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October 20th, 2017

10-20-17 First Grade Receives a Letter From College (Ms. Missy)

The firsties were so excited to get a letter and some college goodies from college.  I am happy to get my daughter back for Fall Break:-)

October 20th, 2017

10/20/17 Ms K’s PE

10/20/17 Ms K’s PE: This week we practiced biking skills/drills, throwing and catching, and had a lot of fun outside.  We will continue with biking and team handball next week.

October 20th, 2017

10.20.17, Richards, Pumpkin Pie

Today we baked a pumpkin pie! We talked about what a recipe is and the ingredients you need to bake a pumpkin pie. We took turns stirring the mixture and we also got to smell the different spices that go in pumpkin pie. We will enjoy the pumpkin pie for a treat this afternoon! Happy Read More

October 18th, 2017

10-18-17 Ms. Wozniak: How an Author Creates a Mood

Our Tuck Everlasting group was asked to consider the mood at the end of chapter 11 yesterday and be prepared to discuss today in group.  One might note that I often ask children to “read as writers”…to think about why the author does what he/she does in order to perhaps later utilize their expertise in our Read More

October 18th, 2017

Visitors in the Studio

Wednesday October 18 2016 A couple weeks ago we had visitors in the studio! Three native Missouri walking sticks found a temporary home in a cleaned-out cheese ball jar. We filled the jar with soil, moss, sticks, leaves and some water. Then we began watching, examining, and observing our new friends. We learned a little Read More

October 17th, 2017

Otterson: First Grade & Toddler 2 Reading Buddies

As a group we read “Pumpkin, Pumpkin”,  practiced Toddler 2’s class song “I’m a Little Pumpkin” and created their own Jack-O-Lantern designs with their buddy.

October 17th, 2017

10/17/17 Reading Buddies with Second Grade and Toddler 1

The Second graders are so lucky to be reading buddies with the toddlers! We have a great time reading and interacting with them each week!

October 17th, 2017

10/17/17 Miss. Monica and Miss. Missy Reading

Collaborative partnerships are vital to our program at TSMSOC! Partner reading encourages leadership skills, stronger communication skills, we are increasing phonemic awareness, implementing new strategies , and having fun!

October 16th, 2017

Toddler News & Notes: 10/16/17

News & Notes for the week of October 16, 2017 Upcoming Events: Thursday, October 19: PICTURE DAY- Please bring an extra set of cloths for them to change into after pictures if they are coming to school in nice clothing for pictures. Thank you! Saturday, October 21: TSMSOC Trivia Night- We hope to see you Read More

October 15th, 2017

10/15/17 Ms. Monica’s 2nd Graders

Last week we learned about the importance of fire safety! Have you checked the batteries in your smoke detectors recently?  Do you have a fire safety plan?

October 15th, 2017

10-16-17 What Are Literacy Centers? Ms. Missy

Literacy Centers are 6 work centers that students visit while the teachers meet with guided reading or other literacy small groups. Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the foundations of the foundations of the centers activities in this framework.  Think of it as an ice-cream sundae.  Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the ice-cream (necessary Read More

October 14th, 2017

Clayton Fire Department Visits: Toddlers, 10/13/17

We were delighted to have the firefighters of the Clayton/Maplewood Fire Department come to TMSOC today. We learned about what to do in an emergency ( call 9-1-1) and how to protect yourself in a fire emergency, such as Stop-Drop -and Roll. Thank you to the brave men & women fire fighters who protect us Read More

October 14th, 2017

10-6-17 Toddler Music with Alex

Alex introduced the group to the accordion. She showed us how to play the keys, as well as let the group (including teachers) hold and play it. The accordion will definitely be returning as a music favorite.  

