Our Educational Process
This year we have a brand-new Science Curriculum which focuses on S.T.E.M. and the importance of following the engineering process. I am thrilled to be using Next Gen materials and providing opportunities for students to wonder about and explore the world around them. Along with this, our WeDo2.0 Robotics program is in full force, being used in the classroom and for clubs. We are also very excited to have an Advanced Robotics Club for the upper elementary students that will use First Lego League materials and challenges to prepare our students for potential international robotics competitions!
This is a special year for the entire community of AIS. We have moved into a beautiful new school building with bright, big classrooms and all the resources that help us lead your students towards success. It is my pleasure and my passion to teach your students the Russian language. My Russian teaching colleagues and I are very thankful for each and every student who has chosen to learn our wonderful language.
Russian, has been taught at AIS from its opening year over 25 years ago. My colleagues and I have gained valuable experience in teaching both native and non-native Russian to enthusiastic learners.
Learning Russian grammar is an important exercise for both mind and memory. However, this is not an end in itself, but an instrument in mastering the correct, beautiful, imaginative oral and written speech and in developing the logic of linguistic thinking.
The study of the numerous rules during Russian lessons occurs through their understanding and the ability to use them. I always try to explain to the children why we study a particular rule (for example, knowing the conjugation of verbs will avoid making mistakes in writing of unstressed verb endings). I avoid using descriptive rules, instead, I impart them through language signals, and interactions with students. Working on pronunciation, popular expressions, proverbs and sayings, and others aspects of language, increases the interest of students in studying the language. Another necessary condition for successful education is the fostering of a classroom atmosphere of encouragement, benevolence and mutual respect. At the Secondary level, a treasury of classical fiction has been introduced. Our students study Old Russian literature and literature of the 19th century. A.S. Pushkin, M.Yu.Lermontov, N.V. Gogol, F.M. Dostoevsky, A.N.Tolstoy, A.P.Chekhov and others are among their favorites. Through literary analysis, our students are immersing themselves in the historical context and learning how to apply lessons in the modern context.
Science Is Fun for Preschoolers
The 3-Year-Old class loves science! We discuss science at least three times a week in the 3-Year-Old Class. Every Tuesday and Thursday we meet at 3:20 PM with the 2-Year-Old class and the 4-Year-Old Class to learn more about different Science themes. Last week we discussed hibernation and the importance of animals hibernating in the winter. Also, we made binoculars and went on a bear hunt. Moreover, every Thursday at 11:05 AM the 3-Year-Old class conducts a Science experiment. Last week we experimented with oil and water.
After spring break, we are going to conduct an experiment with bacteria and how bacteria exist on dirty hands. This type of experiment reminds children why they should wash their hands after playing outside and before they eat. Also, we will examine mold on different foods and discuss why the mold is growing on the food, what caused the mold, and why food with mold on it is not safe to eat.
Science is all around us and is in full bloom in the spring, which makes teaching science a lot of fun during this time of the year. Please encourage your child to explore the world around them and ask a lot of questions because this will help instill a love of science in them.
AIS students are having a wild time in Ceramics this year! Our pilot year with 4 secondary students is flying by. The new studio is up and running after some initial minor growing pains. Students have access to two different types of clay body, 3 top of the line clay throwing wheels, multiple grades of glaze and a front loading electric kiln capable of reaching cone 10 firing temperatures.
We started the year with an artist’s study and introduction to the student’s sketchbook, these units will stay open for most of the year as they work toward creating a project similar to one of their chosen artists. They have learned and completed projects starting with the very basic pinch pot through more advanced coil and slab hand building techniques. Currently we are focusing on wheel work through the spring. Wheel work takes a period of break-in and skill building to be successful and many of the students have now learned how to center a .5 kilo piece of clay and throw it to a cup or bowl shape. The next steps include trimming, drying and once fired the first time glazing. The pot is then fired for the 2nd time and students are able to enjoy a final product.