The visual arts curriculum in District 196 makes valuable connections to the individual, to society and to culture. In the production and contemplation of artworks, we can understand ourselves and the world around us. Learning through the visual arts develops creative problem-solving skills as students face issues that often have multiple solutions. Art brings individuals together to share feelings, beliefs and values and develop a sense of community.
At Pinewood we are fortunate to also bring in a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) as we have merged our Art and STEAM programs together. The students receive Art/STEAM for 50 minutes every three or four days. Art concepts and techniques are emphasized and STEAM connections are made whenever applicable.
Beginning band starts in the fall of 5th grade. Students have weekly small group lessons September through May and weekly Big Band rehearsals after school on Tuesdays with all band members from October through April.
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"Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open." – Laura Bush
The Pinewood Library is a place where we promote a love of reading, assist students in becoming effective users of ideas and information, and encourage them to become life-long learners.
Instruction in the music classroom is focused on four components:
- CREATE – Students create music by singing and playing on a variety instruments. In this component, students develop rhythm-reading and note-reading skills, and compose their own music using instruments and technology.
- PERFORM – Students demonstrate their learning through a performance given once a year for every grade level.
- RESPOND – Students respond to music in a variety of ways, primarily by movement and games. Through this component, students develop their understanding of the elements of music.
- CONNECT – Students learn to connect their own knowledge and feelings to music, as well as draw connections in music from a variety of cultures.
A typical day in music consists of singing, playing instruments, playing games, moving to music, and incorporating FUN into each lesson and activity.
Our physical education curriculum is designed to contribute to the lifelong development of the student by providing opportunities that positively impact and increase the intellectual, social, emotional and physical fitness of the student. Physical activity enhances social development by emphasizing personal achievement, character, and integrity through individual and team activities and sports. Physical education promotes respect for the uniqueness and dignity of self and others through physical activities.