For parents and students who need help during the Covid-19 “stay at home” period, the French American Academy got you covered!

A few tips for parents

Covibook

The covibook will help a child understand the Covid-19 (coronavirus) without unnecessary anxiety.
Version available in French and in English.

Covibook home page

To help you practice French while having a good time in family, here is a list of French family-friendly movies available on U.S. streaming platforms!

Recent addition in English A turtle’s tale

Recent addition in French Les Schtroumphs

You can also check this Children Film Festival / Festival de Films pour enfants 2020

Music

Parents and students can rediscover this beloved tale uplifted by Serguei Prokofiev’s classical masterpiece Peter and the Wolf / Pierre et le Loup, told in French by Gérard Philipe

Reading

Stay home policy means plenty of time to read with your child. Out of so many books possible, here’s two :

A story in French, La Moufle

A story in English, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

A recent addition in French: Ma vallée de Claude Ponti

A recent addition in English: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Dr Seuss

Art

Visit The Louvre en visite virtuelle

Hervé Tullet explains to children how to create their own ideal exhibition.

Need to get outside? A nature walk here

Visit Bryce Canyon

Visit Hawaiian volcanoes

Explore the coral reef in English

Museum

Visit the Museum of Natural History

Visit the Chateau de Versailles in French

Cooking

Prepare a tuna avocado salad with English directions:
Prepare a tiramisu with French directions

 

The French American Academy during the coronavirus crisis

When did we start remote learning?

Friday March 13th was our last day of school. Since then we have closed our buildings to parents and students and reduced its access to a limited number of people.

Monday March 17th, the school had online classes seminar for teachers and staff. We started to practice social distancing. No hug. No handshake. Everyone focuses on the mission : continue to deliver best-in-class bilingual education while maintaining the connection with the students through online distant learning.

In addition to social distancing, we enforced basic hygiene habits like washing our hands and cleaning all surfaces with disinfecting products. .

Online learning
Social distancing during the online learning seminar

What kind of remote learning?

Wednesday March 18th: first day of online distant learning. We have entered in full force into the world of online classes. Students follow an updated e-learning schedule which requires discipline and focus. They are not on vacation. We ask them to be cooperative and follow new guidelines.

This is challenging and demanding. It requires strong adaptation skills, just like acquiring a bilingual education!

How do we implement remote learning?

Our teachers, our staff, our managers are totally committed to continue the education of the students, and help them maintain a social life with their peers through online classes.

We have delivered resources to families who did not have a computer or an IPad available at home. We understand that not everyone has equipment available while Mom and Dad are working from home

Our teachers are proving that creativity and enthusiasm are in abundance in our community.

Teacher reading a book to her students through distant learning during covid19 school closure

Teacher helping student during distant learning.

Language Arts teacher giving her 6th grade distant learning class on Google Meet.
Distant learning

Like the rest of the society, The French American Academy has to adapt to a new reality: a pandemic of unseen proportion affecting our routines if not our health.

Our capacity to adapt and live through this difficult time is tested like never before.


A Few Tips for Indoor Activities

Yoga

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEYSO-Tc2Go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STNry5WIBbM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jmkC9gfM3M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnyUZ2jAFRo


Dance

Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture. Yes video games Just Dance could be turned into a fun sport activity.

And Also Learn to dance like a Wixx 5 in French Canadian


Fitness

In a nutshell, fitness is defined as the state of being physically fit and healthy. … “Fitness” is a broad term that means something different to each person, but it refers to your own optimal health and overall well-being. Being fit not only means physical health, but emotional and mental health, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt0wuk_bOXI

https://youtu.be/kcK3EjC4CfI


Abs Exercices

In terms of abs and lower body exercises, your children have to be precocious as they are growing fast at the moment.  Therefore, they should not use any weight and always pay attention to the position of their back as back issues are common at their age. Here’s a link of some exercises they can practice. Plank position can also be doing progressively .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO1K3Yk7VWc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASdvN_XEl_c


Plyometric exercises

Plyometric exercises are very useful in many sports including basketball, football and track and field for improving vertical leap, reactivity and speed. Here’s a link for some exercises your children can practice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQvZv3WKwaw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5557NbMhNw


A Few Tips for Outdoor Activities

We recommend running to help students move during the covid19 coronavirus stay home period

Running

If your child  is not comfortable with running, you can mix run and walk or they can follow you with their bicycle. Please make sure your children wear a helmet when riding their bicycle/skateboard/rollerblade. Also, keep your 6-foot distance with others.

We recommend soccer to help students move during the covid19 coronavirus stay home period

Soccer

You don’t need a full team to play soccer or basketball if you work on specific skills like passes, dribbles, shoots…

We recommend soccer to help students move during the covid19 coronavirus stay home period

Badminton

If you have access to a back yard or a park, this is the easiest racket sport to set up and to learn. You could find badminton set easily online.