October 13th, 2017

10-13-17 Ms. Wozniak: A Quiet Friday Afternoon

Our group is reading the novel, Tuck Everlasting, and working on citing evidence from the text this week.  The novel takes place in a forest where the author uses a good deal of imagery to help the reader to envision the setting.  This is quite a magical novel that deals with the theme of immortality and Read More

October 13th, 2017

10.13.17, Richards, Fire Truck

Today, the Clayton/Maplewood Fire Department visited our school for fire prevention week. We talked about what to do in an emergency and the importance of fire safety. We learned about the different fire trucks and the equipment the firefighters use when there is a fire. Thank you to the Clayton/Maplewood Fire Department for coming to Read More

October 13th, 2017

10/13/17 Ms K’s PE

10/13/17 Ms K’s PE: We will continue biking as weather allows.  We are working on throwing and catching skills for Team Handball.  Body and spacial awareness such as behind, left and right as well as personal space are addressed all year.  Please remember tennis shoes and layers with these cool mornings. 

October 11th, 2017

Leaf Lacing with the Toddler Suite

One of the greatest things that nature offers us is the endless amount of learning opportunity. Almost every time we go outside, the toddlers are collecting acorns, leaves and sticks to create and build with. This week, we decided to collect some leaves, laminate them and lace through them! Here are some of the results. Read More

October 11th, 2017

JK/KDG, Richards, Making Names with Play Doh and Shave Cream

JK/KDG students have been making their first names using play doh and shaving cream! Children are counting how many letters are in their first names and practicing writing their names.

October 10th, 2017

10-10-17 Ms. Missy First Grade STEM Bins

What are STEM Bins? STEM Bins are these little plastic pencil boxes filled with engineering manipulatives such as LEGO bricks, pattern blocks, TP Tubes, playdough, index cards with tape, etc.  Hanging above the boxes are sets of task cards that picture a variety of basic real world structures to inspire the first graders to BUILD!!!! Read More

October 10th, 2017


Thinking Big, too! Tuesday October 10 2017 Recently in the studio we decided to ditch the tables and chairs and move to the floor. Drawing big is a whole different world; it requires planning, thought, and whole-body movements. We used dot makers and tempera paint sticks to express ourselves on a large scale. After learning Read More

October 10th, 2017

5th/6th Overnight to Shaw

October 9th, 2017

Toddler News & Notes 10/9-10/13

Upcoming Events:  Friday, October 13- Clayton Fire Dept. Visit- Toddler thought Kindergarten students will get to meet firefighters from the Clayton Fire Department and learn about fire safety. Thursday, October 19th: PICTURE DAY- Please note if you plan to have you child in nice clothing for picture day, please bring an extra pair of cloths Read More

October 9th, 2017

10/6/17 Ms K’s PE

10/6/17 Ms K’s PE: This week:  We biked and worked on our foot skills for soccer.  We jumped over lines in various patterns, found shapes on the playground and worked on “next to, behind, in front of and inside”.  Some of us even got out on a nice nature walk between the drizzling. Next week: Read More

October 9th, 2017

PREK/JK/KDG, Kara Richards, Science on 10.6.17

On Friday, Mrs. Mosher came to our classroom for Science! We explored with water and food coloring. What happens when you mix two colors together? Why is the water changing color? Mrs. Mosher also showed us a science experiment when you blow up balloons and tie the balloon on a string it will travel down Read More

October 9th, 2017

Core Strength for Cycling 10.9.17

A solid core is essential for cyclist’s! Building upper body strength will help prevent injury and increase stability by eliminating unnecessary upper-body movement during cycling.

October 8th, 2017

10-9-17 Ms. Missy Proud Momma Moment

I tell people that I am a mom to, well this year, 10 children.  I have an incredible first grade class of 8 students and 2 of my very own.  I am so lucky and sometimes in awe at just how much these children nourish my soul and give me a purpose. To my first Read More

October 8th, 2017

5th and 6th Grade Forest Park Savanna Learning Journey

Forest Park Savanna Learning Journey: We had a chance to meet and work with Gary Schimmelfenig, who heads up the Kennedy Woods Advisory Group. Gary spearheaded efforts to re-create the oak savanna and continues to work toward its management and restoration. Students watered new plantings, collected seeds, and explored the woods, stream, and savanna.

