The RMS Living Arts classroom walls promote the concepts of balance, variety and moderation; components of design thinking, list steps to success and essential questions. The classes taught vary each day and the classroom adapts depending on the day's focus.
Students sit in a circle for background information, verbal directions and classroom discussions prior to working at the rooms six kitchen stations. The center of each kitchen station is a rolling stainless steel table flanked by a sink and stove. These portable kitchen work spaces are pushed aside on days when the classroom transforms to a preschool filled with learning centers.
The components of the preschool class Kids and Company escape the small storage closet leaving those unfamiliar with the program to wonder "Does she sleep on that mattress?" or "Why are there dress-up clothes in a classroom with a kitchen?"
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This twice a week child development class give middle school students hands on experience with preschool children.
Each Friday the classroom transforms to include sensory, reading, art, manipulative, dramatic play and large group preschool learning centers. Tuesday classes center on processing, planning and child development.
ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION AND REFUSAL SKILLS
Through active role plays students rehearse assertive communication. The goal is to increase the ability to advocate effectively for oneself through situations and decisions teens may be faced with.
BALANCE, VARIETY & MODERATION
Together we explore the 6 essential nutrients focusing on balance, variety and moderation. While examining each nutrient we prepare a recipe to reinforce ideas like hydration, whole grains, eating a rainbow, etc. Students build basic food preparation skills during this unit as well.
The last component of 6th grade health focus on safety and basic first aid skills. We reinforce the importance of clear communication and advocating for oneself to prevent injuries. We rehearse responses to emergency situations needing basic first aid or the help of first responders.