The Children's School at Stephens College

Because big dreams start early.


April 2015

Independent Inquiry Presentations

This week we had four independent inquiry presentations. Joshua started us off with sharing his knowledge of Blackbeard. Syler talked about different types of predators. Alexander told us about LEGO. Sydney shared with us facts about alligators.





Arts Integration with College Students

Today our college students came into the classroom to teach various arts integrated lessons. Some of our students learned about germs and how they spread throughout our day, another group discovered what it means to fill up someone’s bucket with kind words and actions, and there was also a small group that studied and acted out different types of weather such as wind, tornadoes, lightning, and rain. The students always enjoy working


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Elementary Students Have A New Math Concept!

All of the different groups started a new topic during Math!

Algebraic Relationships & Operations

These students are helping Ms. Vonder Haar plan her summer vacation. She is traveling from Phoenix to Washington State. They are helping her find cost of boarding, entertainment, and mileage throughout the trip.

These students are using dice and manipulatives to help them create and solve addition problems.

Ms. Dawnavyn’s group of students A.K.A. The Mathletes are working on multiplication. Today, they started by creating a receipt to represent what Billy spent of his shopping spree.  Later, they continued completing the chart of multiplication facts. 

These students were attentively listening to directions as Ms. Megan explained a new game to practice their multiplication skills/facts. The game is called, Circles and Stars by Marilyn Burns.

Roll a die to tell you how many circles to draw. Roll again to tell you how many stars to draw inside your circles. Write your number sentence. Solve you multiplication problem.So many different ways to explore Algebraic Relationships & Operations!

Working in the Flowerbeds 

Friday, the preschool students worked together to clean out the flowerbeds in preparation for the planting that will occur this week. The students pulled weeds, cleaned leaves from the beds, searched for bugs and used gardening tools while they worked cooperatively to clean out the flowerbeds. The students most enjoyed finding bugs such as worms, pill bugs, and butterflies!


Diving into the 2nd Week of Clusters 


No burping at the dinner table! In the Culture group, Ms. Danielle and her students are focusing on table etiquette around the world. The students illustrated a dinner plate and wrote about the do’s and don’t’s of eating at their dinner table.

Whodunnit? In the Mythology group, Ms. Allison introduced the Trojan War with the reader’s theater, The Apple of Discord. Their focus this week has been on how mythology affects them today. The mythologists discussed how each character contributed to the conflict of the war.



Communication is key! Ms. Jill challenged her students in a game using non-verbal communication. They had to work in teams to make it from one side of the room to the other side using only carpet squares. If one team member touched the tile “lava”, the entire team had to start over.



Ms. Christina and her students are focusing on changes. Changes can come from environmental disasters, natural disasters, and disasters that turned around to be positive. This morning they looked more in depth at the Industrial Revolution.

Planting Rose Bushes

Yesterday, Ms. Izzys group discussed what a garden needed in order to grow. After their discussion they went outside and got a chance to dig their own holes and plant rose bushes around the school! The students are eager to see them grow.                   

Watching a plant grow

On Monday, during work time, students planted lima beans in plastic bags with wet paper towels to see what would happen. Planting like this allows the students to see all parts of the plant including the roots which we would normally not be able to see. Students have been checking the process of their plants everyday and some are already beginning to sprout!

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Junie B. Jones


Reminders for SCCS Families

This week the SCCS Parent Group is hosting a Bake Sale Wednesday and Thursday, April 15th and 16th in Audrey Webb and Stamper Commons. The Audrey Webb Bake Sale is open before and after school. Stamper Commons is during the lunch hour from 12-1. If you’d like to participate, feel free to make a baked good or sign up to work the tables through Sign-Up Genius.

Open House is Wednesday, April 15th from 7:30-5:30. Teachers will be around to give tours and answer questions for prospective families.

Family Night Out is Friday, April 17th. Please let your classroom teachers know if you’d like your child(ren) to attend for the evening.

Roxaboxen/K/1 Showcase May 7th in Elementary

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