God gave people many special talents and abilities. Programs in Spanish, Computer Literacy, Art, Music, and Physical Education help students to develop some of their special talents and abilities.
Language-learning has many benefits, including enhancing a child’s mental development. Students build a solid foundation for greater learning of Spanish by using a variety of songs, games, and speaking activities to increase familiarity with the Spanish language.
Students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 start their technology training with an age-appropriate introduction to basic Internet safety rules and behavior. Students then develop their skills by using technology during the school day as they complete various tasks. For example, each class uses the computer to take Accelerated Reading quizzes on books they have read, uses the SMART board for Scholastic News and interactive games and activities, and does online research on books. Kindergarten students use the computer to learn sight words, study their letters and complete puzzles. Second grade students are enrolled in Khan Academy, an online personal learning resource. As technology rapidly grows and changes we look forward to additional opportunities to incorporate these advances.
Music is an important part of St. Paul Lutheran Church & School. Through the course of their years at St. Paul, students experience music education that instills in them a love and understanding of God’s gift of music. Our music instruction introduces children to the joy of music. The school’s Cherub Choir (Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2) and Junior Choir (Grades 3, 4 and 5) sing during several church services throughout the school year and during Christmas and spring concerts. In weekly chapel services and special concerts, we praise the Lord from our hearts with voices, choirs, hand-bells and instrumental music. Families are always welcome to join us!
Students use many different media and techniques to create their own unique artwork. Whether funny, functional, or beautiful, the children’s 2D and 3D projects tie into their core subjects and enhance not only their educational experience but also the atmosphere of our classrooms and halls.
Direct instruction in Physical Education is given to students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Kindergartners learn developmental skills and games, such as running and jumping, throwing and catching, and following directions like left and right. First and second graders learn developmentally-appropriate games that introduce the concepts of fair play and strategy. Third, fourth, and fifth graders learn games that involve greater strategy and competition. They also participate in the annual Lutheran Schools Track and Field Meet held at Concordia Preparatory School every April.