Creative Arts

Sugar Skulls, Friendly Games and Electrical Engineering: Fourth Grade’s Creative Curriculum

“La rosa…pan de muerto…tumba decorada…calavera de azucar…cocinar…ofrenda…flor amarilla,” called out Mount Madonna School (MMS) elementary Spanish teacher Luis Hernandez, one by one, as fourth grade students, sitting physically distanced at tables in their outdoor classroom, carefully practiced spelling and writing this new…

Flannel, Fleece and Wool: Kindergarteners Celebrate Pajama Day and Craft Felted Pumpkins

On a recent autumn day, Mount Madonna School (MMS) kindergarten students, dressed in their favorite flannel, fleece or knit pajamas, and with faces reflecting concentrated effort, made felted pumpkin “stuffies” by rubbing and squishing bits of colorful wool in warm soapy water….

Students Explore Creative Constraints in Creative Writing and Artistic Expression

Earlier this week, ninth grade students explored creative constraints in their Creative Writing and Artistic Expression class by writing six-word stories, timed haikus, and drawing self-portraits with their non-dominant hands — and feet.         #### Contact: Leigh Ann Clifton,…

Poetry, Art and Monsters, Oh Yes!

Integrating seasonal elements – with generous measures of creativity and imagination – into first grade curriculum One delightful, learning-filled way to spark the engagement of young students includes incorporating a seasonal, monster-themed curriculum. In recent weeks, Mount Madonna School (MMS) first graders…