The Island School, a private school on Bainbridge Island, offers engaging Art, PE, Music, Spanish and Technology programs for students from the Kitsap Peninsula, including Poulsbo, Suquamish, Indianola, Kingston, Hansville and Silverdale.

Physical Education

At The Island School, we believe that art is important to the growth of every child. We believe that art stimulates creative thinking, provides a means of communication and self-expression, and serves as an emotional release. The study of art heightens aesthetic awareness, enhances the ability to visualize, provides problem-solving/decision-making opportunities, and serves as a balance to classroom activities. In each of the six grades at The Island School, art skills and art appreciation are taught.

The art curriculum is designed to introduce children to a myriad of mediums, techniques and concepts.

In Kindergarten, we begin teaching basic skills that are built upon each year by gradually utilizing the techniques in increasingly complex ways. A good example of skill building is the color theory unit that we explore each year at The Island School. In Kindergarten, the students create a color collage using paint and colored paper. Each student selects several hues of a single color and creates a collage on a large sheet of white paper. In the following art period the student paints the background of their collage with their color’s compliment.

First Grade:
First grade students produce their own color wheels by mixing tempera paints, combining primary colors to make secondary colors and producing a six-hue cardboard color wheel.

Second Grade:
Each year the second grade students develop their understanding of color wheels by adding tertiary colors.

Third Grade:
In the third grade, students are introduced to watercolor paints as they design an abstract painting using tertiary colors.

Fourth Grade:
The fourth grade class abstract drawing project requires students to utilize shades, tints, contrasting and analogous colors, and monochromatic color combinations.

Fifth Grade:
In the fifth grade, students paint a still-life picture of flowers. This assignment requires students to mix their own colors for the flowers and make tints from these colors for the background.

By the time a child graduates from The Island School, he or she will have been introduced to ceramics, drawing, printmaking, color theory, bookmaking, painting, sculpture, fiber art, recycle art and collage. Each student learns vocabulary that enables him or her to talk about art and describe the tools and techniques of art making.

Art appreciation is an important focus at The Island School. Students learn about artists and visit museums and galleries to develop viewing skills. Museum visits often support classroom study units and the annual school-wide Cultural Study curriculum. Students regularly look at works of art by major artists and attempt to discuss and construct meaning from the art through a program called Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). The focus of the discussions is to promote group debate and problem solving and to encourage critical thinking and communication skills.

Physical Education

The goal of The Island School Physical Education program is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. To pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity, a physically literate individual:

  • Has learned the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities
  • Knows the implications of and the benefits from involvement in various types of physical activities
  • Participates regularly in physical activity
  • Is physically fit
  • Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle

Developmentally appropriate activities are taught to foster growth in a variety of motor skill and health-related fitness to enhance the physical, mental and social/emotional development of every child. Lessons promote sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, winning and losing gracefully, and the grit to persevere and try something new.

Learning targets for each grade follow (and build upon the previous year’s targets):


  • Demonstrate basic locomotor and non-locomotor skills: hopping, skipping, jumping, galloping, running, walking, sliding and balancing
  • Demonstrate self-control and the ability to follow directions
  • Practice basic ball skills: rolling, kicking, bouncing, throwing and catching
  • Express one’s feelings in a positive way
  • Demonstrate respect and understanding for all students regardless of their appearance or physical abilities by displaying acceptance and cooperation

First Grade:

  • Be willing to practice new physical activities
  • Demonstrate increasing skill in basic body movements and basic ball skills
  • Participate in games and activities that help students learn about cooperation and sportsmanship
  • Understand the importance of physical activity and healthy food choices in maintaining good health
  • Demonstrate respect and understanding for all students regardless of their appearance of physical abilities by displaying acceptance and cooperation

Second Grade:

  • Show a positive attitude toward physical activity
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills and accept physical challenges such as basic body movements and basic ball skills
  • Identify warm-ups and cool-downs, strengthening and aerobic exercises. Show a positive attitude while participating in multicultural dance, activities and games from various cultures

