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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 6 Electives

 

Primary

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

 

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

 

3D Art- Students will be experiencing 3D art practices through paper weaving and basic clay building.

 

Mammalian Biology- This 5-week series for Primary students will explore features that are unique to the Mammalia class. We will explore different subclasses and orders of mammals, such as the differences between the egg laying echidna, marsupial kangaroo and placental dog. We will also explore the traits that make mammals unique compared to other animal classes, such as reptiles. Students will learn through visuals, discussion, games and hands-on activities such as sorting, coloring and crafts. We will relate real world experiences of animals to what we are learning with the goal of being excited about encounters with animals of all kinds and confidence in identifying mammals. Students will learn more about their own mammalian bodies and unique traits and capabilities as mammals.

 

Jungle Gym- This session we will be taking all the skills that we have been learning in the gym and applying them to the outdoors. We will take advantage of the beautiful weather by teaching these classes at both Mason and Buckley Park but still have the gym for rainy days.

 

Theater- Storytelling, script writing, and scene work- oh my! This session of drama electives will focus on developing scenes with a beginning middle and end. We will introduce scripts, props, and costumes into the mix this session and students will immerse themselves in the power of imagination and play- a child's  true occupation

 

Intermediate

Paper Mache Art-  Students will be exploring 3D arts with (gluten free) paper mache animal sculptures.  Lessons will include understanding between 2D and 3D, paper mache process, and painting their paper mache creations.

 

Orff- 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- Storytelling, script writing, and scene work- oh my! This session of drama electives will focus on developing scenes with a beginning middle and end. We will introduce scripts, props, and costumes into the mix this session and students will immerse themselves in the power of imagination and play- a child's  true occupation

 

Outdoor Recreation- This elective will provide an understanding of what outdoor recreation encompasses.  Students will be exposed to a variety of outdoor recreation activities they can participate in during the warmer months.  Activities and topics of discussion include (but not limited to) yard games, hiking, water safety, camping and leave no trace.   

 

Jungle Gym- This session we will be taking all the skills that we have been learning in the gym and applying them to the outdoors. We will take advantage of the beautiful weather by teaching these classes at both Mason and Buckley Park but still have the gym for rainy days.

 

Upper

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

 

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

 

Rock Lounge- We will be using a progression program that will work each student as both a group and individual on different aspect of climbing. The students will learn the skills of rock climbing that uses balance, understanding their bodies in movement, self-confidence, and perseverance. Each week the student will gain new wisdom about themselves. Building on each week over the course of the 5-week program. Foot work, rope skill, communication, teamwork are important to progress in this sport. All these skills are taught with our great Rock lounge instructors who work with other schools and our summer program.

Stitch Art- Students will be exploring fiber arts with embroidery and stitching. We will work on the skills of threading a needle, basic stitching and sewing.  Students will design and create a simple pillow.

 

Outdoor Recreation- This elective will provide an understanding of what outdoor recreation encompasses.  Students will be exposed to a variety of outdoor recreation activities they can participate in during the warmer months.  Activities and topics of discussion include (but not limited to) yard games, hiking, water safety, camping and leave no trace.

 

Field Day/Obstacle Course Planning- This elective will be in charge of planning out our Field Day/Obstacle course day on our last week of school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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