First Presbyterian Day School

Special Subjects

Our Special Subject classes are taught during regular school hours, and each class typically has one Special Subject per day. In addition, grades first through sixth attend Physical Education once every day.

ART

(Kindergarten through Sixth grades)

Students’ artistic creativity and talents are cultivated through our Art program at FPDS. Students are exposed to calligraphy, portraits, landscapes, and more and are taught a variety of mediums such as chalk, watercolors, pencil drawings, and even detailed creations with markers.  Students are also taught the history of art.

Art News: October


BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP

(Sixth grade)

Biblical Leadership uses images, conversations, and experiences to help students stand out as humble, servant-leaders, through topics such as communication, gratitude, empathy, resilience, and identity. These, and other topics, will be studied as evidenced in the life of the ultimate servant-leader, our Lord Jesus Christ.


DISCOVERY

(Kindergarten)

Kindergarten students are exposed to art, science, social studies, and community service through our unique and fun Discovery class. Each month features a different unit, including All About Me, Home & Town, Community Helpers, Insects & Bugs, Oceans & Fish, Rhyme Time: Mother Goose, and various seasons and holidays.


ELEVATE

(Third through Sixth grades)

This special subject consists of skill development in reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, organization, study skills, note taking, and emotional intelligence. Students will work on skills that build and develop into the next year, culminating in preparing sixth grade students for the ACT and public speaking.

Elevate News: October

Sixth Grade Elevate Newscast


IDEA LAB

(First through Sixth grades)

The Idea Lab is an engaging classroom for students of all ages, that fosters creativity and collaboration with technology. This creative space is a breath of fresh air with newly-painted walls, a cozy couch, whiteboard tables/walls, wiggle chairs, and updated equipment. Students use a variety of tech tools including Chromebooks, iPads, Apple TVs, and playful robots that will provide a wide spectrum of skills on multiple devices.

Learning objectives focus on four key technology topics that are related to the National Technology Standards. The tech-on-target topics are computer basics, digital citizenship, computer coding, and research using the internet. These lessons teach students to use digital devices, to problem-solve with a computer program called Blockly, to practice ethical standards that are biblically based, and to locate and analyze valid information on search engines.

Idea Lab News: November


INTEGRITY TIME

(Kindergarten)

This class is a unique program designed to teach young children the foundational values of integrity. They will learn many lessons about the importance of choosing what is true, good and right through fun games, puppets, and songs.


LIBRARY

(Kindergarten through Sixth grades)

See Library page.

Library News: November


MUSIC

(Kindergarten through Fifth grades)

Kindergarten, first and second graders enjoy many different activities during Music, including learning how to parade with flags and playing handbells and xylophones. Third graders learn Orff instruments and how to sing rounds and partner songs. Kindergarten through fifth grades each present a play throughout the year, where every child has a speaking, dancing, or singing part.

Each year the individual grade levels will learn a featured hymn that supports their Bible class curriculum.

Music News: November


WORD WORKS

(First and Second grades)

First and Second Grade Students are supported in their reading and writing by focusing on spelling patterns, high-frequency words, relationships between words, and more. The students also participate in multi-sensory activities to learn the concepts of the writing process. Word Works is a fun, interactive class that will build better readers and writers.

Fall Semester News


Our K3 and K4 students also have the opportunity to visit a special subject daily:

Movement: Uses fun games and activities to promote large and small motor development

Cooking and Science Explorers (rotate weekly)
Cooking
:  Hands-on cooking experiences and experimenting with new foods. We learn about the food groups, work on counting and pre-reading skills, and EAT!

Science Explorers: A hands-on science program designed to captivate the curious nature of children. We teach children to explore the world through their senses and creativity, experimentation and observation.

HEROES (helping everyone reach overall educational success): Includes exercises, crafts, and games to enhance coordination needed to perform reading, writing, and general sports play.

TOTS (Teams of Tomorrow): Creative and unique ways for students to learn, experience, and master all sorts of ball-handling skills in addition to movement, counting, and many more skills.

Bricks 4 Kidz: Spatial and small motor skills by building with LEGO blocks.