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Dear Parents,

Welcome to your North Park Elementary School Report Blog!

ART CLASS REPORT: Hey everyone! It was an honor having these kids in our art class this semester. They got to learn about the fundamentals of sketching images. I taught them that certain shapes can be put together to make an image. For example if you put a triangle on top of a square, it looks like a house, with the roof being a triangle. I also taught them about depth perception that farther objects in an image will appear smaller than the objects that are closer. After they sketched what I had planned for them, I gave them some time to get creative. Using colored pencils and crayons they got to add whatever they imagined to the picture as well. I encouraged them to be as creative as possible. It was an awesome time these past several weeks.

Thank you!

Teacher Ramsey.

Keyboard Class Report:

 

     In this class, there was a mixture of new and returning students. All students learned how to play popular songs using notes from A-G. New students played the first 8 songs from "Ode to Joy" to "The Farmer in the Dell" and worked to proficiency in each song. The returning students learned more about how to distinguish different note duration. We also emphasized the idea of assigning a different finger for each key in the five-finger C position.

     I had returning students begin by reviewing some of the songs they learned in the previous class term then proceed to songs that went outside the 5-finger C position with notes A, B, and low G. They worked up to "Yankee Doodle" and "Bingo." Some of the older new students were also able to play songs outside the 5-finger position and practiced "Deck the Halls," and "London Bridge," and "The Alphabet Song." 

   As can be expected, the older children and returning students had a better handle on these concepts that the younger ones, but even the Kindergartners and 1st-graders were able to identify the correct notes to play each song, they just moved at a slower pace. For each song, I asked them to play the song 5 times with the left and 5 times with the right hand, as piano requires the ambidextrous use of both hands. I also had them continue practicing and reviewing previous songs to get better at them and to build up the fluency, rhythm, and tempo to where they sound like the original songs. The class showed satisfactory progress throughout the term. 

 

~Teacher Lilia

 

 

Guitar Class Report:

 

     The students learned how to play popular children's songs using tabs and some basic chords. They learned songs like "Rain Rain Go Away," "Twinkle Little Star," "Hot Cross Buns," and "Happy Birthday." We went over proper hand position, efficient use of fingers, and the ability to pick the correct string at the correct time. The book contained pages with fret numbers to know where to place their fingers, and they played the rhythm by ear. At first, they had some trouble moving from one fret to another, but after some weeks of practice they developed more proficiency and confidence. Even the returning students had to do some review to remember how to read the tabs and play the frets on guitar. 

   Each of the kids got a good amount of individual attention. Because they thought it was fun, sometimes I brought my electric guitar and amp so they could try out the electric guitar and explore all the sound effects the amp could produce. They all had a ton of fun with this, and it really helped to stimulate their interest in playing guitar and learning styles of music. 

     On the last day, each student took a test to see how well they played each of the songs we covered in class, and they all were able to pass the test. The students made good progress through this 8-week class.

 

~Teacher Bruno

 

ART Class Report: Hello parents! During this eight week period we had a great time creating art. Everyday we drew one or two images. We created many images included cats, dogs, cows, food items, butterflies, snails, elephants, and more. I would sketch the image step by step and make sure the kids followed along. After they did the step, I would move on to the next step. We continued this process until the image was completed. After the image was completed I would give them some time to color it and design whatever they wanted on it, making sure it was appropriate of course. I encouraged it them to expand their imagination and creativity by giving them suggestions and ideas.

The class was divided into two sections. The younger kids from K-2nd grade were in the first class from 2-3pm. After that class was over, the older kids from 3rd-6th grade would come for the 3-4pm class. The first class would sketch more basic drawings since they were the ones being introduced to art. The older class was a little more experienced so I had them sketch images a little more complicated like houses, schools, crowns, roses, and more. These images had more patterns of layers and they generally took longer to finish. I introduced them to three dimensional images and thought depth perception in an image, and how certain things can seem further away from others on the same piece of paper.

I introduced the first class to how certain shapes can be part of a bigger image. For example, the letter V can be an ice cream cone. Also an oval can be cat’s nose. Whenever we started sketching an image, they were confused to how this image was going to turn out until we started putting different shapes together to create the image. Both classes had a great time and I hope they join again soon for another art class! Thanks!

Keyboard Class Report: The students learned how to play popular songs using notes from A-G and recognizing different octaves of G. They played the first 8 songs from "Ode to Joy" to "The Farmer in the Dell" and worked to proficiency in each song. The older students learned more about how to distinguish different note duration. We also emphasized the idea of assigning a different finger for each key in the five-finger C position. The last few songs "Deck the Halls" and "The Farmer in the Dell" went outside the 5-finger position to introduce notes A, B, and low G. As can be expected, the older children had a better handle on these concepts that the younger ones, but even the Kindergartners and 1st-graders were able to identify the correct notes to play each song, they just played at a slower pace than the older students. For each song, I asked them to play the song 5 times with the left and 5 times with the right hand, as piano requires the ambidextrous use of both hands. I also had them continue practicing and reviewing previous songs to get better at them and to build up the fluency, rhythm, and tempo to where they sound like the original songs. For the oldest students, I had them try playing with hands together for an added challenge when the songs became too easy. The class showed satisfactory progress throughout the term. ~Teacher Lilia

Guitar Class Report:

The students learned how to play popular children's songs using tabs and some basic chords. They used tabs to play popular children's songs like "Rain Rain Go Away," "Twinkle Little Star," "Hot Cross Buns," and "Happy Birthday." A couple of the more advanced students also learned basic chords like D and G, that are used in a lot of popular songs in various genres. We went over proper hand position, efficient use of the fingers, and the ability to pick the correct string at the correct time. At first, they had some trouble moving from one fret to another, but after some weeks of practice they developed more proficiency and confidence. The students were given a sheet with fret numbers to know where to place their fingers, and they played the rhythm by ear. On the last day, each student took a test to see how well they played each of the songs we covered in class, and they all were able to pass the test. The students made a good amount of progress through this 8-week class.

~Teacher Bruno

Please keep in mind that since this is a group class, and every student learns at the pace of the group, it is expected that some children may be faster than others in learning.  In this group class we all work as a team, so the faster students get to help their study partners.

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