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LOWER SCHOOL ART
Lower School art is taught on a weekly basis to students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. While art activities are often part of the regular classroom program as teachers reinforce learning through this medium, art instruction is provided from a different prospective by the art instructor, that of the art specialist. Students explore art through a variety of media, providing them with hands-on experiences designed to allow creative expressions of ideas, emotions, thoughts, and mental images.

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LOWER SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER
The Lower School Media Center provides children access to well over 6,000 volumes of children's literature, in addition to a wealth of other media resources such as periodicals, audiovisual materials, and research and reference materials. All Lower School students visit the Media Center weekly with their class, and we encourage additional visits before and after school.


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LOWER SCHOOL MUSIC
Music is part of the Lower School routine, particularly at the primary grade levels. Children's learning is reinforced in the classroom through the use of song, rhythm, and meter. In addition, children attend music class weekly during which they are exposed to varied musical styles from different periods of music history. Children learn basic music theory and terminology, including music notation (music reading), and they have opportunities to experiment with rhythm and meter. Singing is an integral part of the program, as children explore the elemental foundations of tone, pitch, and harmony.


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LOWER SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Lower School students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade attend physical education classes twice weekly in one of our two modern gymnasiums. Students also have recess daily on the Lower School playground, and this time provides children with some unstructured time to enjoy the playground equipment with classmates. Physical Education, however, is a structured period of physical activity during which children perform age appropriate conditioning exercises and develop their physical skills under the supervision of a physical education specialist. The program also incorporates the President's Physical Fitness Award Program. Children establish personal goals for improvement at the beginning of the school year and work to attain them throughout the year. At the end of the school year, children who meet or exceed their goals receive formal recognition through an award presentation ceremony held during FUNDAY (field day).


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LOWER SCHOOL SPANISH
With the ever-increasing interdependence of nations, the study of a foreign language has become essential to the effectiveness of the United States in a global world. Students proficient in a foreign language will be prepared to function in that global world by acquiring needed communication skills and developing cultural understanding. Fayetteville Academy offers Spanish instruction twice a week to all Lower School students. Research indicates that the optimal window of opportunity for second language learning occurs between birth and age 10. Other benefits include fostering creativity, memory, and listening skills. Furthermore, studies show that students who have studied a foreign language attain higher scores on the Scholastic Achievement Tests (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT), particularly in the verbal area.

The Pre-K-5 program's primary goal is the development of listening and speaking skills aimed at the progressive development of proficiency and cultural awareness through concrete experiences. Learners in Grades Pre K-5 begin with content topics close to the self, home, school, and community. Topics can include family, friends, home, house, etc. The topics taught at our school are selected from the school curriculum. They are introduced in a meaningful communicative context involving concrete activities aimed at developing language and reinforcing content from other disciplines. Age appropriate literature, arts, music, and games are also an integral part of the Lower School second language program.


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TECHNOLOGY
All Lower School students receive weekly instruction in the use of computers and technology. Each of our labs is equipped with 20 computers so children have access to their own system during instruction. As computer literacy has joined the traditional college preparatory disciplines, we strive to provide our Lower School children with teachings designed to prepare them to use technology as an educational resource. Beginning in pre-kindergarten, children learn their way around the computer, from disk drives and monitors to keyboards, and gradually progress into higher levels of computer operation. Children learn to use applications such as word processing, and beginning fourth grade, are introduced to Microsoft's Power Point. Educational software is utilized to support teachings of the academic disciplines, and students learn to use the power of the Internet to do research and find information.

The Wood Center for Technology and Learning provides our students and faculty with state-of-the-art access to computers and information technology. In addition to regularly scheduled computer classes, teachers take their classes to the lab for special lessons designed to enhance learning through the integration of technology into the curriculum.


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