October 6th, 2017

10.6.17, Mrs. Bailey Graphing Survey Questions

My 6th grade math group has been studying data and graphing. To better understand frequency tables, bar graphs, and circle graphs, each student came up with a survey question to ask the 5th-8th grades and the faculty. Topics included: favorite dessert, ice cream flavor, genre of movie, PopTart flavor, color, class, and video game. We Read More

October 6th, 2017

10-6-17 Ms. Wozniak: Comparing Larger Numbers in Fourth Grade Math

Just a regular old day in our math group:  working in teams to present their large number comparisons.    

October 5th, 2017

Toddler 2: Pumpkins vs. Apples 10.05.17

During Toddler 2’s morning group time we read the story “Apples and Pumpkins” by Annie Rockwell.  Afterwards, the group examined a real pumpkin and apple to determine the differences between them.  Students recognized that the pumpkin was bigger and orange while the apple was smaller and red. Finally each student shared which they liked better. Read More

October 4th, 2017

Life in the Studio – Week of 10.2.17 – Claire Holohan

Wednesday, October 4th The studio has been alive and busy! We have been exploring different medias, learning about management of space and organization, and experiencing using new materials. We are collecting recycled materials like paper towel rolls and shoe boxes for 3D construction and exploration. We have also been welcoming sixth grade friends into the Read More

October 4th, 2017

8th Grade Visits Paint Louis 10.04.17 Holohan

Today was the first of what I’m calling “Wednesday Mini Courses” with the 8th grade. We have a prep class prior (see screen shot of our class below) then hit the street to explore. This week we visited the newly painted levee wall where Paint Louis happens. Street and graffiti from all over the United Read More

October 4th, 2017

Toddlers working on Fine Motor

This morning, we created a road for our cars and trains! It all started with a few pieces of black construction paper, yellow chalk, scissors and a lot of imagination! We cut each child’s first letter of their name, and quickly built on that. Then, we handed over the scissors and let them do the Read More

October 3rd, 2017

Ms. Monica’s Math Group 10.03.17

Hands on rounding!

October 3rd, 2017

“Leaves, leaves falling down. Falling to the ground. Red, yellow, orange and brown, falling down. Falling to the ground.” Our toddler suite loves music time with Mrs. Maria! She is always bringing in new songs and activities for us to try. Here, we are singing songs about the fall weather and dancing with our “falling leaves.” Read More

October 3rd, 2017

JK/KDG Fall Collages and Math Tubs

On Monday, children in JK/KDG made fall collages with fall materials. We also started math tubs! Children made numbers out of play doh, worked with pattern blocks, measured using unifix cubes, and matched/counted with numbers!

October 2nd, 2017

Ms. Missy College Writing in First Grade

Motivation is half the battle when I want my first graders to write more.  Giving them a real purpose and a real audience for writing has made a big difference in their desire to write! My firsties love to write to “college”.. or Molly (my daughter) and her roommates (Kaitlyn and Cari).  For some reason Read More

October 2nd, 2017

9/29/17 Ms K’s PE

9/29/17 Ms K’s PE:  We have another biker this week, way to go! Biking and soccer/ball skills to continue.  With biking, we continue to reinforce mounting/dismounting a bike, biking commands,  keeping our eyes forward and looking into turns as well as maneuvering obstacles.  With soccer we work on kicking the ball with the inside of Read More

October 1st, 2017

Toddler Suite News & Notes 10/2/17-10/6/17

VISIT FROM THE CLAYTON FIRE DEPT. On Friday, October 13th all EEC students (Toddler-Kindergarten) will get to meet the firefighters of the Clayton Fire Dept. and learn about Fire Prevention. PICTURE DAY will be on Thursday, October 19. If you would prefer your child to change out of their picture day attire, please bring a Read More

September 29th, 2017

Toddler Suite 9/25-9/26 What a week !

