Magnuson Christian School has a challenging and exciting core curriculum including reading, math, social studies, science, computers, Chapel and Bible lessons is enriched with Spanish, Chinese (beginning in sixth grade), Music, Art, Phy-Ed, Band and Piano Lessons.
Field trips are part of the overall curriculum. Students may engage in a field trip experience to help achieve educational goals.
Creating a Caring Child
Magnuson has even more to offer your child besides the subject area studies. Because Magnuson seeks to grow the whole child there is a strong emphasis on mission projects. Each month we have a different mission project. Additionally, students have interactive events with the senior group from First Lutheran Church. Sing-a-longs, gift making, lunch sharing and socializing are some of the activities students share with the seniors. To continue our cross-generational activities, we share events with Lake Area Discovery Center, a preschool in our building and our fifth and sixth grade students partner with our kindergarteners for different activities.
Researchers are now able to physically document the benefits of music education by doing brain studies. These benefits are something that most of us have known and experienced for many years. Our Music Specialist will be offering many in school and out of school opportunities to learn to play the piano. Piano lessons provide a springboard for other musical skills as well as provide mental & physical challenges that enhance lifelong learning. At Magnuson, Kindergarten students will be introduced to piano lessons and will receive a lesson every week as part of the school day. The lessons will be group lessons, with 2 to 3 students in a group, and will be 15 minutes long. They learn some songs by singing and playing by a rote learning approach, and then will continue by using a method book. First through Sixth grade students will then have an opportunity to continue piano lessons that will occur outside of school class time, either before school, after school, or during the lunch/recess hour, if they so choose. Lesson groups will contain 3-4 students and will last 30 minutes. Communication with parents about lessons will be via a notebook that is brought each lesson.
Beginning in fourth grade students will have the opportunity to learn to play a band instrument. Study after study has shown the positive effects that instrumental music training can have on a child's cognitive abilities, improving grades and test scores in many areas. Lessons and large group band will be provided during the school day at no cost to parents. Parents will have a responsibility to be sure that their child has a band instrument that is in good playing condition, all of the accessories needed for that instrument and the books we are using for instruction. There is also an expectation that the child will complete the band "homework" of practicing on a regular basis.