CDS’s specials classes — physical education, art, music, library, and Spanish — provide the same depth and breadth of premier, personalized learning opportunities and instruction that is evident in the balance of our program.
Preschoolers have physical education four times weekly; beginning in kindergarten, students go to physical education for 30 minutes daily. At all levels, the program works on skills and activities in seven areas of instruction:Our physical education program stresses fitness, skill development, and sportsmanship. Students in Toddlers through First Grade engage in non-competitive athletic activities, and the degree to which students compete increases with age. No matter what the grade level, PE is about having fun, being a good sport, fostering wellness, and leading a healthy and active life.
• Body and spatial awareness
• Developmental games
• Fundamental movement
• Personal fitness/healthy lifestyle
• Rhythm and dance
• Balancing, tumbling, and stunts
• Sports and lifetime activities
Art at CDS is a blend of both fine art creation and art history study. Kindergartners might handcraft glass art using our glass kiln or study and replicate the three-dimensional pencil drawings of Vincent Van Gogh. This hands-on, in-depth approach to art education continues through Sixth Grade. Projects from every grade level are on display throughout our building.
CDS’s music program, like PE and art, engages our students on multiple levels. Students of every age not only listen to music but learn how to read it, create it, analyze it, and truly appreciate it in its different forms from around the world. As evidence of this holistic approach, every CDS student graduates knowing how to play an instrument and perform in front of an audience.
Our commitment to personalization continues in library, where our librarian crafts reading recommendations for every child in the building based on his or her interests and skill level. Our librarian knows each student in our program and therefore knows the books that fit them best and challenge them to grow as readers and learners. In addition, she’s a certified reading specialist — a layer of expertise that enhances our students’ library experience.
Spanish at CDS is taught by a native speaker who is committed to sharing her passions for not only the language but the cultures who speak the language. Students graduate our program with an understanding of Latin American culture in particular — its food, music, art, authors, celebrations, and geography — instruction that is blended seamlessly into her teachings of the Spanish language.