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Our Curriculum

Each lesson in the program offers exercises containing all of the principles of holistic child development in dynamic and engaging ways, with evolving themes that both educate and entertain the students.

 

Our curriculum adopts an active learning approach to teaching, encouraging students to carry out tasks and exercises that keep them engaged and eager to learn.

This curriculum page is a quick overview of the subjects offered by Abukutsa Arts Academy. To preview and purchase course lessons and teacher and student guide PDFs, please visit our Buy Courses page.

Languages

The programs offered by the AAA curriculum teach students skills from formative language development to basic communication. Language development is incorporated into learning principles present in the various thematic foci.

 

Our curriculum fosters inclusivity, diversity and the introduction of multilingualism while using English, French, Spanish and Kiswahili to introduce new concepts and diverse cultures.

Mathematics

Mathematics plays a key role in the development of analytic, problem solving and logical skills. Recognizing this, our curriculum incorporates activities that develop and enhance critical math skills from an early age. We consider the interrelationship between mathematics and other disciplines to be essential in educating the whole student.

Environmental Sciences

Our environmental science curriculum teaches personal and social responsibility including an emphasis on sustainability, ecology, zoology, geography and climate change, with a clear focus on understanding, protecting and nurturing Mother Earth as our only home.

Writing

The AAA curriculum develops students' writing skills using a psychomotor approach to creative and academic composition. Writing in the form of creative stories and poetic forms are incorporated into the visual and performing arts curricula.

Music

Learning music enhances student motor skills, language, memory and intellect. Our curriculum infuses music with other areas such as mathematics, language, reading and environmental sciences. While developing academic knowledge, the students participate in musical activity using both singing and instrumental playing, making learning not only fun, but also beneficial to the development of the whole child. The following broad goals are achieved through our AAA music curriculum.

 

(1) Application of Vocal and Rhythmic Skills: This is achieved through movement and the use of body percussion to demonstrate awareness of beat and tempo. Students use their voices to speak, chant, and sing in a rhythmic manner. 

(2) Listening to, analyzing and describing music: Students identify the sources of a wide variety of sounds and use body movement to respond to dynamics and tempo.

 

(3) Deriving Meaning:  Students create movements in response to music, and use this music as a form of expression, while they participate in collaborative musical and physical activities.

Theatre

Our theatre curriculum allows students to work as a team while developing their self-confidence and social skills.

 

Each student will have the opportunity to use their imagination and creatively develop the "vocabulary of theatre," using pretending, imagination, movement, puppetry, and audience participation to describe theatrical experiences. Students will develop the ability to comprehend and analyze the elements of theatre and identify characteristic movements and sounds of animated creation. 

 

Theatre studies develop a student's theatrical skills while learning about the role and cultural significance of the theatre. Students use connections and applications to develop their ability to use body, voice, and imagination to illustrate concepts in other content areas, including movement and voice to reinforce vocabulary.

Dance

Dance is important to the development of a child's motor skills and technical expertise. Through the AAA dance curriculum, students learn to move in a variety of directed ways by imitating the movements shown.

 

​Our curriculum enhances each student’s ability to comprehend and analyze dance elements, and to develop a dance vocabulary. Using both song and dance, students are able to express themselves freely through creative movement.

 

The AAA dance curriculum encourages students to create a personal love for dance by making movement fun, challenging and exciting, which enhances the development of self-confidence, self-awareness, leadership qualities, strength and coordination.

Visual Arts

The development of perceptual skills and visual arts vocabulary is achieved through learning to discuss visual and tactile perceptions of the natural and human-made world. These skills are essential in areas such as problem-solving and innovation, which help students develop an understanding of processes, materials, and tools necessary for the creation of connections and applications of abstract ideas into tangible form.

Social-Emotional Development

Our curriculum develops and maintains in each student a positive sense of self and rewarding relationships with others. Students learn how to identify emotions, manage impulses, follow rules and meet expectations. Students’ abilities to focus as well as resolve conflict are enhanced through guidance and positive re-enforcement.

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