Each year our students have an in depth study of art masters. They learn about the artist, his/her culture, the art techniques he/she utilizes (or utilized) and his/her famous works. Students learn vocabulary specific to the artist and genre. Students enjoy a virtual museum through the use of technology. Teachers assist children in practicing the techniques of the great masters. Once students understand the inspiration and techniques of each Master, the classroom is transformed into an art studio and students create their own great works.
Music is integrated with all academic content areas at Sycamore Academy. Studies show that music has a variety of positive effects on developing brains. For us, the most important of these are the use of both sides of the brain when learning new content as well as inspiring creativity in our students. Orff Schulwerk is a method of teaching and learning music and is based on things children like to do such as singing, chanting, rhyming, clapping, dancing, and pounding on things! Students listen to and make music and then read and write it as their skills and knowledge develop. Music at Sycamore is not taught in isolation but rather integrated in science, social studies, health and wellness, math, and language arts.
Why limit performing to the winter and spring performances? At Sycamore Academy, students are frequently asked to present learning to their peers. From regular weekly homework to large projects or new vocabulary, our students become talented public speakers. Additionally, students are given the opportunity to demonstrate learning through dramatic performances. Drama is frequently integrated with social studies, science, math, and language arts.