nurtured in all children. Children experience visual art, music, poetry,
theatre, writing, dance and other forms of creative arts with confidence and
passion. As current research continues to indicate the importance of this
area of study, we find it a very natural part of our curriculum.
Art Appreciation and Art History is as natural part of the
curriculum as technique and use of various media. We learn about art as we
do everything else, from the perspective of history. We study the various
forms of media as we study the artists who created and used them. Weekly
formal art instruction from Art and Montessori certified teacher Michele Mohar introduces new techniques,
materials, and art experiences.
Music is an important part of our
classroom as well. Daily singing and listening are accentuated by weekly
training on rhythm and singing from our specialist, Dr. David Eslick. The
arts are naturally integrated into cultural studies and language (creative
writing). Special guests will join the class occasionally to share cultural
art forms. The students attend at least one performance of children's
theatre each year. Classroom-based drama production and performance
encourages the public speaking, poise, self-control, and games.
Continuing our commitment to foreign language instruction that began in the
Early Childhood Environment, each Elementary student receives instruction in
Spanish language. The children are introduced to vocabulary, conversation,
music and dance. Spanish is spoken frequently in the classroom, both by
teachers and students. Supplemental Spanish language materials will be
available in the classroom for independent study.