1333 Greenwood Road
Glenview, Illinois 60026
believe the continued growth in drama, creative movement,
music, and visual art is a basic component of education
for all children. We believe the arts provide for the
logical, cognitive, creative, and critical thinking skills
necessary for children to become successful in a changing
society. Through kinesthetic, auditory, and visual
means, the fine arts provide a universal symbol system by
which children can express ideas and feelings. By developing
a global perspective, we celebrate our individual differences
and ethnic diversity through a sequential, balanced and
comprehensive arts education program.
art room at Westbrook provides a non-threatening environment
where the children begin to develop their critical thinking
skills and experiment in problem-solving within the realm
of visual arts. We explore the globe in search of
the many similarities and the differences between our
own cultures and the cultures of others.
The activities in art may be based on the elements and
principles of art, a classroom unit, or may just be all
about having fun making art and free expression.
Fall 2007 Happenings!
at Westbrook have such musical potential! They learn to
listen, think, and respond creatively using songs, music
games, classroom instruments, and movement. Several teaching
methods are used in the classroom including Orff-Schulwerk
and Kodaly. While working together, children are encouraged
to express themselves in a safe, comfortable environment.
Performances include the all-school December program and
grade level performances in the spring. These performances
reflect integration with classroom curriculum and include
a variety of music from other cultures and times.
are born dancers! Dancing promotes agility, flexibility,
balance, rhythm, coordination, strength, and endurance.
For these reasons, all of the children at Westbrook learn
to dance in their physical education classes.
Enjoyment and discovery of dance comes first, with small
amounts of technique carefully introduced by the teachers.
Improvisation, movement games, and dancing out stories
or images are also practiced.
use stories to enhance students' ability to imagine, to
think creatively, to listen, and to organize their thoughts
and ideas. Materials in literature, social studies,
and science are used so that comprehension improves and
interest and enjoyment increases. The program includes
reader's theatre, choral speaking, role play, movement,