Third Grade:

  • Improve movement skills and basic ball skills while participating in games and physical activities
  • Show pride in personal accomplishments and give positive feedback to classmates
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship and the ability to make good decisions
  • Participate in cooperative games and activities

Fourth Grade:

  • Self-report physical activities done during the week
  • Use feedback from others and self-monitoring to improve movement in sequences, such as throwing, striking or rhythmic patterns
  • Show enthusiasm for improving one’s physical performance and support others in improving theirs
  • Identify one’s physical strengths and weaknesses and create a plan to improve weaknesses

Fifth Grade:

  • Describe the health benefits of physical activity
  • Report physical activities done during the week
  • Understand the basic concepts of fitness such as flexibility, endurance and strength
  • Understand the importance of good decision-making skills and refusal skills to make healthy choices and good sportsmanship
  • Demonstrate respect and understanding for all students regardless of their appearance or physical abilities by displaying acceptance and cooperation
  • Participate in small-sided games to achieve tactical and strategic game sense

Music at The Island School is fun, participatory, and designed to bring out the joy and musicality that is in each student. Through a myriad of musical activities, all students are exposed to the elements of music (such as beat, rhythm, pitch, tempo, melody, etc.). They sing, learn to play rhythm instruments, and experience and explore pitched instruments. As they mature, they are exposed to musical notation, composition, and improvisation. Skills related to being a good performer and a good audience member are also taught.

The music program exposes students to a variety of music from different genres, time periods, and cultures. Using age-appropriate selections, each grade level has the opportunity to respond to musical selections that engender different emotions, or are created for different purposes (for instance, an imperial march vs. a lullaby). Exposure to different instruments also gives students an understanding of a wide range of instrumental music.

A further goal of the music program is to have each student feel successful as a creative, contributing member of the class ensemble. Students have many opportunities to create their own music as an individual, with partners, as part of a small group, and as part of the larger class.

Kindergarten and First Grade:
Children learn through singing, playing simple rhythm instruments, listening to music, creating/composing group ensembles, and through gross and fine movement activities. A varied assortment of activities is chosen to develop each child’s:

  • Understanding of beat vs. rhythm
  • Recognition of simple note values
  • Vocal exploration, including pitch matching
  • Ability to join in musical games and activities
  • Ability to compose short songs and rhythmic music
  • Cooperation and creative sharing in the music environment

Second Grade and Third Grade:
The groundwork established in kindergarten and first grade lays the foundation for launching all the students’ creative ideas in music. Students will:

  • Build their repertoire of songs through singing games
  • Develop a wider range of pitch
  • Work with rhythm and beat together, in small group ensembles using a variety of instruments
  • Recognize sounds made from traditional western and ethnic instruments
  • Explore making music as individuals, partners, and as part of the larger ensemble
  • Combine rhythm and pitch
  • Study a pitched instrument during the year: harmonica
  • Participate in structured activities to develop an appreciation for listening to music

Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade:
The focus is to build upon the foundation laid in previous years. Working together as a class and building ensemble skills are the top priorities for these grades. Students will:

  • Continue to explore more complex rhythm patterns and pitch
  • Learn music terminology (melody, harmony, tempo, pitch, etc.)
  • Study a pitched instrument during the year: harmonica and/or recorder
  • Sing folk and popular songs with added instruments
  • Explore music notation and composition
  • Work together on larger musical compositions in small groups
  • Perform prepared pieces in groups or alone, depending on the student’s comfort level

Monday Morning Sing

Every Monday starts with singing out joyfully at The Island School. Regularly accompanied by banjo and guitar and frequently enhanced by string bass and harmonica, students, teachers, parents and friends join together in song. It is all about the joy of making music, laughing and singing, and beginning each week with a smile and a song. Come see what it’s all about – everybody’s welcome!


At The Island School we know how important is to learn a foreign language at an early stage. We believe that the early study of a second language results in cognitive benefits, gains in overall academic achievement and positive attitudes toward other cultures. Scientific studies show that younger children learn languages much more easily and faster than older children and adults. The Island School launched its Spanish program in the 2010-2011 school year. All students in grades 1st to 5th, receive 90 minutes of Spanish instruction per week.

