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Subject Classes

Handwork - Spanish - Games (P.E.)  - Woodworking - Music
Handwork

Handwork is critical to the intellectual and emotional development of the child. In the first

grade the children learn knitting, and in the course of their schooling will learn to crochet, sew by hand, knit with five needles, cross-stitch, do wood carving, and make clothing using a sewing machine.

Students learn to make things they love and to work skillfully, always increasing their artistry. Handwork should be relaxing and fun, and at the same time productive.

Working to transform the materials of the earth fosters inner growth and a sense of well-being in the children. These lessons support and complement other subjects in the school, helping to bring balance and wholeness to the education.




Games (P.E.)

Grades 2-8 participate in a twice-weekly class emphasizing fitness, cooperative games and activities that develop coordination, social skills, and physical abilities. 

 

Spanish

Grades 1-4 have twice-weekly Spanish classes.





Grades 6-8 Woodworking Elective

Woodworking students in grades 6-8 use traditional hand woodworking tools to start with a tree transform it into a useful final product. 


Their first product is a simple three legged stool. The students start by using a two man crosscut saw to cut a round of wood from a tree. They then split the wood, and use hatchets and draw knives to shape it. They then use foot powered lathes to turn each leg, and then finally assemble their project into their stool.

3rd and 5th Grade "Mystery" Class

The 3rd and 5th grade "mystery" curriculum includes both environmental science

and beginning woodworking activities. Woodworking skills begins with whittling using carving knives. After they have been trained on how to safely use the knives their first assignment is to carve a wooden egg. In the secondhalf of the year they begin carving a wooden bowl using mallets and chisels.


The 3rd grade’s first project is to construct a simple toolbox from a fence board. The students learn to measure, cut safely and accurately, hammer and drill as they built their boxes. In the spring they use their woodworking skills to construct drop spindles that are used in their handwork class to spin wool into yarn.

Music

All students enjoy music as part of their daily life at school. Singing and playing both wind

and string instruments are established aspects of our music program.
First grade students learn to play a Pentatonic recorder and the recorder is played throughout the grades.
The class teacher as well as the school's music teacher work with students in group singing.

In 4th grade, students are taught to play the violin by a trained music teacher. 



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 Art Elective for 6th-8th grade

Through our Art Elective Program, the middle school students are asked to observe, connect, reflect, and awaken the creativity within themselves.  They will explore new medium, acquire skills and knowledge to share who they are through their art.   Some of the mediums we will be using include graphite, marker, charcoal, ink, dry/oil pastel, wires, clay, block print, soap carving, beading, cut out art, watercolor, acrylic, colored papers, mosaic.