Independent Inquiry

Our most recent inquiry presentations included a hurricane costume, a ninja demonstration, a special visit from a talented dog named Max, and a journey into space, and an informative plea to help save the whales.

Joshua sports a creative hurricane costume while sharing the various categories of hurricanes and the top damaging hurricanes that have existed over the years.




Alexander shares with us the various moves and weapons that ninjas use. He also had his lovely sister demonstrate some ninja moves for the class.




Sydney was excited to share with the class her pet dog named Max. Max has been learning all kinds of new tricks at home and Sydney showed what they were and how they practice them at home.



Thomas brought in lots of visuals to take us on a journey through space. In the picture below you can see all of the planets in our solar system and you can see Thomas talking about his visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.



Syler read an article in Time For Kids Magazine during class about whales. He found out that in Japan they are illegally hunting whales and he decided to do something about it. For his presentation he shared what he found out and gave our class a letter to send to the politicians of their choosing to raise awareness about this upsetting issue.




New Genre & New Teachers

This morning students were busily reading, writing, and practicing their spelling. Two of our student teachers introduced the new genre we will be immersed in for the next couple of weeks- Realistic Fiction. Below you will see Miss. D and Miss. Dawnavyn reading books in our new genre; Ms. Vonder Haar modeling attending to punctuation and reading with expression with students; Miss. Megan reading a book to discuss beginning, middle, and ending.

Ms. Vonder Haar modeling editing skills in front of her students.
Ms. Vonder Haar modeling attending to punctuation and reading with expression to students.
Miss Megan reading to students.
Miss Megan reading to students.
Miss. Dawnavyn read Chrysanthemum discussing the elements of realistic fiction.
Miss. Dawnavyn read Chrysanthemum discussing the elements of realistic fiction.
Miss D. read Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Afterwards discussing the elements of what makes this a realistic fiction.
Miss D. read Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Afterwards discussing the elements of what makes this a realistic fiction.

Introducing Our Student Teachers

Greetings, I’m Miss. Megan! This semester, students will be calling me by Miss. D. I’m originally from Michigan but I’ve resided in Columbia for over 14 years. I have a cat named Molly and a dog named Gracie. I love photography, Hello Kitty, ice cream, and the color mint. My favorite subjects are social studies and art. I use art a lot when teaching. I’m a very hands-on and creative person. I look forward to our many joyous times together and thank you for your support.
Hello there!
I’m Miss Dawnavyn and I will be student teaching in Elementary this semester! Kansas City is the place I call home with my parents and little brother. Math is my favorite subject. I could teach math all day! I also like art and music and I try to incorporate both into my lessons. My favorite color is purple, I could eat Reese’s peanut butter cups all day, I love reading and I can’t wait to teach for the rest of my life. Stop by and see me sometime!

“Those who teach, must never cease to learn.”  – John Cotton Dana
Dawnavyn James


Hi!! My name is Miss Megan and I am so excited to start my second semester of my senior year in the Children’s School here at Stephens. I was at Lee Elementary last semester student teaching and that was a lot of fun! It helped me learn how integrating the arts into the curriculum can change a child’s learning; I try to integrate the arts into as many lessons as I can! I can’t wait to see what adventures SCCS brings me in on!  I am thrilled to be teaching here!

(soon to come but not pictured..Miss Allison…stay tuned!)

Art Fun

This week in preschool we were inspired by “The Starry Night” by Van Gogh. We hung a print in the art room and students worked to recreate his picture or develop their own Starry Night! Accompanying music also helped inspire students’ paintings.












Frozen Ice Castle

We started our new winter unit — ice,weather, and Frozen! We began our unit with an ice castle in the loft and introduced many different musical instruments. The students enjoyed exploring the instruments and dressing up as different princes and princesses.

In our block area, the students worked together to build a castle!

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Welcome back families! This week was packed full of learning opportunities and time spent inside. This week we went right back to our normal schedule. The students have been producing new writing pieces, started new book club books and a new topic for Math.

Measurement and Data analysis is our new topic this month.

The younger students started the class off with getting themselves in order from tallest to shortest without talking.  We took the following picture to make sure we were right./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f05/56246444/files/2015/01/img_7515.jpg

They quickly realized they needed some adjustments./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f05/56246444/files/2015/01/img_7518.jpg

They were then asked what measurement was and came to the conclusion we can measure anything!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f05/56246444/files/2015/01/img_7519.jpg



Their first day was spent exploring manipulatives.  They will move on to non-standard measurement and then be introduced to standard measurement.   /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f05/56246444/files/2015/01/img_7521.jpg





In the oldest group we learned that statistics is the study of data. We can collect information and organize it and then look for patterns. In the following pictures you can see that we each got a small box of raisins. We made predictions about how many raisins were in each box. After we estimated, we opened the top of the box and then made new predictions. After we opened them up and counted them we found that 3 out of the 8 boxes had 21 raisins. Last we broke up into groups and brainstormed ways to organize our new found data. We will continue exploring ways to organize data and defining words such as range, median, mean and mode./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f05/56246444/files/2015/01/img_7526.jpg







How long is a minute? These students estimated by taking a guess as to how long they could do each of these tasks in a minute. Tasks included: say ‘six sick sheep’, bounce a ball, write your name, count to 30 by 3’s, and jumping jacks. Most of of us found at the end of the activity our estimations were either too short or too long. /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f05/56246444/files/2015/01/img_7534.jpg

Independent Inquiry

Today we had three independent inquiry presentations. Rachel started us off with chocolate. She told us about how chocolate is made and all about cocoa beans. At the end of her presentation we all got to sample some of this delicious treat! Nora studied Athena. Rather than standing up and just telling us about Athena, Nora wrote a script to a talk show. In the talk show her peers asked her questions about this well-known goddess. Maggie shared her knowledge of the Raptor Rehabilitation Project and even had some special friends come to visit our classroom!IMG_2628.JPG