On Wednesday, December 14, the EDS After School Dance Program had a winter showcase where the dancers performed selections from The Nutcracker. The recital took place in the Parish Hall, and parents were invited to dance with their ballerinas to close out the show! If you are interested in learning more about the dance program, or any other spring enrichments, please email Elise Folk or check out the registration website by clicking here. Check out all the enrichment pictures here!
1st- 3rd grade is enjoying their new Recorder Karate Curriculum with Ms. Hancock in music.
Recorder Karate is a positive reward system in which students receive colored “karate belts” to hang from their recorders for each progressively more difficult tune they learn to play. The students in this program will be using this online resource in conjunction with guidance and performance assessments in the musical classroom.
The National Standards For Music Education that will be met throughout this program include:
1. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Reading and notating music.
3. Evaluating music and music performances.
4. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
Second grade started a year-long project of recording a song in a digital recording studio by using the Garageband app on their EDS iPads. They started by trying out different drum kits and establishing a beat pattern using quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests.
Next week they will start laying down the drum tracks. As they record each track, they will see the sound waves they create and will learn to edit and manipulate these sound waves to their liking. Each week, they will add more tracks (guitar, bass, keyboard, etc… most any instrument they can dream up is available at their fingertips). Once the song is built, they will start composing melodies, then lyrics, and finally, each child will record their vocals tracks using a Blue Snowball iCE USB Microphone. And it’s gonna rock.
Here’s a fun opportunity to rock out before we are back in the classroom. This is a big concert with the whole Mud Puppy Band and a big Mini-Mosh-Pit area so you can go crazy. Come sing, dance, clap and rock out with us!
The After School Enrichments had a very successful year. Students had the opportunity to participate in STEM programs, visual art, dance, piano, violin, soccer, volleyball, running, and many other activities. On Thursday, the art programs had the inaugural Fine Arts Showcase. The afternoon started with a gallery walk, as spring art students showed off their works of art. Mrs. Heinlein is a talented teacher, and the student’s hard work was evident in their beautiful creations.
After the gallery walk, the performances began. Students from the Young 3s-3rd grade have been working hard all year on the violin, piano and dance. All performing arts were showcased, as each and every student participated! The Parish Hall at the Church of the Good Shepherd, where the event was held, was packed to the point of standing room only!
Check out the Auxiliary Programs Website to view all the pictures.
4th graders learned all about Banyan Trees, beautiful trees that originate in India. These trees are known for their multiple trunks and twisting branches. The branches of this tree send out roots from the top to anchor into the soil. We kicked off this project by admiring images of Banyan trees and their trunk-like roots.
Following these steps, students created their own full-page renderings of banyan trees.
When the pencil drawings were complete, students outlined with sharpies.
Next, 4th graders carefully painted in their bark with india ink.
After a quick chalk pastel demonstration, 4th graders filled in each of their encloses spaces with chalk pastel. Students used Q-tips to blend in the small areas and were encouraged to mix lots of colors.
Check out some finished work!
This lesson came from one of the first books I was given when I became an art teacher: Dynamic Art Projects for Children, by Denise M. Logan. I highly recommend this book!
Great work, 4th Grade!