At Trevose Day School, we believe an educator’s responsibility is to develop the whole child. We supplement our academic curriculum with a number of special programs aimed at nurturing well-rounded students capable of pursuing their best intellectual, social, emotional and physical selves.
Our curriculum introduces French during the First Program level. We view bilingualism not only as a necessary skill for engagement with an increasingly globalized world, but also as an educational “passport” to foreign culture. Thus, alongside technical language skills, our students learn about the diverse societies embodied by francophone countries – from Algeria and Morocco to Belgium and France to Haiti and Vietnam. Our program encourages daily conversational development through role playing and multisensory activities that build self-esteem, and culminates in year-end Parisian “pique-nique” to celebrate our accomplishments.
Physical Education: Dance & Yoga
We believe the goal of physical education is to help students lay the foundations for a healthy lifestyle, encompassing body, mind, and spirit. The physical education program features countless activities that foster teamwork skills, sportsmanship, creativity, and character.
As part of our curriculum, students take eight weeks of yoga. Our instructors have designed fun, age-appropriate routines to facilitate the children’s development of body awareness, control, flexibility and coordination. Our program blends yoga and mindfulness practices, helping children build the skills to tackle mental challenges and emotional stress within and outside of the classroom.
We are also excited to welcome back a Trevose Day School alumna, Yvonne Kusters, who will be joining our community as a Fitness and Wellness Director. In 2006, Kusters founded Let’s Play Today, a mobile, educational fitness program promoting fun, creative forms of fitness for children 16 months through twelve years old. She and her staff have travelled throughout North America, educating fitness professionals and holding classes for children of all ages. The LET’S PLAY TODAY® program is unique in that its specially-designed, age-appropriate activities blend creative thinking, sports, games, yoga, and exciting music to build a broad range of skills, confidence, social interaction, brain development and healthy habits.
Chess is a critical part of our curriculum. It immerses students in hours of logic-based thinking while motivating them to become problem solvers in and outside of the classroom. Trevose Day School chess program strengthens memory and self-esteem, and teaches children about sportsmanship as well as the importance of coping positively with failure. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade begin with fundamentals and increasingly learn more challenging defensive and offensive strategies. Our world-class chess master, Roland Yakobashvili tailors instruction to individual needs. Scholastic tournaments are held throughout the year.
The visual arts program at Trevose places an equal value on self-expression and the appreciation of the arts as essential to the understanding of human cultures. We equip our students with the technical and compositional skills necessary to establish their own visual vocabularies, drawn both from their experience and imagination, and help them connect imagery with ideas. The curriculum consists of painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media collage.
The music program at Trevose Day School is integral to developing the well-rounded student, one that is courageously creative and culturally engaged in addition to being intellectually curious. We introduce the children to basic musical concepts – rhythm, pitch, harmony and improvisation – through vocal and instrumental instruction. Students have the opportunity to share their newly developed talents at various performances throughout the year.
Complementing our rich music curriculum, we also offer various extracurricular programs for students of all ages, from “Mommy and Me” music classes for our youngest, to Suzuki violin programs and piano, guitar, and woodwinds instruction.
Environmental stewardship is a key tenet of our school’s mission. Our children learn about sustainability through hands-on, multi-sensorial outdoor and indoor activities. All students learn to preserve the living beauty of our bucolic campus, helping to care for chickens, rabbits, as well as gardens. Each day, we collect eggs from our coops for use in various cooking activities. By learning to take responsibility for our local environment, students develop into global citizens with a propensity for community engagement.