Arts and Specials

Orff-Schulwerk Music Process

Cavaliers and Junior Kindergartners attend a weekly Music class for one-half hour in which the Orff-Schulwerk music process is used to teach the students rhythm, tempo, dynamics, music and language literacy as well as instrument play. Canterbury Kids attend bi-weekly beginning in January of the school year.

The process was developed by the German composer, Carl Orff, who believed that the music experience for children should involve movement, instrument play, and song. It should be based on the lyrics of children’s poems and folk songs which are ideal for teaching rhythm, movement, and percussion instruments. Canterbury Kids, Cavaliers and Junior Kindergartners sing, dance, creatively move to stories or music, play diverse percussion instruments and learn how to accompany themselves on the classroom Orff instruments. Improvisation is encouraged as well as creativity and critical thinking. Performance opportunities are incorporated into special classroom events.

Early Childhood Library

Students in Early Childhood attend a regularly scheduled Library class once a week in the Lower School Library. The program exposes them to various authors, different genres of literature, storytelling, language, and library procedures. The students are encouraged to predict outcomes, compare and contrast similar stories, authors or illustrators, and express their opinions of content, storyline and style.

Cavaliers and Junior Kindergartners check out books throughout the year while the Canterbury Kids participate in storytelling activities in library bi-weekly the second semester only. Once a month, Cavaliers and Junior Kindergartners join together in one Chapel Library class to learn and discuss a moral or character-building lesson.

Early Childhood Gross Motor

Early Childhood students participate weekly in a Gross Motor class (Canterbury Kids begin second semester.) Activities are designed to develop gross motor skills such as balance, hand and eye coordination, movement, skipping, jumping etc. Obstacle courses and physical education games and sports are introduced.

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