Art, PE, Spanish

Physical Education

The TFS guidelines for the preschool through sixth grade physical education program consists ultimately of seven instructional areas:

1. body and spatial awareness  2. developmental games
3. fundamental movement
4. personal fitness/health
5. rhythm and dance
6. balancing, tumbling and stunts, and
7. sports and lifetime activities.

Physical activities, games, and dances can also be directly connected to the academic classroom curriculum as part of special integrated units. For example, each fall we offer kayaking at Lake St. Albans.



The foreign language program emphasizes communication and culture, which are taught primarily through the aural/oral method. The younger children are taught using the TPR (Total Physical Response) method. Students begin the process of learning a foreign language by listening, imitation, and repetition. This parallels first-language acquisition, in which listening and speaking precede reading and writing. More traditional academic skills are introduced and developed gradually, as students progress through the grades. The program also teaches grammar, verb conjugation, and a plethora of vocabulary themes and words. At every level, students explore cultural and historic topics.

The art program emphasizes activities in which the child expresses individuality, creativity, and originality. Each child develops skills and respect for his / her work and the work of others. The program challenges and educates the child through activities in two- and three-dimensional areas based on the elements (color, texture, line, shape, form, space, value) and principals (balance, contrast, emphasis, composition) of art. The curriculum includes hands-on activities, art and cultural appreciation, and art that relates to the classroom curriculum.