Specials Classes

“Every child is an artist.” -Pablo Picasso

Children naturally “speak” the language of art and art class is their place to explore all that encompasses this language.  Children learn techniques, explore materials, develop their creative skills and learn to think in new ways.  Children learn that there can be more than one solution to the same problem and that we learn from “mistakes.”

During art classes with Ms. Ligon and Ms. De Billot children are guided in their discovery of their creative selves.  As Einstein said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

At Allendale, we follow the Tennessee State Art Curriculum and Discipline-Based Arts Education.

Students at Allendale have music “à la carte” once (sometimes twice) every 8 days for 45 minutes. Miss Morford teaches music Monday-Friday and Ms. Reynolds teaches Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday.  In elementary general music, our goal is to sing, dance, and play instruments, all while learning, exploring, & experiencing music in a variety of ways!  Through these experiences, it is our hope that all students will develop a strong appreciation for music and find joy in their time with us!  As part of the curriculum, 4th grade will learn to play the recorder in the second semester, while 4th & 5th graders also have the option to join the Allendale Chorus for more performance opportunities throughout the year.  Each grade level is showcased in a music program once a year (program dates are listed below).  With these performances, students have the opportunity to share with their families what they have learned and worked so hard on, as well as develop rehearsal & performance skills!  We are excited to share our love for music with your child as they grow and discover who they are and all that they are capable of!

Health and Outdoor Physical Education is a specials class that is offered at Allendale in addition to Physical Education classes in the gym. During the months of August, September, April and May, students will go outdoors to get physical activity and learn about how these activities affect overall health.  The types of activities done outdoors align with the state and county physical education standards and benefit students by providing opportunities to improve functional movement, sports skills, and social behaviors.  Please help your student to remember to wear tennis shoes on their Health day during the warmer months of the school year.

During the months of October-March, students will stay indoors and learn about Health. Health education builds students’ knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes about health. Health education teaches about physical, mental/emotional and social health. It motivates students to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviors.

The Health Education curriculum and instruction help students learn skills they will use to make healthy choices throughout their lifetime. Some of the topics we will cover are: body systems, goal setting, injury prevention, mental and emotional health, social health/good character, nutrition, physical activity and fitness, dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances, and prevention of diseases.

All students visit the library as part of the rotation of specials classes. During classes, students engage in lessons and activities aimed at helping them become independent users of the library, explore a variety of literature, and learn how to gather information from various sources.  Print and digital resources are incorporated into lessons and available for students to use in the library.

Visit the Library Media page for more information on our program.

The school counselors facilitate classroom guidance regularly as part of the specials classes rotation. Lessons follow the Williamson County counseling curriculum to help students gain life skills such as personal, social, emotional and career development..  Topics include character lessons, self- awareness, school and study success skills, safety, healthy choices/peer pressure, decision making, communication skills, friendship, conflict resolution, manners, stress relief, and many more.

Visit the School Counseling page for more information.

At Allendale, we want to focus on giving the students something that they can take with them and use later in life to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.  Our P.E. program was put together to give students the opportunity to experience several different activities that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in.  We strive to promote a safe environment both physically and mentally/emotionally by encouraging students and having them encourage each other.