The Children's School at Stephens College

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Ms. Frazzle and The Magic School Bus Reflections

Thank you all for coming to our end of year performance. Below you will find the link to the video recording of our performance and reflections from both Elementary and Preschool students. Thank you for supporting The Children’s School and our community in sharing this important message.



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STEM Bridge Building

This week we partnered with Dr. Hani Salim from MU College of Engineering to do a STEM bridge building project. Dr. Salim taught students about structural engineering, the different types of bridges, and what gives a bridge the best support. Students used this information in their groups as they worked together to design and build a bridge with K’NEX that would support several pounds of sand suspended in a bucket. Their bridge also had to be at least 18 inches long and 3 inches wide. Students created a company name for their group and tested the strength of their bridge.

In this engaging project students used: teamwork, creativity, problem solving, measuring, designing, building, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills. Dr. Salim and his team said multiple times that this class is the BEST class they have ever worked with, which is quite a compliment!

We are excited to partner with Dr. Salim and Mizzou Engineering again in the future!

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Obstacle Course

To start the week off, we enjoyed the nice weather and took on the challenge of an obstacle course. We had to crawl under the bench, balance on the balance beam, hop between four hoops with our feet together, and finally run to the cones in a zig-zag pattern.

Human Body and Healthy Habits

This week in Wonderland, students continued to learn about the human body and healthy habits. They started the week off talking about the five food groups and “MyPlate” from the USDA. Students sorted food they like to eat on their “MyPlate” but could only include one dairy, one fruit, one protein, two grains, and two vegetables. From here, students listened to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, tried some different fruits and vegetables and graphed how many of us liked each one.

We even got to paint with the extra vegetables!

To end the week, we learned about what foods are good and bad for our teeth and the importance of brushing our teeth by trying to brush the soda color off an egg.

Human Body and Chinese New Year

This week we continued our exploration of the human body through activities that focused on movement and nutrition. One way we celebrated the Chinese New Year was by creating lanterns.  The children also made their own lion costume and worked together to dance with it during music and movement. During work time, students have been working together to accomplish tasks through communicating kindly and overcoming problems together.

Body Measurements

In preschool, we have been exploring the human body. In literacy, students have been learning about the skeletal system. They built skeleton puppets and drew the bones in their bodies. In math, they traced their bodies and used their feet to measure how tall they were.  After measuring, students graphed their heights.

In a different lesson, students were introduced to three different tasks.  They measured how heavy their bodies are (weight), how far they could jump (length measured by student footsteps), and discovered how fast they could finish an obstacle course (time). Together, we then recorded our measurements and will discuss and compare our results this week.

This Week in Honalee and Roxaboxen

This week students learned about their skeletal system and the purpose
it serves. We read non-fiction, children’s books about our skeletal system and body to
support discussions we were having about how our body moves. Then,
students created their own skeleton picture.

In a different activity, students measured how far
they could do a leap frog hop and noticed similarities and differences
among the varying lengths.

We read books about nutrition and sorted foods by healthy and unhealthy. We discussed how healthy foods help us grow and unhealthy foods should be eaten in moderation.

Students continued to interact with the hospital and restaurant during work time
and literacy elements were facilitated by teachers through play.


Impact & Intent

As we dive deeper into our study of The Civil Rights Movement, we thought we would take some time to talk about terminology. We believe that it is important for students to understand how the terms and labels society has created for different races may not always be respectful of that culture. As a class, we discussed the idea of impact versus intent. Just because you do not intend for something to be offensive or hurtful, doesn’t mean it won’t be taken that way. After a discussion of impact versus intent, students were given terms, both good and bad, used to address or identify a person of color. The students then sorted them according to if they thought they were appropriate or offensive. Afterwards, as a group, we discussed each term and explained why they were either good or bad terms. We then presented the students with a impact vs. intent stoplight where appropriate terms were placed in the green as “go” words and offensive terms were placed in the red as “stop” words. The yellow is for when students are unsure. In the event that they are unsure, we encourage them to slow down, ask questions, and really think about their words and their impact. We collaborated to create a Civil Rights Movement chant highlighting respectful terminology and how their impact is more important than their intent.

“What do we use? Go words!

When do we use them? Now!

What do we use? Go words!

Okay class show us how.

African-American and minority are two in the green,

Yellow, ask a question,

But red is just plain mean.

Civil Rights! Empowerment!

Civil Rights’ Empowerment!”

Musical Harlem

As we continue to “bridge the gap” between The Civil War and The Civil Rights Movement, students are exploring the special role music played in the growth and culture of African Americans. We listened to clips of jazz music and talked about how the music made us feel. We noticed that when listening to Duke Ellington’s Black and Tan Fantasie that we felt both happy and sad at the same time. Similar to the continued challenges that African Americans faced after The Civil War, jazz music helps to embody the joyous feeling of winning the war and the sad feeling of not fully being free. Students explored jazz instruments, musical terminology and will continue to learn how African Americans brought with them to America a tradition of using music to accompany and define activities of their lives.

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