Our music program is offered on Monday and Thursday mornings and Tuesday afternoons. The music program is based around traditional and modern children’s songs from a variety of cultures and musical styles. We typically sing songs that follow the seasons, the calendar, and our topics of study in the classroom. Many of the songs incorporate interactive movement. In the spring we add an orchestra study in which the children see actual instruments up close, learn how and why they are classified in their groups in the orchestra, and learn to identify them by their sounds.
Our art program is offered on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The children explore many mediums, such as paint, clay, watercolors, markers, crayons, collage, and oil pastels. They practice a variety of skills such as coloring, cutting, gluing, and drawing. Our children then use these skills and materials to create seasonal and imaginative projects that are their own work with the least amount of adult assistance possible.
Dance is offered on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. Through our dance program, the children learn to control the movement of their bodies through the space around them. They learn to express themselves through movement to a variety of traditional and modern children’s music. Scarves, hoops, and beanbags are used to encourage children to have fun and explore moving to rhythms. Our children learn a few simple choreographed dances as well throughout the year.
French & Italian:
French is taught during morning circle on Thursdays and afternoon circle on Wednesdays. Italian is taught during afternoon circle on Mondays. The children are introduced to speaking and understanding French and Italian by following the same circle routines they follow in English, thus leading to an immediate ability to participate in the language. We play a variety of games centered around basic preschool concepts; colors, counting, positional prepositions, etc. Our focus is on helping children to understand that there are many different ways to express themselves while expanding their understanding and acceptance of differences in cultures. Both our French and Italian programs are taught organically, using concepts and games that are familiar to the children. Our goal is not linguistic fluency but developing confidence and success in learning to use a foreign language for self-expression.