In elementary grade art classes, students will explore many different aspects of visual art. Students will let their creativity flow by engaging in activities such as drawing and painting with various materials. They also learn art vocabulary, explore the work of many different artists and art movements, and learn to appreciate art as it enhances our world.
In elementary grade music classes, students will learn and practice the basic fundamental elements of music such as sound, melody, harmony, rhythm, and expression (dynamics, tempo, articulation). Students will engage in singing, playing instruments, responding to music with movement, and connecting with various cultures through music. These classes will help students develop creativity, self-expression, and problem-solving while creating music together as a team. These classes will also provide students with performance opportunities, which will help them develop a sense of ensemble, tolerance, perseverance, and rigor—enabling them to be well-rounded citizens of our global society.
I give them real world-type problems, and they try to figure out ways to fix the problems or improve on things that have already been created. We use everyday items around the house along with school items for projects such as:
a working magnetic crane
cotton ball launchers
paper airplane designs that we launch with rubber bands
using a cup and balloon to harness air power that can knock over stacks of cups
catapults that really work using a few simple items
experiments with different ways to successfully grow huge crystals
using electrical circuits to design things such as lighthouses that light up and motors that run things
I also help them understand and solidify things they have learned in science, math, and art by doing demonstrations of labs they would not be able to do because of their age or lack of a true science lab with enough of the necessary equipment or supplies. Everything we do or I demonstrate is safe for the students and myself at all times. We also have a school science fair. We have attended the district STEAM fair and the district science fair in which we had the most entries and won 1st place at both in different categories.
Our gifted and talented program, SPARK, is available for students in pre-K through 6th grade. We provide appropriate educational opportunities for students who give evidence of high-performance capability in areas such as intellectual ability, creative, artistic or leadership or in specific academic areas that are not ordinarily provided by the school curricula. We focus on 21 Century Learning Skills: Collaboration, Communication, Creative and Critical thinking.
6th grade students are allowed to participate in band as an elective. The band usually has around 20 to 30 members each year playing any instrument from guitar to saxophone and all in between! The band will have a few performances each year including playing happy birthday to our principal on their birthday every year!