Kindergarten children at Moses Brown have weekly class time devoted to art, music, and wood shop.
In wood shop, kindergarteners learn how to safely control basic hand tools, and develop confidence in knowing that although these things can be dangerous, and that they are big enough to handle it. They learn about wood as a building material, and basic construction principles, and quickly move on to learning about the relationship of form and function. Few things bring a kindergartener more delight than seeing something that began as an idea in their head take shape in the real world.
Art class introduces children to a wide variety of materials and techniques. From watercolor self-portraits to sewing projects to drawing, collage, and clay-fired pinch pots, there is always something new for Moses Brown kindergarteners to discover. They also frequently enjoy self-directed learning, when multiple stations are set up so children can follow their interests on that particular day. They find new inspiration towards the end of the year with a field trip to the RISD museum, and are often proud to find their work included in the all-school art show.
In music, kindergarteners learn the basics of solfège singing (the international system for naming pitches), rhythmic syllables, and sound-to-image correspondence, firmly establishing the foundations needed to begin reading music. With movement games to coordinate their bodies and breathing for good sound production, and practice finding and keeping a steady beat alone and in groups, they confidently perform in an end-of-year concert as capable, joyful musicians.Inquire