The Children's School at Stephens College

Because big dreams start early.


Our class is kicking off the year with a study on geometric shapes. Each group of students is taking a different approach to learning about geometry.

The younger students worked with Mrs. Jenn on Mondrian Geometric Art. Children made shapes with their bodies before sitting down to see how artists used squares, rectangles, and primary colors. Afterwards, children traced a square template on their own page to create overlapping shapes. Finally, coloring in four-sided squares with yellow, blue, or red.


Ms. James’ math group began their study of geometry by learning about the history of tangrams. The history told the story of a sage who went on a journey with a panel of glass for a king. Throughout his journey he saw a number of things and in the end the glass broke and tangrams were created. Students retold the story on butcher paper by using the 7 tans. “Grandfather Tang’s Story” shows how to make different animals using tans, as we read the story we created the animals shown throughout the book.

Ms. Vonder Haar’s math group has started looking at coordinate planes and investigating geometric terminology. We have been enjoying singing a rap about coordinate planes that reminds us that the x-axis goes across and the y-axis climbs. As we practice plotting points, we have been using colorful geometric flashcards to begin learning about different types of lines, angle, and polygons.

Recipe for Memoir Pie

This morning we kicked off our Literacy  with the introduction to our new genre study of memoirs. When we stir all of the ingredients together our memories can come to life. Rather than sugar, apples, and flour, it is important to include setting, characters and a plot. When we cut into a pie and dish out a slice it should have all of these delicious ingredients. Writing memoirs will be our focus for the next few weeks.

Exploring Materials in Preschool

Talk about a great first week in preschool! The students are making friends, building relationships with teachers and exploring the materials in our classroom. This week, students went over how to use various materials in the classroom. On Wednesday, students practiced using markers. We discussed how it’s important to write only on paper and white boards and that we do not write on our bodies! We also discussed how important it is for students to put the caps on their markers — this will keep them from drying out. Students were each given a cutout of a face and asked to decorate it however they chose.

On Thursday, students practiced using scissors. We talked about how important it is to be safe with our scissors and that they’re only used to cut paper. Students were then given the freedom to explore and cut up colored pieces of construction paper.
Finally, students practiced using glue sticks. They used the scrap pieces of paper that they cut up on Thursday and were asked to cover up a piece of paper the best they could.

Finally, they glued their faces from Wednesday onto their background and made a beautiful masterpiece! Checkout the pictures below and have a great weekend.

Dream Up!

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We kicked off the school year in Elementary thinking about our dreams for this year.

CSSC Open House!

Splish Splash: It’s Water Day!

The preschoolers had a blast today playing  various water games and getting messy! 

Sports Day

Today’s Sports Day was a huge success! We had beautiful weather and were very excited to be able to spend the day at Stephens Lake Park. We had relay races, played catch, badminton, tic tac toe and even played with the big parachute! Mrs. Watson donated Gatorade and Popsicles to share with the class. It was a great day to practice good sportsmanship and team building!

Superhero Day!

Today started our spirit week to celebrate the last few days of school! Today we kicked off our book fair by dressing like superheroes! Reminder that the book fair is open before and after school! Don’t forget to wear your PJs tomorrow!

Plant Week Field Trips

This past week was an educational and exciting time in our classroom! On Monday, we visited the MU Greenhouse. Our tour guide, Barbara, showed us plant species that lived in varying biomes from the hot humid air of Costa Rica to the dry, arid desert. We learned about the bitter cherry trees of Costa Rica, the vanilla bean plant, spicy peppers, the Venus flytrap and the sensitive plant.

On Tuesday, we collaborated with the science department on campus. Jeff Phillips, a biology professor, explained the process of pollination and how plants store and release water. Students had an opportunity to view tree rings on a prepared slide, look at the cell walls of the African Violet and the pores of a pine tree needle.

On Wednesday, Mizzou’s Tiger Garden visited us for a demonstration on flower care, flower arranging and the history of flowers. Students learned about what conditions and climates flower species grow best in and how Mizzou brings exotic plants to Missouri. Students collaborated with the demonstrators to arrange a European-style flower bouquet.

On Thursday, students took a walking field trip to Lions-Stephens Park to collect flowers, stones and other natural materials. Students used these materials to create their own terrarium.

Below is a slideshow of the various field trips you can scroll through and enjoy!

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