Music, movement and art are integrated into the curriculum at The Brownstone School on a daily basis by the classroom teachers. Their efforts are supported and enhanced by the talents and experiences of our enrichment teachers who are specialists in music and movement education for young children. Our music specialist visits with the classes once a week, introducing the students to a wide range of musical instruments, styles and songs, expanding their knowledge of the musical traditions of various cultures.
Young children love to move their bodies and are working hard to develop gross motor skills. With the assistance of our yoga specialist, the children learn how to manipulate their bodies in new and different ways. From the physical perspective, yoga is an excellent tool for building strength, coordination, mobility and balance. The yoga program develops the children's proprioception and spatial awareness. Yoga also teaches the children mindfulness, building their listening skills and increasing their ability to focus. Yoga helps children to manage emotional upsets and cope with stressful events.
Through Bilingual Birdies, our Twos and Threes classes will learn Spanish through live music, movement, dance, puppetry, and theatre-based games from a company called Bilingual Birdies. During this special, students will learn ten to fifteen basic vocabulary words and short phrases all while having fun.
In our Fours/Fives program, students engage in two additional enrichment programs, science/robotics and drama. Through Children's Museum of the Arts, a teaching artist will visit the classroom once a week for 45 minutes. During this time, students will work with multi-sensory art materials, developing mastery and self-reliance through repeated use of these materials. Through the TADA! Youth Theater, our 4s/5s students will learn about the musical theatre through song and dance, as well create their own original mini-musical.