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The Children's School at Stephens College

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September 2014

Castle Showcase

Thank you so much to all who came by the Elementary Classroom for our Castle Showcase.  We are now experts at describing what all of the parts of a castle are and why they were important. We also learned about all the people that lived during the medieval times and how different things are today. If you were not able to stop by our classroom on Monday please look for an email  to come home about where they will be displayed in the coming weeks. We plan to display them in one of the departments at Stephens College. IMG_2128.JPG

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Hard at Work

This week, the preschool students will be learning about various jobs found on a construction site. Today, we introduced some basic tools to students and used them to fix furniture around the classroom.

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Geometry is Everywhere!

Our older students showed us that geometry is everywhere we look. They used pictures of architecture from around the world in a slideshow to show different types of lines, angles, shapes, congruency, and lines of symmetry. IMG_2101.JPG

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Juniors in Preschool

Four of our Education students in their Junior year have begun teaching the preschool students. They will be planning math and literacy experiences for the next four weeks. The preschool students enjoy learning with their new teachers!

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Need a Date Night?

 

Need a Date Night?

SLATE presents:

Family Night Out!

Friday, October 3 from 5:30pm-10:00pm

Children can be dropped off until 7pm

 $10 Per child

Infants and siblings welcomeFood & entertainment provided

Let a teacher know if you are interested.

 

 

Need a Date Night?

 

“Hooked” on Writing

This week in Literacy, we are taking a ride on a Story Mountain! The very beginning of a story hooks the reader and draws you in. This week we are focusing on a good hook or lead.

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Spelling Workshop

Spelling is a tool for writing.  The purpose of learning to spell is so that writing may become easier, more fluent, more expressive, and more easily read and understood by others.

Our spelling workshop is underway. Students work in small groups on Monday mornings for spelling. They begin with a focus lesson to learn spelling strategies. They get their new spelling words for the week (these were sent home today). After they finish with all of their work, they can make a choice to use our learning opportunities. This week they can work with the word families; -ake and -ight, use the iPads, play hangman, and find definitions to new vocabulary. Please continue to practice their spelling words each night.

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Castles

Our entire class is hard at work constructing castles. The younger students wrote out what materials they would need and a plan for their visual. The older students had to write out a list of materials as well and draw a blueprint before they could start building. We are using recycled materials and lots of other supplies. Thank you to all of our families who brought cardboard and other materials!

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Adding the towers
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Using the plan to add the towers and keep

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Reminders to follow our castle plan

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Drawing a blueprint

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Gluing down a drawbridge

College Student Math

Three of our Education students in their Junior year have begun teaching math to our elementary students. They plan three lessons each week for four weeks. The elementary students enjoy learning with their new teachers.

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Ms. Christina is working with our youngest students. They are working with fractions.
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Ms. Sara has a group of our 3rd graders. They are continuing with the unit study of Geometry.
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Ms. Maile is also working with fractions.

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