Special Subjects

ART

Our Art program is a comprehensive course, cover all aspects of art.  Students learn about famous artists, styles, art history, color usage, etc.  We use every possible medium, including paints, waxes, papers, charcoals, pastels, foam, fabric & clay.

MUSIC

In a Montessori classroom, children are free to use their voices and move their bodies in a respectful way throughout the day.  Our Music program offers the children of MESA a unique avenue of creativity with their voices and instruments.  Students are taught different types of music, cultural dances, traditional songs, scales, warm-up activities and engage in cooperative activities.  The teachers also tie in the written musical piece, and the students are taught staffs & musical notations.  Our Music program always culminates with a special performance at the end of each semester.

WOODWORKING

Unique to MESA, our woodworking class offers students the experience of creating useful and decorative items with wood.  Teachers emphasize proper safety measures and equipment usage at the beginning of all lessons to ensure a safe environment.  Our workshop is thoroughly equipped with child-sized tools, workbenches and safety equipment.  Our curriculum includes: wood as a natural resource, conservation, reforestation, tools, hardware, measurement & safety.  Students are taught proper usage of the 7 basic hand tools and the utility of simple machines.  We build everything from bird houses and rock sifters to wooden robots, sailboats, toys, games & gifts.

SPANISH & AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Our Spanish & ASL program is designed to expose the students to a foreign language in a fun and inviting way.  In class, we sing and sign Spanish songs, learn basic vocabulary, practice conversational phrases and play Spanish games.

LIBRARY

Our expansive school library, consisting of over 5,000 books are available for the students to explore, research and enjoy.  With students who have such a wide range of ages & reading abilities, our library contains fiction from emerging readers to advanced chapter book series.  Our non-fiction sections allow for in-depth exploration and research on all levels.

COOKING

We put our classroom kitchen to use every week as the students take turns creating tasty dishes to share with the MESA community.  Students are taught how to follow a recipe, measure properly, prepare the food and present it in an appealing way.


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