The Spanish curriculum aims to develop positive attitudes and excitement toward learning new languages. The program focus is on meaningful communication rather than grammatical structure. Students are encouraged first to understand and then to produce in the language.

The curriculum also incorporates specific Hispanic cultural activities from Spain, Latin America and the United States. We believe that understanding different cultures helps create an appreciation and awareness for the diversity of the Spanish language. At the same time, learning a second language can also improve one’s understanding of their native language and appreciation of their own culture.

Program Goals:

  • To enhance the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish
  • To promote global awareness and cross-cultural understanding
  • To develop increased functional proficiency in all aspects of the language with each year of study

The Spanish program approaches different vocabulary sets in different ways, with different expectations for each grade level. Each subsequent school year, the program builds on the previous year’s curriculum adding vocabulary in greater detail and scope. For the early grades, the program includes songs, rhymes, storytelling, games and other fun activities that help build basic vocabulary. In the older grades, the students are encouraged to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish through games, songs and other engaging activities. In addition to developing vocabulary, these grades are introduced to basic Spanish grammar and conversation development skills.


First Grade Vocabulary

Fall Winter Spring
Greetings Greetings Greetings
Colors Alphabet Alphabet
Numbers 0-10 Fruits Commands
Animals Numbers 0-20 Animals
Body Parts Vegetables Transportation
Family Clothing Family
Fruits Classroom Objects Numbers 0-20
Seasons Opposites Seasons


Second Grade Vocabulary

Fall Winter Spring
Greetings Greetings Greetings
Body Parts Alphabet Alphabet
Colors Commands Commands
Numbers 0-20 Opposites Family
Animals Numbers 0-50 Numbers 0-100
Food Food Animals
Clothing Classroom Objects Transportation
Fruit/Vegetables Days of the week Clothing
Opposites Months of the year Family
Seasons Seasons Seasons


Third Grade Vocabulary

Fall Winter Spring
Greetings Greetings Greetings
Alphabet Alphabet Alphabet
Colors Commands Commands
Numbers 0-100 Numbers 0-100 Numbers 0-1000
Fruit/Veggies/Food Days of the week Animals
Body Parts Family Transportation
Animals Classroom Objects Community
Opposites Food Clothing


Fourth Grade Vocabulary

Fall Winter Spring
Greetings Greetings Greetings
Alphabet Alphabet Commands
Weather Weather Weather
Colors Days of the week Months of the year
Numbers 0-100 Numbers 0-1000 Family
Body Parts Food Food
Face Emotions Community
Animals Classroom Objects Animals
Opposites Clothing The House
Bones Tu & Usted Verbs


Fifth Grade Vocabulary

Fall Winter Spring
Greetings Greetings Greetings
Alphabet(vowels) Alphabet Commands
Weather Weather Weather
Colors Food Emotions
Numbers 0-100 Numbers 0-1000 Community
Days of the week Months of the year The House
Body Parts Clothing Tu & Usted
Face Family Gender
Animals Animals Verbs
Opposites Verbs Definite articles
Classroom Objects Indefinite articles

Technology is used in a developmentally appropriate manner in all classrooms at The Island School. Teachers decide how and when technology is used in support of the general curriculum and in keeping with the mission and goals of the school. We also believe that the computer is a valuable tool to support learning, not a subject unto itself.

Scope and Sequence:
In all grades, computers, document cameras and projectors are used to present material and research topics we explore in the classrooms.

In kindergarten, first, second and third grades, computers are generally not used by students.

The fourth grade uses computers to learn keyboarding, to practice word processing while writing stories and to do Internet-based research.

The fifth grade uses laptop computers to practice keyboarding, to type stories and poems, to practice basic formatting of documents, to do Internet-based research, and to practice graphing and other mathematics embedded in the Investigations in Number, Data, and Space math program.