PHILOSOPHY AND CURRICULUM
These classes provide Kehoe-France Northshore students with enriching experiences and exposure to learning beyond the core subjects creating balanced and well-rounded students. Enrichment teachers collaborate with grade-level teachers to ensure there are cross-curricular connections being made in the classroom. This transdisciplinary process helps all of our students grow and learn at a deeper level.
Students in first through fourth grade attend character building classes with our school counselor once each week. This class is designed to help students gain an understanding of the importance of valuing, caring about and acting on core ethical values such as respect, justice, citizenship and responsibility for self and others. Students gain awareness of their qualities, abilities, character and characteristics that make up their own identities. The school counselor is available to all students to offer guidance and support.
Beginning in preschool, students visit the library once a week. Students learn library citizenship as well as engage in group reading activities. Students also learn how to use resources from the library to find information. Developing research skills are lifelong skills that are an integral part of their schooling. Students use a variety of mediums to answer a question or solve a problem. They learn to form opinions based on real-world issues. Students share information in their own words. They listen actively to others, contributing questions and ideas during group discussions, and recognize the importance of information.
Students begin to attend music classes in preschool. They explore, perform and create music in various styles. Students learn the fundamentals in the elementary years, such as pitch, rhythm, tonality and instrumentation. Throughout the program, they discover music’s various uses and connections to the world around them. Preschool through middle school students have the opportunity to perform before an audience. For example, beginning in fourth grade, students participate in theatrical productions each year. The performing arts program at Kehoe-France Northshore for middle school students includes technique, culture, history, performance and theory. This well-rounded approach guides all students to find meaning and purpose in their pursuit of music.
In physical education, students develop an understanding of having a balanced and healthy lifestyle and learn developmentally-appropriate skills. In preschool, students focus on developing balance, hand-eye coordination, teamwork and the importance of healthy foods and exercise. Beginning in 1st grade, students work on strengthening locomotor skills, fine and gross motor movements, teamwork and healthy lifestyle choices. Students also learn how to play different sports and the history behind them. The goal is to learn about and learn through physical activity to develop enjoyment and the confidence needed to develop a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Students begin attending Spanish classes in PreK-2 twice a week. Young learners have a natural language learning ability. The focus is placed on verbal skills in the early years through interactive games, storytelling, projects, and songs, specifically responding to teacher commands in the target language. The language learning skills that students acquire during the elementary and middle school years will help develop the skills that they will need to participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic prompts. The curriculum is aligned with national standards emphasizing reading, speaking, writing and listening.
STEM education allows students to make connections in science, technology, engineering and math through real-world applications. It is hands-on, inquiry-based learning that develops critical thinking skills. This hands-on approach to learning engages students and allows them to work on communication and self-management skills with peers. It challenges students and pushes them to seek new information to solve a problem. The skills that students learn in STEM supports them in their learning across disciplines.
Students will also learn digital skills. In learning digital skills, students will be exposed to important skills like keyboarding, working collaboratively online, or being able to safely and effectively use a web browser and tools like email and search engines, as well as digital citizenship. These digital skills are important to the future success of our students.
At Kehoe-France Northshore, students develop their individual expression and interests through learning the elements of art. By identifying, interpreting, and describing subject matter within works of art, students also gain an appreciation for the visual arts. Students at all grade levels will use a variety of art making tools and techniques. Students will be exposed to the classical period through the contemporary period and explore the world using artmaking. They learn that art is a means of communication, a means of expression of both emotional and intellectual perspectives, and a vehicle for wondering and reflecting. Students will gain an awareness of the role of art throughout history, today, and across cultures. They will develop confidence and experience joy through creative expression.