Specials Department - PE / ART / MUSIC
Physical Education (PE)
The Physical Education program at Lakeland School is based upon teaching our students skills, sharing knowledge, and providing opportunities to empower children. Guiding students to develop and sustain regular, lifelong physical activity is a foundation for a healthy, active, and fulfilling life.
Our PE department uses the SPARK PE curriculum to help promote healthy and active lifestyles for our students. Students have PE in a variety of settings, including the gym, fitness center, and swimming pool. All students are tested and taught appropriate swimming skills according to the American Red Cross swim levels.
Lakeland School’s Art Education program provides a comprehensive K–12 visual arts curriculum. Students practice in a variety of media including Tempera paint, oil pastels, watercolor, and more. Through hands-on learning students build a foundation in drawing, painting, sculpture & mixed media techniques. The multifaceted lessons also develop an appreciation of other cultures.
Authentic learning experiences empower students to develop creativity, critical thinking, self-expression, and problem-solving skills. Students learn how to express themselves by creating their own unique masterpieces. Building a child’s visual literacy skills is a vital role not only in expanding their knowledge of art, but also their future success in other academic areas.
Lakeland’s Music Education program focuses on music for life. The goal of the music program at Lakeland School is to teach students to express themselves through music and appreciate music throughout their lives.
We base our music program on the First Steps in Music curriculum. The First Steps in Music curriculum is designed to prepare children to become musical in three ways:
- Tuneful - to have tunes in their heads and learn to coordinate their voices to sing those tunes.
- Beatful - to feel the pulse of the music and how that pulse is grouped in either twos or threes.
- Artful - to be moved by music in the many ways music can elicit an emotional response.
Our goal is the 30 year plan, we don’t want the students to only participate in music education in school but to participate in the music that is interwoven throughout our lives. Adults who are tuneful can sing lullabies, Happy Birthday, and join others in singing ceremonial, holiday, and cultural songs. Adults who are beatful can rock to the beat while singing a lullaby, dance at a wedding, and clap in time with others at sporting events. Adults who are moved by music seek out venues to share artful experiences with others in concert halls, in community bands and choirs, or by listening to music. Artful adults enjoy being moved by music.