The Children's School at Stephens College

Because big dreams start early.


April 2018

Blown Away

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We kicked off our study of expressing ourselves through art by walking downtown and viewing “Blown Away” by Paul Jackson. We loved visiting art in our community! We practiced an artful thinking routine called I See, I Think, I Wonder. This helped us to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations to stimulate curiosity and set the stage for inquiry!

Looking for Cars

During small group, some students went for a walk to look for the different colored cars. Students were encouraged to tally the number of colored cars they saw as they walked across campus.

Painting with Music


Today, the preschool students were given the opportunity to paint with water colors while listening to music.  We discussed how the music made them feel, and then encouraged them to allow the music to influence their painting!



Classroom Germs are Real!

Before break, we swabbed parts of our classroom using q-tips and petri dishes. We placed half of the petri dishes in a warm, dark location and the other half in a cold, dark location. Today, we predicted what our petri dishes would look like, made observations of the bacteria, drew conclusions and had a student led discussion about our findings. From our discussion, the children discovered they had many more questions and wonderings:

-What does bacteria mean?

-What are the different types of bacteria that can grow?

-What is the gel made of in the bottom of our petri dishes?

-Why did the petri dishes in the warm location have more bacteria than the petri dishes in the cold location?

-How do we kill bacteria?

Laboratory School at Its Best

We had the pleasure of hosting the Sophomore Arts Integration students in our classroom this afternoon. They taught a variety of arts integration lessons including math, history, geography, literacy, community and social/emotional skills.

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