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August 2013

Full Day Preschool in Full Gear

ImageWe’re off to a great start! We have been busy making friends, learning inside/outside rules, and exploring our spaces in the “Roxaboxen” and “Honalee” classrooms.

ImageFirst things first, Kaley practices writing her name at the sign in table

ImageExploring the idea of outer space, Jonah and Claire build a rocket in the block area

 

ImageVictor and Miss Lisa show off their “marshmallow fingers”

ImageCormac and Jonah play pretend

ImageBeatrice, Maddison, Keaton, and Claire enjoy the play-doh table

ImageCaleb and Elliott collaborate on building a block structure

ImageKellen and Jacob discuss their building ideas

Math Manipulative Thursday

           On Thursday, we gave the preschool students time to explore with some of the math manipulatives.  We had three different stations setup around the classroom and the     students got a chance to explore all three.  At one station there was sorting.         The children could sort the dinosaurs, fruit and insects by color or type.  At the second station, we had pattern blocks setup — the students were able to use shapes to create a     picture.  Finally, the third station had our snap cubes (each cube measures 1 inch).  At this table, the students were able to find various objects around the room and measure how long they were.  This proved to be exciting for our students and many continued working with the math manipulatives during work time.

 

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Miss Emily worked with a group of students at our sorting station.

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Many students chose to sort the objects by color.

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Cece is creating a flower out of the pattern blocks.

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Avery and Annabelle loved measuring various objects and decided they wanted to measure themselves!

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Josh was another one who enjoyed measuring and decided he wanted to measure the table… but then he kept going!

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Miss Megan was working with students in the sorting station, and they also counted how many objects there were of each color.

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Our afternoon class also wanted to measure how long the table was.  Maddie and Kellen both counted and the table was 80 inches long.

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Sorting station.

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Katie, instead of measuring how long the table was, wanted to measure how wide it was.

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Jeanne loved exploring the pattern blocks.

Lovin’ Literacy

Students are already getting accommodated to Literacy in the Elementary. They are all busy writers and readers. Here they all are in action!

Reading Group
Reading Group
Literacy Choice: Matching  Letters to Pictures
Literacy Choice: Matching Letters to Pictures
Memoir Genre Study: The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paula
Memoir Genre Study: The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola
How to choose an independent reading book that is 'just right'?
How to choose an independent reading book that is ‘just right’?
Purpose of why students pick books for independent reading.
Purpose of why students pick books for independent reading.
The Writing Process. It goes round and round like a ferris wheel but sometimes we have to get off to do certain tasks.
The Writing Process. It goes round and round like a ferris wheel but sometimes we have to get off to do certain tasks.
A place for students to collect their own work. Share artifacts at conferences, track growth, and set goals.
A place for students to collect their own work. Share artifacts at conferences, track growth, and set goals.

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Word Wall with student names.
Word Wall with student names.
Peer Collaboration
Peer Collaboration
Student publishing his writing.
Student publishing his writing.
Student writing in draft book.
Student writing in draft book.
Student looking for an independent reading book.
Student looking for an independent reading book.
Looking at Resource shelf.
Looking at Resource shelf.
Student using iPad to support research of Lochness Monster.
Student using iPad to support research of Lochness Monster.
Student using Thesaurus to crqck open the word 'fun'.
Student using Thesaurus to crack open the word ‘fun’.
Student filling out Student Portfolio form for submission.
Student filling out Student Portfolio form for submission.
Reading in Reading Nook
Reading in Reading Nook
Student using a reference tool  Encyclopedia to support his writing.
Student using a reference tool Encyclopedia to support his writing.
Focus Lesson: reading and discussing Memoirs.
Focus Lesson: reading and discussing Memoirs.
Reading independently.
Reading independently.
A student using reference tools to support writing.
A student using reference tools to support writing.

Classroom Community: Coat of Arms

 

As we return from summer break and get used to being back in school, we are all learning new expectations and new faces! Our classroom  coat of arms is designed to show others and ourselves who we by our actions in the following settings: Playground, Lunch Room, Large Group, Small Group, and Recess. As a way to build classroom community, Elementary students worked in multiage groups to brainstorm their own expectations for each of the categories. Groups shared their ideas and we made a complete list of all expectations. Lastly, groups were able to complete their task by writing the expectations and drawing pictures to complete decorating their setting.

The pictures below show all parts of the activity in jumbled order.

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Class Coat of Arms 003

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Class Coat of Arms 005

 

Just the Beginning!

     The year has gotten off to a great start and the preschool students appear to be adjusting well.  This week is about building friendships, getting to know one another and about exploring the classroom.  It has been great to see how well everyone is getting along and working so well together in the classroom — we have  great group of students.  Below you will find several pictures we have taken over the course of the last few days in the morning and afternoon preschool classrooms.

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Many of the students enjoy experimenting with the watercolors.

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A few students worked together in creating “THE BIGGEST LINE EVER” using the snap cubes.

