Elementary students participate in enrichment programs designed to provide our students with an exceptionally well-rounded education. Each week, students are given the opportunity to enhance their skills and develop their passion in the areas of art, music, technology, STEAM activities, Spanish and library.
The Art program at SRVCA provides opportunity for exploration of artistic expression and design while celebrating individual uniqueness and creativity. Weekly art classes in grades K-5 will enhance age appropriate topics studied in history, science, literature, and bible. Not only will students accomplish goals for technique and skills, but also for visual problem solving and creativity. As students develop a love and appreciation for their artwork, they will be pointed to God, the ultimate artist, creator, and designer.
Every K-5th grade student has music class twice a week, with an emphasis in vocal and theatrical performance. Students will participate in two productions a year, one at Christmas and one in the spring. In addition all grades will have elements of music theory, ear pitch training, brain gym and appreciation throughout the year. The kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classes learn about the families of the orchestra, and will be introduced to several composers, classical music, and solfege. Our 3rd and 4th grade classes focus on learning to read music and playing the recorder. Our 5th grade classes do a composer unit going from the Baroque to contemporary artists. Throughout the year each class will learn new worship songs and hymns for our Friday chapels which is a highlight to each week.
The goal of computer instruction is to help students develop technology literacy that will enhance their lifelong learning. Students use a multitude of technology-based tools to make learning fun and meaningful. Students learn to touch type, to use internet resources wisely and efficiently. They will learn to use important applications using Google's G Suite for Education (Classroom, Drive, Docs, Slides, Drawing) and a variety of iPad apps. Students apply their technology skills to develop deeper understanding, to solve problems, to think and evaluate independently and to work more efficiently by working on projects in collaboration with classroom instruction. Each grade (K -5 )visits the lab 2 or 3 days a week from 30 to 45 minutes.
K-5 students have Spanish two days a week. We use oral repetition, visual aids, music and written exercises to develop their conversation, comprehension, listening, reading and writing skills. We discuss Bible verses and Latin American holidays and create traditional art projects.