Lower School Specials

Specials for all Lower School Grade Levels

Art in the Lower School is outstanding! Hands-on, process-driven, and full of creativity, art is the highlight of many students’ Lower School experience. The art program emphasizes the development of artistic skills, knowledge, and creativity in a variety of media and techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. The elements of art and principles of design, including line, shape, color, form, texture, repetition, variety, and unity, are taught. Lower School art classes occur weekly beginning in kindergarten and are incorporated daily in the preschool and prekindergarten classrooms. Multi-faceted projects are designed to demonstrate artistic processes and mastery in both two and three-dimensional form. Art history, different genres and artists, and interdisciplinary, culturally themed units round out the art curriculum.

The Lower School music program balances performance opportunities with instruction in the foundations of music theory and skills. Music is taught twice a week beginning in kindergarten and is incorporated daily into the preschool and prekindergarten classrooms. Understanding of the history of music, music terminology, love of singing, and exposure to various music genres are all part of our complete music curriculum. Classes include instruction in proper vocal technique, musicianship skills, and the cultural and historical context of choral music. Students learn to read and perform from printed music. In addition to choral singing, students learn to play a variety of simple instruments. Through singing games, direct instruction, and experience with pitched and unpitched percussion instruments and recorders, students develop an understanding of fundamental musical concepts such as rhythm and pitch. Finally, the joy of sharing and performing is experienced through seasonal programs and the two large performances of the year, Grandparents’ Day and World Fair.

Physical Education
Lower School students receive daily Physical Education. The program provides a balance between individual sports and team sports and physical fitness, body awareness, basic motor skills, and rhythms. Curriculum in every grade level is carefully designed to be age appropriate, build skills, and promote enjoyment of physical activity in each student’s daily life. Sportsmanship is emphasized, along with development and maintenance of healthy lifestyles, cardiovascular fitness, motor skills, and social and personal skills. Augusta Prep Lower School students participate in the “President’s Challenge” fitness testing and the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart.”

Spanish instruction begins in kindergarten and continues through fourth grade. The Spanish program is designed to promote oral language development, love of language, vocabulary expansion, and proper accent through a variety of activities. The classes are taught completely in Spanish. In order to promote student understanding, many pictures, flashcards, and gestures are used. Songs, rhymes, story-telling, skit performances and daily conversations are all part of the effective Spanish language program. Instruction also includes a cultural aspect. Each year students focus on the study of a different Spanish speaking country. Young children tend to learn a second language easily, so don’t be surprised if you hear your child speaking or singing songs in Spanish at home!

Students in Kindergarten through 4th grades attend one Technology class each week. The focus of this Special is to introduce students, in an age appropriate manner, to the Google Suite of applications (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides) that they will gain proficiency in as they progress through the Lower, Middle and Upper School. Keyboarding skills will be introduced in 1st grade and practiced through 4th grade. In each grade level, an effort is made to integrate technology with the curriculum being taught through the use of various games and applications. Block based Coding and mouse skills are introduced in Kindergarten and is taught in each grade with all students participating in the Hour of Code worldwide initiative each December. Students will also learn and practice what it means to be a responsible digital citizen (this includes safe and sensible online research).

Lower School Library Media Center

Lower School Media Center Goals

Our Lower School library media program strives to create and support an environment in which all learners become effective users of ideas and information.

The Goals of the Library Media Program are to:

  • cultivate a love of reading,
  • provide a broad range of quality resources to support the curriculum and to support recreational reading interests,
  • teach students to become effective and ethical users of print and electronic information,
  • and to encourage all students to become lifelong learners
  • To instill in students a desire to be life-long readers and to have the ability to search for answers independently in the media center.
  • To acquire and maintain a balanced collection of media center resources, which represent a wide range of subjects, levels of difficulty, and formats.
  • To provide learning experiences that encourage students to become proficient users of information and technology.

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