An Update from Quest’s Art, Music, Physical Education & Spanish Specialists
Elementary continued their fibers unit this winter. Both classrooms made radial weavings with painted backgrounds, then moved on to sewing projects. Through sewing, students are strengthening fine motor skills while practicing practical life exercises such as threading a needle, completing a stitch, and tying a knot. Lower Elementary students are creating stuffed monsters from painted felt, while Upper Elementary are celebrating the recent “National Pizza Day” by creating mini pizza pillows.
Middle School recently studied a brief history of photography and the parts of a camera. They experimented with shutter speed to create “light paintings” inspired by Pablo Picasso and are currently learning about the camera obscura.
Students across the school are busy fine tuning masterpieces for the upcoming gallery-style parent evening, Art & Wine on February 22. For the event, our barn will be converted into a virtual art opening celebrating creativity from every Quest student.
Physical Education here at Quest has been bustling and busy since the last check-in with the Blog. Students have been engaged in activities focusing on a variety of skills and work throughout the past few months, and the excitement from our groups is infectious. In the Elementary levels, students have tackled skill developments in Racquet Sports like Badminton and Pickleball, Hand-Eye Coordination in a variety of environments (including Bowling and Cooperative Games), and Foot-Eye Coordination through the early stages of Soccer and Kickball. Students in the Elementary groups are tasked with individual and group activities that focus on refining the minute skills associated with each sport or activity they complete in class. Whether the group is practicing Implement Control with birdies and racquets, or simulating a full experience of scoring and playing a round of Bowling, students are learning practical skills that can apply to sports and lifelong physical activity.
In the Middle School, students have had a much different, more authentic experience in Physical Education. As part of the continued approach to give students real life experiences, Middle School goes off campus to Rock Spot (a rock climbing gym in Wakefield, RI) to challenge themselves and their boundaries. Students return to campus after this experience to then begin physical activity in Cooperative Games, where classmates form unique groups with a range of abilities, and are given a common task they must work together to achieve. Finally, students are exposed to lifelong sports like Badminton and Pickleball, and taught the skills, the strategy, and how to score these games all while playing. Students will begin working on preparations for Field Day in the near future, a yearly tradition and Physical Education project for Middle School students.