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Topic: Lower School
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Hola! Nǐ hǎo! This year, 5th grade students don’t just learn French and English but are introduced to two additional languages: Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. For one hour a week, students are exposed to a third language for the first half of the year, and to the language for the second half. ... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Monday, October 14, 2019
Under the impulse of the Lower School Head, Ecole Bilingue is engaging into a program to make the school greener. The initiative relies on the Eco-Schools model, that was developed 25 years ago in various European countries and that involves not just the facilities’ team in schools, but the entire... read more
Topic: STEM, Lower School
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
At the Lower School, students have a dedicated Science class once a week with a dedicated STEM teacher. In 1st and 2nd grade, it’s 30 minutes a week, and it goes up to one hour a week in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Students benefit this year from a revised Science curriculum that is unique to EB as it... read more
Topic: Lower School
Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
What is the English curriculum in a bilingual school like Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley? What is taught from 1st to 5th grade? And how can you support your child in his/her learning journey? Find more in this detailed curriculum overview. Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley is a bilingual school where the... read more
Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Students in grades 1 to 5 now have access to two websites that they can use at school and at home and help provide differentiation in two core subject areas: reading and math. Matching students to their right book level in English and French Raz Plus is a website and app which allows students to... read more
Topic: Lower School, Middle School, Preschool
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
As our academic year draws to a close we have much to celebrate and many happy memories to look back on. My heart and mind are still buzzing with the excitement of the many graduations and end-of-the-year ceremonies. I am so proud of our students! Their performances on stage, their graduation... read more
Topic: Web Radio, Lower School
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Listen to the last students' radio show, recorded early June. Animateur: Bodie Techniciens: Nicolas et Savannah Aoife et Theodore sur le voyage en France Satine et Angèle sur la production de films Les plantes de Marin Headlands, par Sage et Chloé Extrait du spectacle de théâtre des CP (1)... read more
Topic: Arts, Lower School, Middle School
Date: Monday, June 10, 2019
EB’s Musical Theater Enrichment Class presented their second production of the year, Mille et Une Nuits, known in English as 1001 Nights or Arabian Nights. On June 10th and June 11th, forty-one third, fourth and fifth graders made up the ensemble cast as they presented tales such as Scheherazade,... read more
Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School, Middle School
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
  Three years ago, EB embarked on a mission to examine and renew our math curriculum from Kindergarten to 8th grade. We have decided to implement a Singapore-inspired approach with specific curricular tools that align to the French and American math programs. We have also strengthened the... read more
Topic: Lower School, Middle School, Preschool, Social and Emotional Learning
Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Between after school clubs, organized play-dates and other extracurricular programs, children are engaged in more activities today than ever. This is a result of a popular trend among parents; in order to fully support your child and their development, your child must be engaged in a multitude of... read more
Topic: Bilingualism, Lower School
Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Three vital concepts in a bilingual school are collaboration, harmonization and co-teaching. This article is the third part of a three-part series examining those three ideas. The first part is about co-teaching, which refers to sessions with students when both the French and English teacher are... read more
Topic: Arts, Lower School
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Watching a play is one thing, but writing and performing one in front of an audience is another thing entirely. That was the challenge that our third graders were tasked. With their French teachers, Luc and Elodie, as their guides, the third graders embarked on a journey through theater, role play... read more
Topic: STEM, Lower School
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Being creative will no doubt be one of the most highly-valued skills in the future. Creativity, as well as thinking out of the box, is not only a talent, it’s a skill that can be taught. Our first STEAM event on April 9 at the Lower School embraced this concept. Throughout the different... read more
Topic: Arts, Lower School
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Author Claire Clément explains her approach when writing a children's book.  All Lower School students enjoyed the week-long presence of two artists from France: author Claire Clément and illustrator Matthieu Maudet. In 4th and 5th grades, the two French artists guided students to write and... read more
Topic: Arts, Lower School
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Students from grades 2 to 5 performed a wide array of songs from France, the US and Africa during their annual Spring Concert on April 5. The repertoire included Christophe Maé, Bob Dylan, Pierre Perret as well as traditional songs from Ivory Coast and Togo. Many of the songs included a group dance... read more

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