Specials

3D-Design

Art

Digital Music Literacy

Music

Physical Education

Taekwondo

Special Area classes at Provident Charter School are designed to give students a variety of enriched learning experiences. By providing learning opportunities that are creative and physically engaging, Special Area classes are often a highlight during a student’s school day at PCS. Students in the Elementary School rotate through these classes every six days and students in grades 6, 7 & 8 elect into these courses for an entire 12-week term. These robust and eclectic courses allow students to shift gears from traditional academics and participate in an environment that lends itself to innovation, imagination, and self-expression.

3D Design

3D Design offers a hands-on approach to understanding the 3-Dimensional world that we live in. The primary building medium is clay as it is a versatile substance that offers infinite learning possibilities within the classroom. Students apply various building techniques, including coil building, slab construction, solid/hollow building and wheel throwing to construct meaningful works of art. In addition to clay work, students engage in eco-friendly recycled sculpting and computer-based digital modeling for 3D printing. The 3D curriculum trains students to generate digital models using programs like Paint 3D, Blender, Sculptris and Tinkercad. Student designers are encouraged to develop work that is not only aesthetically interesting, but practical and functional in nature.

Art

Art education at Provident Charter School strives to give students an understanding of art through history and culture. Elementary art classes also focus on elements such as line, shape, form, texture, light and shadow, color, and space. Techniques such as drawing, watercolor painting, pastels, collage, sculpture, puppet making, and crafting are explored throughout the year. As students progress through each grade level, these techniques and elements are revisited with increasing complexity. There is also a focus on embracing creativity, expression, and experiencing joy as they gain perspective and understanding of art and artmaking.

Digital Music Literacy

Digital Media Literacy allows students to learn how to access, understand, and create digital media. Educating students in this subject promotes an understanding of media influence while sharing the tools necessary to use digital media safely. There will be three units covered over the course of the year: Digital Citizenship and Keyboarding, Genre Study, and Non-fiction Research. During the Digital Citizenship and Keyboarding unit, students will learn about safety and responsibility as a digital citizen as well as gaining experience with keyboarding. During their Genre Study, students will learn and elaborate on knowledge of various genres. And during their final unit, Non-Fiction Research, students will learn and hone their research skills using multiple forms of media. Both unit 2 and unit 3 will end with a project that combines material covered as well as new digital skills learned throughout the school year. Students will also have the opportunity to check out books and grow as independent readers.

Music

Music programming at Provident Charter School is guided by four focus areas; creating, performing, connecting and responding. Using goals and objectives outlined by National Music Standards, students have the opportunity to create music through various instruments and platforms, perform as singers or instrumentalists, and respond to music that is representative of their culture, their community, and their colleagues. Music and performance are presented as powerful ways for students to dive deeper into themselves while providing an outlet for expression. Throughout the year, students experience music through three units; Rhythm and Timbre, Melody and Expression, and Harmony and Form.

Physical Education

Elementary Physical Education supports the development of motor skills, endurance, cooperation, communication, and sportsmanship as well as providing opportunities to understand how to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. During class, students increase their heart rate and practice skill development. These skills are modeled by the teacher and applied to activities throughout class. Participation, effort, and evidence of activity are observable throughout each class.

Taekwondo

Using the acronym “PCS ” to represent the principles of Perseverance, Compassion and Self Control, this specific programming allows students to develop self-confidence, self-discipline and respect while providing physical fitness. Through taekwondo, students learn and practice international cultures and languages, practice various patterns or groups of movements that engage the right and left sides of the brain, and learn self-defense and conflict resolution using verbal techniques. Each student has the opportunity to earn a taekwondo uniform and various belts. The belt grading system provides a tangible way to gauge the students’ progress. Students also regularly perform taekwondo demonstrations for their peers, families, and during special events.

Pattern to earn uniform & white belt

Pattern to earn double blue stripe

Pattern to earn 1st blue stripe

Pattern to earn blue belt