All students participate in a music program designed to help children perceive sounds and rhythms, distinguish the structure of the music through listening, composing and performing; produce compositions; move or dance to music; reflect and evaluate performance; and reflect upon music's heritage. The younger children prepare for and the elementary children play Orff instruments and recorders as well as dance and sing to music. Occasionally, students hold recitals at which they play for one another and any parents that are able to attend. Parents are also welcome to attend music classes with their students occasionally to enjoy the development of the children.
All students have art education in the classrooms. Starting in kindergarten, students go to the art studio for at least one hour per week. Art concepts are taught through activities based on the elements of design: line, shape, form, texture, space, color and value. Art instruction lends itself to integrating with other subject areas. The purposes of these activities are to help students develop awareness of, and appreciation for, the skills in communicating through art, and a feeling of pride and satisfaction in their work. Multicultural art activities are infused into the curriculum. Art Education gives students the opportunity to develop an interest in art appreciation and to develop critical and creative thinking skills.
There is an optional band program for students in grades five through eight. Students receive small group lessons on instruments and as they progress are also involved in ensembles and performances.
Our Spanish program is based on a highly effective teaching method known as STAC™
How does STAC™ work?
- Senses - Children are taught through all their senses using concrete objects. Words are not just heard, they are seen, touched, tasted, and smelled. Pronunciation is learned through rhythm and music.
- Think - Children associate concrete objects to language and connect previous knowledge with new vocabulary.
- Create - Children use the target language to communicate in real life settings.
By teaching to the whole child through the senses, the language makes a lasting impression as it appeals in a positive way to both the mind and heart.
All ages participate in programs designed to develop physical skills and large and small motor control. Early Childhood students spend time daily in large motor activity. Elementary students have physical education with an instructor and participate in units of study involving jogging, hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer, and other games designed to develop physical skills, cooperation and sportsmanship. Students need a pair of athletic shoes for gym.
Parents may opt out of this program for their student if they wish. The School also uses materials from a conflict resolution curriculum in the interest of promoting "education for peace." A special focus with older students has been on bullying behaviors and the communication strategies necessary to eliminate them.
The school library is host to a rich assortment of literature for all ages. Students are afforded the opportunity to visit the library during the week. Our youngest students receive visits from the librarian to supplement their extensive, in-class, book collections. Computers are also present to enhance the research efforts of our older children. A separate book collection is available to parents should they desire to research the Montessori philosophy. Lastly, parents are welcome to accompany their children to the library before and after school with the checking out of books being discussed with our librarian prior to their visit.
Outdoor Education Camp
Each year the Upper Elementary class has a three-day educational experience at Camp Willson, a YMCA Camp, near Bellefontaine, Ohio. Working with the Camp Willson staff, our teachers plan a set of learning experiences appropriate to the season and relating to topics studied in the classroom. This is an exciting experience in learning and living together you won't want your student to miss.