Specialty Programs

Folsom-Elementary-Students-08Students in every grade take part in ‘specialty’ classes along with their core subjects of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  Each specialty provides students with learning experiences that enhance and expand their education.  The following courses are provided either on a daily or weekly basis with curriculum to meet grade level standards and the increasing rigor and sophistication of older learners.

Art
Art instruction has been linked to improved creativity and ingenuity, visual and spatial skills, problem solving and risk taking. The highlight of the year’s art instruction is our annual art show. Student art is also sent for public display at the Crocker Art Museum.

Physical Education
Physical education instruction builds motor skill development, develops positive interaction with peers, and teaches cooperative skills necessary for team success.  Students also learn about health and the development of lifelong healthy habits.

Foreign Language
Beginning in kindergarten and building through 8th grade, students are provided with Spanish instruction focused on vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and speaking.  Throughout, students learn about culture, they hear Spanish music and stories, and play Spanish language games. Students receive Spanish instruction in grades K-6 weekly, with students in Grades 7-8 receiving Spanish daily in preparation for entering Spanish 2 in high school.

Technology
Our technology teachers not only teach technology skills but they collaborate with other teachers to help integrate technology into their curriculum. Through direct instruction and projects, students learn word processing, research, spreadsheets, blogging, presentations, animation, photo and video editing, and programming. Students also learn the highly important digital citizenship and Internet safety.

Library
Our continually expanding school library allows students to select from a diverse selection of literature and informational books.  During their library time, students learn how to utilize library resources and what is necessary for research into topics of choice.  The goal of the library experience is to help students love independent reading, research, and learning.

Music
Music instruction begins with exposing students to listening selections, movement, rhythm, melody, form, and harmony.  Students learn about music theory, the great composers, and various musical genres. As the years progress, students learn how to read music and play their own recorders. This approach creates excitement about music, promotes music appreciation, and builds self-confidence.

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