What We Miss About School Our first graders were asked to share their opinions about what part of the school day they miss the most while doing distance learning at home during COVID-19, and why they miss it. Some of the children miss doing math or science, while others miss chapel, PE or art, but the thing they miss most is being with others. Poignantly they wrote about missing their teachers and their friends, and their hope that we will one day see each other again. Safe to say, we ALL look forward to that day and pray it comes [...]
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Online Learning Success! Who would have thought just a couple of months ago that this would be our new normal? All of our teachers and families are working hard, embracing the changes that mandated school closures have brought our way. This situation has taken many of us outside of our comfort zones, but despite the stress and anxiety we are off to a good start. Our teachers have shown amazing creativity and showered our students with love as they've made the transition to provide education online. Within just one day after closing our building, our middle school teachers had successfully [...]
Mr. Pan’s students have been studying environmental science in his fourth grade classroom this fall. During a recent lesson, students were asked to determine if temperature changes affect the properties of yeast and, if so, to describe their observations of those effects. In the first experiment, students evaluated the effects of yeast and sugar mixed with cold water, warm water, and hot water. They were asked to describe their observations in writing for each water temperature and summarize their findings. The class also experimented with yeast that had been frozen or baked and then mixed with sugar and water, comparing the [...]
Students from one of our 4th grade classes have worked diligently this week to complete their writing assignments, in order to give them to their parents in time for Valentine's Day. The class was asked to write about a favorite memory, and their work is being graded (like many other writing assignments) on a rubric of clear expectations their teacher gave them. Many of these writing expectations are core standards we expect in all of our classrooms, including neatness, correct spelling, appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and the inclusion of sensory details. To help make the assignment fun, their teacher read a [...]
STEM: Lessons About Our Senses in Kindergarten Our kindergarten students recently participated in a set of memorable experiments about some of their primary senses: hearing, vision, smell, taste, and touch. Ms. Lee asked her class to create hypotheses about the contents of mystery items hidden in eggs, using only the sense of hearing. She also encouraged guessing about mystery smells like pencil lead, coffee, vinegar, food items, and wax. Finally the class was asked to make some educated guesses about whether some foods would taste salty or sweet, using their senses of vision and touch before tasting. To help the [...]
STEM (STEAM) Learning at Eastside Christian School What is STEM/STEAM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. We add an "A" (STEAM) to represent the artistic flair our students frequently add to their STEM projects. STEM projects blend the subjects listed above, giving students the chance to learn some "21st century skills" they need to succeed in the workplace. Skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, postulating a hypothesis and finding evidence to support or negate the hypothesis, and group collaboration are important tools for today's students. Studying and applying lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math help build these important skills. STEM [...]