Category Archives: Maternelle

Dental Health Workshops

All our students learned about teeth today during the Dental Health workshops by Nesrine Bestandji at Canal Vista Family Dental. Students learned how to take care of their teeth, demonstrated flossing and brushing, and some learned how to repair teeth using composite.

Maternelle students prepare a shared meal together

Once a month, our Maternelle students will prepare and share a well-balanced meal together. Preparing these meals teaches students to follow instructions, use a variety of tools and materials,  and taste and discover new healthy, seasonal foods. In addition, sharing a meal together promotes thoughtfulness toward each other and appreciation for finishing a project well.

The Maternelle students’ first meal was a huge success: grilled cheese sandwiches on homemade bread by the Preschool class, tomato and butternut squash soups by the Kindergarten class, and pumpkin-chocolate cake by the PreK class. Mmmm!

Maternelle Story time by Middle School students

Middle School students visited the maternelle classes to read autumn-themed stories in French and English – a treat for everyone! They will continue this regularly throughout the year.

Books read in Preschool
Corduroy’s Halloween T’choupi fête Halloween

Books read in Pre-K
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! Vèzmô la sorcière

Books read in Kindergarden
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night Citrouille, ma citrouille

La Semaine du Goût (Taste Week) festivities in Maternelle

Maternelle students participated in La Semaine du Goût (Taste Week) and learned all about smells and tastes. They spent time preparing food all week, which they shared with their parents on Friday. Parents also got to see a bilingual presentation of the English and French songs the children have learned so far. What a nice time to celebrate!

Color-mixing in Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten students found out how blue, red, and yellow can combine to make new colors while reading Couleurs by Hervé Tullet and mixing colored ice cubes!

Maternelle Gardening

The Maternelle garden, planted by our Preschool, PreK, and Kindergarten students in the spring, has been growing well all season! This week students harvested canteloupe melons. The children learn to care for plants and to see where their food comes from!


Kindergarten Graduation

Our Kindergarten students celebrated the end of Maternelle at their graduation ceremony. You have all grown so much in the last year and are ready and well-prepared for First Grade! Congratulations!

Transition to Grade 1: Kindergarten students pay a visit

Transitioning from Kindergarten to Grade 1 is an important step for our students. To help them feel comfortable in their new class, Kindergarten students spend some time in the Grade 1 class to learn about life in elementary school. They read a story together, talk about homework, desks, and books, and try out the Smartboard.

Coding and Sequencing with Cubetto

Our Preschool class learns the foundational ideas of coding and sequences while using the robot Cubetto to play a game. Students take turns choosing tiles to create a sequence for Cubetto to follow and help Mr. Wolf travel over to the little pig’s house.

Planting in Preschool & PreK

New things are growing all around FASP! Our campus is green again and our Preschool and PreK students are learning about how plants grow. They planted seeds and have seen the vegetables and flowers growing. Our PreK students also planted flower seeds and decorated planters for Mother’s Day! Students learn to follow directions and care for the earth.

Shadow Hunting: Preschoolers explore their world

Our Preschool class enjoyed the sunlight while learning about shadows with new teacher Miss Lisa. They found triangle-shaped shadows, discovered their own, and created some with cutout shapes.

Maternelle Spring Celebration

Preschool, PreK, & Kindergarten students were excited to share with their parents the songs and dances they’ve learned and the goodies they baked!

Air is all around us : Science experiments in Pre-K & Kindergarten

Being “scientific” involves being curious, observing, asking how things happen and learning how to find the answers. For the past few weeks, Pre-K and Kindergarten students have developing an understanding of the properties of air through several simple experiments.

By observing what is happening, using words to describe what they notice, and repeating the action to compare results, they learned that air can move things, takes up space and has mass!