Fall Enrichment Curriculum – Art

Fall Enrichment Curriculum – Art

Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary students start off the year by learning how artists behave in their studio, with an emphasis on caring for their materials and art space. They will discover the tools, techniques, and possibilities of the 2-D centers, which include drawing, collage, and painting. Students will consider how artists get their ideas by practicing the Studio Habits of stretching and exploring, envisioning, and observing. They will also begin to practice the Studio Habit of understanding art worlds through picture books and famous artist exemplars. Sketchbooks will be utilized for exercises related to ideation and the Art Elements of line, shape, color, texture and value.

Upper Elementary

Upper Elementary students start off the year by reviewing how artists behave in their studio, with an emphasis on caring for their materials and art space. They will discover the tools, techniques, and possibilities of the 2-D centers, which include drawing, collage, and painting. Students will consider how artists get their ideas by practicing the Studio Habits of stretching and exploring, envisioning, and observing. They will also practice the Studio Habit of understanding art worlds by viewing and discussing the work of established artists. Sketchbooks will be utilized for exercises related to ideation and the Art Elements of line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space.

Adolescent Community

Our first two elective offerings are:

Unleash Your Creativity!

Student artists will practice the Studio Habits of Stretching & Exploring by participating in a series of exercises designed to enhance creativity. They will have opportunities to work both independently and collaboratively with an emphasis on drawing, collage, and mixed media. Sketch books will be utilized for weekly assignments.   

Zen Arts

Student artists will practice the Studio Habits of Envisioning, Observing, Expressing, and Understanding Art Worlds by viewing and creating meditative art forms such as Zentangle, Sumi-E, and Mandalas. They will have opportunities to work both independently and collaboratively with an emphasis on drawing and painting. Sketchbooks will be utilized for exercises related to mindfulness and personal expression.

 

Fall Enrichment Curriculum – Physical Education

Fall Enrichment Curriculum – Physical Education

Children’s House

  • Spatial Awareness: Students will learn about personal space and moving safely, among others.  
  • Motor Skills: Students will become familiar with or learn different basic motor skills (walking, running, skipping, galloping, etc.).
  • Levels and Speed: Students learn how to move at different levels from the ground and how to move at different speeds,

Lower Elementary

  • Sportsmanship: Students will engage in physical activities and discussions in order to learn about what it means to be a “good/poor sport” and how to be someone “fun” to play with. Topics covered include: being a good teammate, being a good opponent, how to lose gracefully and win humbly, cheating and fair play, anger, and maintaining the integrity of the sport.
  • Cognitive Games: Students will use strategy and logic in activities that will also help to improve basic physical skills like jumping/hopping, throwing/catching, kicking, etc.

Upper Elementary

  • Sportsmanship: Students will engage in physical activities and discussions in order to learn about what it means to be a “good/poor sport” and begin to understand how sportsmanship extends beyond P.E. and playing sports. Topics covered include: being a good teammate, being a good opponent, how to lose gracefully and win humbly, cheating and fair play, anger, and maintaining the integrity of the sport.
  • Cognitive Games: Students will use strategy and logic in activities that will refine basic physical skills like jumping/hopping, throwing/catching, kicking, etc.

Adolescent Community

  • Sportsmanship: Students will engage in physical activities and discussions in order to define and exemplify good and poor sportsmanship.  They will learn how sportsmanship extends beyond P.E. and playing sports. They will learn about self-control and respect as it pertains to real life adult experiences. Topics covered include: being a good teammate, being a good opponent, how to lose gracefully and win humbly, cheating and fair play, anger, and maintaining the integrity of the sport. 
  • Sports Psychology: Students will learn about what happens to their minds in the context of sport and exercise. Some topics we will cover are: motivation, mental training to enhance performance, strategies to improve concentration and minimize distractions, techniques to build up confidence, and how our bodies respond to stress and ways to manage it. 

 

Fall Enrichment Curriculum – Music

Fall Enrichment Curriculum – Music

Elementary

The year-long Music To-Go project is designed to introduce students to a variety of musical traditions and techniques which (with practice) can be used to spontaneously produce music for themselves and others.  These traditions and techniques will include circle singing, beatboxing, solkattu, Kodaly singing, and the art of declamation. To this end, the class will be divided between 1. introduction to important figures/events/music in each area of study; 2. instruction/open practice in basic technical skills; 3. call and response; and 4. ensemble work.  The musical components of instruction will prioritize scaffolding practical skills, and weave in and out of traditions according to the focus and needs of each class.  

The culminating project for each unit will fit each class’ interests and strengths.  However, projects will fall somewhere within these lines:
Circle Singing: performance of group composition
Declamation: small group recitation of the Ursonate, or Spotify Ads
Kodaly: folk song in unison or a round using hand signs
Solkattu: 1 or 2 part composition
Beatboxing: beatbox choir plus soloist

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this project students will be able to:

  1. Name an artist they admire from each tradition studied;
  2. Repeat short pitch/rhythmic sequences within each tradition studied;
  3. Produce a solo melodic/rhythmic loop or pattern within each tradition studied.

Adolescent Community

This Creative Expression cycle will focus on learning and working with the iOS app Loopy.  Loopy allows users to record multiple musical ‘loops’. A ‘loop’ is a repeating musical pattern of any length.  A demo of Loopy in action can be found here.

Adolescents will work in pairs on iPads provided by Greenspring.  Our first couple classes will be devoted to learning how to use the app, and develop strategies for generating and executing increasingly complex loops.  Following this instructive period, adolescents will begin to work toward a final project in which they will collaborate with Kim Zerfas (Greenspring’s Director of Marketing and Communications) to design and record loops to accompany Greenspring informational or promotional videos to be shared across Greenspring’s social media profiles.

 

Adolescent Orientation Odyssey to Echo Hill

Adolescent Orientation Odyssey to Echo Hill

This year the Adolescents went on a trip with the Echo Hill Outdoor School for 3 days and 2 nights to the Chester River. This Odyssey (one of two for the year) serves as an orientation to the community through social experiences — adolescents have an opportunity to live, work, and learn together away from home — while also providing a connection to the Chesapeake Bay and those that make a living on the Bay.

The students and the teachers experienced life on a boat, and they had a lot of fun doing so! On the first day of the trip, the students split up into two groups to do two different activities. One group went exploring on an island with Ms. Anne-Marie, Captain Kaeo, and Alllison, an Echo Hill staff member. The other group went fishing with Captain Andy, Mr. Elliot, and Quinn, another Echo Hill staff member.

Early in the morning of the second day the whole class went out to watch some watermen bring up their fish and crab nets. We purchased some delicious blue crabs to eat for lunch! 
On the third day we had a fun art contest depicting life on the Chester River, inspired by songs and poetry sung and read by Captain Andy.
 
The adolescents had a lot of fun on this trip and we give thanks to the boat crew: Captain Kaeo, Allison, Quinn, and Captain Andy. The 7th years can’t wait to go back next year!
2019 Adolescent Graduation

2019 Adolescent Graduation

Last Wednesday, we hosted the 2019 Adolescent Graduation at Greenspring Montessori School. Each graduate gave a touching speech about how their time here at Greenspring has affected them and what they are looking forward to in the next chapter – high school! We wish them all the very best in their future endeavors.

You can watch the full video of graduation below and take a look through our gallery of photos.

Interviews with our 2019 Adolescent Graduates

Interviews with our 2019 Adolescent Graduates

Hear from our 2019 Adolescent graduates about their experiences at Greenspring Montessori School and mark your calendars for the 2019 Adolescent Graduation on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00am.

To learn more about our Adolescent Community for students in 7th and 8th grades, please click here.