Welcome to April! Read about all the exciting new developments happening in your child’s specials classes this month.
Kindergarten artists are wrapping up their unit on art around the world. After learning about Moroccan Pottery, artists learned about the tradition of headdresses. We focused on headdress rituals from three different native tribes: the Lakota/Sioux tribe from the Great Plains, the Aztec tribe from Mexico, and the Zulu tribe from South Africa. Kindergarten artists observed the lines, shapes and textures in these headdresses and reflected on the rituals for which they are worn. Then they designed headdresses to be worn for an important ritual in their own lives. Coming up we will learn learn about the Ghanaian tradition of Kente Cloth!
1st grade artists have been learning a lot about color over the past few weeks. They have learned about Primary, Secondary, Warm and Cool color groups and created a beautiful collection of paintings. In addition to identifying which colors belong to which groups, 1st grade artists have also spent some time discussing how artists make choices about color in their work. Sometimes they select colors to create a realistic representation, but other times it’s to express a feeling, emotion or idea. In the next few weeks 1st graders will wrap up this unit by learning about the cave paintings of Lascaux. Artists will view examples of these paintings to identify the earth tone colors and textures they see and analyze the subject matter the way explorers and historians did back in 1940 when the paintings were discovered.
This month in music we have been continuing to explore our singing voices with Voice Stories, and have become proficient in reading quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests. We have also started rhythmic dictation where the teacher or student plays a rhythm and the students independently listen and “write” the rhythm down using plastic eggs and popsicle sticks. This is building strong auditory skills, and a wonderful foundation for a lifetime of music-making! We will start the piano this month by learning how to find the middle “D” as well as how to play our quarter/eighth note and quarter rest rhythms on the keys. We are also beginning to prepare for our Kindergarten and First Grade play! Stay tuned for the exciting details, as we continue to grow and learn in music class!
This month we have focused on fitness movements such as planks, push-ups, sit-ups, mountain climbers, lunges, and jumping jacks. The students have improved so much since the beginning of the school year! Over the next few months, they will be learning about the muscles in the body and how to live a fit life. This also includes discussions about nutrition. The students are working really hard in every class while having so much fun!
It’s also been an exciting month for yoga. Each class has learned and is memorizing the “sun salutation” sequence. This sequence is made up of 12 poses that we have learned over the past few months. They are memorizing the order of the poses with repetition of the names as well as the movements. I am so impressed by how quickly they learn.
Throughout this month I will be putting videos on the blog of students performing all of the poses they have learned so be sure to check it out at icsspecials.wordpress.com!
This month in Spanish we will finish our journey around the Spanish speaking world. After a few weeks in Spain learning about flamenco and fútbol (soccer), and another couple of weeks in Argentina experiencing tango and learning about gaucho life, we are now on our way north to Mexico. All students got to experience live flamenco during International Week. It was very exciting to hear the kids count in Spanish with the dancer and shout outOle at the end of a song. They even learned a few steps of this traditional Spanish dance!
As we move forward, we will begin working with maps to familiarize students with the parts of the world where Spanish is spoken. They are already recognizing some flags!