Specialists: Art, Spanish, Movement and Music

This past week (Aug. 24-27) at Francine Delany the Specialist began. On Monday we had Art with Mr. Chris. We set up our expectations and began with a simple and fun project. The students designed leaves for our Art tree. We took coffee filters wrote our names in the center with a sharpie and then colored them with water based markers. We then used small plastic cups to set them on top of gently forming them to take the shape of the cup. Finally we used a nicely scented spray starch to spray them down with a nice even coating all around. This causes the marker colors to run Beautifully.

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Then on Tuesday we will be having Movement with Susan and Giles Collard of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater.  They will be here the week of Labor Day to begin their Movement class that teaches students about Expression through movement as well as offering a bit of needed physical activity through a curriculum of Dance and Theater combined.

On Wednesdays K-5 will have Spanish with Mr. Chris.  “We’ve had a couple great classes. We started out with some great songs about greetings like the”Buenos Dias” song as well as “Cabeza, Hombros, Piernas, Pies” (heads,shoulders, Knees and toes).  The students have had a lot of fun with our mix of Movement, Music, Story and Art Activities approach to learning Spanish.

Then on Thursdays we have Music with Mr. Sean.  The students have been learning fun new songs as well as singing ones they already know.  Sean also teaches them rhythm and tempo using our Awesome Sounding Boom Sticks as well as our “Bucket” drums.  They also get to help him create beats through technology and his digital beat lab.  Finally they are playing songs on our set of Orff instruments; glockenspiels and xylophones and Sean has generously been sharing his keyboards.  Thanks Sean!


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