At Westminster, our P.E., Science, Art, Latin and Music (PSALM) classes help students to actively engage in learning outside of their daily classroom setting. In these PSALM classes, these classes are taught by teachers who are dedicated to identifying natural gifts and developing skills in all students, but even more interested in cultivating a love of learning that goes outside the classroom. Even inside the classroom, PSALM classes are integrated to help students make vital connections between subject areas.
Our Physical Education program includes the principles that character training goes hand in hand with physical training and that games and activities provide opportunity for exercise, disciplining the body, learning fair play, learning how to win and lose well, and how to think of our bodies, skills and abilities as ways to bring glory and honor to God.
In science, hands on learning is essential. While exploring the key concepts in life, physical, and chemical science, the students use kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learning activities. Critical thinking is a natural part of our routine since science is fundamentally about learning what the next question should be.
Beginning in Grammar School, students are taught the elements and principles of art and are taught with the idea that all students can understand and apply these skills regardless of any “innate” ability. With each additional grade level, students continue to deepen their understanding of art and the skills associated with creating it.
Your student will learn Latin by speaking, reading, listening, writing, and acting in Latin. Every Latin class, students are doing Latin. Your students are not only engaging in the language, but the people, events, and culture which formed the foundations of Western Civilization.
Music is viewed as a gift from God, one that He created for our enjoyment, as well as a means to praise and honor Him. Our hope is that Students will cultivate gratitude, attentiveness, diligence, discernment, perseverance, love, and courage through the gift of music.