ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Every student at The Covenant School participates in a variety of enrichment classes weekly throughout the school year. Our experienced, enthusiastic enrichment teachers teach our students to expand their knowledge beyond what happens in the classroom. Our Enrichment classes open our students’ mind to new ideas, encourage their creativity, and help students to think and problem solve in new and exciting ways.

Bible

In addition to our daily all-school chapel, Bible classes meet twice a week for all TCS students, reflecting our commitment to instilling a Biblical worldview. Children are taught to know and love the Bible and to hide God’s Word in their hearts.  A student at TCS will study both the Old and New Testaments. We aim to help students understand that the Bible is the story of God’s love for His people and our human need for redemption.  Moreover, our entire faculty is dedicated to helping students apply God’s truth to their daily lives.

Technology

Our technology curriculum is designed to teach students that technology is a useful tool for enriching their everyday lives by integrating it with the school’s academic curriculum in every subject. The dedicated technology teacher meets weekly with all classes, and also assists the classroom teachers in incorporating the use of technology in their lesson plans. Our students in Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade have a 1:1 iPad use, and our students in Fourth through Sixth Grade have a 1:1 ratio for Chromebooks.

Students in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten practice mouse skills and learn how to navigate web pages and selected iPad applications. First and Second Graders build upon web page and software navigation, begin learning Google Drive basics, and build a keyboarding foundation. Building upon keyboarding skills is a priority in Third through Sixth Grade. Students use a typing program and various exercises to promote speed and accuracy. Some of these activities include publishing brochures, designing and presenting multimedia slideshows, and writing creative stories. Upper-School students also create spreadsheets and graphs using data found online, film and edit videos based on topics from chapel or the classroom, and learn how to effectively use the Internet as a research tool. In addition, students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade use Google Apps to collaborate on projects through Google Drive, post new entries on their blog, and practice email etiquette. Digital Citizenship is embedded in all technology classes, and is explicitly taught through monthly lessons at all grade levels as well.

Art

Art is an exciting and vital component of The Covenant School. The art curriculum is designed to stimulate students’ creativity, encourage self-expression, and help the students perceive the world in new and different ways. In the art room, students create through painting, drawing, weaving, photography, and clay. Our art teacher often connects the art curriculum with what the students are learning in math, history, music, science, and Spanish to create an interdisciplinary experience.

Music

Our goal at The Covenant School is to give every student the opportunity to develop a lifelong love for music. We want to inspire students to create, perform, and respond to music. In each grade level, students are introduced to a variety of musical concepts. Several instructional approaches are combined in order to create a well-rounded program of study. Every student participates in musical productions each year, including the Grandparents’ Day service at Thanksgiving. The Fifth and Sixth Graders have the opportunity to participate in a Broadway Junior musical in the spring.

MUSIC INSTRUCTION

  • Exploring the Singing Voice
  • Developing Listening, Movement, and Creative Skills
  • Developing Vocabulary of Musical Terms and Concepts
  • Introduction to Orchestra Instruments & Composers
  • Music Theory in preparation for reading music
  • Introduction to world percussion instruments as well as Orff instruments in K-2nd grades
  • Introduction to recorders in 3rd grade
  • Introduction to hand chimes in 4th Grade
  • Introduction to guitars in 5th- 6th Grade

Spanish

Each year a Spanish-speaking country is chosen as a focus of study. The students learn about the country’s culture and heritage throughout the school year, highlighting components such as government, economics, geography, and history. Guest speakers who have visited that country share their experiences. Missionaries who served in that country may also be studied. Students learn how God is at work in countries around the world.

Spanish at The Covenant School gives students an appreciation for second language learning and diverse cultures, and the instruction provides an opportunity to teach how God uses His children to impact the world. The Spanish curriculum is designed to develop, reinforce, and refine foreign language learning through listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural study.

Students in Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade have unit assessments, which gauge individual student progress. Fifth and Sixth graders are assigned semester projects such as writing their own children’s book, researching and reporting about an Hispanic American author, or creating a multimedia presentation to teach younger TCS students about cultural traditions during Christmas in Spanish-speaking countries.

Physical Education

Physical Education at The Covenant School focuses on wellness while developing the physical, mental, and social well being of each student. Instruction and participation in a variety of experiences enable students to develop and improve motor skills and physical fitness levels. Character building traits such as sportsmanship, cooperation, and fair play are emphasized. INSPIRE is the name for our PE curriculum: INSPIRE

Integrity – an adherence to moral and ethical principles, a goal of spiritual growth;
Nutrition – a focus on fitness, health, and healthy eating;
Skills – specific sports skills learned and practiced;
Play – an intentional focus on the fun of exercise to promote lifelong fitness;
Intellect – the study of rules and the technical and tactical side of sports and skills;
Responsibility – practicing personal behavior and care of equipment;
Excellence – instilling a desire to give our best effort for the glory of God.

As part of INSPIRE, students will strive to put our Christian values first. Spiritual growth is the ultimate goal, and integrity is a foundational principle.

Nutrition and health will be emphasized. Students will be learning about healthy eating and the components of fitness. They will learn to implement fitness goals, fitness plans, and a healthy diet both in class and in their daily lines. Specific sport skills will also be a focus, and the skills build with the grade levels.

Library

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes visit the library each week for 30 minutes where they enjoy story time, learn the areas of the library, and begin their discovery of books.  First and Second Graders enjoy story time, learn how to navigate libraries and holdings, and explore a variety of authors.  The students in the Third through Sixth Grades use the library weekly to develop their research skills and evaluation of book choices.  Visits to the library encourage a lifelong love of reading!

Fine Arts Enrichment Academy

Students can expand their enrichment experience by participating in The Covenant School’s Fine Arts Enrichment Academy lessons and classes. This after-school academy offers group classes in choir, dance, art, and drama. Private study is offered in piano, guitar, voice, violin, viola, and cello.