September 16, 2011
When you step into Dr. Joyce Rucker’s 6th grade classroom, there is no doubt about what they are studying right now: Egypt! You can’t help but see the vast pyramid in the front of her room… large enough for one to go into it! In addition, her students have just completed their projects and presentations, and her classroom looks like a real museum full of Egyptian artifacts! There are mummies, pharaoh sandals, pottery pieces, various pyramids, a musical instrument, a sphinx, and many other interesting items. The students researched the item and made a replica to share. They learned a lot during their research and while listening to their peers share about their projects. Hopefully, pictures will be on the website soon so you can see for yourself!!!
Christi Welker’s elementary art classes are full of exciting projects that teach art skills and concepts while connecting to other learning areas. For example, the 6th graders discussed the importance of a name as they discussed Proverbs 22:1 (...a good name is better than great riches…) before making Egyptian hieroglyphics for their names. These are in the elementary hallway if you would like to see them! Also, her 4th graders learned about line (and that there are many) and then made patriotic artwork in memory of 9-11. As they did, she discussed how God is there to heal when these things happen. Super job!
Music education is not just about singing songs together. Shawn Frazier, Katie Frazier, and Valerie DeHoff do an amazing job really educating our PK-6th grade students in music. Katie’s kindergarten students applied their skills in a simple dramatic play activity as cats and mice recently. Shawn’s 4th graders are learning about different instruments and a little about the history of each as they prepare for 5th grade band next year. Valerie’s PK students practice tone, rhythm, beat, and many other concepts and
skills as they learn to use self-control in demonstrating these in class. I could go on and on… they are all very amazing to watch! We are greatly blessed to have these talented music teachers who are quite gifted at sharing their skills and knowledge with our students.