ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL SCHOOL'S ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Students will attend one enrichment class daily.
"Episcopal schools are created to be communicates that honor, celebrate, and worship God as the center of Life" (from the National Association of Episcopal Schools). The chapel program is the most obvious symbol of what makes an Episcopal school unique! We pray, we sing, and we always say the Lord's Prayer. The traditions of other denominations and faith groups are respected, and the school welcomes families of all religious faith groups and Christian denominations. Episcopal school worship embraces the full breadth of the human family.
Religion - Godly Play
The Godly Play approach helps children explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play.
Music and Movement
Students will have the opportunity to listen to music, play instruments, experiment with sound, move their bodies and participate in a children's yoga class. The music and movement class will help children develop their gross and fine motor skills, improve their balance and coordination, hone their listening skills, and learn about cultures around the world.
Kindermusik will be taught in this class. Kindermusik will foster the whole child's development, increase school readiness, and share the joy and power of music making.
Library / Story Time
Children build early literacy skills needed for school readiness through engaging stories, poems, finger plays, rhymes and songs.
Kindergarten and first grade students are introduced to four main areas: movement, ball skills, rhythmic skills and games; locomotor and non-locomotor skills, and eye hand coordination. In all activities, students are taught to apply the values of teamwork and sportsmanship.
Environmental science classes explore the water cycle, soil, how plants grow, and highlight the unique environment on Mobile Bay. Classroom demonstrations and hands on activities are instrumental in helping students experience their environment directly.
Spanish - Sonrisas (Giggles and Smiles)
Spanish curriculum developed for preschools. Lessons are age appropriate for young learners.
Our students have access to the latest in education technology. Teachers use Interactive Smartboards to convey compelling education material.
We introduce yoga at an early age to encourage self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that is non-competitive. Yoga practice encourages balance, supports mental and physical strength, peace, relaxation, and connection to oneself. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the the surface. Our yoga class is led by a certified yoga instructor.