The Children's School at Stephens College

Because big dreams start early.


November 2016

Tree Performance 

Many of the preschool students have been immersed in a study of trees and leaves! They learned and discussed the differences between conifer trees and broad leaved trees, learned the parts of a tree, labeled leaves, created leaf people and animals and participated in many nature walks. To wrap up our study, students chose to put on a performance showing the stages of a broad leaved tree!


Here is a video of students acting out the different stages of a tree.

First, students started out as small seeds.

After some sun and rain, our seeds grew into saplings.

After more sun and rain, the saplings grew into small trees.

After even more sun and rain, the small trees grew into large trees!

In Fall, a big gust of wind came leaving the trees bare for the Winter.

The sun and rain came back in the Spring, and the trees were full of leaves, again.

Students did a wonderful job!

Discovering Nonfiction

Tuesday morning students were asked the question, “Where does nonfiction hide?” Students discovered how visual, experiential and interactive nonfiction can be. They discussed how nonfiction can be found in models, diagrams, TED Talks, blogs, vlogs, songs, documentaries, podcasts, books, newspapers, and magazines.

Story Telling with Sand Trays

Today, Dr. Milbre, one of our arts integration specialists, visited the preschool to introduce story telling and sand trays.  She started off having the kids sit in a circle so she could explain the parts of a story.  She said all stories should have a place (setting), people or animals (characters) and a problem (climax)!  Then, Dr. Milbre modeled for the students how to use the sand trays, appropriately.  She explained that they could choose toys from around the room to help tell their stories, but they could only use ten props at a time!  Some of the props included –people, animals, trees, volcanoes, pirates, bridges, and other monuments.   Some students worked with partners and others worked individually to tell their stories. All students were hard at work creating stories that involved characters, setting and a problem. As they worked, their stories unfolded!  Each was unique, different, and exciting. The students then shared their creations and stories with our student teachers and preschool teachers. The kids cannot wait to story tell with the sand trays again.





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