Bringing the Curriculum to Life with Art and Music

Recently, JCDS art and music teachers, Alli Flores and Virginia Dickert, collaborated with the 1st through 6th grade teachers to further integrate the arts into our new global studies curriculum. As a result, the curriculum at JCDS will integrate the following projects and experiences.
  • First grade's author study and exploration of biomes will be enhanced with additional art and music units.
  • Second grade students will explore and create Native American art and music. 
  • Third grade students will learn about artists and music from South America and each of the regions of the U.S. 
  • Fourth grade students will create "art for change" by painting portraits of animals in local shelters and then donate their art as an incentive to adopt the animals. They will also study established female artists during a unit on the suffragist movement and create a Faith Ringgold quilt while learning about the Civil War. Also, they will design a ceramic hope chest just like the protagonist in the novel they'll read. 
  • Fifth grade students will explore medieval stained glass, family crests, and renaissance and Asian art and music to compliment their new global studies program.
  • Sixth grade students will continue to integrate African, Egyptian, Indian, and Greek music and art across the curriculum.
"It's exciting to bring these rich cultural influences into our students' lives and highlight the history and beauty of the world in which they live! We look forward to sharing these exciting new projects with you as the year unfolds," Tricia Finkenberg, Learning Design and Curriculum Coordinator, said. 
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Located In Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Country Day School is a private school for Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. JCDS prepares students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility.