Our teachers supplement the curriculum with several enrichment programs. Monthly programs include Music and Movement, Yoga and Spanish. Additionally, outside specialists are invited to provide hands-on experiences related to Cape Cod and surrounding communities, diverse cultures, and personal health and safety. For example, in the fall, staff from Plimoth Plantation or the Wampanoag Tribe demonstrate what life was like as a pilgrim or native American. In the spring, Thornton Burgess staff visually showcase wildlife habitats found on Cape Cod and bring live critters we can discover in our very own backyard. During National Fire Prevention Month in October, we make a special trip to the local fire station. And in February, during National Children’s Dental Health Month, a dental hygienist visits.
The teachers routinely incorporate music and movement exercises, story time, seasonal themes and an in-house lending library to give the program a varied range of interests for the children. A fully fenced-in playground is used daily throughout the year to further large muscle development and gross motor skills.
Music and Movement
Sarah Richards has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from The University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She also holds certifications in Orff Scheulwerk (levels 1,2,&3), Conversational Solfege (1&2), as well as two early childhood music education certifications (First Steps in Music, Music Together). While her primary instrument of focus was flute, she has always sang and pursued opportunities to sing in college (chorale, voice studio, musical theater, all-female a capella group Six Minutes) and beyond. Before moving to the Cape, Sarah taught general music and chorus in the Berlin/Boylston Public Schools for ten years. She founded and directed two musical theater programs in the district, and taught private voice and flute lessons. Sarah was also a proud member of Millenium Magic Chorus, an all-female internationally competing barbershop chorus based out of Sturbridge Ma. During her time there, the chorus earned first and second place international titles. Since moving to the Cape, Sarah has been active at Cape Cod Church as a lead and supporting vocalist on Sunday mornings. She now shares her passion for music and early childhood education with her own children, and the West Falmouth Preschool community.