Movement, Science, Music, and Garden programs are part of the everyday fun in our classes. Fountainhead has specialist teachers who come into the classroom and lead focused circle time for the children and teachers. These additions to our program are covered by our regular tuition, so no additional payment or sign-up is required. The Movement, Science, Music, and Garden programs are held once a week.
Farida Nelson is our Music teacher. Farida has over 15 years of international musical experience as a professional music educator, performing artist, recording musician, songwriter and arranger Farida Nelson started her career by taking the 2nd place in Schubert’s Club Piano Competition in St. Paul, MN, USA.
She then became a finalist of Azerbaijan National Final for Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 and 2010, as well as a finalist of New Wave Song Contest in 2010, which was held in Yurmala, Latvia.
In 2013, she moved to Antalya, Turkey and concentrated her carrier on working as a performing pianist and a singer, and teaching private and group piano lessons at her home studio, specializing in giving lessons to 4 – 6 year old children. In 2015, she immigrated to the US and continued teaching private piano and voice lessons, and she also started giving group music lessons for children from birth to 6 years.
In addition to the everyday science portion of our regular class time this new program focuses on biological, physical, and environmental sciences. Every other week your child will be presented with a new idea or a more in depth analysis from birds, to volcanoes, to trees.
Our Science Specialist’s goal is to inspire children early on to become interested in learning about science, the environment and stewardship of the natural world around them. She incorporates her science, conservation and gardening expertise with curriculum and activities that are engaging, hands on and fun. She believes early introductions to a combination of science, math, reading, art and music will spark curiosity, and motivate children to become lifelong learners.
Every week children from the Primary and Elementary classes will have the opportunity to participate in our specially developed garden curriculum. We will experience nature and the cycles of life through all seasons in our expansive garden area. Our garden activities will enrich and interconnect with classroom activities throughout the year. Our Garden Specialist’s are long-time teachers and gardeners.
Maria Montessori recognized the importance of exposing children to the natural world and our education specialists are rediscovering what she observed. “Children indeed love flowers, but they need to do something more than remain among them and contemplate their colored blossoms. They find their greatest pleasure in acting, in knowing, in exploring, even apart from the attraction of external beauty.” (Montessori, The Discovery of Childhood). The garden provides innumerable meaningful activities for discovery, from planting seeds to harvesting vegetables, smelling herbs, observing colors, to recording in nature journals. All these activities enhance science and language learning, creativity and FUN.
Fountainhead offers access to various on-site “field trips” at no additional cost. These programs are held each year and are available to currently enrolled children. They are presented by outside educational organizations during a series of visits to the school.
Each Spring we welcome the ZooMobile to our schools. The students in our Primary and Elementary classes have a close encounter with a variety of animals and learn more about a variety of animals with experts from the Oakland Zoo. Past visitors have included a hedgehog, a rabbit, and a turtle! You can learn more about this program at: www.oaklandzoo.org/zoomobile.
Every Spring we welcome the Insect Lab to our schools. San Francisco’s Insect Discovery Lab comes to campus to show students how insects impact our environment and eco-system. Children get a hands-on opportunity to learn about millipedes, beetles, walking sticks and other anthropods. You can learn more about their program at www.savenature.org.