Specialty Classes

Art

The goals of the art program are to help Primary-aged children build fine motor skills through instruction in various media, familiarize them with the basic art elements, instill a sense of wonder and accomplishment, and finally help them make independent choices in the art area.  Working through an experimental sequence, the children are exposed to increasingly complex artistic concepts and encouraged to make more conscious choices of materials and composition.

The Lower Elementary art program continues to work on skill building while exploring the cultural context for the creation of artwork.  Students study the art and experiment with techniques used by tribal, traditional, and contemporary artists from around the world.  Art history is integrated into the curriculum,which affords the child the opportunity to look at various styles and schools of art.

In the Upper Elementary program students are introduced to the study of design in two and three dimensions.  They begin to consider art as a means of communication and expression.  They begin to consider art as a means of communication and expression.  They are exposed to increasingly complex materials and techniques, while being encouraged to attend to craftsmanship as well as concept.


Drama

Spring Drama Performance 2013, AladdinMontessori education places a particular emphasis on public speaking and presentation.  The goal is to develop an adult who is comfortable speaking in front of others and sharing his or her ideas in a public forum.  The Drama program helps greatly in this regard, in addition to teaching the fundamentals of stage work, theaters, and general acting skills.  The children work on improvisation, blocking, movement and singing.  The children work with scripts, follow direction and learn lines.


Music

At the Primary level, the children discover the joy of music.  Children are introduced to the music of other cultures, play musical games, sing, and move to their own music.  They experience rhythm and beat with percussion instruments and learn basic concepts such as louder/softer, faster/slower and higher/lower.

Continuing the work begun in the Primary music class, the Lower Elementary students learn about accented beats, note values, repeated rhythmic and melodic patterns, and notations.  Music from a variety of cultures is learned and discussed. Composition is also begun at this level.

In the Upper Elementary program, students are introduced to increasingly sophisticated musical concepts.  These include chord progressions, major and minor melodies and various time signatures.


P.E.

untitledMovement exploration, fundamental motor skills and basic movement patterns form the foundation for physical education in the Primary program.  Children jump, skip, catch, run and play games with the goal of developing body and spatial awareness.

The Lower Elementary physical education program emphasizes the development of fundamental motor skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, and batting.  Students explore different ways to improve physical fitness with climbing, running, and pull-ups.  They are also introduced to simple sports and group games such as kickball, softball, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee.

The Upper Elementary program has an increased emphasis on activities that require higher-level thinking skills.  There is increased participation in team sports that have rules, positions, and strategies.


Spanish

The children’s experiences in Spanish are designed to instill a sense of enjoyment of the language.  Children of the Primary classroom learn songs for celebration and traditional events.  They play games, use puppets, participate in art activities and engage in simple call and response to build and reinforce their Spanish vocabulary.

The Lower Elementary Spanish curriculum is based on activities that occur in the daily life of a city.  Students learn Spanish vocabulary phrasing, and numerical expression by visiting the “bank”, the “hospital”, the “market”, the “art gallery”, etc. and explore simple dialogue based on these environments.

At the Upper Elementary level, much of the class is conducted in Spanish, while the cultural areas use resources and vocabulary in English to insure a deep understanding of the main ideas being presented.  A pen-pal program is begun and students are introduced to writing sentences and short reports with Spanish based themes.