Our classroom teachers incorporate components of Dance, Music and Art into the classroom curriculum. We believe that these subjects are very important and we also provide Specialty Classes in these subjects for all of our Early Childhood and Elementary students. We involve specialists to provide enrichment in the following areas so that the children are exposed to a more comprehensive syllabus.
- Physical Education
- Outdoor Classroom
- Great Outdoors ("GO")
- Foreign Language
Early Childhood, Elementary students attend dance classes in a beautiful, spacious dance room with bamboo floors. Early Childhood students are introduced to the main elements of dance: time, space and energy, so that they can decipher and make choices in their movement. The students learn how to alter speeds, change levels, utilize space, play with quality, move with their whole bodies/being, mirror positive/negative space, as well as shaping and weaving. Elementary students learn more advanced dance elements such as shape, level, direction, size, focus, attack, weight, strength, pathway, locomotor and flow. They also learn how to express themselves through dance and incorporate their own style and how to integrate timing and choreography.
Early Childhood, Elementary students attend Music Specialty classes, where they learn music and rhythm theory as well as vocal skills.The students are exposed to many different music styles as well as music from many other cultures. Early Childhood students learn to sing and play instruments and to create, respond to and understand music. Elementary students learn to sing and play instruments (including the recorder and guitar, respectively) with a varied repertoire of music alone and with others, and improvise melodies, variations and accompaniments. They also learn to analyze, describe, compose, arrange, read and notate music and to understand music in relation to history and culture.
The Art Studio is available to Third Year Early Childhood (Kindergarten), Elementary students throughout the week. First and Second Year Early Childhood students follow an art curriculum in their classrooms.
Early Childhood students focus on the technical fundamentals of color, shape, perspective and shading.All of the students work with many different media such as paint, pastels, pencil, collage, textiles, etc. Elementary students practice the technical elements of art, such as line, shape, color, value, form, texture and space, as well as the principles of design, including balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm and unity.
Our “Artist-in-Residence," Kindra Fehr, works as an adviser for our Early Childhood art curriculum and teaches our Third Year Early Childhood, Elementary students.
All of our Elementary students participate in Physical Education classes. The curriculum includes learning about and playing a variety of team-oriented physical games, with an emphasis on endurance, coordination, flexibility, strength, agility and sportsmanship as they work on general fitness.
The Great Outdoors (GO) program facilitates meaningful interaction with the environment through a three-year rotating cycle involving watershed, Utah native plants, as well as ecosystems and relationships in nature. Students explore habitats weekly through hiking, lessons, activities, projects, observation, note taking, sketching, and researching. The purpose of these expeditions is to give the students a direct, personal connection with their natural world and, through that connection, a better understanding of the world around them as well as of themselves.
Lower Elementary students participate weekly in the Outdoor Classroom where they explore and interact with the garden area throughout the changing seasons and learn about plant identification, functions, and uses, as well as earth history, animal adaptations, and paleo cultures. The purpose of the Lower Elementary Outdoor Program is to help students gain an understanding and love for the natural world around them while engaging students in problem solving and creative application.
Early Childhood students participate each week in the Outdoor Classroom where they seasonally explore the plants, soil, invertebrates, birds, and much more through hands on activities. Students have many opportunities to practice and master essential developmental skills such as balance, control, independence, focus, and coordination through digging, building with logs, sticks and rocks, locating and interacting with the different parts of plants, and many other activities. The purpose of the Early Childhood Outdoor Program is to help students gain an understanding and love for the natural world around them.
Our Upper Elementary and 3rd year Lower Elementary students participate in an environmental expeditions program called "GO." Most Fridays the students go on environmental expeditions throughout the Greater Salt Lake area to locations such as the Cottonwood Canyons, Swaner Wetland, the Bear River, and the Great Salt Lake Desert. The students focus on the three major habitats that surround our natural area: deserts, wetlands and alpine.
The purpose of these expeditions is to give the students a direct, personal connection with their natural world and, through that connection, a better understanding of the world around them as well as of themselves.
All of our Elementary students participate in Yoga classes. The students learn asanas (physical yoga postures) to increase their flexibility, strength, focus and balance. They also practice meditation, work with mandalas and learn sanskrit chants to increase focus and awareness.
Children aged 0-6 are in a sensitive period for language development; therefore, exposure to a second language is most effective at this level. Students who move into our Lower Elementary continue being exposed to Spanish through a different approach. In the Early Childhood Dual Language classrooms, children are encouraged to evenly divide their time between Montessori works in English and Spanish. One teacher speaks and presents lessons to the children in English while the other speaks and presents lessons in Spanish. Teachers generally speak their native language though the Spanish teachers are bilingual in case a child needs assistance in English. Children in the classroom have the opportunity to learn how to communicate in both languages. They will experience speaking, listening, reading and writing. Reading and speaking in both languages is necessary to eventually becoming bi-literate and bicultural.
Our Elementary School students participate in theater workshops each fall, culminating in a Community Theater production. The purpose is not to produce a Broadway worthy production, but to give students the opportunity to take part in all aspects of a play. Younger students learn how to memorize lines, follow acting cues, design props and face the audience. Older students work on projecting their voices, expressing themselves through vocal tone, facial expression and movement. They contribute to the script, direct the scenes, learn to give and receive constructive criticism and cooperate with each other to produce a successful play. They also work on costume and set design and the creation of sound effects.