The Computer Curriculum is designed to help language-based learning disabled students build and refine computer skills, as well as enhance other academic skills through the use of educational software.
Students in the Elementary School use technology in a hands-on, exploratory approach to learning. Elementary students are presented with technological problems, clearly stated so their individual learning styles are addressed. Software programs reflect personal interests, as well as academic abilities. Students also acquire basic knowledge of computer maintenance and usage.
Students in the Middle School begin to develop problem solving and designing skills. They pursue questions that emphasize creative and critical thinking, decision-making and research. Students develop and improve typing and word processing skills through daily practice. Through individual accounts for keyboarding, students can access the program at home, as well as in class. Students also learn to use resources, such as the Internet, to obtain information to write about their subject matter.
All LPS students are challenged with various tasks, such as finding the correct steps to maneuver through the functions of the computer. They’re encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility by attempting to solve problems on their own. They’re also encouraged to work cooperatively. Through the Computer Curriculum, students learn how computer technology is applicable in today's world.
The Elementary and Middle School art room is choice-based, nurtured by the same practices proven effective in general education and special education. This setting promotes child-centered learning as students are met at their own development levels through activities they choose. The teacher maps and differentiates the curriculum, aligns it with visual arts standards and uses multiple assessments to measure growth. Basic art concepts are taught through a wide variety of projects intended to capture the students' interests and imagination. Students are introduced to techniques that will develop their skills with various media and demonstrate different effects that can be achieved through experimentation. With teaching and learning structures firmly embedded, the art classroom becomes a highly functioning public studio.This approach to teaching art, combined with giving students a great deal of encouragement, helps them discover that they possess abilities to achieve more than they might think possible. They are given many opportunities to develop observational skills, to better understand people, things and their environment. In addition to drawing and painting, students create with collage, papier mâché, print- making, scrap-wood construction and other available material. The sky’s the limit.