In keeping with our goal of educating the whole child, AIS-R offers elementary school students a wide range of specialist subjects.
The elementary music program provides all students with the skills and information to build a lifetime of involvement with music. Students receive Music in KG2, Grade 2, and Grade 4. The program focuses on introduction and exploration of: rhythm, melody, harmony, tone color, form, expressive qualities, and styles. As children study these concepts, skills are developed using the voice, playing classroom instruments, music reading, listening, moving, responding, and creating. In addition all students have the opportunity to perform on stage during the school year. Students are assessed based on the following AIS-R Reporting Standards:
Performs music with accuracy (singing and playing an instrument)
Demonstrate knowledge of music concept
Reads grade-level music
The elementary performing arts program provides all students with the skills for successful dance and theater creativity and performance. Students in Gr. 1, Gr. 3, and Gr. 5 participate in our performing arts program. The program focuses on generating and conceptualizing artistic ideas and work, developing and refining artistic techniques, and conveying meaning through the presentation of artistic work through drama and dance. In addition, all students have the opportunity to perform on stage during the school year. Students are assessed based on the following AIS-R Reporting Standards:
Generate and develop artistic ideas and work
Present artistic work to convey meaning
Wellness, Health, and Fitness
The elementary Wellness, Health & Fitness program teaches students all the benefits gained from being physically active as well as the skills and knowledge to incorporate safe, satisfying physical activity into their lives. Locomotor, non-locomotor, body awareness, ball skills and manipulative skills are developed through educational games, dance, gymnastics, low organizational and cooperative games. The movement framework, (i.e., body, space, effort, and relationship) is a part of the core content and is the basis for developing, expanding, and refining children’s range of gross motor skills, and awareness. The motor skill foundations established during the elementary grades may enhance children’s social, cognitive and physical development and increase the likelihood of continued interest and participation in physical activity. Fitness at elementary grades is supported by a rich experience in many basic movement forms, as children perform a variety of body-controlled movements such as: tumbling, balance, flexibility, motor patterns (e.g. jump, throw, skip, hop, catch, and kick) and gymnastics skills. Safety, form and ability to increase muscular strength and endurance in order to participate in activities is gained by students. Students are assessed based on the following AIS-R Reporting Standards:
Exhibits personal responsibility that promotes safe behavior
Respect for others, equipment, and rules
Demonstrates competency in motor and manipulative skills and/or movement concepts
iLearning is the Technology Integration program in the Elementary School. The philosophical foundation of iLearning was developed from the myriad of “i” words that exemplify learning. For example; interest-based, imagination, innovation, integration, interdisciplinary approaches and acknowledging students’ independent learning journey. In more practical terms, iLearning Integration helps to align curricular standards with the ability to use technology to research, gather, make connections and share their learning as outlined in the ISTE standards for Technology thereby allowing students to utilize technology to show their learning in unique and creative ways.
The Arabic Language program offers students in grades KG2 to Grade 5 a challenging and authentic experience which can be applied to real life situations. Students learn the language through songs, conversations, and games and learning is differentiated to meet the needs of each child. The program focuses on using Arabic to communicate. Students learn simple grammatical structures, in addition to learning to read and write using Arabic script. Assessment centers on the basic language components of reading, writing, speaking, listening and understanding Arabic are utilized. Learning is monitored through formative and summative assessment that focus on the overall growth and acquisition of Arabic. Students are assessed based on the following AIS-R Reporting Standards:
Speaks in target language at expected level
Understands target language at expected level
Reads target language with comprehension at expected level
Writes in target language at expected level
At an additional cost, students in grades KG2 to 5 also have the opportunity to participate in the extended Arabic Language Program (ALPS) through the after school language program.
The elementary art program strives to develop the creativity and aesthetic sensitivities of all students. Classes are provided with opportunities to express themselves as artists through the application of age appropriate art units. Students experiment with art making and gain deeper understandings into art mediums.The program introduces students to a variety of art methods and mediums including printmaking, painting, drawing, 3D construction, ceramics and textile art. Students learn through play, guided lessons, experimentation, group activities and individual skill development. Students are assessed based on the following AIS-R Reporting Standards:
Develop artistic ideas at grade level
Apply artistic skills with purpose
STEM is an interdisciplinary class that embraces the knowledge, concepts, and understandings within the content areas of: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The STEM program provides all students with the opportunity to solve real-world problem through a design-thinking, hands-on approach. They follow the design process by brainstorming/designing, building, and then testing and evaluating what they have built. Using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students are assessed based on the following AIS-R Reporting Standards:
Applies science concepts and skills accurately & obtains, evaluates, and communicates science information accurately
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