Speciality Area Classes

Art

Art Show DisplayThrough planned sequential lessons and the exploration of various media including painting, drawing, printmaking, clay, sculpture, weaving and mixed media, TK-7 students are guided toward purposeful artistic expression and informed artistic response. Art is taught as a specific content area and is also integrated with other subjects in the curriculum.

Lessons are planned around
six goal areas:
  • Developing Perceptual Awareness
  • Valuing Art and Making Aesthetic Judgments
  • Art in the world around us.
  • Art History and Appreciation
  • Studying major artists and works of art and the art of other cultures
  • Production of Art

Art education gives students the ability to solve problems artistically using a variety of media to develop unique solutions.


Library

Boy in Library Guided by the school librarian, students are taught how to use a library system for research, assignments, project enrichment and general reading enjoyment. This curriculum prepares students for the real world while helping them develop a life time love of learning.

Special library activities
and events include:
  • Guest authors in person or via Skype
  • Bi-annual book fairs
  • Local leaders reading to children
  • Research of science fair projects
  • Birthday book club

Music

girl playing musicBeginning with our transitional kindergarten, students are taught to play instruments, read music and to understand phrasing, rhythm, harmony and tempo. Our Yamaha Keyboard Lab is used extensively to teach and reinforce our music curriculum. Performances are planned throughout the year so that students can exhibit their talents and develop their stage presence.

All students (TK-7) sing age-appropriate and seasonal songs, listen to music, and play rhythm band instruments to experience the following concepts:

Transitional Kindergarten – First Grade
  • Move to and identify beat and perform to simple rhythm patterns
  • Identify same or different sounds, vocals and melodies
  • Recognize and imitate concepts of soft/loud, fast/slow, short/long, and high/low
  • Study Prokofiev's “Peter and the Wolf” (First Grade)
     
Second Grade & Third Grade
  • Perform rhythm patterns adding half and dotted half notes
  • Identify pitches and musical alphabet
  • Classify orchestral instruments into four families
  • Read, identify, and play simple musical notation and C major scale
  • Sing 2-part harmony using patterns with melody

Fourth Grade & Fifth Grade
  • Analyze, read, perform and compose simple and uneven rhythm patterns and melodies (including one sharp or one flat)
  • Perform counter-melodies to create harmony using resonator bells, glockenspiels, autoharp, recorders, and keyboards
  • Sing in 2 and 3-part harmony and play recorder duets
  • Study composers and various forms of music from each period of music history

Physical Education

Physical education is a vital part of the total educational experience at Tate's School providing students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, games and skills to build their total fitness so that they may enjoy a healthy life. The development of initiative, self-reliance, confidence, and a positive self-image is conducive to the learning process and is essential to the social development and well being of all students.

Physical education is an instructional time for children to experience multiple activities to develop small and large muscle/motor skills. Our well-rounded curriculum focuses on:

  • Nutritional importance
  • Body brain movement
  • Social/group development
  • Fitness enthusiasm
  • Promoting a sense of success

Gaining skills and promoting positive attitudes and appreciations for educational fitness aids student’s need and understanding of the importance for life long physical activity and nutritional focus. As part of our complementary parent workshops, Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N nutrition and wellness classes are offered to parents. For more information visit www.preventioncounts.com.

Running Group

Activities for All Grades
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Physical fitness (testing included)
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Jump rope skills
  • Wall climbing
  • Yoga
Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten
  • Movement exploration-dance and creative movement; yoga, hot potato, ring toss, bean bag toss
  • Striking Sports - tennis, modified form of softball, “soft” volleyball
  • Games: Holiday games and story play
  • Manipulative activities with bean bags, hoops, and parachute
  • Ball handling activities
First and Second Grade
  • Expand kindergarten skills and objectives
  • Perceptual motor activities - balance, body image activities, direction and laterality, and spatial awareness;
  • Relays; rhythms, jump ropes and dance.
Third through Eighth Grade
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Outdoor Education - includes ropes course and cooperative games.

Spanish

Beginning in our Preschool and continuing through the Eighth Grade, the Spanish language comes to life through songs, games, stories and dramatic play. Students are introduced to basic vocabulary and grammatical concepts with an emphasis on communication skills. The Hispanic culture is also examined and students learn that it is not only diverse and unique, but it is also very much an integral part of the language itself.

Pre-School and Kindergarten

Spanish in the Pre-school and Kindergarten areas begins at a very introductory level. Basic words and phrases are introduced through a thematic approach. Instruction is presented through the use of props, visual aids, songs, and movement supporting the belief that fun, stress-free learning creates retention and positive attitudes towards second-language learning.

First and Second Grades

Spanish is still presented at an introductory level in these two primary grades but at a faster pace and with a greater quantity and variety of vocabulary. Music, games, and dramatic play are methods utilized in the instruction and students maintain an in-class notebook of their vocabulary words. The first written work is introduced and sound-word identification is practiced.

Third Grade

In the Third Grade there is a greater emphasis on conversation and communication skills. Previously learned vocabulary is utilized and expanded upon and correct pronunciation is stressed through the introduction of the Spanish Alphabet and its sounds. Reading and writing skills are practiced as well as oral-aural competencies. The geographical location of the Spanish-speaking world is studied as are new cultural concepts related to the Hispanic people.

Fourth Grade

Communication and conversation skills are stressed at this level as students utilize previously learned words and structures and new ones are added to their vocabulary. There is continued study of correct pronunciation skills, and grammatical concepts are presented, practiced and compared to the English language. Games, hands-on projects, and songs are just a few ways that language is presented to aid in the retention and enjoyment of this language learning experience. Cultural concepts are discussed and native speakers are invited to discuss their language and culture as often as possible.

Fifth - Seventh Grade

The use of the foreign language in the classroom is stressed, and reading, writing, pronunciation and comprehension skills are emphasized throughout the year. New grammatical structures are stressed such as noun-adjective agreement and verb basics. Hispanic geography will be expanded upon, and cultural differences and similarities will be discussed. During the last semester the students study the history of the piñata and design and create their own piñatas to be used at the “Farewell Fiesta” held at the end of the year.


Technology

As the way we communicate and conduct business evolves we, as educators, are tasked with making sure that today's youth are equipped with the technical knowledge and utilization skills that are essential to help them succeed in the classroom, workplace - and in life.  Technology is an integral and ever-growing part of today's society, and serves as the platform that supports professional practices, businesses, industries, families, and social circles.

Aside from our 16-station computer lab, each classroom is also equipped with two computers and high speed internet access to enrich all subject areas. Other technology includes interactive boards to aid the classroom in virtual learning.

While technology is a vital and rapidly changing facet of our daily lives, relying excessively on it can lessen the educational value of the essential core academic and social experience that we promote. Maintaining a balance of technology serves best to assist and supplement our curriculum to enhance our superior academic achievement and solid character development.