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Art

 

Alison Penning, Art Teacher

Read Ms. Penning's Art Blog Entry

At Grace, students in Grades Kindergarten-5 receive one hour of instruction in art each week. The curriculum incorporates exposure to and application of a variety of techniques and has been developed to foster self-expression, creativity, and awareness of the world around us. Students work with a variety of media including acrylic and tempera paints, watercolors, inks, crayons, chalk, oil pastels, charcoal, paper maché, plaster, wood, and clay. Students also learn about arts of other cultures, the great masters, and the importance of a visual history. The art curriculum is also integrated into the social studies and language arts curricula.



Library

Math Specialist

Beth Frentrup, Math Specialist

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Music

John Kennedy, Music Teacher

Read Mr. Kennedy's Music Blog Entry

Physical Education / Health

Angie Rutledge, Physical Education and Health Teacher / Athletics Director

Read Ms. Rutledge's PE and Outdoor Activities Blog Entry

Physical Education (Preschool)

The physical education program for three year olds provides movement experiences that encourage children to explore spatial relationships, develop physical skills and enjoy movement challenges. A variety of activities and equipment are used to increase agility, coordination and strength.

Physical Education (Prek)

The physical education program for Prek students provides movement experiences that encourage children to explore spatial relationships, develop physical skills and enjoy movement challenges. A variety of activities and equipment are used to increase agility, coordination and strength.

Physical Education (K)

Kindergarten students continue to review skills introduced in preschool and prekindergarten. Through specific exercises students continue to demonstrate body strength, agility and coordination. Performing balance activites, warm-ups to increase flexibility, developing hand-eye coordination, weight transfer, and demonstrating cardio-respiratory endurance are important aspects of the curriculum.

Physical Education (grade 1)

Students at Grace participate in a well-developed physical education curriculum that encourages fitness and a lifelong love of physical activity. Students use the skills developed in the earlier years to engage in sports, fitness, and team building activities. The importance of daily exercise and healthy nutrition is emphasized. Physical fitness testing is administered beginning in the first grade. Both organized and informal sports are available to students as they progress through the grades.

Physical Education (grade 2-5)

Students at Grace participate in a well-developed physical education curriculum that encourages fitness and a lifelong love of physical activity. Students use the skills developed in the earlier years to engage in sports, fitness, and team building activities. The importance of daily exercise and healthy nutrition is emphasized. Physical fitness testing is administered beginning in the first grade. Both organized and informal sports are available to students as they progress through the grades.

Reading Specialist

Anna Young, Reading Specialist

Read Mrs. Young's Reading Blog Entry

2016 SUMMER READING: DIG INTO BOOKS!

“The research is clear that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect.” (Reading Rockets)

It is hard to believe that summer break is here!  While school may be out for the summer, our learning and exploring continue. Please encourage your children to take a great book along on your travels. There are many genres to choose from: mystery, poetry, fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction, and much more. Parents may read aloud to students who are entering preschool, prekindergarten, kindergarten or first grade. Below are some summer reading suggestions from the DC Public Library website.

We hope that you all have a safe and fun-filled summer vacation!

Happy Reading!

SUMMER READING LISTS

Students Entering Second Grade

Students Entering Third Grade

Students Entering Fourth Grade

Students Entering Fifth Grade

Reading Log 

Additional Sites for Suggested Summer Reading:

Montgomery County Public Library

Reading Rockets

 

Science

Christine Comas, Science and Technology Teacher

Preschool:The science program focuses on the children's direct experience of themselves and the world around them. Life, earth and physical sciences are explored through hands-on activities integrated throughout the curriculum. Children have opportunities to observe, describe, compare, classify, question, predict, experiment and record. Planned activities and spontaneous discoveries encourage excitement about phenomena such as freezing and melting, sinking and floating, plant and animal growth, seasonal changes, and magnetic properties.

Prek: The science program for prekindergarten children encourages students to develop an awareness and appreciation of the natural world. Life, earth and physical sciences are explored through hands-on experiences integrated throughout the curriculum. Children have opportunities to work with simple scientific tools and to observe, question, compare, classify, predict, experiment, and record. Both indoor and outdoor learning experiences encourage excitement about phenomena such as: seasonal changes; caring for the environment; animal habitats and life cycles; the growth and health of our bodies; movement and gravity; and magnetism.

K: Students are exposed to earth, life and physical sciences with an emphasis on hands-on learning. In each activity, students predict, observe, and record information as they follow the scientific method to learn more about themselves and their environment. Kindergarten students investigate many topics including the five senses, simple machines, rocks and minerals, and life cycles.

Grade 1: For Grade 1 students, science comes to life through experiential, hands-on activities that allow students to explore the natural world. Whether on our nature trail or in the lab, students work in an environment that sparks curiosity and fosters enthusiasm. Explorations, labs, and demonstration are integrated into the earth, physical, and life science topics cycle. Through this engaging curriculum and approach, students develop a working mastery of scientific processes while gaining a fundamental understanding of the concepts being addressed.  

For Grades 2-5, science comes to life through experiential, hands-on activities that allow students to explore the natural world. Whether on our nature trail or in the lab, students work in an environment that sparks curiosity and fosters enthusiasm. Explorations, labs, and demonstration are integrated into the earth, physical, and life science topics cycle. Through this engaging curriculum and approach, students develop a working mastery of scientific processes while gaining a fundamental understanding of the concepts being addressed.


Spanish

Gavin Hymes, Spanish Teacher

Read Mr. Hymes's Spanish Blog Entry

Foreign language instruction at Grace begins in Kindergarten, and students have Spanish class two times per week in grades K-3, increasing to three times per week in Grades 4 and 5. Students develop communicative competence as they feel the need to exchange information with one another and the teacher through songs, games and short dialogues, all conducted in Spanish.

Technology

Technology and computers are viewed as teaching tools. Grace believes that students should learn computer skills through the subjects that they are studying. The classroom teachers design activities for the computer lab that complement the development of computer skills with the content being taught in the classroom. The technology teachers are available to assist with planning lessons, helping students, and/or teaching specific computer skills.

MISSION

Grace Episcopal Day School will provide every student the opportunity for academic excellence in a caring, nurturing, moral environment that embraces diversity and promotes creativity, self-confidence, and service to others.

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