Special Classes

In addition to the core subjects taught in the classroom the children also attend special classes in Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and Computers.

Music

Music flows from the heart. Here at Kenwood, the music program provides an opportunity for students to connect with their innate passion for music in its many forms. Through singing, movement, and playing instruments, students learn about the fundamentals of music, investigate music and cultures around the world, and most importantly, create from music within themselves. Spontaneous expression and improvisation are encouraged.


Physical Education

Elementary students will attend physical education classes twice a week. Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle and improve each studentís physical fitness. Various activities will be taught to not only improve his/her sports skills and knowledge, but to also enhance:

Coordination Confidence
Flexibility Endurance
Teamwork Strength
Sportsmanship  

Units will include but are not limited to:

Basketball Kickball
Soccer Volleyball
Softball/T-ball Gymnastics
Track Rhytm/Dance

To help build students confidence and to promote exercise, physical fitness test are administered four times a year. These test consist of push-ups, sit-ups, and running.

Grading Policy
Students will be graded on class participation, ability to follow instructions, adherence to class rules and sportsmanship.


Spanish

Twice a week all students at Kenwood/Grasshopper Green School are immersed in comprehensive Spanish Language programs according to their developmental levels. In addition to being taught language skills, students are exposed to authentic cultural aspects of Spanish life by a native of Madrid, Spain with over 20 years of teaching experience.

Her goal is to not only insure students are fluent in conversational Spanish when they depart, but that they are also aware of the great influences that Spanish civilization has had on life in the Americas. To accomplish this, a structured classroom-learning environment is utilized and students are taught in the following sequence:

  1. Basic Vocabulary (Numbers, colors, body parts)
  2. Following Directions (Spatial concepts, commands)
  3. Descriptive Words (Gender, size, opposites)
  4. Grammatical Structure (Verbs, plurals, pronouns)
  5. Articulation (Vowel and consonant sounds)
  6. Verbal Expression (Personal experiences, future tense, past tense)

Also, the teacher greatly emphasizes class participation, and students are graded daily on both their ability to speak and write at the appropriate level. Student homework is another tool utilized to insure that students are properly prepared for periodic examinations, such as spelling tests.


Computers

Throughout the week all of the Kenwood students come to computer class in small groups for one hour. The ratio of child to computer in the classroom is 1:1, so that the children can get the most out of the activities. Beginning with the essential skills and progressing into advanced use of a variety of applications, each group works at a level most comfortable for the students. The structured environment encourages learning and enjoyment. The goal of computer class is for each student to be comfortable using a computer, to understand how a computer system works, and how to properly care for a computer. The children will use a variety of software including art, encyclopedia, graphics, logic, presentation, programming, publishing, spreadsheet, typing, and word processing software depending on grade level. Some of the topics that we cover over the course of a year are:

  • Proper care of computer and technology-related equipment
  • Vocabulary
  • Parts of the computer
  • Common technical terminology
  • Typing
  • Letter location
  • Proper hand and finger placement
  • Word Processing
  • Publishing
  • Computer Art
  • Saving files
  • On a disk
  • On a local drive
  • On a network drive
  • Opening files
  • Logical and lateral thinking
  • History of Computers

The children are encouraged to do their best in class and to enjoy the time they spend in Computers. They learn many tasks that can be completed by using a computer and are prepared for a world where computer proficiency is so essential. Children are graded based on participation, class work, homework, quizzes and tests on the subjects covered in class.