The Art program here at Storefront Academy, focuses on the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. This program utilizes different mediums and techniques such as drawing, tempera paint, charcoal, collage, clay, watercolor paint and many more. Students will gradually build skills which will help build their confidence as artists and critical thinkers; students will learn to integrate their artistic experiences with other academic subjects and different cultures.
Our Art program helps students find their artistic voice. They also learn to grow an appreciation of various disciplines of the arts, while exploring art history and artist’s different styles of art. The art experience here at Storefront makes a great contribution to the mental, emotional, and social growth of our students.
Storefront Academy is a very strong advocate of Music for our children as it is a very important part of a child’s development. Music is a whole brain activity that gives the child an artistic way of expressing themselves, it helps develop the creative side of the brain, and the technical side. This course teaches students about the history of music, the genres and the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, dynamics, timbre, form, and harmony.
Students from kindergarten to second grades learn about notes, and their value. They also learn about pitch and rhythm and we use a variety of percussion instruments such as rhythm sticks, drums, bells, maracas, and shakers. Students from third to fifth grade learn how to read music, sing, and play the recorders. Students learn the value of notes, beats, treble clef and they learn to read the notes from a staff. Students are taught how to use the recorder which is a woodwind instrument, as a result students learn breath control which is necessary to learn for other wind instruments.
The music course matches the school’s theme of the month to create a cohesive experience. This course uses all songs and movement activities from GoNoodle. Music benefits children’s physical wellness, academic success, and social emotional health.
This course introduces the students to a beginner level of violin where students learn hold positions, proper posture and placement of fingers when handling a violin.
Violin beginners course teaches students to use their fingers to play inorder to get a better understanding of the pause and rest periods between types of notes such as half, quarter and whole notes. Students that progress in the beginner course move onto the intermediate section where they are introduced to the usage of the bow.
The intermediate level offers students a more in depth knowledge of violin’s classical composers and musical alphabet; students learn to read musical notes in synchronization with playing the violin using the bow. This course increases students' ability to improve their mathematical skills as well as fine tuning their mental focus.
Computer Technology students learn the necessary foundation skills to move forward digitally in today's world. This course teaches students the correct hand placement and posture when typing. Students are introduced to easy to access programs, such as Google Docs for word processing, Google Sheets for spreadsheet management, Google Slides for interactive presentation and Gmail for online communication; this helps them to become familiar with basic computerized skills needed for the modern world.
Students also learn how to virtually manage and submit class assignments through Google Classroom.
There are many interactive and step by step directions offered to assist students in becoming knowledgeable in the field of Information Technology, as well as additional lab usage to support their development in Math, ELA and Science.
In Technology, students are introduced advanced creative tools tools for photo and video editing.
Once students have completed their class year in technology, they will move forward into learning higher computational skills. As they improve, they will be digitally future proofed and ready to take on the challenges middle school may offer.
The Spanish course is divided into two sessions, the beginner level and the intermediate level for those who already speak Spanish. The beginner course covers learning of the alphabet, colors, days of the week, months of the year, animals and simple vocabulary words. This course focuses on visuals to make it easier for students to learn. The intermediate level of this course focuses on expanding vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing and sentence structure. Latin culture and history is incorporated into the course to help build a general foundation. Spanish gives students the opportunity to understand cultural differences as well as enhance cross-cultural communication.
El curso de español esta dividido en dos secciones. El nivel básico y el nivel intermedio, pasa los niños que ya hablan español. El curso básico se enfoca en el alfabeto, colores, días de la semana, meses del año, animales, y palabras simples del vocabulario. Este curso de enfoca en la enseñanza visual para que sea más fácil para nuestros estudiantes aprender el idioma.
El curso intermedio se enfoca en la expansion de el vocabulario pre existente, así como la gramática, la lectura, la escritura y la estructura de las palabras. La cultura latina y su historia se incorpora en esta clase para ayudar a los estudiantes a construir una fundación general acerca de la procedencia de el idioma español. Este idioma le permite a los estudiantes aprender acerca de las diferencias culturales existentes así como tambien el desarrollo de la comunicación cross-cultural.
The physical education course is constructed to focus on health, creating and practicing teamwork, learning social skills, and respect for others. The students will be able to demonstrate a positive attitude towards physical activity that benefits their personal health through safe practices and a wide array of activities.
In this course, students will learn different dances and sports that will expand not just their social skills through class participation but also discipline in learning new things.They are introduced to sports such as baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball and football. Each sport will solidify their social skills through teams and how their contributions to the team helps themselves and others. Also, the students will learn the importance of hydration and how it impacts the physical body. Students will be able to demonstrate leadership through certain tasks assigned while learning teamwork in their support for their peers.
In our Performing Arts course, young actors enter the space with a calm body, ready to engage in methods of relaxation and guided breathing exercises. Sometimes relaxation varies and could look like calm coloring before classes commence. Students do a combination of light to intermediate movement to warm up our bodies as well as vocal warm ups for our speaking/singing voices. Once completed, students head into the new skill of the week! This course incorporates Storefront Academy’s theme of the month to connect classroom learning to the performing arts. Actors have opportunities to earn scholar dollars, stickers and prizes due to their hard work and dedication. Actors are encouraged to express themselves freely and are reminded that their voices are valuable. This course helps students to become more expressive in their verbal communication and to improve social skills among each other as well as their community peers.