Elementary Arts

  • Here's where we begin foundations of fine arts in our youngest students. 
    From the first week of kindergarten students begin visiting the Art Room and Mrs. Linda Hamady. For forty minutes to and hour each week, students work through Art Connections, published by SRA McGraw-Hill, a seven year curriculum.
    Mrs. Hamady has been teaching art at VCES for over fourteen years and taught several years in public school prior to joining us. Each day, with different classes and grade levels, Linda employs exceptional curricular materials, inviting students to explore the visual arts. Each lesson in this unique program integrates Art History and Culture, Aesthetic Perception, Art Production, and Art Criticism. Hands-on activities build artistic skills in every lesson. Because of our distinctly Reformed approach to teaching the arts, students are encouraged to appreciate the Creator and the gift of art He established in each student. The breadth of artistic styles and approaches explored in this program affords every student a place to excel. Some with color, some with paper and pencil and still others with clay. 
    Beginning in kindergarten and through fourth grade, students at VCES are taught music using the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill curriculum Spotlight on Music. This curriculum was created by leading authorities in music education. Taught by Ms. Lenee Grebow, music class leverages each child's natural interest in music and movement by offering hands on music making from the first day. Students sing, listen, move to the music and play individual percussion instruments intended to enhance what they know about music. Through this program in a guided sequence, students learn to read and eventually notate music. Each year, grade level groups put on musical programs for friends and family. By fourth grade students play the recorder and are prepared to begin instrumental music in fifth grade. 
    Music at VCES introduces students to a lifelong love of music.
    In 5th grade wonderful things happen in music. 5th graders are given the unique opportunity to explore all band and orchestra instruments to discover, with the aid of their music teachers, where they might have interest and an affinity. This might sound like a daunting task but Mrs. Sarah Connell, our beginning strings (and Middle School Orchestra) teacher and Mr. Kooi, who teaches beginning band (and oversees all Middle School bands, including our first rate jazz band) assure us that this is big fun for students and teachers alike. Students are issued instruments at a very low cost for parents and begin instruction. By Christmas parents are invited to a concert where these beginners are able to share their newfound musical abilities as they play music to the glory of God and celebrate the birth of Christ.
    In 6th grade, students continue in instrumental instruction or may join the 6th grade choir, led by Ms. Grebow.  
    "Essential Elements 2000 for Strings" books 1 and 2