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Technology

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.

Spanish

PreK-4th:
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
5th-8th:
In the 5th through Middle School program, we build upon the foundation developed in elementary school. 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 
  • Some interesting projects that will be completed include:
    • Translating a recipe by demonstrating how the recipe is prepared
    • Creating a mock webpage to sell clothin
    • Putting on skits
    • Demonstrating the use of maps to and from different locationsCreate a video of a day in “their” life; utilizing different verb tenses as well as vocabulary they have learned throughout the year

Art

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.

Music

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).
•    We also encourage performance art with several school performances throughout the year.  PreK students perform as a class and often work with other grade levels on various musical and theatrical presentations.

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.

Drama

This is the class where the students explore, create, imagine, express, play-out, experiment, and dream. Students study pantomime, puppetry, monologues, dialogues, and acting. They write stories and perform on stage, sing, dance, and learn how to express and share inner most feelings. Theater is entertainment and can change the world. It has always been part of the world and now our students are a part of that history too.

Library

Each class enjoys library time every week.  During this visit, the children may enjoy a story read with animation and excitement by our librarian or learn about the functions of the library, how to locate books of their choice, and how to access information in the research area.  During this time, students will also likely do a project that is connected to a concept they are learning about in Social Studies or Literary Arts.  Children are always encouraged to check out books and read as much as possible.  We strive to help the children develop a true love of reading, so they are encouraged to visit the library outside of their scheduled class to grab a new book!

Physical Education

We feel it is extremely important for students to learn about and practice physical fitness.  We offer a developmentally appropriate course, which is specific to each school level.   After 6th Grade, the students move into a Health Science class.  Our goal is to help children understand the importance of good health, diet, and exercise as well as different things they can do to be all around healthy.  

Gardening

Here on campus, we want children to understand where food comes from and how to have a healthy diet.  Over the course of the year, students plant seeds and nurture the plants as they grow into fruits and vegetables.  They are then able to bring samples from the garden home for their family to eat.  It is wonderful to see the students connect with nature, gain a greater respect for nature and understand the growing process.  It is always special for them to be part of the process and to experience the result of their efforts. 

 

Health

(offered to Middle School students)
  • Body systems - muscles, organs, skeletal.....how they work together
  • Digestive and respiratory systems
  • Blood flow
  • Hygiene
  • Heredity- chromosomes and genes
  • Nutrition

Gardening

Here on campus, we want children to understand where food comes from and how to have a healthy diet.  Over the course of the year, students plant seeds and nurture the plants as they grow into fruits and vegetables.  They are then able to bring samples from the garden home for their family to eat.  It is wonderful to see the students connect with nature, gain a greater respect for nature and understand the growing process.  It is always special for them to be part of the process and to experience the result of their efforts.