The inclusion of art, music, Spanish, and physical education is an important part of our tailored curriculum.
ART: Students from kindergarten through grade six enjoy formal art lessons that use a variety of materials to cover a broad range of fundamental skills and techniques, as well as the study of individual artists.
SPANISH: MSD offers lessons in Spanish language beginning in first grade. Interactive lessons build basic vocabulary, and students focus on conversational Spanish and cultural awareness in lessons.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION:Our curriculum includes daily outdoor play, as well as a regular physical education curriculum for grades K-6. Kindergartners learn to spread their wings in movement or yoga classes. Lower Elementary students engage in a rotation of sports and non-competitive games on the playground at the beginning, middle, and end of the school day for a total of an hour and a half. Throughout the year, the Lower Elementary classes have activities such as regular trips to the park and 8-10 half-day hikes in local parks. The Upper Elementary students meet with our PE teacher for units of study in soccer, ultimate frisbee, yoga, etc. These students also play soccer games against other local schools. Our PE curriculum encourages cooperation, inclusion, good sportsmanship, and healthy competition against oneself.
MUSIC: Music is incorporated in the classroom daily. Elementary children have access to keyboards, recorders, drums, and xylophones, among other instruments. They also receive direct weekly instruction in the fundamentals of rhythm, music theory, reading music, and specific instrument lessons. Additional instruction in drums, piano, and ukulele is available after school through the Enrichment program.
READING: Our reading specialist works with all children K-6 in assessing reading progress, selecting “just right” and “challenging” books and goals for reading, and identifying and addressing any areas of need.