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Early Childhood: Music, Movement, and Art

Our teachers are able to form relationships with each child in order to provide an approach specific to his or her learning style and needs. Each child is challenged to stretch his or her understanding in a developmentally appropriate way. This way, each student experiences early success at his or her own level.

Pre-Kindergarten

In the classroom and on the playground, children have daily opportunities for music, movement, physical activity, and art. Students have formal music instruction twice a week with the music teacher, as well as informal classroom instruction. This includes exploration with instruments, body movement, and learning musical terms such as rhythm, beat, and tonation.

Art is provided every day within the pre-kindergarten classroom. A variety of materials are used to help develop creativity and imagination, muscle control, color concepts, release for feelings, and an increase in self-awareness. We also integrate art throughout other content areas to ensure that students have ample opportunities for expression.

Twice a week, pre-kindergarten students have an opportunity to work on gross motor development in the gymnasium. Physical education instruction guides the children in different movement activities such as tumbling, ball techniques, and travel patterns. Age-appropriate games are included as well. Use of the playground and the Gross Motor Room are also part of the daily schedule.

Junior Kindergarten

In the classroom and on the playground, children have daily opportunities for music, movement, physical activity, and art. Students have formal music instruction twice a week with the music teacher, as well as informal classroom instruction. Music includes use of instruments, exploration of movement, rhythm, and singing songs together.

Art is provided within the Junior Kindergarten classroom every day. A variety of materials are used both independently and in groups. They help develop creativity and imagination, muscle control, color concepts, release for feelings and an increase in self- awareness, and reading and writing readiness.

Three times a week, Junior Kindergarten students work on gross motor development in the gymnasium. Physical education instruction guides the children in activities such as tumbling, movement, ball techniques, gymnastics, body awareness, and cooperative play. Appropriate activities, such as freeze dance and movement games, are also included in the classroom.

Every day, weather permitting, free play on the playground or in the Gross Motor Room is a part of the children’s schedule.

Kindergarten

Fine Arts
Drama is incorporated into all areas of study and provides opportunities for social and communication skills development, comprehension, increase in understanding of specific academic concepts, memorization of short stories or poems, and language and problem solving skills to promote healthy social interaction. Students have formal music instruction twice a week with a music teacher, as well as informal classroom instruction. Music includes the use of instruments, exploration of movement, rhythm, and singing songs together. Formal art instruction takes place twice a week but is incorporated in the classroom daily. A variety of materials are used to develop creativity and imagination, muscle control, color concepts, release for feelings and an increase in self-awareness.

Physical Education & Recess
Five days a week, Kindergarten students work on gross motor development in the gymnasium. Physical education instruction guides the children in activities such as tumbling, movement, ball techniques, gymnastics, body awareness, and cooperative and competitive play. The children also go outside for recess 45-60 minutes every day that weather permits.