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
These days, Covid-19 means parents and kids have to stay home together. And this can be challenging! So in addition to provide high-quality remote learning for our students, we have decided to bring a little help for parents and the community so that everybody can work, learn, practice and play while sheltering at home. Also we invite you to share new ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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
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
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
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
Visit the Museum of Natural History
Visit the Chateau de Versailles in French
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. .
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.
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
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
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.
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 .
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.
A Few Tips for Outdoor Activities
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.
You don’t need a full team to play soccer or basketball if you work on specific skills like passes, dribbles, shoots…
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.