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Music

Playing-Flute-in-Grade-2aJuniper Ridge has a diverse music program. Beginning in Kindergarten, children are daily encouraged to join in age-appropriate singing. In first and second grade, the children learn to play the pentatonic flute. In third grade, the students take up the soprano recorder. By middle school they may add the tenor and bass recorders to create an orchestral feel.

Beginning in third grade, students begin a more formal musical training. In addition to learning how to read music, students take up playing one of three traditional stringed instruments: the violin, the cello or the viola. Lessons in school occur twice weekly. By fifth grade, the instrument offering is expanded to allow students who are not comfortable continuing with a stringed instrument to move on to a wind instrument, namely the clarinet or the silver flute. By seventh grade, the trumpet is added to the repertoire. Families are asked to rent or purchase the instrument for their student. If this presents a financial hardship, please see the music teacher or administration.

Spanish

Spanish begins in Kindergarten with songs, games and stories and continues through the grades covering the alphabet, vocabulary, conversational speaking, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, written language and an experience of literature. In addition, many cultures are studied in the context of the Spanish language program.

Handwork

Cuhandwork2Handwork plays an important function in helping to develop the will of the child, in fostering self-esteem and an appreciation for beauty.  It also plays a critical part in helping to establish and activate pathways in the brain that link the left and right side of the brain and also act as a general network in each hemisphere.  The hands are the primary instrument that growing children use to inform themselves about the world in which they live.  What the hand feels the brain knows.

Children explore practical arts such as knitting, crochet, hand and machine sewing and other fiber arts. Each grade’s handwork curriculum is designed to foster an aspect of development appropriate to the age of the child.

Games

The importance of physical activity, and its relationship to successful learning and healthy childhood development is reinforced through our unique movement program that includes games, sports and eurythmy.

Woodworking

In woodworking the will is put to task as arms are strengthened and hands become skilled.  In completing a woodworking project, students gain the experience that they can make things happen, that they 12002844_1636110469998255_1772042089621661273_n (1)have the power to be a creative and transformative force.

Regular woodworking classes begin with the fifth grade, when the children have grown strong enough to work with a tough, dense material. Throughout all of the classes, students are taught the safe and proper use and care of tools. Social skills are also exercised when students assist each other, tending to the occasional cut finger, or cooperating in group projects.  More than anything, woodworking provides an opportunity for the students to learn to direct their incredible energy and creativity.

Gardening

The importance of physical activity, and its relationship to successful learning and healthy childhood development is reinforced through our unique movement program that includes games, sports and eurythmy.