PRIMARY AND ELEMENTARY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Electives

Primary Art, Grades 1-3

This unbelievably fun class gives young students a chance to engage in colorful projects while gently learning the fundamentals of art.  Students will be taught basic skills using a variety of mediums: crayons, markers, pastels, watercolor, tempera, charcoal, as well as a variety of mixed media. Students will be taught to think creatively while following directions in order to complete bi-weekly projects. They will also learn to recognize and copy many artistic styles, including pointillism, collage, impressionistic, etc.

Skills Needed: Students must be able to follow directions and focus on a project for a 40 minute class period in order to be successful in this class.

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Primary Art, Grades 3-4

Elementary Art is a hands-on elective dedicated to both develop and mold creativity.  Students will be taught basic skills using a variety of mediums: crayons, markers, pastels, watercolor, tempera, charcoal, as well as many mixed media. Students will be taught to recognize and copy many artistic styles, including pointillism, collage, impressionism, etc.

Skills Needed: Students must be able to follow directions and focus on a project for a 40 minute class period in order to be successful in this class.

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Elementary Art, Grades 4-6

Elementary Art is a hands-on elective dedicated to both develop and mold creativity. Students will be taught basic skills using a variety of mediums: drawing pencils, charcoal, oil pastels, chalk pastels, watercolor, acrylics, as well as a variety of  mixed media. They will be introduced to portraiture, still life, composition, drawing and painting from pictures, and color theory.  They will learn the fundamentals of line, shape, color, and texture.  The goal of this class is to start upper elementary students on the path of studio art.  Students learn to build skill and work to complete attractive pieces of art.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to follow directions and focus on a project for a 40 minute class period in order to be successful in this class. No homework assigned.

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Character­­, Grades Pre­school - 4th

Using the curriculum Character First, we will study 16 different character qualities and stories of people who displayed these qualities. We will have one memory verse per week that will be chosen from the weekly character quality. Students will hear stories, learn vocabulary, practice such character traits as first­ time obedience, patience, and attentiveness etc. While it is not natural for children to show such character maturity that exhibits forgiveness, attentiveness and deferring others above themselves, it is important to raise the standards in an admiration of good rather than implementing an environment where focus is only on correction of wrongdoing. Our goal is to celebrate that which is excellent and praiseworthy. In class each week the teacher will start with prayer time and a song, teach the new character quality, tell a story and then practice the memory verse. Character charts will be handed out for memory work to be practiced at home. Then, throughout the day, teachers in every class will try to “catch” the children exemplifying this specific quality and affirm them. On Thursday of each week, there will be an activity about the character ­quality­ of ­the­ week for help in solidifying learning.

Parent’s Responsibility:

Each week on Tuesday the students will bring home a chart which is designed to go on your fridge. The students have one week to practice the memory work and to practice the character quality. Your job is to catch them exemplifying this specific quality and encouraging them in it. Also for every time they obey the first time, or exhibit patience (whatever we are working on that week) you will give check marks on their chart. The idea is to give as many checks as possible in a celebratory mood. Then, on Monday night, you will pack their chart back into their folder for returning to class every Tuesday. Then at class again, the teacher will give points for completion of the student’s chart. The points will be counted and used for a store every quarter. The store will be run in such a way that every student receives great rewards.

Bible­­, Grades 5th-6th

In this class students will meet for 30 minutes per day in order to learn basics of spiritual life including the importance of prayer, daily quiet times and Bible reading.  Students will be given scriptures for meditation and discussion.  Minimal 10 minutes assignments will be used for homework.  

Class time will  include Sharing of prayer requests, prayer time, Bible reading, discussion and interactive projects.  Sometimes storie will be brought in an read to encourage spiritual growth. This time class time will be used to both direct students Godward, and also to encourage friendship and support of friendships.  The students will be participants in this class.  

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Choir, Grades 1st-6th

Elementary Choir is an upbeat, active music class that will teach students basic music concepts as well as how to simply enjoy music. Some of the songs we will learn in the fall will be faith-based songs, folk songs, and Christmas songs.  In the spring we will add singing in rounds, a classic hymn and some patriotic songs for an end-of-the-year mini concert.  Students in this class will learn rhythms and very basic note-reading skills while using rhythm makers and simple percussion instruments.  

Prerequisites:

Students must have the capacity to sit and focus for a 45 minute period in order to be successful in this class.  Although the class will incorporate movement, the students will need  to be able to follow directions and use their voices to sing as directed.  It is best if a child can read in order to learn the words of the songs.

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Physical Education (PE), Grades 1st-6th

This elective class is meant to be a large-motor, fun and educational class.  Designed for grade schoolers, this class will teach ball handling and sports skills as well as the most basic rules of 4 major sports. In addition to sports, this class includes one unit preparing for the President’s Physical Fitness test and one unit in tumbling and gymnastics.  It is the teacher’s intention to provide 35-40 minutes of cardiovascular exercise in an enjoyable context.  Students will be required to participate in all activities that the teacher leads.  If your student needs to be excused from PE, they must come with a parent’s note and bring a book to sit on the sideline and read.

Prerequisites:

Student needs to be able to follow directions without argument and interact with other students in a positive way. Good sportsmanship will be prioritized. Some of the activities throughout the year will be competitive, but the majority of activities will be lead in a noncompetitive atmosphere.

Supplies:

All students must come to school with tennis shoes and clothes that are appropriate for movement.  If a student wears a dress that is difficult to play sports in- she must also bring shorts or sweats to put under or change into. If a student wears boots, he or she must bring tennis shoes to change into.