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The Children's School at Stephens College

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September 2013

A Morning Together

Elementary and Preschool spent another Friday morning together.  Last week they made plans for their mosaics and this week their plans were created.  We had two groups working at a time-the school created 10 stepping stone mosaics.

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While the students waited for their turn, the whole school played together and worked in the butterfly garden.

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Then, a big truck came to the playground!  It was full of mulch for our butterfly garden.  The students loved watching it drive in, dump the mulch, and hearing the horn honk!  Thank you Mark Watson (Mack and Avery Watson’s dad) for the mulch and letting us see a dump truck up close!

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Together the students worked to spread the mulch over the garden!

What a great Friday morning!  Happy Friday Families!

Here is a link to a blog post from the college: http://www.sc-scene.com/2013/09/childrens-school-project-focuses-on.html

Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!

Today is Johnny Appleseed’s (John Chapman) birthday.  Since next week we plan to study nutrition, we thought apples would be a great place to start.  Today, the students went to two different stations.  In one station, they made predictions about how many seeds they thought would be inside a red, yellow and green apple.  Then, they cut open the apple and counted the seeds.  After counting the seeds, they graphed them on big chart paper.

In the second station, the students got to taste different apples!  They got a slice of each apple and then we all took a bite at the same time.  As we were eating the apples, we used words to describe them and recorded them onto large paper apples.  Then, each child got to choose their favorite apple and decorate it, using crayons, puff balls and apple seeds.

The kids found out a lot of information about Johnny Appleseed.  He was traveling west and planting lots of seeds to make apple orchards.  Then, when the trees would grow, he would collect the apples and give them to the townspeople.  They would make apple cider, apple butter, and apple pie.  He would even tell stories of his travels to the children in the villages.  He was a well liked historical figure.

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There were six seeds inside the red apple.

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Miss Megan allowed different students to come up and count the seeds.

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The second group found different numbers of seeds in each apple.

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Miss Emily wrote down all the adjectives the students used to describe the apples.

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Grace liked the yellow apple.

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The green apple was a bit sour — checkout Reid’s face!

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Tasting the different apples promoted lots of good conversation.

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Here are some of our descriptive apples.

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The finished graphs.

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Character Development

The entire class has begun a genre study of Fantasy! We have been reading many books, charting the characteristics of Fantasy, and starting to write some Fantasy pieces. Today, students were provided with a variety of art supplies. They used their imagination to create their own character!

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These characters will be used in the student’s writing! The students spent a long time developing these creations. Some groups even charted character traits:

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Our hope is these creations will inspire students to write their own Fantasy story!

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Junior Math Lessons in Wonderland

Miss Megan is a junior at Stephens and is working towards her certification in education. She has been in Wonderland teaching math lessons the past few weeks and will continue to be in the classroom Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays planning math and literacy experiences.  Her focus the past couple weeks has been counting 1-20 with one-to-one correspondence and number recognition. The students have really taken to her and have become little number whizzes!

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The children used counting bears to help with one-to-one correspondence

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She created number sheets with little symbols.  The kids put one bear on each symbol and practiced counting.

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To help with number recognition, the students played number bingo!

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Whoever won got to stand up and do a crazy trick.

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For Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday, Ms. Megan made a graph with the students

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The counted the seeds and graphed how many seeds were in a red, green, and yellow apple.

Mystery Readers in Wonderland!

We have had two mystery readers in Wonderland Preschool, and they both happen to go to school over in Elementary.  Jeanne’s brother, Michael, came to read on National Talk Like a Pirate day last Thursday.  Katie’s brother, Konrad, came over on Monday and he read a book about sharing as well as Where the Wild things Are.  The kiddos love listening to read alouds.  Please let us know if you are interested in being a Mystery Reader.

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Writers Share

In small multiage groups students share their writing from the past week.

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Art Lesson with Ms. Shayla

Our new art teacher taught us about different kinds of lines. We even learned a new song about horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines. Ms. Shayla will be in our classrooms on Mondays. Image

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Painting lines with trucks!

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Preschool and Elementary Working Together

Today, the elementary class came over to work with some of the preschool students.  Next Friday, we are planning to create 10 mosaic stepping stones that will go out on our playground, so today we thought would be a perfect time for the elementary students to get to know the preschool students and the preschool students to get to know the elementary students.

We split them up into 10 groups consisting of preschool and elementary children.  In one room, they created a plan for their Mosaics — we encouraged them to think about friendship as they created their plans.  In the second room, we had buddy reading.  The elementary students brought over their favorite books and read them to the preschool kids in their group. Those in the third room enjoyed a snack, friendship fruit salad, and also listened to a book online.

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Miss Taylor is explaining the mosaics to students.

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This is one of our groups discussing their plan for the mosaic.

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Karli’s group was brainstorming different words about friendship to put on their mosaic.

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Thomas brought over a book to read with his group.

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Rachel also brought over a story to share with her group.

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Here is a group of students enjoying some friendship fruit salad and enjoying a book on the big screen!

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Savannah’s group was brainstorming ideas for their mosaics.

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Transportation and Shapes

This week in preschool, we started studying transportation.  On Monday, we created a list of all the different ways we could travel.  Then, we used the pattern blocks to create different automobiles out of shapes.  Another activity the students did was using various shapes, that had previously been cut out, to create a fire truck.  Because the students have been so intrigued by Mo Willems, we read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Then the students got to create their own picture — Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the… — they were able to decide what the pigeon was going to drive.  If you haven’t checked out this book, we highly encourage you to take a look!

We have transformed the loft into an airplane, but who needs that when the students are able to create their own airplane in the block area!

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Our list of different forms of transportation.

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Working on our shape fire trucks.

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The airplane made in the block center

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We also made stoplights out of shapes!

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The loft transformed into an airplane.

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A train made out of pattern blocks.

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Arthur made a circle train!

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Natalie was making a motorcycle.

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