Elementary Art introduces and explores simple art concepts, tools, and methods. Students learn how to handle art tools and practice fundamental art making skills. In class, students create art both independently and collaboratively using various materials. Students are encouraged to be creative and explorative in an environment that facilitates both.
World of Art is an elective offered to the Junior High (6th-8th) students at Prentice. In this course, students dive into the art world and also explore art from different cultures and regions. Our junior artists discuss, explore, and recreate different crafts using various materials to build a personal portfolio of artwork. Students practice multiple artistic processes and learn through experimentation and creation.
Music is a “whole-brain” activity where creativity and analytical processes happen simultaneously – and it is fun! Students learn rhythm with clapping exercises and drum pads, melody through singing and playing recorders and glockenspiels, and chords by playing keyboard and guitar. Students will also utilize creative thinking skills by moving, improvising, and composing. Our students enjoy listening to and moving to a variety of musical genres such as Art Music (Classical), Jazz, Broadway/Musicals, Folk, Rock, Pop, Patriotic and more. Students learn about music history and the composers within each musical era.
Elementary students take music room two to three times a week while Junior High students can take it as an elective. Students participate in two major concerts and several school performances which build teamwork, confidence, poise and musicianship within each music student.
Prentice students utilize technology that provides auditory, visual, and tactile feedback to support their learning needs. Students also have opportunities to create and share knowledge using video, audio, and images. For students who experience difficulty reading and writing, the ability to express themselves multimodally through various technology tools can unlock the rich knowledge they have to share.
Prentice uses the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards as a guide to help students build the skills and competencies required to succeed in the Digital Age. These standards go far beyond mere technical know how, and include the types of critical thinking, citizenship, and social awareness that Prentice believes all students need. These standards include: Empowered Learner, Innovative Designer, Digital Citizen, Knowledge Constructor, Computational Thinker, Creative Communicator, and Global Collaborator. More information about the ISTE Standards for Students is available on the ISTE website.
In the Prentice Technology Lab and in their classrooms, Prentice students build their digital literacy alongside their content knowledge through project learning units incorporating elements such as stop-motion animation, green screen videos, podcasts, coding games and animations, robotics, and more. These projects combine content knowledge from the classrooms, with technology tools in the Tech Lab, along with Design Thinking and the Engineering Design process to help our students be creators and innovators. All students have assistive technologies available to them, to ensure they can access and express knowledge fluently.
Social skills are what we use when we talk with, play with, and share space with people. In social skills class, students learn about their own strengths to gain self-confidence, which is necessary for healthy social interactions. They learn how to initiate conversations with adults and peers, make friends, deepen friendships, choose to be honest, and much more. Difficult emotions such as sadness, anger, anxiety and fear can be crippling in social situations, and students learn how to regulate their emotions. Real life situations are analyzed so the students can point out social norms, unexpected behaviors, and how to best remedy difficult situations. Multimedia is used to make social skills relevant and relatable. Group projects bring the students together so they can learn collaboratively and build relationships.
Goal setting is a norm in social skills class; students set their own personal and academic goals. They then set their own detailed plans by which to achieve them. One of the projects in social skills class at Prentice is an oral-visual presentation where the students explain how they want to be seen in the future. We celebrate our victories together by congratulating each other and having celebrations where the students are recognized! Students learn the lasting benefits of making good choices and are motivated to try their best in school, at home, and in life.