An Underwater Adventure in Preschool

Preschool Marine World

Get ready to dive into the deep blue sea with our PK students! In January, PK3 and PK4 students embarked on a journey to explore the marine world and its incredible ecosystem and above all, they learned about the importance of protecting our oceans. Dive In to Learn How Preschoolers Discovered the Marine World Students […]

How to Motivate Students: The Power of Energizers

How to Motivate Students

Sitting still takes energy!  Maintaining the discipline to digest new information in the classroom while remaining calm and still can be very draining. For this reason, Responsive Classroom teachers are vigilant about students’ energy levels and their ability to concentrate. We know that focus can’t be forced. Energizers are a tool that teachers use to […]

Taking Strides to Improve Water Access

Georgie Badiel's Visit at Englewood and Jersey City school, The French American Academy

Imagine living in a situation where every drop of water is precious, where instead of just turning on the faucet, the effort to get water involves walking for miles and carrying heavy loads for you and your children. This is the modern-day reality for people dealing with water scarcity all over the world, and Georgie […]

Autumn Farm Trip for Lower Grade Classes

By Rose Spicher In honor of the first few days of “La Semaine Du Goût”, French American Academy Pre-K4, kindergarten, and first grade classes teamed up for a fantastic autumn trip to Alstede Farms in Chester, NJ. The classes were broken up into small mixed age groups, each led by an FAA teacher or parent […]

La Semaine Du Goût at FAA

The French American Academy - La Semaine Du Goût at FAA

By Rose Spicher During the October month, in French schools throughout the world, students participated in a uniquely French cultural experience: tasting, exploring, enjoying, and experimenting with food during  “La Semaine Du Goût”. What is La Semaine Du Goût? The “week of flavor” started out as a single day on October 15 1990, when schools […]

Building Classroom Communities in the First Month of School

Elementary School at the French American Academy

By Rose Spicher It’s 8:35 on a Wednesday morning, and the students in Marie-Françoise Morandais’ first grade class are enthusiastically zapping each other with electricity during their morning greetings. They shudder dramatically from the simulated jolts, dissolving into giggles after each turn. It’s a lighthearted moment at the beginning of the day, not mentally taxing […]