Specialist Classrooms

In addition to Science and Technology, students visit Art, Library, Music, Spanish, and Physical Education specialist classes each week.

Visual Arts

The art program nurtures the process of discovery and expression through different mediums. Each class meets once a week in the art room, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten meet for 45 minutes and first through sixth grades meet for an hour. When applicable, the art curriculum is integrated with the classroom studies while also being a part of a sequential program with respect to media and skills in both 2D and 3D arenas.

Students explore all dimensions of art from the principles of design and art elements, to practical applications, to formally observing and respecting the unique work of other artists and themselves.

Individually, each child is viewed with an artistic potential fully capable of succeeding within his or her own right. Accordingly, each project is set up with guidelines that enable even the reluctant artist to accomplish what is attempted and the more advanced artist to pursue his or her own course of discovery and success. The ideal of “There Are No Mistakes…Only Happy Accidents” is emphasized, pulling away from any notion of perfection in the arts thereby allowing for multiple solutions, a high level of comfort, and a strong sense of self-confidence.

Library

The mission of the Village School Library is to provide information that supports the curricular needs of the students, faculty and staff. This information will be provided through a core collection of reference and circulating materials and supplemented by online resources. The collection strives to meet the school’s educational goals as well as the diverse interests and cultures of the school population and promote an appreciation of literature and love of reading. The library program strives to develop the knowledge and skills of students so that they can effectively retrieve and evaluate materials in any library. Grades TK through fifth attend weekly library classes.

Music

The music program is designed to foster growth in music in an environment where students can be creative and successful. Students attend music class once a week. Many of the activities are based on Carl Orff’s ideas of teaching through a child-centered approach. Students are taught age-appropriate songs and music games that allow them to produce musical results. In addition, students often accompany themselves on pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. Students are always encouraged to try their best in music and the emphasis is not on achieving a certain skill level, but on personal growth and effort.

The music curriculum is also designed to equip students with a fundamental understanding of Western music. Basic concepts relating to melody, harmony, rhythm, notation, instruments, and music history are covered in units throughout the year. Students are also afforded opportunities in a performance setting to showcase music they have learned. These situations encourage community and require students to work together. The students are given opportunities to create moments that will last a lifetime and develop good concert and performance etiquette.

Students are daily afforded opportunities for expression and creativity in music. Through songs and instrument playing children are encouraged to offer their interpretation of musical passages. They are often given boundaries and, in those, express musically their ideas. However, there are also times for completely original compositions. During these moments, students will draw on their own creative ideas and knowledge of music to express themselves.

At Village School, students are given the building blocks that enable them to move on to other areas of musical studies in middle and high school. We believe that the study of music is an essential element to a balanced elementary education experience. It is also the goal of the music program to foster an appreciation for music and it is our hope that students leave with a positive disposition towards music education.

P.E.

The Physical Education program promotes a positive learning experience, maximizes student participation and creates a successful environment for every child. The program emphasizes a safe, supportive, and cooperative setting where personal development, awareness of fitness, and healthy, social interaction occurs daily. Physical Education contributes to the total growth of a child through experimental movement, motor development and other physical activities. Village School created fifteen units of study throughout the grade levels.

Students actively participate in a myriad of games and activities that focus on fun, cooperation and teamwork. Games and activities range from the well-known, track events, basketball and soccer, to the wildly popular obstacle course, crazy eights and animal walks.

Students in fourth through sixth grades who would like additional athletic opportunities may participate in the after school Viking Athletics program.

Spanish

The Spanish program is an integral component to Village School’s strong commitment to a quality elementary education. Learning Spanish connects the children with the Spanish-speaking communities of Los Angeles, as well as with the rich cultural heritage of the Hispanic world.

Learning Spanish at Village is truly an interactive language learning experience. Using the QTalk Language Program, students work toward building a strong foundation of the Spanish language in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The Spanish teachers at Village work closely with grade level teachers to develop developmentally appropriate Spanish lessons.

Lower school students, grades TK through second, have Spanish three times a week for thirty minutes. The focus for lower school students is on aural comprehension and verbal production. Through interactive lessons, activities, games, and songs students begin to make language connections to ultimately create, understand, and share what they have learned using complete sentences.

Upper school students, grades three through six, have Spanish three times a week for forty minutes. Students become familiar with the parts of speech within sentence structures in Spanish. Students create and share sentences, paragraphs, dialogues, and stories in their composition books. In grades four through six, students use google.docs as a tool to create and share Spanish work. Students learn about the structures and functions of language as they pertain to Spanish.

Students at Village enhance their Spanish knowledge through their participation in exciting cultural events such as Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in November and Hispanic Heritage Day in May.

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