Creative Arts

Children are naturally curious. Their open-ended experiences allow for unrestricted exploration, which helps children form connections in their brain. Art helps even the youngest student make meanings in their life. In art class, students:
  • Explore basic art concepts through process art practice
  • Introduce and implement a variety of materials
  • Use simple creative tools
With developing music reading, composition, and performance skills on a variety of instruments, musical expression becomes more purposeful in early childhood. Students will be able to:
  • Recognize music notes
  • Create rhythmic compositions using these notes
Skills on the keyboard and glockenspiel, such as hand or mallet positions and note locations, can be applied to rhythmic variations and student-created compositions. Hand drums and various percussion instruments are also used. Many different instruments are introduced in a hands-on environment. Diverse musical styles, varied musical cultures, and different musical practices can all shape our understanding of the origins of music.
To celebrate the joy and value that is found in various aspects of woodworking, early childhood woodworkers:
  • Begin learning the safety rules and practice them before entering the room each day
  • Critique a variety of literature with a focus on trees and hand tools
  • Craft small projects such as a set of blocks or a car from materials that are cut and drilled for them
  • Practice the names and use of basic hand tools and hardware
  • Observe basic laser engraving