." Written over a six-week period, this opera buffa is... read more
Topic: Lower School, Athletics
Date: Monday, December 17, 2018
One of the characteristics of a school with a French program in preschool and K (called “maternelle” in French) are the daily physical education activities. The word “Education” is important, because the activities organized for the student are part of a program with specific objectives articulated... read more
Topic: STEM, Lower School
Date: Monday, December 17, 2018
In Grade 3, our students are discovering solids (a cube, sphere, cylinder and pyramid), their name, their shape and their silhouette, through Beebot, a little robot they have programed to walk towards the different common objects that are solids. It took a bit of time and effort for our students to... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
For three days, fourth graders went to a camp in the Sierra foothills where gold was first found over 160 years ago. The gold rush is one of the topics that 4th graders study in American history. Going to Coloma allows students to vividly experience what this important part of California history... read more
Topic: Lower School, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
At EB, social and emotional learning is paramount and taught starting in Preschool. SEL coach Christopher Colebourn describes an essential component of this curriculum: a community building circle. The children gather in a circle and sit down on the carpet to begin a meditation. The tranquil... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
Fifth grade students had a fabulous cultural double header this week with a field trip to both the Magritte exhibit at SFMOMA and an architectural tour at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.   The students prepared for this field trip with a visit by art curator Dolly Marciel, who spoke to them about... read more
Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School
Date: Monday, October 22, 2018
This year marks the third year of EB’s math initiative where we have looked closely at research on dual language learning and our own practices to ensure we have an effective bilingual math curriculum. At EB, we want to harmonize how we teach math in two languages. Our approach for teaching math... read more
Topic: STEM, Lower School
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Beginning in September, our students experienced their first coding classes as part of our STEAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Coding develops very useful skills, including introducing a programming mindset, mathematical thinking, and collaborative working. It... read more
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