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Field Trip to the Rainbow Fish

Our Maternelle students recently went to the NJ State Theater to see a fun show of the Rainbow Fish. They love getting to take a school bus, some for the first time! The show was a creative light show retelling the favorite kids book.

Book Sale donation to Embrace Kids Foundation

Thanks to the FASP community and Parents Association, our school is able to send $400 to the Embrace Kids Foundation to help support children facing health challenges. Thank you everyone for coming together for a good cause!

Escape Room at the Franklin Institute

Our Middle School students recently put their teamwork and thinking skills to the test at the Franklin Institute’s Escape Room exhibit. They worked together to solve clues and complete their mission. They also took a tour of the Rodin Museum while in the Philadelphia area.

Field Trip to Dragons Love Tacos

Our Grade 1 & 2 students headed to the Trenton Patriots Theater to see Dragons Love Tacos during their field trip! What a wonderful show!

Grade 8 Class Trip to study and reduce plastic pollution in Bermuda

In mid-May, our Grade 8 students will be traveling to the island of Bermuda for their class trip. The island will be beautiful and the weather will surely be pleasant, but our students are going with another focus: to study plastic pollution in our oceans. They will visit local organizations to learn what work is being done, how to help, and they’ll see firsthand the impact that human activity has on marine life.

In preparation for their trip, our students have been studying the problem of plastic pollution in Bermuda and around the world. Their winter forum showcased some of their research, and they recently visited the Grade 5 class to lead a workshop in reusing recycled plastic materials.

This trip is linked to the students’ community project as a component of their education in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. This community project is an integral part of an IB education, in which students raise awareness of an issue. Our students will return from their trip to share with the FASP community what they’ve learned and to raise awareness of the plastic pollution problem.

Stay tuned for an update after their trip!

Learn more about the IB MYP community project learning goals here: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/curriculum/myp-projects/

Learning a second language is easier for children, but why?

Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. Children are more able to learn foreign languages than adults because of neurological and socio-psychological reasons:

Unconscious way of learning

Children are born with a natural ability to absorb information. They do this unconsciously, using the deep motor area of their brain, in the same way that they learn to stand, walk and use their hands. It’s through an imitation of what they’re hearing that the child starts to understand language before they even hit the conscious learning stage.

Higher brain plasticity

Children can easily learn additional languages due to their heightened neuroplasticity, the brain’s capacity to form new neural connections and new brain cells throughout life. This means that it’s typically easier for them to memorize and recall information.

Absence of self-awareness

Another simple and obvious reason as to why children find learning languages easier is their diminished levels of self-consciousness. Because they have fewer inhibitions, they don’t fear making mistakes or mispronouncing words like older children and adults do.

Less to learn and more time to learn

It took at least 15 years of academic study to be able to communicate the way you do in your native language. Time is another one of the benefits of learning a second language at an early age. Children have time on their side. They can start small and simply work their way up to both higher levels of thought and communication at the same time.

Children are not better than adults at learning languages. They simply approach language learning differently and it feels easier to them. They have more time to learn, less to learn, fewer inhibitions, and a brain designed for language learning.

Check out these articles and studies to learn more:

TED Talk Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies

Why kids should learn a second language while they’re young
Bilingual Kidspot

OLDER VERSION

Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. Children are more able to learn foreign languages than adults because of neurological and socio-psychological reasons:

Unconscious way of learning

Children are born with a natural ability to absorb information. They do this unconsciously, using the deep motor area of their brain, in the same way that they learn to stand, walk and use their hands. It’s through an imitation of what they’re hearing that the child starts to understand language before they even hit the conscious learning stage.

Higher brain plasticity

Children can easily learn additional languages due to their heightened neuroplasticity, the brain’s capacity to form new neural connections and new brain cells throughout life. This means that it’s typically easier for them to memorize and recall information.

Absence of self-awareness

Another simple and obvious reason as to why children find learning languages easier is their diminished levels of self-consciousness. Because they have fewer inhibitions, they don’t fear making mistakes or mispronouncing words like older children and adults do.

Less to learn and more time to learn

It took at least 15 years of academic study to be able to communicate the way you do in your native language. Time is another one of the benefits of learning a second language at an early age. Children have time on their side. They can start small and simply work their way up to both higher levels of thought and communication at the same time.

Children are not better than adults at learning languages. They simply approach language learning differently and it feels easier to them. They have more time to learn, less to learn, fewer inhibitions, and a brain designed for language learning.

 

Check out these articles and studies to learn more:

TED Talk Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies

Why kids should learn a second language while they’re young
Bilingual Kidspot

 

The FASP yearbook is coming together!

Our Yearbook team of volunteer parents has been working hard all year to prepare another beautiful book of FASP memories. Last week, class photos and graduation photos were taken on our campus amid flowering trees and green grass. We’re excited to show you the fruits of this hard work in a few short weeks. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek!

 

Monthly Maternelle lunch: asparagus soup, tabouleh, and cupcakes!

Our Maternelle students are getting to be quite good at this! Every month, our maternelle students and teachers prepare a meal to share together. This month, our Preschool students made Hungry Caterpillar carrot cupcakes, PreK made asparagus soup, and Kindergarten made tabouleh.

FASP Fun Day: Mismatched Shoe Day

A few times a year, we have an extra bit of fun at FASP with special themed days. This time it was MisMatched Shoe Day! Our students and some staff showed up with some wacky shoe combinations and had fun showing their crazy side.

Grade 3 Coin Collection for WWF

In conjunction with Earth Day and after studying endangered animals in English class, our Grade 3 classes held a three-day coin collection for the World Wildlife Fund. This year they brought in 1 dollar bill, 331 quarters, 442 dimes, 450 nickels, and 1657 pennies or a record total of $167.02!

Social Events for elementary

A big MERCI to the Parents Association for the magic show and games enjoyed by our students recently at FASP. Students enjoyed entertainment from I See Magic, games, and music. This is an opportunity for our students to socialize outside of the classroom and make some memories!

Firmenich leads Fragrance Workshops at FASP

FASP become a perfumery recently with a visit from Firmenich! Workshops included Fragrance Bingo for Grades 1 & 2 and Mix-you-own-fragrance for Grades 3-8. Students learned about the fragrance industry, how fragrances are used and made, and enjoyed the activities as well. Thank you to Céline and her team for this educational fun!

Noodle ball in gym class

Our elementary students enjoyed learning a new game in gym class! Noodle ball is a zany, fast-paced game that gets our students’ feet moving!