This year students in grades k-4 will be exploring art in the contexts of history, culture, technique, material, and experimentation. Techniques and content will be introduced with a focus on 21st century Art Education, building on students’ development of the following skills: creating, communicating, collaborating, and making connections. Students will have access to materials that include colored pencils, crayons, tempera/acrylic paints, watercolors, watercolor pencils, markers, oil pastels, chalk, clay, and more as the year progresses. Students will be encouraged to make meaningful choices about the materials and content they wish to use for their own artwork, and at times may be challenged to use a featured material or technique from week to week. The art classroom (studio) will be set up to encourage independent art making and exploration. Students will be held accountable for their artistic decisions by planning and designing in their sketch books prior to accessing materials. As a class, we will take time to reflect and discuss the artwork we create, engaging student’s abilities to think deeper about their work and the work of their classmates. Artwork will be sent home periodically during the school year, and all work will go home by the end of the school year. In the Spring we celebrate our artistic accomplishments with a school-wide art show at Hill School where each artist is represented by 1 piece of work. Hill and Village students will also have work in the Deerfield Fair, SAU 53 office, Red River Theatre, Kimball Jenkins Art Center, and the Pembroke Public Library for brief art shows throughout the school year.
Pembroke Elementary Art curriculum will be aligned to the National Core Arts Standards. These standards prove to be naturally incorporated into purposeful teaching by focusing on four overarching objectives: students will Create, Present, Respond, and Connect.
The Integration Lab is a new Unified Arts class this year. Students will be using modules from Project Lead The Way’s Launch program. Students will be immersed in hands-on activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. The program creates an integrated learning experience, blending computer science, engineering, biomedical science and more! Students will engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills and learn to try and try again when faced with challenges!
Library and Technology
It is the mission of the Pembroke elementary libraries to provide all learners with the skills they need to be competent, critical, and ethical users and producers of information and ideas, in order to be successful participants in the 21st century. Students are encouraged, as life long learners, to pursue personal and educational inquiries as well as determine their information needs, locate relevant and credible information, and effectively communicate their findings. Fostering a LOVE of BOOKS and literature that extends from early childhood into late adulthood is an exciting pursuit!!
Students will also have opportunities to build their technology skills as they explore new ideas and create projects in the library class and in their classrooms!
One of the programs we use to help kids stay in shape is the GIT FIT Walking Program:
Git Fit is a walking program for elementary students in grades 2-4. It is open to all students with parental permission. The kids walk a 1/5 mile course around the outside of the Hill School soccer field during morning and lunch recess. Walkers are logged and given small awards for reaching different milestones. The program is designed to give kids a fun and healthy alternative to traditional recess activities. Walking has been found to reduce many of the risk factors associated with heart disease, help control body weight and increase mental well-being. The program is a great way to get your kids active.