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The scooters were a big hit outside.

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Nothing like getting a little dirty in the sandbox.

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The morning students worked so well together while creating a truck out of blocks.

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Continuing to build the truck.

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The final product!

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The afternoon class chose to build a house with the blocks — they even made a “glass floor.”

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Nothing like curling up in the reading area and looking at a book.

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Baby dolls are in the loft and receiving lots of attention!

Welcome Back

The Teachers at Stephens College Children’s School are excited to start a new school year.  We have a wonderful staff who are thrilled to get started.  The teachers wanted to take a moment and introduce themselves.  Below you will find a picture and a little bit about each teacher:

   25086_1308565236699_6483767_n      Taylor Midgley-Preschool Teacher

I will be teaching in one of the preschool classrooms this  year.  I was a graduate assistant in the preschool last year and am excited to join the team as a full-time teacher!  I completed my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in 2012, and last year I received my Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Stephens College.  My passion is to teach, and I enjoy singing and dancing with my students!  I love taking my dog on walks and just relaxing with friends and family.  I am looking forward to a wonderful year.

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I am excited to begin my 8th year at Stephens.  In addition to working in the preschool, this year I will be teaching a college course in the education department.  I did my undergraduate work at Stephens College and received my teaching certification and masters in early childhood from MU.  I am passionate about reading and telling stories with children, and I look forward to sharing many stories with my students.  I live in Columbia with my husband, Kevin Bishop, our daughter, Cece, and our frisky cat, Leo.  I enjoy cooking, reading and spending time with my family.

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Lindsey Clifton-Elementary Teacher

Welcome back SCCS students to what will be another fun, eventful and engaging school year!! I am especially excited to return this year because I can share with you my families’ exciting news that we will be welcoming an addition to our family this winter.  In the picture as many of you know is my husband of 3 years, Ryan and my Maltese, Cody, who is 5 years old and enjoys going to the park to go on runs, playing fetch and riding in our boat. My husband and I share a passion of everything water!! When we aren’t on the water I enjoy walking at local parks, learning about my family through stories and old photographs, going to museums, eating all kinds of sweets and organizing!  I look forward to learning more about each of you this year. Happy Back to School!!

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Lauren Truelove-Preschool Teacher

I’m a Graduate Assistant at Stephens College and am currently working on my Master of Education-Counseling degree. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Columbia College. I was born and raised here in Columbia. In my free time I enjoy watching Cardinals
baseball, photography, riding horses at Columbia Equestrian Center and volunteering at the Central Missouri Humane Society. I’m so thrilled to start getting to know all the students, parents and faculty this upcoming school year!

Scan_20001_thumb     Emily Gillain- Preschool Teacher    

My name is Emily and I will be one of your teachers in the SCCS preschool this year! I hold a certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. In addition to teaching, I will be taking classes at Stephens College to receive my master’s certification by the end of the year. Outside of the classroom, my passion is to be active. I love trying new things and being a part of the moving Columbia community. It is not hard to find me out and about! I am proud to teach at SCCS, and I look forward to getting to know all of you.

    photoBeth Watson-Elementary Teacher 

I am ecstatic to begin my 11th year of teaching here at Stephens.  I started at Stephens as an undergrad where I received my Teaching Certification.  I then continued my education at MU and received my Masters Degree.  Now, I enjoy teaching in the classroom as well as in the college classrooms.  My family has had a relaxing summer filled with trips to the Lake of the Ozarks and a long trip to Disney.  It is time to get back into the school year!  My two oldest children, Mack and Avery, will start half-day preschool this year and my youngest, Lincoln, will get to enjoy time alone at home with our babysitter.  Stephens College Children’s School is a huge part of our lives, and I’m excited to get back with our wonderful families!  This year will be filled with new learning opportunities!

Hannah Vonder Haar- Elementary Teacher

After a 4-year hiatus, I am so excited to return to SCCS as a teacher in the Elementary Classroom! Having completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees here at Stephens College, it feels wonderful to be back at the place where I learned to love teaching. I have a passion for music, art and creativity. As a teacher, I like to incorporate these things into my lessons in any way I can.  I spend my afternoons as a piano instructor and making wire-wrapped jewelry for my new business, Vondering Haart Jewelry.  When there is time left over in my busy schedule I enjoy traveling, playing outdoors, gardening, biking, camping, playing music and hanging out with my three sisters and boyfriend. I am looking forward to a fun-filled, engaging year!!

Lisa Gunn-Preschool

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After teaching kindergarten, first, and third grades at Columbia Catholic School for many years, I am happy for the opportunity to be back at Stephens College. Both my Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Education are from Stephens. While a student here (many years ago) I aided in the preschool classrooms, and I also did my student teaching in the multi-age classroom. My husband and I have four grown daughters, and a 2-year-old granddaughter. When I am not at school I like to spend time with my family, walk my dogs, knit and read mysteries. I am looking forward to the new school year and the opportunity to get to know the SCCS families.

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