Curriculum: The Arts

Curriculum: The Arts

Creative expression is encouraged and developed at St. Clement’s Early Learning School. We believe that it is important to foster a positive approach to the arts, and what better place to do that than right here at school. Children should be taught to enjoy the creative process just as much, if not more, than the results that they achieve. In doing so, their senses are sharpened and they respond to this heightened awareness with an abundance of ideas.


Music is an important part of life at St. Clement’s Early Learning School and we are proud of our Music and Movement program. Each Thursday, Michael Anderson, a veteran early childhood educator, spends the day providing an enriched musical experience for the children. Mr. Anderson draws on music from around the world and uses a wide variety of instruments such as the Conga, Talking Drum, Koto, Tabla and Tibetan Singing Bowls. He teaches new songs to the children, many of them with lots of actions. Children and staff alike look forward to Michael’s weekly visits to the school.

Of course, one finds music present at SCELS on all other school days. Our teachers sing songs, initiate finger plays and teach various movements to the children. They also incorporate props such as small instruments, drums, scarves and other unique items into their musical presentations.

Dramatic Arts

Involvement in dramatic activities is a way of bringing out what is inside. Drama encompasses many forms of creative expressions and deals with the process of acting out, or the playing of a role, in an imaginary situation. Drama is integrated into a variety of subject areas to enhance student learning, enhance presentation skills and spark creativity and self expression.

Visual Arts

Students at SCELS are given the opportunity to explore and create with a variety of artistic mediums. Students develop their creativity, spatial awareness and fine motor skills through drawing, painting, collage, sculpting and mixed media. Our visual arts activities often correspond to curriculum areas to help students broaden their understanding of the material and appeal to visual and hands-on learners.

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