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In a message dated 96-04-11 08:31:37 EDT, you write:
>We have separate visual art, music and some movement classes in addition to
>a interrelated art, music,movement and drama experience for the students
>each week (grades 4-6 bldg.). Part of the addition that is being built due
>to our population explosion will include the renovation of the current
>learning center (lbrary/resource) into the art and music rooms.
I teach at Kipling School in Deerfield (just up the road!). We are also
in the midst of a population explosion in my district, building our second
addition in 2 years, and next fall I'll be moving into half of the LMC and
the music teacher into the other half! (An interesting similarity there in
our experiences!) I asked for sinks also--I'll have 2 long basin sinks with
four faucets each--on opposite sides of the room. Electrical outlets are
important, as is ventilation and LOTS of storage.
We are writing a comprehensive arts grant on interrelating the arts in
our district. Currently, we have 4 separate curriculum committees (I chair
the Visual Art committee), and want to develop some interrelationships. I
would be very appreciative of any information you could share. Traditionally,
any interrelating and/or integrating has been done on an individual by
individual basis, depending on the willingness of the people involved. We see
our students twice a week, 30 minutes for grades 1-3 and 40 for 4-5.
Currently, the dance curriculum is in development and will/is being taught by
the P.E. and music teachers. The drama curriculum has just been started and
involves music, language arts, and any other interested individuals.