At Forest View, all students participate in "Specials" classes in addition to their core class (homeroom). These classes meet approximately once a week and are led by teachers trained in their area of specialty.
Art with Ms. Weinard
Visual Arts classes not only offer opportunities for “Art for Art’s Sake”, but integrates all the other curriculums to reinforce learning in Math, Science, Literacy, and especially Social Studies. We use a variety of media to explore techniques in two dimensional and three-dimensional projects.
Music with Mrs. Davis
The music program enables students to find their own voice and encourages a love of singing with their community. Students explore rhythms and melodies through playing Orff-style xylophones and percussion instruments. All students learn about the elements of music, music history, and work towards musical literacy. Songs are interspersed with fun singing games, movement, and creative projects. Older students learn to play the recorder, to play the ukulele, and compose and arrange their own songs.
Physical Education with Coach T.
All students (K-5) will have PE once a week. Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade will initially focus on spatial awareness, body control, and movement patterns before progressing to cooperative games and fundamental skill developments.
Third, fourth, and fifth grades will quickly progress to small sided games while incorporating learned fundamentals from previous lessons. Furthermore, a larger focus will be geared towards fitness initiatives and developing a love for lifelong healthy and active lifestyles.
Drama and Technology with Ms. Morris
Kindergarten and 1st graders will use Drama integrated with Literacy once a week. We will read stories, act them out, sing songs, create our own endings to stories, and write our own stories in Drama.
2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will have Technology once a week. Students will learn parts of the computer, keyboarding skills, creating powerpoints/google presentations, using google docs, digital camera skills, and other skills. Also, I will be working with classroom teachers to use computer resources to integrate with topics that they are working on in their classrooms.
Reader’s Theater with Mrs. Sledge
The focus of Reader’s Theater is to give students the opportunity to practice and develop fluency while interacting with various literary text. Students will practice vocal expression as they take ownership of their character and understand their role within the context of the story. This class is designed to enhance the literacy concepts that are taught in their classes.
Science Lab with Ms. Daly and Ms. Greene
The Science Lab is taught by Ms. Daly in the morning for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 5th and by Ms. Greene in the afternoons for 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade. The Lab offers students the opportunity to explore scientific topics through hands-on activities and challenges. Lessons enrich the scientific units taught by the classroom teacher. If the weather is being studied we may design weather instruments or create a structure that stands strong through hurricane-strength winds! If it is living things, we may get up close to crickets and worms, dissect a flower, or simulate what the digestive system does for our bodies. Learning in the science lab is often messy and always fun!
Guidance with Mrs. Altman and Mrs. Meyer
In Guidance, students are taught a variety of personal/social, academic, and career skills. The depths of the topics are based on the age/maturity level of our students and typically include character-education (responsibility, respect, perseverance, kindness, honesty, self-discipline, courage, fairness, and citizenship.), bullying, friendships, feelings, coping skills, time management, careers, goal setting, conflict resolution, and problem solving skills.