Enrichments

The framework of a well developed curriculum is cemented by a mosaic of enrichment experiences that serve to pique curiosity and enhance learning. Whether enrichment courses are part of the weekly schedule or experienced in a 9-week fine arts block, these are the courses that go beyond the typical academic curriculum.

Middle School Enrichments

List of 5 items.

  • Art

    Middle School students gain a broader understanding of art by starting with the ancients and then looking at the other end of the spectrum with what it means to be a contemporary artist. Being able to draw is only one part of what any artist does.  While exposing students to professional level materials and techniques, projects encourage critical thinking and problem solving critical for any professional field.
  • Theater

    Theater activities give students an opportunity to rehearse solutions to many of life's dilemmas, arming them with excellent coping skills for their real-life futures. The four broad areas that will be covered in each grade level are problem-solving, decision-making and divergent thinking, abstract thinking, and creative expression. Students perform in various theatrical productions throughout the year, varying from plays to Broadway-style shows. Whether it is a lower school production or an eighth-grade musical, students enjoy sharing their talents on the stage.
  • Literature

    The activities of reading, writing, and publishing are closely tied together and are the place some students are happiest.  AOS recognizes this in these enrichment offerings: 1) Literary Magazine offers students the opportunity to design and compose an annual publication that includes writing from grades 2-8 and interested faculty and features winners of various literary and art awards.  2) Novel Approach provides students time to study a single novel in depth, outside the regular English class. The class also focuses on reading aloud rather than homework and discussion. 3) The Open Book Club gives interested students time in the day to just read books of personal interest. They also develop book reviews and genre lists for the benefit of other students, and design book promotions.
  • Music

    Making music is a wonderful way to share talent, provide inspiration, and build confidence. The music program at AOS provides encouraging atmospheres for students to learn many aspects of music from a creative standpoint while helping to incorporate personal preference into the assignments and activities. Students explore music using technology and experiential learning, establishing a solid understanding of the foundational elements of music: rhythm, melody, and harmony. Music courses are offered in a performance and non-performance setting with emphasis on choral singing and musical theater.
     
  • Technology

    The Middle School technology classes focus on improving proficiency with both hardware and software. Computers are presented as a means to an educational end rather than an end in themselves. The curriculum takes a spiral approach to the most commonly used personal computer applications: word processing, presentation, database, and spreadsheets. Additional topics, such as simple programming and ethical use are addressed. Specific software features and terminology are introduced and expanded over time. Students complete a variety of projects to consolidate and demonstrate the application of skills.

Lower School Enrichments

List of 6 items.

  • Art (Jones Center - Second Grade)

    Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh are just a few artists and styles that are taught in Jones Center through Second Grade classes.  Every child is an artist, and is never too young to appreciate art.  Our program offers art classes where students learn how to draw and how to use the elements and principles of art to create and complete their work.  The Art Room is a place where students feel free to express themselves and love to learn art.
  • Art (Third - Fourth Grade)

    Third and Fourth Grade classes attend Writing/Art class (nicknamed "WrArt" by the students) which offers a unique interplay of expressive arts.  Students are taught to tap into both the poet/storyteller and the painter/sculptor within each student.  At times, students begin with a work of art modeled by a classic or contemporary artist and then add writing through the imagery of words.  At other times, students begin by going on a journey in their minds to create their own story and the artwork follows. WrArt focuses on the process of self expression rather than the product.
  • Greek

    In the Greek Language classes, the students become familiar with the oral language through simple conversations, common vocabulary and holiday related songs, poems, etc.  The stress is on repetition, using various methods to familiarize the students with the language. The instruction is designed on a continuing basis with progression from years preschool through the fourth grade.  Attention is directed to elementary, cultural material including children’s games, folksongs for choral singing, fairy tales, and legends. In the upper elementary grades, special emphasis is given to the origin of words, based on the recognition that the study of Greek can be a very effective aid in improving language skills in English. Many English words are derived from the Greek which is emphasized through the vocabulary lessons.  Thus, the students enhance their vocabulary and improve their reading and spelling.  At the fourth grade level, the focus of the program is on etymology, on a day by day discovery of Greek and Latin words which are part of the English language.  It provides an introduction to vocabulary development based on the Greek and Latin stems, prefixes, and suffixes that correlate with language arts, math and science. In our study of Greek Mythology, we cover a variety of myths from the Greek Pantheon.  These stories are the basis for great classical works of art and literature. The students have the opportunity to capture the fascination of the stories in various projects. In the Greek Cultural Studies (grades 2-4), the students become familiar with the various periods of ancient Greek history, from the epic heroes and legends of the Trojan War and the Odyssey to the Classical period of Athens.  Through this study, the students develop an appreciation for the Greek culture and its contributions to the western world. Throughout the year, the students have the opportunity to support their study/research of the various historical/mythological periods within a variety of integrated projects. 
  • Music

    The music program in the Jones Center and Kindergarten classes teaches basic principles and fundamentals of music. Throughout the year the students learn about rhythm and pitch. These are essential for the growth of vocal development.  Songs that the students sing are engaging and incorporate age-appropriate singing ranges and styles. Listening is central to music education. Selections are played each week to invoke the imagination and allow students to connect emotionally. Through listening they will begin to recognize pitch, dynamics and tempo. Instruments such as shakers, sticks, drums, tambourines and bells will be used throughout the year to enhance fine motor skills as well as promote creative play. 

    The music program in the Lower School is designed to offer the student a broad-based musical experience comprised of singing, movement, listening, playing instruments, music reading, and music appreciation.  Through these musical activities, students internalize the musical elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and musical expression. 
  • Science

    The Lower School science program is designed to develop and expand a child’s natural sense of wonder, curiosity and desire to explore. Children want to understand how things work in their everyday world and this is accomplished through a multi-faceted approach of hands-on experience, written material, discussion, technological interactions, research and reflection. The skills such as observation, prediction, and recording of data are introduced and integrated on a daily basis in science. Many content areas are explored in the life, earth and physical sciences: among these are units on habitat, plants and animals, body systems, space, energy, simple machines, earth changes and weather.
  • Technology

    The technology program of the Jones Center and Lower School aids students in developing the skills needed to use computers and related technologies as one of today’s learning tools. The technology program seeks to integrate technology into the classroom to enhance, enrich and reinforce the grade-level curriculum in each classroom. Emphasis is placed on projects related to topics covered in the classroom. Students are taught technology skills such as word processing, creating multi-media presentations, graphic design, online research, responsible Internet use and keyboarding. The goal of the technology program is to enrich, encourage and excite 21st-century learners.

Annunciation Orthodox School

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