Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12
I've Got Rhythm...and Pre-K Does, Too!
I've Got Rhythm...and Pre-K Does, Too!

First and foremost, I am so grateful to have the pleasure of working with such an amazing group of young minds! So far in Pre K music, we have been working on rhythm, as it is the foundation of all music. Drum circles, xylophone jams, and rhythmic call and response are just a few avenues we have been down in the last few weeks. I am continually surprised and impressed by their ability to repeat complicated patterns, to play together as a group, and to even play subdivisions to a metronome. Wow! I was further blown away by their potential, when little Scarlett showed up to our first Drumming in the Canyon, last Tuesday after school. I initially asked kids under 2nd grade to sit this one out because I was concerned with their ability to play in time, or together as a group, and boy was I wrong. With the caring instruction of her mother, Dakota, she proved to me that pre-k students can, and do have great rhythm. Please watch the newsletter for information on our next Drumming in the Canyon. I would love to see and hear you all there!

-Derrick Strang

Art: Process Over Product
Art: Process Over Product

It has been an absolute delight getting to know these thirteen inquisitive and joyful little pre-k students so far this year, their enthusiasm for art is infectious and we have had all kinds of fun. At this early point in the school year, our time in art is all about exploration of new materials, or familiar materials in new ways. Four and early five-year-olds are typically not too concerned with the finished product of their art, for them, it is more about being in the moment and becoming engrossed with a material or a tool, getting caught up in the process, and often ending up quite pleased with the big brown puddle of paint on their paper from mixing every color of the rainbow. For them, it is the journey, not the destination that counts. That being said, I start students from the very beginning with an understanding that our process can result in something intentional, and that following directions can lead to artwork beyond what they could have believed themselves capable of creating. Learning how to talk about art (with appropriate art vocabulary), and find confidence in their own creative decisions is just the start to what I hope to be a real appreciation and love for the artistic process for years to come. In the meantime, they will have fun mushing all of those beautiful shapes into one big blob, mixing those colors up into a muddled mass, and cutting up their papers into tiny chunks. But I will make sure they learn the term to describe what they are and the kind of art they make-- pre-k students are natural born abstract expressionists.

-Amy Meadow: PK-12 Art Teacher

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