Peoria Academy is alive with art! Our students are fortunate to experience an array of artistic mediums before they graduate on to high school!
From pottery to printmaking, students are immersed in the world of fine arts beginning with our early childhood program. Each year students will study and practice nine different art mediums including painting, drawing, and sculpture, just to name a few! Along with learning all about these exciting mediums, PA’s art curriculum has a bit of history built in as well. At the beginning of each new unit, students will learn about a famous artist that correlates with that month’s medium.
As a part of Peoria Academy’s exceptional art program, the school puts on both an art show and an art fair. The art show displays work created by each and every student in the school and is exhibited at a local gallery. PA’s art fair is a fun carnival-like event that highlights the arts, with pottery demos, student performances, a kid’s art tent, and even a band. It’s a fun event that the whole family can enjoy!
Music and movement education begins in Kindergarten, where music classes present hands-on opportunities for students to gain an understanding of musical concepts and become aware of and increase their individual music abilities. Students are engaged in a program, which focuses on developing musically independent students who experience, explore, listen to, perform, and create music. By incorporating different instruments, students are introduced to many different types of music and sounds. Beginning with simple themes of pitches and sounds in Kindergarten advancing to melodies and chords by fourth grade, our Elementary School students will continuously develop their skills as a platform for concepts to be learned in Middle School.
Physical Education is combined with music and drama for our Early Childhood classes. (Pre-k and Junior Kindergarten) At this age, music, movement, and creativity work together naturally for children. Students will practice locomotor and non-locomotor skills during daily warm-up activities. Through the use of rotating stations, students will practice manipulative skills and skill techniques for a variety of individual and team sports; music basics including note recognition, appropriate use of percussion instruments, and combining movement with music; and finally, creative and dramatic games and activities using one’s body, props and puppets that promote physical growth, fitness, and coordination. Themes used in the class for songs and games coincide with the themes taught in the general classroom.
For our Elementary school students, grades k-4, physical education class our classes focus on introducing to mastering loco-motor skills. Our students also focus on personal and social responsibility to enforce cooperation, sportsmanship, and safety in all PE activities. Practicing healthy habits is a focus in our PE classes. Students are given the opportunity to participate in fitness testing as well as discuss heart-related fitness and other fitness activities. By the end of fourth grade, our students will transition into a more advanced curriculum that focuses on bringing basic manipulative skills and movement concepts into full game activities for team and individual sports.
Experts say that children under the age of 12 are “naturally bi-lingual”. With that concept in mind, our program focuses on our children’s natural inclination toward play, music, stories and acting by involving them in Spanish listening and speaking activities where they enjoy learning. Beginning in Early Childhood, our curriculum progresses each year to build on what our children have previously learned to comprehend and express.