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Movement  

Why Movement and not PhysEd? We include Creative Dance to help students connect Movement to telling stories, math, and learning science concepts. Students learn the fundamentals of Dance and PE, and they make real-world connections. They find a reason why they need that skill and how to use it in various ways.  

Collaborative work with classroom teachers allows a different approach to the subject matter studied.  For example:  

  • Use dance to develop writing skills by describing and communicating with their bodies to tell a story in 4th grade  

  • Use the bases in a field game to discover seasons of the year, defining revolution and rotation by talking about the earth and sun in 3rd grade  

  • Explore the relationship between the earth and moon/day and night/lunar and solar eclipses  

  • Build Kandinsky paintings with our bodies by exploring geometric shapes and intersecting lines in 2nd grade.   

  • Dance to count by 5's in 1st grade. Count to 100 doing exercises. Learn place value by using their bodies to represent hundreds, tens, and ones 

  • Create a dance where they are caterpillars in a cocoon and become butterflies 

  • Use their bodies to create the letters of the alphabet in Kindergarten 

  • Learn teamwork and strategies when playing games, not just how to play 

World Languages and Cultural Arts  

Elementary students' open minds and curious nature lend themselves to the perfect time to explore various languages and cultures. They want to know the why, the what, the how, the where, and the when. By exposing them to 8 different languages and cultures in two years, they will gain insight into the similarities and differences in other countries worldwide.  

Languages and cultures come to life when students are cooking pretzels, playing Cricket, making model homes by studying the design and architecture, performing cultural dances, celebrating holidays, playing traditional games, or listening to music and describing how it makes them feel. 

This course helps us see and respect the unique person inside each of us!

Drama 

Drama comes to life through the exploration and creation of stories. Grades kindergarten-second grade become the characters, create the environments, and solve problems within their story design. 

Third-fifth grade students develop an understanding of the human story by discovering different perspectives, by researching the people, the eras, the subject area, and then bringing the characters to life through character development, scene structure, and problem-solving.

Examples of Arts Integration:

  • K- connect science by becoming entomologists to explore bugs or creating the Arctic using props and sets and bring arctic animals to life

  • 1st- students create and perform folktales they created, explore community by turning the Drama room into a life-sized map that we navigate.

  • 2nd- students create and fairytales, begin their own community, and problem-solve their way through its development.

  • 3rd- bring famous art to life through shadow puppetry, explore Colorado Springs history through scene creation

  • 4th Grade- Bring Colorado history to life through acting out scenes (mining and town life) from the era and researching and bringing historical figures to life.

  • 5th- Become explorers and navigate our way to the new world where we interact with the native people and experience new perspectives 

Music

In music classes at The da Vinci Academy, students can connect to music and the arts through listening, moving, composing, playing instruments, and performing.  In addition, through collaboration with classroom teachers, we are able to use music to help students increase their understanding of language arts, math, and science.  Examples of arts integrated lessons include:

  • Play various instruments to learn about the science of sound as students can feel and see the vibrations and sound waves in 1st grade.

  • Compose and perform blues songs as students learn about the Civil Rights Movement in 5th grade. 

  • Explore rhythms and note values to learn about fractions in 4th grade.

  • Compose rhythmic mnemonic phrases to help students remember the basics of Earth Science in 3rd grade.

  • Create sound effects to accompany stories and poems in Kindergarten and First Grade. 

  • Learn about music from various cultures and countries to enhance social studies units in all grade levels.

In addition to the regular music classes, we also offer several music clubs, including ukulele, choir, band, and orchestra.  

Technology Literacy

Technology is a vital component of our learning at The da Vinci Academy.  21st Century skills are more critical than ever before.  These core competencies are collaboration, digital literacy, digital citizenship, critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation.  We use iPads, laptops, robots, virtual reality goggles, 3D printers, and more for students to explore and practice these skills.

Our Technology team works closely with classroom teachers to collaborate to integrate the subject areas into the technology lessons.  For example:

  • Students learning fractions and measurement in math use those skills to create and print items for their desk on the 3D printers

  • Students learning about ecosystems get to experience various ecosystems around the world by using the VR Googles

  • Kindergarteners learning directions program the robot to run on the floor map they create

  • All grade levels read literature and participate in STEM activities that relate to the story.