Specialists

Students in the preschool and elementary grades experience a variety of specialist instruction including music, physical education, Spanish, technology, and library. Specialist teachers, trained in their specific areas of instruction, provide learning opportunities that will expand student imagination, stretch their physical limitations and develop their full potential.

Music

Music instruction at St. Michael's utilizes the Kodaly Method.  Students develop listening skills, sight-singing, ear training, composition and improvisation through folk songs, chants, dancing songs, lullabies, nursery rhymes, songs for circle games and story songs.  Students have two musical performances a year:  one at Christmas and one in the spring.

All students receive music instruction once a week.  

Physical Education

The Physical Education program is part of the education process to develop the whole child. The program provides students with the knowledge and resources to promote good physical health throughout their lives, along with exposure to a variety of skills for use in recreational activities.

Each child is scheduled to take part in this program. If, due to medical reasons, your child cannot participate, please send a written explanation to the school. If participation will be restricted for longer than two class periods, a make-up assignment may be given.

All students receive physical education twice a week.  

Spanish

An important aspect of the multicultural awareness needed by youth in our global society is the study of a language other than English. Instruction in Spanish, including study of customs, geography, and life style, begins in preschool at St. Michael’s Lakeside School. The course objectives include a balance of conversation, grammar, and cultural study.

All students receive Spanish instruction twice a week.

Library

The school library and media resources are designed to provide a wide variety of educational materials that will enable students to grow in knowledge and to strengthen their interest and ability to read and think critically. Books and materials are selected to represent a diversity of views, topics, and expressions in order to encourage students to think critically and to learn to objectively evaluate ideas and concepts. Numerous selections are available to encourage students to develop their Catholic faith. The students are taught a variety of reference and library skills that are appropriate to their age-levels and abilities. Skills are applied to classroom activities and integrated with various projects.  Story time is part of library for preschool students.

Students visit the library once a week.

Technology

Computer familiarity begins in Pre-K and skills are built upon through each grade. Computers are used for academic projects and student publishing. Keyboarding, word processing and multimedia skills (e.g., Power Point) are developed at each grade level. Students have access to iPads and Chromebooks, as well as computer-assisted instructional materials. Students have the opportunity to use the Internet for research purposes. 

All students in grades 1-5 receive weekly instruction in keyboarding and coding in the technology lab.