Teaching Fine Arts

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The multigrade fine arts program stresses the Adventist Worldview while encouraging each student to discover, experience, and express the beauty and talents God has given them.

 

Fine Arts in the
Multigrade Classroom

The Fine Arts program consists of Art and Music. The Arts Attack (2002) program brings an entire art curriculum to the classroom on video/DVD. It is a comprehensive, teacher-friendly art program for grades K–8 that includes a teacher manual and art print kits for each grade.

Spotlight on Music (2016), by McGraw-Hill, has been adopted by the North American Division. This technology-based, interactive music curriculum provides both students and teachers with excellent opportunities to enjoy listening to and performing music, developing musical appreciation, knowledge, and literacy skills. The multigrade music program provides four years of cycle charts and weekly plans for small schools. Supplementary materials—Hymns, Our Christian Heritage, The BASICS, and Playing the Recorder—are also included. For multigrade schools, it is recommended that grade 3 and grade 5 curriculum be purchased. The grade 3 Spotlight on Music materials have been developed into four one-year cycles for grades 1–4, the lower level. The grade 5 Spotlight on Music materials have been developed into four one-year cycles for grades 5–8, the upper level. Keep in mind that the McGraw-Hill program for grades 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8 have not been reviewed for content appropriate for Adventist schools.

NOTE: Only grades 3 and 5 curriculum need to be purchased from McGraw-Hill. Based on a four-year cycle, grades 1–4 are to be taught using the grade 3 curriculum, and grades 5–8 using the grade 5 curriculum.

Spotlight on Music Song Anthology (2016), a student song book that can be purchased. This is not required because all songs are available electronically when you purchase the program.

One-Teacher Classrooms (Grades 1–8):

Teachers in one-teacher schools may implement either the grades 1–4 or 5–8 cycle rotation based on which band reflects the greatest number of students enrolled.

1-4 Grade Titles

2017–18

Cycle 4, Lower

2018–19

Cycle 1, Lower

2019–20

Cycle 2, Lower

2020–21

Cycle 3, Lower

5-8 Grade Titles

2017–18

Cycle 4, Upper

2018–19

Cycle 1, Upper

2019–20

Cycle 2, Upper

2020–21

Cycle 3, Upper

In multigrade classrooms that include kindergarten, teachers have the option of using the kindergarten level of the NAD adopted textbooks or Kindergarten Stepping Stones which is the NAD integrated kindergarten curriculum.

K-2 BRIDGE is an integrated curriculum currently in development for K-1 or K-2 multigrade classrooms.

Standards in education are a statement of what students should know (content knowledge) and be able to do (applicable skills) upon completing a course of study. Standards state in clear, concise terms what students are expected to learn. Standards identify the students’ learning destination, but much more is required to complete the educational journey. As goals for student learning, standards inform the development of curriculum, the implementation of instruction, and assessment for learning.

Just as standards for student learning do not describe in full the students’ learning journey, they also do not alone give meaning to student learning. The big ideas and essential questions of life are developed from many sources. Beyond the classroom, family and significant others in a young person’s life influence the student’s personal beliefs and values. A personal worldview is formed by students when they integrate the knowledge learned at school and from other sources into a coherent understanding of the learner’s world. A worldview also gives the learner a vision for how to use the skills acquired to participate in their community and improve themselves. Ultimately, a meaningful, productive life depends on a student’s core beliefs and values from an emerging worldview equipping them to assess the authenticity and relevance of their learning, and to intelligently utilize the knowledge and skills learned.

NAD Adopted Textbooks and Multigrade Organizational Resources

Arts Attack (2002) | grades 1-8

The Arts Attack program brings an entire art curriculum to the classroom on video/DVD. It is a comprehensive, teacher-friendly art program for grades K–8 that includes a teacher manual and art print kits for each grade.

Ordering Information:
Arts Attack
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Spotlight on Music (2016) | grades 1-8

For multigrade schools, it is recommended that grade 3 and grade 5 curriculum be purchased.

The grade 3 Spotlight on Music materials have been developed into four one-year cycles for grades 1–4, the lower level. The grade 5 Spotlight on Music materials have been developed into four one-year cycles for grades 5–8, the upper level.

Order Form

K-2 BRIDGE (2017+) | grades k-2

An integrated curriculum currently in development for K-1 or K-2 multigrade classrooms. This curriculum uses Stepping Stones and Pathways , and embeds all other subjects. Units 1-10 are now available. As other units are completed, they will also be available online.

Fine Arts Microsite | grades 1-8

This multigrade music program provides four years of cycle charts and weekly plans for small schools. Supplementary materials—Hymns, Our Christian Heritage, The BASICS, and Playing the Recorder—are also included.

Other Union Created Resources

Atlantic Union Conference

Teacher Bulletin (2000–2015)

How-to Videos

This archived webinar introduces McGraw Hill’s Spotlight on Music program. It was recorded on April 11, 2017.

This archived webinar introduces the NAD Multigrade music manual. It was recorded on May 9, 2017.

Dusty Shelf

This curriculum is outdated and/or no longer in print. It is not on the approved NAD Textbook list and should not be used.

Music Curriculum (1993)

NAD

Professional Development