In order to Nurture student’s passions and interests, every elementary student from Kindergarten to 5th grade gets the opportunity to explore various interests through special enrichment classes. These “Specials Classes” rotate throughout the year and include exposure to Art, Music, Physical Education, Technology, Spanish, as well as Library integration. These classes are designed to Excite students with exposure various topics, Motivate students to discover hidden talents and Learn new things!
Art at Woodrow Wilson Academy is based on the theory that children should be exposed to fine paintings and inspiring examples of art; equally important, students should be encouraged to draw, paint, and create! Core Knowledge Art is based on providing cultural exposure to a diverse range of civilizations that are studied in Core Knowledge History classes. This alignment and integration means student’s learning in the traditional classroom is enriched with background information and art from around the world to enhance units of study. As students’ progress through the curriculum, they attain a basic knowledge of methods, terminology, and become familiar with a wide range of artists and acknowledged masterworks.
Music courses are also integrated with the traditional classrooms. Folk songs from a specific culture studied in Core Knowledge History, or rhymes and poems that relate to Literature are common in each grade level. While students will be introduced to musicians and works from around the world and throughout history, they will also learn to communicate their ideas, feelings and judgments about pieces they hear. Opportunities to dance, sing, and play are at the core of each lesson, however, and creativity is always encouraged!
Woodrow Wilson Academy Physical Education program is based on movement and teamwork. Over the course of their P.E. classes from Kindergarten through 5th grade, students will be exposed to the concepts and skills for soccer, volleyball, and basketball, as well as other team and individual activities. The focus, however, is on student movement and development of fine and gross motor skills as well as respectful sportsmanship. Our curriculum is supplemented with the SPARK program, a research based program developed in 1989 to promote lifelong wellness.
Preparing our students for a technological world has been at the forefront of our minds as Woodrow Wilson Academy developed our Technology program. Not only is technology used extensively throughout all grade levels, but starting in Kindergarten, all students are introduced to various programs, typing skills, publishing and word processing applications. They also focus on creating databases, presentations, tables and graphs, as well as learning about safe internet use. As students develop these skills, they use them in integrated projects and prepare for the higher level technology electives in Middle School as well as clubs offered to older students.
Woodrow Wilson Academy believes that introducing students to world languages and culture at a young age will help students develop language skills as well as further expose students to cultural diversity. Through our Spanish curriculum, Viva el Español and Realidades, we use age appropriate lessons to introduce concepts of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and understanding another language. While we don’t expect our students to become fluent speakers by the end of their courses, we hope to introduce a world of new language.
Exciting students with literature, sayings and phrases, and novels is just the start of Library and Media classes! The Library curriculum is closely integrated with the Traditional classroom. As students study various topics in their homeroom, they look forward to their weekly Library time to check out books and learn more about areas of interest. Additionally, students learn about research and information skills. The Media Center’s open –door policy at flexible times throughout the day, encourages students to use the library’s facilities.