Music and Performing Arts
Music is a large part of the classroom activity. Children become acquainted with musical sounds and develop rhythmic response to music. They respond to music dramatically and with body movements. Children acquire a large repertoire of songs, learn to use a variety of musical instruments, and learn dances from different cultures. All children attend a Music class twice each week with the music specialist. The goal of the program is to allow the children to achieve harmony with a variety of instruments, to express themselves creatively, and to take pleasure in listening to music. Singing and dance is an important part of the program. Fall and year-end musical presentations are enhanced with the help of the music specialist.
The Art program at Harbor School is designed to stimulate creativity, develop motor skills, and instill in children an appreciation of the fine arts. Throughout the school, art is integrated into the daily classroom routine. Classroom art activities are theme and literature-based and occur each day. Children learn through creation in two-dimensional as well as three-dimensional media, with paints, paper, pastels, clay, markers, crayons, and collage materials. Students learn the proper use of art materials and tools, how to explore a variety of media, and how to express their feelings and thoughts through art. Constant exposure to drawing, tracing, and cutting helps to strengthen fine motor skills. The display of finished art products both inside the classroom and in the halls of the school helps to increase the children’s sense of pride and self-accomplishment.
In addition to classroom art activities, children in our full-day programs attend lessons in the art studio with a professional art teacher once (Preschool and Kindergarten) or twice (1st - 2nd grades) each week.
Junior Kindergarten - 2nd grade students participate in Spanish class twice each week. The goal of the program is to provide an introduction to the Spanish language in a lively, interactive and fun atmosphere. Lessons emphasize the development of communicative competency and focus on familiar surroundings and people such as the home, the school, the classroom, friends, family, and the community.
Our preschoolers attend World Language class once each week and are exposed to Spanish, American Sign Language, and Greek. Children practice and review vocabulary through games, songs, puppet play, pantomime, and role-playing activities that combine speaking skills, physical movement and creative drama techniques.
The Harbor School has a wonderful collection of over 7,000 books which can be enjoyed by children from Preschool age through Second Grade. Starting in Junior Kindergarten, children may select and check out books from the collection. This wonderful collection supplements the libraries in each classroom. Teachers are also welcome to utilize the school library to supplement the materials in their classrooms.
Each class meets with the librarian once a week to hear stories and to discuss the care and selection of books. The librarian teaches a continuum of library skills that begin with listening and discussion skills and progresses to more sophisticated knowledge of book classification and use of reference resources. The library curriculum includes author studies, illustrator studies, and thematic units.
All Harbor children have physical education opportunities taught by a specialist. Students participate in an organized program to build gross motor skills, cooperative play, and team-building in a non-competitive atmosphere. Physical fitness, strength, flexibility, and endurance are a focus as children grow older. Good sportsmanship, decision making, perseverance, and issues of health and safety are important components of the program. Whether inside or out-of-doors, Harbor children build self-confidence, good judgment, and leadership skills at all levels.