Arts, Music, Drama, PE, and Library


Lerner students learn elements of design, color theory, and perspective while infusing personal interests and passions into their work. Our students are encouraged to be reflective of their work. We teach them to approach art with the attitude: “there are no mistakes in art.”

Art is seamlessly integrated into the General Studies curriculum. A few examples of art projects:

Printmaking with Matisse & Monet

1st grade students use leaves to create art inspired by the work of Matisse and Monet during the integrated Artist Unit

Masks for endangered species

2nd Graders create paper mache animal masks while they study endangered species

Growing the family tree

3rd Graders draw family trees during the Ancestry Unit

Watercolor and tigers

4th Graders paint watercolor tigers after a field trip to the Carolina Tiger Rescue Center

Expressing our values

The 5th Grade students collaborate with each other to create a legacy gift to the school that is presented at their graduation.

For inspiration, they study artists whose values match those of our school community (Louise Nevelson – using recycled materials; Friedensreich Hundertwasser – environmental awareness; Keith Haring – incorporated social justice issues into his art).

Music, Movement, and Drama

1st Graders have fun playing Salami, a game that teaches the melodic syllables la, sol, and mi. 3rd Graders build on that by mastering B, A, G, and E on the soprano recorder. Finally, 5th Grade students compose their own original song with lyrics inspired by their Lerner experience, to be performed at Graduation. It’s all part of the Orff-Schulwerk music and movement program used to teach the principles of rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, and form.

Physical Education

Students from Preschool through 5th Grade strengthen their bodies, minds, and spirit through movement. With cooperative team sports, individual games, cardiovascular activities, and participating in Jump Rope for Heart, each class works toward the common goal of achieving, maintaining, and promoting a healthy level of physical fitness.  


Each week, our students enjoy library time. Working on the computers, doing research for a project, or simply listening to a story told by the librarian while viewing illustrations on our library SmartBoard, everyone loves our library! Our 4th and 5th Grade leaders meet weekly with Preschool and Kindergarten children in the library to read to and mentor our younger students.

Explore other enrichments:

Jewish Life and Learning

Celebrating Jewish holidays, observing commemorations, and studying Torah together as a community

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On Israel

Building an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual connection with Israel

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