Students in elementary school art learn and review the elements of design, including color, line, shape, texture, space, form and value. They learn about the color wheel and various color schemes. Art history is incorporated as students learn about the lives and artistic style of artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol. Various medias, including watercolor, tempera, oil pastels, chalk, markers, crayons, and colored pencils are used throughout the year.
Students in upper elementary grades attend regular health classes where they learn about nutrition, healthy eating, dental and personal hygiene, body systems and basic anatomy. The goal of our heath program is to teach boys and girls to appreciate, understand and care for their bodies.
The Elementary Library is a warm and welcoming place for our students. Elementary students have a scheduled library time each week. With collaborative planning, the library serves to support classroom instruction. Library activities include story times for younger students to beginning research projects for older elementary students. Students are encouraged to become effective and creative users of information in all formats. Digital literacy and technology skills are shared along with quality literature and positive reading experiences, thus promoting life-long learners and responsible citizenship. Reading incentive programs, author visits, book fairs and other reading activities support the development of student literacy.
In addition to singing traditional hymns, Christian praise songs, and other musical pieces, elementary music students participate annually in a musical performed for other students and the CAK community. Students also receive instruction in reading, writing, and playing music using various instruments, learning music terminology, and traditional folk dancing.
Elementary physical education classes focus on moving and exercise. In addition to learning proper form for sports-related movement, students play various games to learn games and practice good sportsmanship. Students also learn basic skills for several team and individual sports.
As foreign language skills are more easily acquired at a younger age, the goal of Spanish instruction at the elementary level is to learn basic language skills and gain knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures. Emphasis is on the acquisition of basic vocabulary and simple conversational skills. In lower elementary grades, understanding and speaking the language is the primary focus, while students at the upper elementary grades also learn to read and write in the language. Various instructional strategies, including Total Physical Response, partial immersion, songs and skits are used in the elementary school. As elementary Spanish is introductory in nature, students are not expected to become proficient or fluent. We hope that early exposure leads our students to pursue additional language instruction in later years.