It’s hard to believe September is coming to a close ! What a terrific start to the school year. Although this week started off very hot outside, we were so thrilled the last few days have been cool & crisp. Thanks to a change in the weather the kiddos were able to spend more time Read More

September 29th, 2017

JK/KDG Earning Pennies

Each day, the children in JK/KDG earn pennies! They earn pennies for using kind words, following directions, etc. On Friday’s, they get to turn their pennies in for a prize from the treasure box! First, they count out how many pennies they have in their penny box. If a child has 10 pennies, then they Read More

September 28th, 2017

PRE K SEPT 22-28

PRE K SEPT 22-28 Ms. Jenny brought to our classroom roly polies and worms one day, caterpillars and butterflies another, and most recently, George, the 14 year old fire belly toad that has back spots on its’ orange belly.  Taking us to the garden at the point another day, Jenny showed us a live butterfly Read More

September 27th, 2017

JK/KDG Forest Park Drawings

Children in JK/KDG are drawing their favorite place in Forest Park. These drawings will be used for the Identity Board along with their photo and quote about their drawing. We asked the children “What are some places in Forest Park you can visit?” Today, Bea drew a picture of the Zoo along with some of Read More

September 27th, 2017


Downstairs Studio, Wednesday Sept 27 2016 Over the past week and a half we have finally dug into the clay! Students began their exploration by simply experiencing the clay. We asked ourselves, how does the clay feel in our hands? How can we shape it, cut it, roll it and form it? How do we Read More

September 26th, 2017

Building a Linear Map of Forest Park. Cartography meets up in the Studio 09.26.17

I know these photos’ don’t speak volumes about what’s happening in the elementary studio this past couple of weeks, but follow along with these students because they are doing some amazing work. The students were asked the question “Can we deconstruct the aerial map of Forest Park and reconstruct it based on surface area(which parts Read More

September 26th, 2017

9/26-9/29 Toddler News & Notes

PICTURE DAY will be on Thursday, October 19. If you would prefer your child to change out of their picture day attire, please bring a bag of extra clothes. Thank you ! TSMSOC Trivia Night will be Saturday, October 21, doors open at 6:00 p.m.. Bring a dish and decorations for your team’s table. We Read More

September 25th, 2017

JK/KDG Apple Farm and Apple Muffins

We had a fun time on Friday at the apple farm! Thank you to all the parent chaperones for helping out on Friday. Please stop by Tuesday or Wednesday morning for an apple muffin and a cup of coffee! We made apple muffins this morning! Our classrooms were filled with the smell of sweet cinnamon!

September 25th, 2017

1st Grade Bakes Apple Bites from our Eckert’s Apples

Apple Bites Ingredients: 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons butter, melted 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 slices 1 (8oz) can of crescent rolls Instructions:  Heat oven to 375 Separate crescent rolls into 8 triangles Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl Evenly spread butter onto each triangle Read More

September 22nd, 2017

Impromptu Friday Rock

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September 22nd, 2017

9/22/17 Ms K’s PE

9/22/17 Ms K’s PE: More biking, soccer and some outside fun! This week some of us biked, played soccer, and just had some fun outside. Next week more biking and ball skills/soccer.

September 21st, 2017

Toddler Music with Ms. Maria

Music continues to be a favorite in the Toddler Suite. Ms. Maria is sharing old and new favorite songs, as well as teaching the group more about following the beat with maracas. Also, we welcome Ms. Lily and Ms. Lauren (music interns) to our music time with Maria each week.

September 21st, 2017

Toddlers make bird feeders

Using pinecones, peanut butter and bird seed the class created bird feeders to take home and place outside. We also created feeders for the TSMSOC outdoor classroom, once the feeders are outside the class will be checking on on the feeders to see if any birds visit. We’ll keep you updated !

