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Expressions through Performing Arts in Lower School

Feb 7, 2018 | All School, Fine Arts, Have Fun, Lower School News

Moving, expressing, performing, and playing games don’t just occur on the courtyard in the Lower School. With Brittany Schmutzler at the helm, students in Kindergarten through grade 4 express themselves throughout the day, every day.
Brittany shares the following:

  • Students learned new songs and dances to perform in Lower School chapel.
  • Improvisation games led to discussions as to why critical thinking skills can be applied to every day life. These games included development in being a creative thinker, collaborator, innovator, and communicator (both verbally & non-verbally).
  • Every week several students are spotlighted, featuring their performing arts talents. Recently, Mariana Cadavid (Grade 4), Joy Bryant (Grade 3), Taylor Towns (Grade 4), Spencer Norman (Grade 2), Harper Batcheller (Grade 4), and Easton Mewbourne (Kindergarten), Ethan Wood (Grade 4) & Everett Rosenbaum (Grade 1).
  • Together, we learned the power of our words. We experimented with different ways to express kindness or thankfulness to each other and Mount Vernon staff through our daily kindness challenges.
  • Using one of our favorite poems “My Underdog is Overweight,” we went through an Orff Schulwerk exercise, which utilized our reading skills and helped us look for word and color patterns. We played our rhythm sticks while reviewing rhythmic notation, added movement, tested our tempos, and included an element of competition!
  • Bringing balance, flexibility, and inner peace to Mount Vernon, we participated in yoga.

Soon, we will begin to design and prepare to audition for Aladdin!