As you consider your wishes for 2014, we invite you to join this meaningful movement and become a part of our community. During the contemplative mood of the season, consider what it is you want for your children, who spend a great deal of their lives in school.
--Aligned with state standards, the curriculum goes beyond to include daily recess, weekly music and art lessons, and instruction in two languages (American Sign Language and Spanish). Click here for benefits of bilingualism.
How does learning a foreign language make you smarter?
-- Students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardized tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of math, reading, and vocabulary.
--their English (grammar, etc) improves
--their memory and ability to observe surroundings improves
--Learning a foreign language also aligns with our belief in nurturing cultural empathy, a critical characteristic in becoming a global leader, as outlined in this Harvard Business Review article.
-- Music instruction begins in Kindergarten, with pentatonic recorder in first grade and a string instrument in later grades.
How does playing music make you smarter?
"The parts of the brain that control motor skills, hearing, storing audio information and memory become larger and more active when a person learns how to play an instrument and can apparently improve day to day actions such as being alert, planning and emotional perception."
--A focus on aesthetics includes high quality materials such as German watercolors, beeswax crayons, and natural materials for learning.
--No pressure is placed on the child to learn rote materials in order to perform to a certain level. While assessments are administered to inform instructional decisions, standardized testing results are often not reliable with young children (through age 8). Therefore other assessments are included, in a low-pressure environment, to determine children's learning.
--Fostering empathy, kindness, and an appreciation of diversity are considered vital to children’s developing respect for themselves, others, and the greater world.
Through positive relationships, we develop whole human beings who will be inspired to innovate and create new possibilities for themselves and for the world!