September 21st, 2017

Toddlers make Apple Pie!

The Toddler kiddos have been loved learning all about apples (especially eating them !) and made mini-apple pies.

September 20th, 2017

Exploring Color

Tuesday September 19 2017 Over the past couple weeks the toddler and Pre-K classes have been using the light table to discover color. We set up little scenarios, sometimes with toys and other found objects around the room. Then the investigation set in: which colored plastic pieces fit with which colors? How do the colors Read More

September 20th, 2017

Fifth Grade “Las Emociones”

In whatever language, be it Spanish or English, emotions (emociones) on display in my 5th grade class! From left to right: emfermo (sick), feliz (happy), triste (sad), sorpredido (surprised), enojado (angry), cansado (tired), and aburrido (bored).

September 19th, 2017

A celebration of Hispanic heritage comes to Cape Girardeau

What a great opportunity to see two of the most famous ships in history!  Be part of the journey and board these famous vessels and feel like you were on the journey to the New World! Replicas of Columbus’ ships to visit Cape Girardeau                       Read More

September 19th, 2017

PREK-JK-KDG Apple Fun!

We are having so much with learning about apples and baking with apples! On Monday, we made apple cookies and used our fine motor skills to cut the apples. On Wednesday, we are making a delicious apple cake. We are also painting the shape of apples using watercolors.

September 17th, 2017

Ms. Missy, The Foundation of Reading

Help!  My child isn’t reading yet…. and he/she is in first grade!!!! If I got a dollar for every time I’ve heard this, I would be… well, I’d get an extra lift-kit on my Jeep:-) I believe that the very first step in developing a life-long reader, one that is successful and holds a true Read More

September 17th, 2017

9/17/17 Ms K PE: Camp Lakewood was spectacular

9/17/17 Ms K PE: Camp Lakewood was spectacular Biking and ball skills to continue this week.  Camp Lakewood with 7/8th grade was wonderful.

September 16th, 2017

JK/KDG Science

On Friday, we had science with Ms. Jenny! We explored the garden and found a yellow garden spider on her web. The children explored with the rolly pollies and we found bugs in the garden.

September 13th, 2017

JK/KDG Apple Prints

We are beginning to talk about apples and how apples grow. Today, the student’s voted whether or not they like apples. We also painted with apples using red, green, and yellow paint. Please have your child bring two apples to school next Monday.

September 12th, 2017

9-12-17 Fourth Grade: Stop Animation and Geometry

Our purple math group spent some time last week displaying their geometric knowledge by creating a stop animation video.  Students created a rubric to self assess their teamwork and the presentation of the final product.  After they viewed their final product, they determined what changes they needed to make for the next go around. -Leigh Read More

September 11th, 2017

Ms. Missy, College Care Packages (Movie Night)

As a first time “college student” parent, I have been sending loads of care packages to Truman State University.  I have been sending themed boxes…. “box of sunshine”, “just add water” and my latest one… “movie night” The movie night theme sparked memories of when my girls were young and we would have Friday Movie Read More

September 11th, 2017

JK/KDG Science with Ms. Jenny

Ms. Jenny visited our classroom this morning and brought along some worms and rolly pollies. We loved playing with the worms and rolly pollies. We had fun holding them in our hands and playing with them in the dirt. We talked about why worms and rolly pollies like dirt. Thank you Ms. Jenny! Science is Read More

September 10th, 2017

9/10/17 Ms K’s PE: Lots of Biking

9/10/17 Ms K’s PE: Lots of Biking Congratulations to our 4 new bikers this week!  We will continue to bike as weather allows.  We also played a little kickball one day and some tennis with 3/4th. Ms K

September 8th, 2017

JK/KDG 2nd Week of School

We had a fantastic 2nd week of school! Here are some photos of our week! Have a great weekend!

