Co-curricular programs...Music, Art, E-STEM, and More...
A Daycroft education does not stop with math, language arts, science, and cultural studies. Our co-curricular programs help students stretch themselves artistically, musically, physically, and technically.
Music at Daycroft encourages a love for the musical experience along with a foundational knowledge of music theory and the basics of string instrument performance. Toddlers through 6th graders learn to listen actively and critically to a diverse collection of composers and styles of music. Every music class includes time spent reading music-related books. Formal instrument study begins in grade 3 with ukulele, then progresses to string instrument instruction and ensemble work in grades 4-6.
The Daycroft art program offers our students a studio environment to pursue their art. Lessons introduce materials, techniques and care of supplies. Students explore, discover and find joy in their creativity. Classical art forms—drawing, painting, ceramics and 3D construction—are available to assure that each child develops fundamental art skills.
Outdoor Learning Environments
Daycroft’s garden, pond and wetlands provide many opportunities for children to explore and learn about nature. Outdoor activities reinforce classroom lessons in math, language arts, and cultural studies.
Spanish is offered from toddler through 6th grade at Daycroft. Younger students focus on vocabulary, with grammar being added in the upper grades. Students also learn about Hispanic cultures in various Spanish-speaking countries. This is an academic class with an emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.
Health and wellness
This program offers a variety of developmentally appropriate movement activities for students. Emphasis is on the development of healthy choices and sustaining lifestyle habits that promote good health and well-being.
E-STEM incorporates environmental studies with science, technology, engineering and math within each classroom's curriculum. Activities are designed to develop collaborative learning that fosters creativity and engagement in the design process. These activities make use of collaborative outdoor activities and Daycroft's natural wetland area.
Daycroft's Writer's Workshop is a student-centered framework for teaching writing that is based on the idea that students learn to write best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time, on topics of their own choosing.
To develop skills as a writer, students need three things: ownership of their own writing, guidance from an experienced writer, and support from a community of fellow learners. The writer's workshop framework meets these needs and streamlines instruction in order to meet the most important objective: giving kids time to write. The workshop setting supports children in taking their writing seriously and viewing themselves as writers.