The art program is designed to stretch the imagination and develop the creativity that is within every person. Children in the Toddler and Primary Programs engage in a wide scope of activities within their classroom setting. The activities and materials selected draw from the young child’s interests in color, texture, shapes and the natural drive to express these freely using a rich variety of developmentally inviting materials.
Students in the Kindergarten through Middle School levels attend weekly scheduled art classes. Projects in the Art Room are open-ended starting points for students to express their ideas. Projects sometimes relate to studies in other subject areas, including culture, math and science. Students become familiar with basic visual elements, such as line, shape, value (light and dark), color, texture and creating the illusion of space on a flat surface, developing the skills to express themselves freely. A wide spectrum of materials are available for the creation of two and three-dimensional works, based on individual ideas for a given project. Students enjoy a range of printmaking techniques and are especially intrigued with the intaglio process, using our new etching press.
Our annual spring art exhibition showcases student work throughout the school and includes a large display in our gymnasium of regional professional artists that includes painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, ceramics and design-related works.
Children respond spontaneously and express themselves freely when they hear music, naturally incorporating their listening into physical movement and dance. Music forms an integral part of the activities in our Toddler and Primary Programs; daily circle time involves singing and movement that integrates rhythm, language and physical coordination through a variety of familiar and newly introduced songs. A weekly scheduled visit from our music teacher enriches their musical exposure through the introduction of Orff instruments and related songs and movement activities.
The Elementary and Middle School music program is sequentially designed to develop innate musicality and appreciation of music in every child. Through a combination of Kodaly and Orff teaching philosophies, students experience music in a variety of forms, such as listening, singing, dancing, moving and playing instruments. As part of our instrumental instruction, Upper Elementary level students begin to study the recorder and Middle School students participate in African Drum circles and hand chime ensembles.
Students gather throughout the year to share their music at events, such as our Thanksgiving sing-a-long, Lower Elementary cultural presentation, Spanish Class Fashion and Musical Show and the Middle School Graduation ceremony. Elementary and Middle School students perform instrumental pieces for our Primary and Kindergarten students during special musical assemblies.
Upper Elementary and Middle School students are invited to join the Village School Chorus. The Chorus performs at school assemblies throughout the year, a winter and spring concert, and for senior citizens at local residency communities. A trip to a Broadway musical culminates our Chorus activities for the school year.
Maria Montessori emphasized the importance of physical movement as integrally linked to mental and cognitive development. Coordinated, purposeful and expressive movement is an inherent part of the Montessori prepared environment at every program level in our school. Toddler and Primary students visit the gymnasium with their classroom teachers to enjoy activities designed to develop coordination, motor planning, control of movement, and cooperative play.
The Kindergarten through Middle School Physical Education classes meet twice weekly, in small groups. The overall focus of the program is to introduce and explore physical education skills and concepts with an emphasis on the total development of the child. A much anticipated and enjoyable community event takes place in June for our Fun Day, where Middle School students plan, coordinate and run various events, such as relay and sack races, ball activities and water games for our K-6 level students.
The Village School offers an interscholastic volleyball program for students in grades 6-8. Students compete with other independent schools, experiencing the sport at a competitive level.
Instructional technology begins at the Kindergarten level, continuing through the 6th grade of the Upper Elementary program.
As members of the 21st Century, our children are well aware of the advanced technology that exists all around them. Students use technology as a daily tool for communicating with others. They are active participants in the information gathering process. Our goal at the Village School is to help our students learn to make wise and responsible choices when obtaining, generating, manipulating and presenting information.
Kindergarten level students are introduced to the keyboard, the different parts of the computer and proper use of the mouse.
Lower Elementary technology classes build upon these previously acquired basic skills to learn use of different software applications, such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Kidpix, Kidspiration, and Inspiration.
Upper Elementary level classes continue with instruction in software applications, with emphasis on keyboarding skills, internet research and presentation of student projects to promote growth and proficiency in the use of application programs.
Middle School students incorporate their acquired technology skills into all aspects of their learning, from researching to creating writing pieces and reports, to creative presentations using PowerPoint that incorporates sound and video. Our Technology teacher is available to Middle School students as a resource when questions or problems arise.
As specific software tools continue to change, our students will acquire an understanding of how various classes of computer tools operate, and gain confidence in learning to use new tools that will support their learning of new software.
Young children learn their first language(s) through immersion and absorption of the spoken languages that surround them. They are at the most sensitive period for learning new languages, as well as their native one.
Children in our Toddler and Primary programs are introduced to Spanish within their classroom settings, through the use of songs, objects, pictures and culturally related stories from Spanish speaking countries. Basic vocabulary of familiar, everyday objects and expressions are introduced in Spanish through direct involvement in engaging and enjoyable activities. Classroom materials invite the children to practice with the vocabulary introduced during class lessons.
Students from Kindergarten through Middle School, attend regularly scheduled classes in the Spanish classroom, with the frequency of week instruction increasing with program level. The program is designed to help students learn to communicate, write and read Spanish within developmentally appropriate guidelines. Students learn significant aspects of the culture of Spain and Latin American countries. Lessons are designed to provide students with ongoing review of the vocabulary and grammatical structures learned in prior lessons. The program is very interactive, making use of a variety of activities and exposing students to different scenarios in which they are expected to interact in Spanish. These range from creating a fashion show, visiting a restaurant in which only Spanish is spoken, creating a web page in Spanish, to singing and dancing to music from different Spanish speaking nations.