This year, Paddington added Art, Music and Science specials to our curriculum. Each classroom has specials twice per week and the teachers are in the classroom for a three week rotation. Having a three week rotation allows for a deep dive into each area of exploration. Here's a little more on our first semester of specials.
ART // Miss Amy
My biggest priority is and will continue to be encouraging a love of imagining, exploring, and creating with children at Paddington. Making art should be freeing, expressive, and most importantly, fun! Focusing on the process rather than the product fosters children’s confidence to try first and see what happens. We’ve experimented with a variety of mediums and have learned about different elements of art along the way: line, shape, color, form, and texture. I believe that everyone is an artist if they want to be, regardless of age, knowledge, or ability. We will continue to create masterpieces, let our imaginations run wild, and play as we express ourselves together. Stay tuned for what we create next!
MUSIC // Miss Linda
Let’s make some noise! Exploring rhythm and volume using a variety of instruments, we are now confidently playing some improvised tunes for each other. We’ve explored the xylophone, metallophone, maracas, drums, and rhythm sticks so far… It’s been energizing to play along to Queen’s “We will rock you”, Harry Bellafonte’s “Jump in the Line”, and Michael Viner’s “Bongolia”. As we delve deeper into our musical journey, we will add comparative and opposite language (piano vs forte, andante vs allegro).