One the most important things for students to understand, is the value the internet and technology plays a part in their everyday life. We help them realize this through creating projects using different types of computer media. We also focus on internet safety, teaching students how to navigate the internet and resources safely and responsibly. Additionally, we offer an introduction to computer science and computer programming using different coding lessons, which often support or are integrated to what students are learning in their Core Curriculum.
We focus on teaching students the fundamentals of Spanish. Here they will learn: Colors, days of the weeks, months of the year, food, time, weather, seasons, clothes, emotions, body parts, things in the classroom, things in the city, things on the farm, animals, etc.
The vocabulary, grammar and conversation are taught through:
- Singing traditional Mexican folk song and newly composed learning songs by Mrs. Towell (3 CD's are sent home every year to younger students )
- Studying: the Hispanic culture and where Spanish is spoken in the world
- Conversation skills: carry on conversations with each other in Spanish
- Games: Traditional Mexican Folk Song Games
In the 5th through High School program, we build upon the foundation developed in the lower grades. In addition to learning how to read, write and speak Spanish, we also place on emphasis on learning about the culture and the geography of different Spanish speaking countries.
- The goal is to have students start at level two in Spanish at high school
- As students progress in their knowledge of the language they will be able to read and comprehend stories in different medias such as magazines/newspapers
- They will also practice their grammar and communication skills, by conversing and writing about their past and future experiences.
- Students will practice their listening and comprehension by listening to audio recordings, answering questions and discussing i
- Some interesting projects that will be completed include:
- Translating a recipe by demonstrating how the recipe is prepared
- Creating a mock webpage to sell clothing
- Putting on skits
- Demonstrating the use of maps to and from different locations
- Create a video of a day in “their” life; utilizing different verb tenses as well as vocabulary they have learned throughout the year
In the Art Classes at the Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs, the students are given the opportunity to create art using a variety of materials. Students will learn about famous artists and art styles, the elements of art and how they apply to their art projects. The curriculum in Art is based on the Core Curriculum standards with emphasis in specific areas the students are studying in their classroom, therefore creating an opportunity to learn about their studies using a hands on approach. Students have at least one project each year in which they create a clay work of art. Their clay art projects are also related to their classroom studies and/or basic elements as applied in a sculptural piece.
The students are given opportunities for individual exploration in creating art, also. As time allows, students may create a work of art using the “free art” materials that are available to them. Students are encouraged at all times to create from an individual perspective and value each person’s creation as a ‘one of a kind.’ They will leave the BFSMS art classes with an introductory knowledge of art materials and their use, famous artists and works of art in relation to a historical context, and have learned skills to enable them to approach any art project with a sense of familiarity.
The methodology that structures the music curriculum is the Kodály Method (inspired by the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály). It is a sequential, literacy-driven curriculum using folk song material and age appropriate art music examples. Movement and instrument play are incorporated as it becomes developmentally appropriate beginning with simple circle games and classroom percussion instruments leading up to folk dance, barred instruments and more sophisticated examples of improvisation. As time allows, we also spend class time listening to and learning about both traditional and non-traditional music performance practices of the Western world and beyond.
- Pre-Kindergarten students spend time singing and playing as they experience beat, rhythm and the dichotomies of sound (high-low, fast-slow, soft-loud, etc).
- By end of Kindergarten, students have begun to recognize basic symbols that represent these musical elements.
- And by the end of First grade, all students have begun to confidently analyze simple patterns using rhythmic symbols and basic staff representation of melodic intervals.
- Second and Third grade build upon this development of symbolic notation until the time in Third grade when students begin to read music independently using classroom barred instruments and recorders.
- By the end of Fourth grade, students are comfortable reading basic music notation, improvising musical material, have a introductory understanding of music history and literature, and possess a beginner understanding of the piano keyboard.
At the point that our students begin the Fifth grade, their involvement in music is by their own choice as a middle school elective.
- Fall semester builds upon the general music class structure of the elementary grade levels in which students continue to actively learn the fundamentals of music literacy along with the study of music history and performance practice. We also continue to play on a variety of our classroom instruments including keyboards, bells, guitars and recorders in preparation for school performances throughout the semester.
- Spring semester is specifically designed for those students interested in performing in our spring musical theater performance. Class time is spent exploring a variety of performance styles relating specifically to stage performance and students sing as part of a musical ensemble. They are also given the opportunity to audition for solo roles if they choose to do so.
All of the grade level goals outlined above line up with, and often exceed those that are designated in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.