The Museum School offers a literature-based reading program with developmentally appropriate language arts skills, including phonics, comprehension, and fluency. We emphasize the joy and richness of the language and written word through a variety of genres. We stress the importance of reading to and with children and integrating reading in all subject areas. We recognize that learning to read is a skill that involves order and progression to master. In the primary grades the reading program is comprised of a variety of resources and student materials such as guided-reading series, anthologies, novel units, teacher-created materials, and teacher resource books. Children will be instructed through a balanced reading program.
This program incorporates seven basic processes that involve both independent and interactive reading and writing experiences:
- Reading Aloud to Children
- Shared Reading
- Guided Reading
- Paired Reading
- Independent Reading
- Language Exploration
- Writing and Reading: The Balanced Writing Program
The writing curriculum combines five major elements: handwriting, language patterns, grammar, composition and creative writing and journal writing. Learning correct and appropriate language patterns gives the student the skills needed for communicating. Composition skills develop as students are taught the process of writing. This process is integrated into all subject areas at each developmental level. These skills may be used creatively in the student’s original work in story writing, poetry, and other artistic forms.
Journal writing then provides the tool to present this work effectively; it enables students to experience their own growth in eloquence with language and see graphically the results of their work.
Listening and speaking form the basis upon which communication is built. Listening skills fall into four categories: informational, analytical, appreciative, and judgmental. Students practice and perfect their skills in each area. Speaking for the purpose of self-expression helps students grow into effective communicators.
Conversational skills, group discussion skills, self-expression techniques, and speech presentation are integral to the oral communication curriculum that students learn across the subject areas.
It is our intent to meet the individual needs of our students through careful, formal assessment and continuous observation.. Our program meets the multi-levels of our students while remaining more self-contained in nature. However, children may rotate to another classroom for a language arts group which best meets his/her needs.
Primary Enrichment Classes
Our primary grade students (K-2) will receive enrichment classes throughout the week including:
Sewing/Fabric Art – Students will work with Krystina Grammatica using fabrics to create a variety of items while developing fine motor skills and a sense of design techniques.
Physical Education – Working with our PE teacher, Evan McMahon, students develop gross motor skills while having fun, learning to cooperate in active games and skills based activities
Music – Students will work with music teacher, Jon Kenney, in developing musical rhythm through solfege, while learning western notation, and exploring instruments and songs. Students will also learn to play the Indonesian gamelan, through the Center for World Music’s Artist Teacher, Andrea Hernandez.
Art – Students engage in a variety of techniques, tools and media. Projects are both individual and collective. Some projects are accomplished in one class session, while others involve a multi-step process that requires several sessions to complete. Inspiration comes from a wide variety of sources including children’s literature, historical artists/art movements, recycled materials/donated materials, current classroom curriculum, seasons, nature, cultural influences, and the imagination of the art instructor. Basic elements of art and design are practiced at appropriate grade levels.