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TJS Electives

 

Active-Authentic-Diverse

Our mission is clear in everything we do...especially in our innovative electives model. We believe that TJS students should have choice in how they grow in Art, Movement and Music. This choice should be free through their public school.  This choice begins with exposure to a variety of competencies in those areas which we strive to achieve with our electives program.

 

We are offering 6 sessions, throughout the school year, of 5-6 week long elective courses.  Over the course of the year each student will have the opportunity to participate in a diverse selection of Art, Movement, and Music electives. During each session students will participate in 4 different elective courses, each course being taught for 1 hour per week.

 

Our goal is to provide high-quality, effective, authentic and diverse courses taught by TJS staff and professionals of their respected fields in the community. We believe that education and knowing yourself as a learner includes the arts and movement.  The intention is to expose TJS students to their talents and areas of interest that they may not know they have and to create a life-long love for these areas of interest.

   
 
  

 

 

 

 

Session 3: 11/26-1/14

 

Here is a brief description of the electives that students will be participating in during session 3.

 

Primary

 

Ukulele (Pika Class)- Students will learn basic ukulele skills that incorporate strumming, finger picking, chord shapes and singing in the context of learning popular songs.

 

Orff (Aspen Daisy Class)- The Orff Approach uses music, movement, speech and drama to build musicianship in every learner. Students will learn how to sing, dance, play a variety of instruments and be exposed to basic music theory in a play based environment.

 

Theater-Theatrical arts is a great way to learn how to express yourself, tell a good story, and have fun. In this class, we will learn some basic theater skills and terms (stage direction, voice projection, body control, etc). We will use our imagination and creativity as we dabble in improvisation, memorization, and theater games. Our class will culminate in a talent showcase.

 

Art- To paint with traditional painting methods while creating pieces that connect to their personal lives/families. Students will understand how various painters throughout history were influenced by their personal lives and families through read-alouds, powerpoints, brief field trips and discussions.

 


Throwing and Catching- This course will focus on throwing, catching and rolling of a variety of objects. Students will participate in different games and activities to practice and improve these important movement skills that are not only applicable in athletics but in daily life.

 

Intermediate

 

Jungle Gym- Classes will focus on strength training, obstacle course skills and movement training.

 

Tinikling and Dance- Tinikling is a traditional Philippine folk dance that involves two people beating, tapping and sliding bamboo poles (students will use pvc pipes) on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and between the poles in a dance. The dance requires teamwork, patience, and coordination not to mention provides a great work out for both the dancers and pollers (the ones moving the polls).

 

Singing- Students will learn beginning singing technique through songs, rounds, singing games and partner songs.

 

Clay Art- Students will explore the process of clay art from the different ways of creating and pre-glazing. Using hands and a variety of tools to create pinch pots, clay flowers, and coil pots. Colorado Clay Studio will be helping teach this course.

 

Nutrition science- Nutrition education is a form of early eco-literacy. When children are taught to “read” and decipher the environments that provide their food, they gain a love of these places,  both wild lands and farm lands. Eco-literate children understand that natural resources make our modern life possible.
Eating  food is connected to our knowledge and appreciation for the source of our food; soil and biodiverse ecosystems are recognized as the foundation of our food system.
 

Upper

 

Ukulele (Painted Turtle class)-Students will learn basic ukulele skills that incorporate strumming, finger picking, chord shapes and singing in the context of learning popular songs.

 

Orff (Lark Buntings Class)- The Orff Approach uses music, movement, speech and drama to build musicianship in every learner. Students will learn how to sing, dance, play a variety of instruments and be exposed to basic music theory in a play based environment.

 

Tinikling and Dance- Tinikling is a traditional Philippine folk dance that involves two people beating, tapping and sliding bamboo poles (students will use pvc pipes) on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and between the poles in a dance. The dance requires teamwork, patience, and coordination not to mention provides a great work out for both the dancers and pollers (the ones moving the polls).

 

Jungle Gym- Classes will focus on strength training, obstacle course skills and movement training.

 

Art-To paint with traditional painting methods while creating pieces that connect to their personal lives/families. Students will understand how various painters throughout history were influenced by their personal lives and families through read-alouds, powerpoints, brief field trips and discussions.
 
Nutrition science- Nutrition education is a form of early eco-literacy. When children are taught to “read” and decipher the environments that provide their food, they gain a love of these places,  both wild lands and farm lands. Eco-literate children understand that natural resources make our modern life possible.
Eating  food is connected to our knowledge and appreciation for the source of our food; soil and biodiverse ecosystems are recognized as the foundation of our food system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you been interested in working at The Juniper as an Elective instructor? If you have, we encourage you to take the time to fill out the letter of intent to participate(Below). 

 

Please contact: Andy Grenhart at 970-764-4185 or agrenhart@tjsdurango.com