Enrichment: Art, Computers, Music & Spanish

The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.

                                                                                                                                     - Maria Montessori   

Computers                                                     (Elementary)

 

A few words about my approach to teaching Computer Technology...

 

The world of computing is opening up so many wonderful opportunities for growth and progress in our world and I am pleased to have the opportunity to help our students begin their journey into the wonders of computer technology.

 

Initially, the focus is on the building blocks of computing.  Kindergarteners work on mastering the mouse and familiarizing themselves with the keyboard.  Later, they engage in typing games and drills to help them to master their keyboard.  Students in first through fifth grades begin with typing lessons, typing games and typing drills in an effort to strengthen their command of the keyboard.  As these skills are mastered, they learn about and improve their knowledge of Microsoft Office, with an emphasis on producing book reports.   

 

As the year progresses, all classes begin learning to code.  Through code.org, our students are taking their first steps into coding.  They really enjoy using this wonderful resource and the opportunity to see what is involved in writing code.  

Music - Ally Jo Frush                          (Preschool & Elementary)

 

A few words on my approach to teaching. . .

 

As a music teacher, I guide my students through the exploration of sound and music with fun games, exercises and beloved-songs. Each-class students will learn a few easy fundamentals of music and then apply that to a fun group song or project. Students also learn life-long skills which include listening, following instructions, working independently and collaborating with others. I take delight in helping students understand music while exploring their own creativity and creating a fun environment for self-expression and learning. 

Art - Lynn Elishaw                               (Preschool & Elementary)

 

A few words about my approach to teaching Art are coming soon...

 

 

Spanish - Clara Dyk                                                          (Elementary)

 

A few words on my teaching philosophy. . .

 

By age four, a child has acquired the building blocks of a first language and has built the foundation for learning another language - making new connections as new information is introduced.  Using Maria Montessori's method of teaching, students explore and say sounds, words and even phrases.  The practice of a simple Spanish conversation helps students to grasp the syntax and structure of the language.  Once syntax is understood, it becomes easy to begin using more words in sentences.

 
Reinforcing and refining proficiency in children's listening and speaking skills first, followed by reading and writing skills later on, provides a solid foundation for acquisition of a second language.  It's the best way for beginners to gain basic skills immediately.  Interactive lessons that introduce new vocabulary through the use of games, books, flash cards, posters, songs, poems and real objects, challenge students to learn and use new words in conversation rather through memorization.