Inspire Me!

Teach me to explore and express all the ideas inside me.

Science and Garden

How can I use science to solve mysteries? What does the outdoors teach me?

Children’s natural curiosity meets the wonders of scientific discovery. Through hands-on activities, scientific concepts come alive in gardening, physiology and anatomy, matter and energy, oceanography, geology, the solar system, and earth science.

 

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Outside the classroom students try their green thumbs in our campus garden and greenhouse. Field trips to experience different ecosystems, guest presenters, and hands-on ecological activities heighten students’ abilities to apply scientific knowledge and thinking in their world.

 

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Music

How can my voice express fun, joy, and beauty?

Children sing to learn music skills and basic music theory. Solfege hand signs, songs, dance, games, and simple musical instruments bring confident joy to each child’s voice. These voices create the beautiful sound of children singing in daily Chapel and several community events.

 

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Art

How can I show my ideas through art?

Line, shape, color, value, contour, ceramics, multicultural art, self-portraiture, and artist studies. Students’ creative practice increases their confidence and skill from grade to grade. The Annual Art show celebrates the skill depth and the creative delight students explore in their art.

 

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Chapel and Religious Studies

How do I explore my really big questions about life?

Chapel is your time to think, to come together, to sing, to pray, to celebrate birthdays, to announce ideas or to act in a play. Chapel is your safe place to be with your spiritual self. Episcopal tradition celebrates your freedom to think, to believe – or not. Chapel welcomes all faith traditions. Chaplains help you connect biblical quests for love and justice to playground life.

In Religious Studies studies you can explore your own and others’ spiritual and ethical traditions. Topics for discussion come from Chapel themes and from your big questions. Both Chapel and Religious Studies uphold your unique faith journey, your own lifetime quest.

 

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MEET THE RELIGIOUS STUDIES TEACHER

 

 

Physical Education

What can my body do in space and time? How do I care for my body?

PE is fun! You see it in the games and activities we play that invite teamwork and sportsmanship. Comfortable competition sparks intrinsic motivation in a supportive environment. Students cheer effort and play hard toward common goals. A healthy body, physical competence, cooperative social skills, and individual goal setting build healthy lifestyle choices for your child.

 

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Spanish

How does exposure to another language change the way I think?

Hands-on activities using art, cooking, music, technology, dialog, reading, research, and writing motivate students. From grade to grade, students learn through academically appropriate methods in second language acquisition. The goal of Spanish language instruction is exposure to this California heritage language and the many cultures that speak it.

 

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Library

How can I let my imagination run wild? Read! How do I find a good book? Come to the Library!

Trinity School is passionate about its Library. We want every child to love books and to find, evaluate, and use information in the course of their projects and individual pursuits. Trinity’s Kin May Wen Tang Library generates special collections, relevant to grade-level curricula for each classroom.

 

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From time to time we welcome visiting authors.  Students are able to hear about their process and ask questions about their books.

 

 

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Science

Nearly every encounter with the environment is science in action for your child. How do these two tubes fit together? What will this sow bug feel when it walks across my hand? What holds water? What sinks? Can I make a block float? Teachers constantly watch for these learning opportunities. They help children try out ideas, develop language concepts, document what happened, and pose new questions to test out all over again.

 

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Art

Children create art every day. Teacher guidance in the studio encourages even more complexity in children’s skills and expression. Children use tempera, watercolor and acrylic paints, chalk and oil pastels, recycled materials, clay, and plaster and more. Principles of line, shape, color, and value, become their comfortable tools for expression as they learn from other artists, multicultural art, and three-dimensional composition.

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Music and Spanish

Children love to wiggle, shimmy, twist, turn, and jump. Moving to the beat of music, singing to the beat and tone are natural responses. We listen to music from 50’s Rock & Roll to Beethoven to Salsa and Jazz, dancing and singing our hearts out. Children hear the different musical instruments in an orchestra and practice using their personal musical instrument, voice. We want children to have confident voices to express the music inside them.

Music is also a natural way of introducing Spanish language through songs, musical games, and finger plays. Bilingual books expand children’s understanding and promote the musicality of rhyming words in spoken languages. ¡Qué gusto!

 

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Chapel

The light in the beautiful Chapel creates a space for comfortable awe. A Chaplain from Trinity Church gathers the children weekly for a song and then a story, and then guides a conversation based on it, encouraging children’s wondering and reflections. Children offer their own prayers or thoughts in this interactive time.

 

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Book Bags and Library

Over thirty Book Bags await each child. Choosing one a week, children share five varied and carefully chosen books from Trinity’s Kin May Tang Library to take home, read, and enjoy. The next week, another bag awaits your child. Lower Campus families also have full access to the Tang Library. Also, the Lower Campus has a robust and varied collection for in-class use.

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