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How to Get Your Pre-K Child Interested in Math

Math is an important part of life from a very young age, and that’s why an increasing number of schools have begun to introduce it as young as pre-K. It’s important for parents to help their children develop an interest in the subjects they will learn about at school, so if math is an area of concern (for you or for your child), there are ways for you to help.What Does a Preschooler Need to Know about Math?Though pre-K students will not be solving algebraic equations or using the Pythagorean..

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5 Tips to Help Your Children Learn to Love Math

For some kids, math comes easily enough and provides an excellent (and sometimes even fun) opportunity to solve problems. For others, math can be difficult and frustrating. If you are struggling to help you child learn to love math, the five tips below can help. They are appropriate for children from kindergarten through high school, so feel free to adapt them to your own personal needs.Tip #1 – Keep a Great AttitudeThe most important thing you can do to help your kids learn to love math rathe..

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Pointillism Painting

In Art class, the 1st grade students are learning about a new painting style called Pointillism. We’ve discussed the amount of detail and concentration required for this type of painting and related it to the incredible detail and care that God puts into His creatures here on earth.  Each student chose a picture that entailed one of God’s creations (animal, reptile, fish etc..). When looking at their pictures, students practice drawing what they see. After the drawing is complete, students ..

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Favorite Foods

"What is your favorite food?"  That's a common question, but the 1st graders can help you identify which food group it's in!  One of our highlights in Science so far this year was when Nurse Ms. P came in and taught 1st grade together with 2nd grade about the five different food groups - grains, dairy, protein, fruits, and vegetables.  The students first learned examples of foods from each of the different groups.  Then they got to play a fun game where a part of our room was designated for ..

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First Grade News

Hooray for another successful Poetry Café! I am so proud of all my students who wrote and recited their original poems for their parents. They presented with poise and confidence five different kinds poems; a couplet (our only rhyming poem with four to six lines) a simplified haiku (a three line poem that talks about what is happening, where it happens, and when it happens) A cinquain (a five line poem that has one topic with four sentences with the last one relating back to the topic), a limer..

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Preschool-3rd Grade Spanish

On April 21st, East Lake Academy celebrated Spanish Heritage Day with performances from the students in the Preschool 3 year old program through 3rd grade. Their performances were not only memorable, but they brought one grandmother visiting from her native country of Colombia to joyful tears. She expressed her gratitude for a program that not only teaches her grandchild her native Spanish tongue, but also instills a love and appreciation for the many facets of her culture. Love and appreciation..

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Physical Education

At the start of the New Year the students were introduced to volleyball and badminton. The volleyball skills we have covered include:  Underarm pass (bump), underarm serve, overarm serve, setting, and blocking and spiking the ball over the net.  As students develop and refine their skills they will participate in volleyball games to reinforce the skills taught. Students will partake in games such as:  Newcomb, Radiball, King & Queen of the Court, Sideline Volleyball, and Six on Six.  Stu..

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First Grade News

Ever wonder what a kitchen counter is made out of? How about how a diamond forms? The First Graders read about these interesting and fascinating facts and worked with other rocks and minerals. They were put into groups to examine different types of rocks; granite, sandstone, basalt and obsidian. Each group listed and observed rocks to find out their properties (example: hardness, color, and shape).  The students used their five senses to draw what they found. Then they had to answer questions a..

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Syncing the ELA Calendar

Why Sync?While it can be common for people to copy, download, print and import calendars, none of these processes offers the real-time benefit of syncing. Once you sync to one or more of East Lake Academy’s calendars, updates and additions to those calendars are automatically reflected within your calendar system.  Click on the PDF below for easy to follow instructions.Google Calendar Syncing Instructions

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Lake Forest Leader Year in Review 2015

Lake Forest Leader Year in Review 2015:“I remember the first time I gave a chapter to test our now current eighth grade students," recalls Sra. Marianela Gonzalez, 4 - 8 grade Spanish teacher at East Lake Academy.  "They were distraught by how challenging it was.  There were tears and stunned faces.  Today, many of those same students are completing the second semester of high school Spanish and face any challenges confidently."  In the 8 years since the introduction of a new curriculum at..

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Physical Education

Middle SchoolIt's basketball time at East Lake Academy, and as we prepare for our upcoming basketball season, middle school students will be participating in a basketball unit for the next three weeks. The primary focus of this program is to help students refine their basic skills including: dribbling, passing and shooting, practicing taking free throws and lay-ups to the hoop, and improving offensive and defensive techniques. In addition students will participate in drills to polish these cruci..

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Preschool-3rd Grade Spanish

Spanish is a core subject at East Lake Academy, which in itself sets us apart from most other schools. However, it is our approach to teaching the language that makes us truly unique, and it all begins in our Preschool program where the children are exposed to conversational Spanish through song and play. Now in our ninth week of school, our kindergarteners are successfully reading in Spanish, first graders are conjugating verbs,second graders are writing their own original sentences, and third ..

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1st Grade News

The First graders recently completed their first personal narrative. They learned what a personal narrative is, and then chose their topic. Finally, the children wrote their draft, edited and proofread their story.The students began the project by exploring what a personal narrative is, a story about a person. They examined a personal narrative and identified the parts. They also studied an example, and learned they should use pronouns like: I, me, and my.They then turned to their parents for he..

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