Semaines des Sciences
In the Maternelle, our youngest students learn the
sciences through the “Exploring the World” curriculum.
They are encouraged to think about the world around
them through hands-on activities like gardening, recycling and composting, class and small group discussions,
and autonomous science stations.
The Semaines des Sciences in February opened our
PK4 and K classrooms to allow students to further
explore their environment and the world around them.
Each classroom focused on a particular theme, from
shadow and light to volcanoes, magnets, constructions,
weight and mass, and recycling. Students questioned,
observed, manipulated, and experimented as they visited
different stations related to each theme.
“The students were really enthusiastic and came back
every day with comments about things they discovered.
It was also a great opportunity to build a sense of community by letting them discover other classrooms and
interact with teachers and their peers,” said PreK 4 Blue
French teacher Sirika Yong.
View highlights from the Semaines des Sciences and other
lower school STEM initiatives at www.frenchamericansf.org/
Family and Community Collaboration
The Friends of STEAM parent group at French American International School was formed organically three
years ago by a group of parents interested in helping our
children develop a love for science and experience it in
a very hands-on, inquiry-based way. Studying science,
technology, art, and mathematics as interconnected
subject areas leads to increased critical thinking skills,
a greater ability to evaluate and synthesize information,
and a more comprehensive understanding of the world
"It’s incredible to watch the students play and discover.
They have the curiosity and willingness to experiment
that leads to amazing ideas. We are fortunate to have
this very unique and robust partnership, where all parties involved—teachers, parents, and, most important,
students—benefit from collaboration,” shared Amanda
Kahn-Kirby, parent of Julia ’ 23 and Miles ’ 27, and
Friends of STEAM member who works at a local biotech.
Going forward, Friends of STEAM hope to spur students’ interest and passion in coding, programming, and
other technology initiatives.