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Built into the daily schedule was Art, swimming and Health & Wellness because we believe that these activities are equally important as the time dedicated to academic subjects.
On top of having these core activities, student had Choice Time in which they selected a focal activities of interest. Choice Time still offered Health & Wellness and Art but there were other activities including music, violin lessons, and dance. Choice time was everyday from 2:00-2:30.
Health and Wellness was a new way of looking at Physical Education. Students participated in activities such as kickball and basketball, but they also were engaged and taught about their own well-being and how to take care of themselves. They learned how to calm themselves down after they had become frustrated, becoming more aware of their emotions, aware of their peers emotions, and they were still able to run around and have fun. By offering structured recreation time, student’s self-regulation and awareness increased during physical activity.
Art allowed students to learn how to draw their own profiles, how to create comic books, and how to manipulate wire and sculpt it into a pose. Students learned how to apply these skills in art to portray what they are thinking, feeling, and learning.
Students were also able to participate in music lessons. The students who participated in music wrote original songs that talked about the superheroes that they had created and they even got to record our superhero song that was sung at every community meeting. Check out the "Superhero" song here.
The next Choice Time that the students could have participated in was violin lessons. There were 15 violins that had been donated to the program and we had a staff member who had played the violin for twelve years and offered to teach violin to the students. Students were introduced to the violin, the proper way to hold the violin, how the violins were constructed, the different parts on the violin, and even leaned to play a few songs on the instrument. Students loved having the challenge of learning something new.
Our last special that students absolutely loved was dance. Our students love to dance - you walk through the halls of the program and there is always a child "flossing"or "dabbing." Dance allowed students to show off their skills and dance to music that they could relate to. Our 5th graders even made up a dance to the soundtrack from "Black Panther" and showcased the dance at the Supehero Exhibition.