ART

Visual art concepts are reinforced and strengthened through activities based on the elements of art and principles of design.  Throughout the program, students engage in various forms of communication, utilizing a rich art vocabulary and a variety of technological resources.  Through exploration of varied media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles and sculpture, students learn basic art making skills while developing critical and creative thinking skills.

Mrs. Pam Vlcek, Art 

MUSIC

 

General music at St Louise De Marillac begins in Preschool 3 and continues through 8th Grade, meeting two times per week. In early childhood, music centers on enjoyment, learning to sing, and introductory music principles through nursery rhymes, letter songs, and simple movement songs.  Grades 1 through 6 learn music through a wide variety of activities.  Singing, listening, playing instruments, and creative movement are a few of the elements used. Our 3rd and 4th graders learn to play recorders as an introduction to instrumental music. Our Middle School students center on the appreciation of music styles and genres, various time periods and composers. We also work on developing the changing voices of our young adults.

 

Mrs. Sundy Urban, Music  

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

At St. Louise, our philosophy is that Physical Education PE) is part of the total educational program that contributes to the growth and development of all children through movement. No other area of the curriculum is designed to help children learn motor and lifetime activity skills.  This makes PE a necessary component of the school curriculum.

 

If students, particularly the unskilled, don’t receive quality instruction in Physical Education, there is little opportunity for them to learn those skills as adults.  There are many opportunities for skilled youngsters to participate in little league, gymnastics clubs, swim teams, soccer and other sports clubs.  However, for the unskilled youngster, Physical Education may be the only place that offers an option to learn new skills.

 

Our curriculum encourages active behavior for all children; to help them understand the importance of proper weight management and how to live a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy food, exercising every day and getting plenty of rest.

 

Our bodies are a gift from God, and we want our children to learn how to take care of their bodies and improve their quality of life, not only today, but for the rest of their lives.  

 

Mr. Sean Radak, Physical Education

SPANISH

 

Learning any new language with success is through the following:  hands on practice, songs, listening and repetition, assessing specific language skills, giving student opportunities to realize how it can relate to them, and exposure to different Spanish cultures. 

 

There are many reasons why children should learn Spanish, especially at an early age.  In the United States, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the country.  An estimated 37.6 million people in the U.S. speak Spanish as their first language, according to a Pew Research Center report.  The prediction for the Latino population will reach approximately 128.8 million by 2060.

 

Learning at an early age is essential.  Any language can be adsorbed easier by children than it can with adults.  Children's brains accept information at a quicker pace as it develops.  Written Spanish is almost completely phonetic and many vocabulary words are similar to English.  It might become even easier to learn and practice Spanish due to the rise in the number of Spanish speakers in the United States.

 

It is very common to see Spanish speaking students within each class.  Although many of these children will be able to speak English fluently, children may connect culturally and a child will be able to interact with a Spanish-speaking child on their own level.  Having Spanish speaking peers in schools will continue to multiply and having some knowledge about the culture may help your child develop.  This allows for a new world of possibilities for social interaction and employment opportunities.  Big corporations are realizing the significance of reaching this market that will represent trillions in purchasing power in the U.S.

 

Learning the language of a culture is the beginning of understanding that culture better and the reasons for those people's actions.  A young child can grow appreciating the culture.  The student could develop a knack for linguistic skills that could help in learning other languages in the future.  Speaking Spanish is becoming prevalent in the U.S. 

 

 

Mrs. Pam Vlcek, Spanish