Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action!

The GS and CP class recently enjoyed a performance of 'Tibili le petit garçon qui ne voulait pas alter à l'école', a book written by Marie Léonard and Andrée Prigent.

Leading up to the performance, students read the book several times in class, paying close attention to characters, setting, and plot.  Students then chose specific characters from the book and began to rehearse the storyline.  They did not memorize lines from the book, but rather, were able to retell naturally the story.  They also made character props that the used in the play.

 The GS and CP were a perfect audience and enjoyed this special treat!

Check out this video below.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wolfe's Neck Farm Pumpkin Science Field Trip

Students in Early Childhood had a wonderful time at the Wolf’s Neck Farm field trip! After a beautiful fall hayride on the tractor, students learned about pumpkins and even acted out the life cycle of a pumpkin. They chose their very own pumpkin to bring home! Afterwards, students toured the farm and learned about the various farm animals including the materials and products they produce as well as what they eat. What a day! In class students have already made jack o’ lantern artwork and soon will learn the science of inside of a pumpkin.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Treasure Hunt in GS/CP class

On Friday, October 6, the K-1 students had their second scavenger hunt of the year. 

They discovered a treasure box in the classroom when they came back from recess. The trouble was that it was locked and in order to open it, students had to figure out a 4 digit combination.

Students used what they had learned during the past weeks in maths, reading, spacial recognition and other subjects to solve various challenges. 

The four groups successfully opened the trunk… but the tricky pirates had protected the treasure very well! Inside the treasure box was… another box! To open the lock, they had to find a four letter French word. After piecing together all the clues, they found the word “lune” (moon) and shared their well deserved booty.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Every October at EFDM, we host a special event:  ‘Grandparents and Special Friends Day’. It is our annual tradition to celebrate the matriarchs and patriarchs in our students families, the people who – ultimately – made this school what it is today.  Grandparents tour the school, spend some time in their grandchild’s classroom, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy a delicious brunch.  This year we had quite a turnout. Thank you to all the grandparents that attended. We hope to see you all again next year.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wolfe's Neck Farm Friday Bike Trips

In the Fall and Spring, our upper grade students spend Friday afternoons biking at Wolfe’s Neck Farm.  These afternoons are quite special, giving our students time to connect with one another outside of the classroom and to enjoy the outdoors.

On these trips we bike, hike, and explore the seaside.  Last Friday, we had an extra special trip that included a hayride, a garden tour, and a tour of the barn with an educator. 

 Exploring the tide pools.

On the hayride.

 Garden exploration.

 Picking raspberries.

Happy friends.

First ever Gorilla Day !

This week, the K-1 class had the opportunity to learn more about an endangered species: gorillas. 
We were very lucky to have Sonya Kahlenberg, Executive Director of the GorillaRehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE) come into the classroom and talk about why Gorillas are endangered and what is done at the Center to help them. We learned the difference between monkeys and apes, characteristics of the four Gorilla species, and that you can differentiate individual gorillas by looking at their noses as they are as unique to them as our fingerprints. 

We learned a lot, merci beaucoup Sonya!

During the rest of the week we prepared for the first ever Gorilla Day (September 24th). We made salt dough (pâte à sel) that we then used to model gorilla faces. After drying and cooking, we painted them. We will be taking them home soon as a souvenir.


We also made beautiful drawings to celebrate Gorillas. They are currently in the hallway of the school, but we will soon give them to Sonya so that she can take them with her on her next trip to the Center in Africa!