Student Resource Programs
Our team of resource instructors work closely with Head Teachers to ensure that resource programs compliment classroom instruction. Resource programs include: Art, Computer Lab, Library, Motor Fitness & Physical Education, Music, Spanish, and Writer’s Workshop.
The Writer’s Workshop allows children an avenue for creative thinking with oral and written expressions. They have become the authors and illustrators of published books that reflect their work.
Through our Art program children are given the opportunity to express their creativity through a variety of art mediums including drawing, painting, collage and clay modeling. Children’s work is displayed throughout the school year in special art exhibits or bulletin boards. Children are also introduced to different styles of art, notable artists, the history and various art periods.
Our Spanish program is taught through weekly lessons that build basic Spanish language skills and vocabulary. It is supported by oral, visual and written activities. Children also develop an awareness of Spanish culture.
Music and song is integrated into the weekly class schedule in all classes, and instrument instruction is offered in the 1st-5th grades. Through regular class and school-wide performance assemblies, parents are given the opportunity to see their child shine.
Motor Fitness & PE
Motor Fitness and Physical Education encourages fitness while developing self-esteem, coordination, motor skills, cooperation and teamwork.
Kindergarteners are taught computer basics, beginning typing, and posture. Lower elementary students progress through typing, beginning use of Microsoft Word and Excel. The curriculum also covers an introduction to internet safety and how to research information through the web. Upper Elementary students begin PowerPoint in addition to further work with Word and Excel, they will gain more experience with internet research, By the end of our program the goal is to be fluent in keyboarding.
All the classes learn the history of the computer and the importance of its usage. The goal of computer classes here at Rising Star is for children to gain knowledge on how computers work, how useful they can be and to help students develop the skills they need in our world of technology.
Library science is integrated into the curriculum and provides weekly class instruction on the Dewey Decimal System, literature appreciation, non-fiction research, and the “concepts of print.”
The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.~ Dr. Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child