Drama class gives our students the opportunity to explore their imaginations, voices and bodies through various theater games and exercises. Research has shown that drama in the primary grades is not only fun, but also an excellent way of increasing self-esteem, communication, problem solving and cooperation. Students focus on skills such as body movement, vocal awareness, and characterization. Through games, improv exercises, and acting out familiar stories, students build confidence and presence. Students ultimately learn about the use of props, space on the stage and performance through reader’s theater and short scenes. Drama class is definitely a favorite among our students, with laughter resonating through the walls when Ms. Mel is here!
Understanding cultural diversity, as well as learning about the cultures and languages of other countries is important to the education of all children. Our Spanish language courses are offered to all Learning Academy students. Pre-kindergarten students begin with numbers, colors and basic vocabulary. Students in Kindergarten through second grade learn songs, vocabulary and basic conversation and the oldest students are in a more immersive environment, working with more extensive vocabulary, verb conjugation and conversation.
From fine motor skills, to creativity, to improved emotional balance, behavior and critical thinking, the arts should be an integral part of any education. At The Learning Academy, we strive to offer our students opportunities to express themselves creatively every day. All grade levels include art courses that incorporate learning about the masters and art history. Using varying mediums – from clay to paint to found objects, all students are artists here.
Our music curriculum combines musical instruments, song and dance. Students in preschool and pre-kindergarten sing and work with rhythm sticks, chimes, bells and drums. Lower elementary students learn to play the recorder and the upper grades may learn the ukulele. In addition, students have a trimester of music class in which they are introduced to various instruments including the guitar, mandolin and banjo. They learn chords, develop an informed appreciation of music through guided listening, and an understanding of music through experiences in singing, playing instruments, performing rhythms, moving to music, and listening.
Living History brings learning about our past to life with hands-on activities that correlate with various events in history. Clothing styles, pastimes and handicrafts are brought in and recreated by students, assisting them in sensing what everyday life was like during certain periods in history. Examples include making beeswax candles, making and carving tools, cutting, tooling and oiling leather journals, constructing a homesteader’s cabin, and making moccasins.
In addition to our regular science curriculum, we offer science enrichment sessions throughout the year. These sessions are experiment-intensive with a focus on solidifying concepts learned in the classroom. Students create chemical reactions, build working machines, lights and motors, blast off rockets, concoct polymers and much more.
Physical Education (P.E.)
Cooperation, exercise, learning healthy habits, self-confidence and teamwork are just a few of the reasons that incorporating a P.E. course into our curriculum is so valuable. All LATV students participate in physical education classes. Pre-kindergarteners learn teamwork, motor skills, learning games and how to follow the rules of a game. The upper and lower elementary students are found playing a myriad of games, riding bikes, cross-country skiing, running and doing core strength activities.
All students over four years old are given the opportunity to participate in Grand Targhee’s winter sports program. Beginning in January and running through March, students travel to Targhee to rip up the mountain, skiing and snowboarding with certified instructors in various ability groups.