Specialists' Curriculum

Spanish

Learning a second language is becoming increasingly more important every year. Students exposed to a foreign language increase their opportunities for employment in the future because of our ever-expanding global community. The numbers of Spanish speakers in the United States, including the Twin Cities, is continuously growing. With this in mind, St. Pascal's is proud to begin teaching students Spanish as early as kindergarten. Children who are exposed to a foreign language early in life experience successful acquisition with greater ease than those who are exposed later in life. The students' Spanish knowledge increases every year because each grade at St. Pascal's has Spanish class two times per week. The focus in Spanish is on all four areas of language acquisition: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In class, students are able to participate in brief conversations with the teacher and with classmates. They develop listening skills and are able to comprehend commands, questions, and simple descriptions. They are able to read and understand written messages on familiar topics. Students learn how to write in sentences and conjugate verbs in the present tense. Throughout the study of the language, students will also be exposed to the culture of various Spanish speaking countries, including identifying Spanish speaking countries, their values and beliefs, and certain customs.
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Specialists' Curriculum
Spanish
Music
Physical Education
Elementary Science
Computer Technology
Music in the World Around Us

The philosophy of music education at St. Pascal Baylon is to hear, see, feel, and create it through a variety of arts and basics. Fourth through Seventh Graders are exposed to memorizing and speaking, acting, and then being in front of an audience. Third and Fourth Graders learn to play the soprano recorder.

All children learn music theory (kinds of notes, symbols, and treble and bass clef note names) by playing, writing, or singing. Our music room is equipped with a variety of rhythm instruments, and we listen to classical music, sing patriotic and folk songs, and dance around the room. Many lessons relate music to art and writing. Upper grade students learn about the Beatles, Burt Bacharach, Leroy Anderson, Aaron Copland, and John Adams through their classical or popular music.

A field trip to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis is planned for Second, Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth Graders with the lessons determined by the selections chosen by the Orchestra. We have compared the Duke Ellington and Tchaikovsky versions of "Nutcracker Suite" and followed the history to Western music with a puppet, Gimquat. Students have drawn instruments and added legs and faces to make cartoons and filled water bottles to the pitches of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5";.

February is celebrated in the music room by learning about the roots of jazz music from Africa, spirituals and gospel music, ragtime and Scott Joplin, boogie woogie, big bands, jazz instruments used by Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, and Lionel Hampton, along with singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and the Sounds of Blackness.

Public performances are a good way for students to show their musical knowledge: Kindergarteners through Fifth Graders put on a Christmas program; Sixth Graders are song leaders for Mass; Seventh Graders sing, dance, act, and work to put on a musical; and Sixth and Eighth Graders have the opportunity to audition for a Talent Show.

St. Pascal Baylon offers a well-rounded music program for all students. All classes meet twice a week.

Physical Education

Physical education at St. Pascal's School is in a Christ-centered environment. We were created in the image of God, which makes us a priceless possession and obligates us to take good care of ourselves. The care that we give our body plays an important role in our effective service to God, ourselves, and the rest of creation. The physical education classes help students in grade K-8 develop the knowledge, fitness levels, motor skills, and personal and social skills needed to obtain the goal of lifetime physical activity and good health. Students enjoy their achievement as they give honor to our creator.

Elementary Science

The teaching of K-5 Science at St. Pascal Baylon Catholic School strives to develop knowledge of God's creation and to provide skills leading toward responsible stewardship of the world. The K-5 Science Program is an experiential and inquiry based program which, through the use of differentiated learning methodologies, familiarizes the learner with the concepts, basic facts, and scientific processes of life, earth, physical, and health sciences. K-5 Science lays the groundwork for a lifelong interest in science and for developing basic science skills which can be applied to everyday life.

Computer Technology

It is our philosophy that technology is a tool which can be used by students of all ages in a number of different settings. Our goal at St. Pascal's Catholic School is to insure that students have the basic skills necessary to use technology to enhance their learning. Those skills include, but are not limited to, possessing basic computer literacy (using menus, opening and closing programs, using the Internet, basic keyboarding, etc.), and being able to use general applications such as word processing, data base, spreadsheet, drawing, and Power Point programs.

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