September 7th, 2017

Toddler Studio with Ms. Claire

The kiddos love Studio with Ms. Claire. From painting and clay to chalk and stamp art, visiting the studio is full of joy and excitement. Here’s a peek….

September 7th, 2017

9/6: Toddlers travel to Demun Park

It was a beautiful morning and the Toddler 1/2 Suite traveled to Demun Park. The kiddos enjoyed time on the playground and a picnic style snack.

September 5th, 2017

JK/KDG Music with Ms. Maria

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings we have music with Ms. Maria! During music class, we start with the “Hello” song and then we begin to sing our songs for the morning. We practiced the pizza song and we used the colorful scarves. Thank you Ms. Maria! We have so much fun in your class!

September 5th, 2017

Exploring the New Studio

The studio has moved! 8.28.17 – 9.5.17 Over the summer the downstairs studio was relocated to a new room. We spent the first week of school exploring parts of the new room and getting to know the new materials. We played with sand boxes and developed a new system for keeping sand off the floor. We Read More

September 4th, 2017

9-4-17 Third and Fourth Grade Suite: First Days of School


September 4th, 2017

At TSMSOC, biking begins with bike safety! 9.4.2017

  A highlight of pre-biking information shared with the 3rd-6th grade students before leaving campus: -Helmet Fit: How to adjust a helmet for the correct fit -Clothing: Safe clothing that will not get caught in the wheels, brakes or chain rings, shoe laces tied and tucked, long hair pulled back for unobstructed vision -Bike Fit: Read More

September 3rd, 2017

9/2/17 Ms K’s PE: Great first week!

9/2/17 Ms K’s PE: We had a great first week!  Lots of outdoor play getting to know each other and enjoying the beautiful weather.  Please don’t forget your helmets, we would like to start biking this week with the Pre K3’s thru 2nd.  Also, if you can send your children dressed in layers, we will Read More

September 2nd, 2017

prek august 28-sept1,2017

August 28-Sept 1, 2017 Pre k was happy to see old friends and meet new classmates.  We will continue to spend much of the next few weeks becoming familiar with our new class room and teachers. The message center, dramatic play area, trains and blocks seem to be favorites.  At points throughout the day, you Read More

September 1st, 2017

Biking Week 1

Helmets have been fit and bikes have been sized! Now on to cycling…

August 30th, 2017

Week One: 1st graders visit their new science classroom!

One of my favorite things about the beginning of the school year is having first graders come to their very first science class with me. It’s so rewarding to watch them engage with the space, in the way that young children do, with their whole bodies and with unadulterated joy! Wonder is at the very core of Read More

August 29th, 2017

8-29-17: Fourth Grade Math: Settling into the School Year

       We are spending our week learning routines and warming our brains back up from summer vacation.  Today, we used our multiplication tables to play a crazy round of multiplication war.  In the process of playing a game, there are so very many social lessons to be learned in addition to reviewing one’s Read More

August 28th, 2017

Welcome Toddlers !

What a fantastic first day in the Toddler 1 & 2 Suite! Here’s a peek at our day from time in studio, daily center activities , and utilizing the outdoor classroom.

May 25th, 2017

2017 Tilles Park Orienteering Day

Tilles Park Orienteering Day: Students practiced their topographic map reading skills, explored pacing and judging distances, plotted an efficient and strategic individual course, and enjoyed the challenge of finding 24 controls.    

May 25th, 2017

Toddler Music

May 24th, 2017

JK/KDG: Zoo!

Successful morning at the zoo!

May 22nd, 2017

Toddler 1 & 2: May 15-19

May 21st, 2017

PRE K May 15-19,2017

May 15-18,2017 Where has the time gone.  We have been busy exploring our community.   A trip to the transportation museum, the fire station and the zoo required that we travel to different areas in our community to learn how these helpers care for us.  Well, the trains are a bit off track but we love Read More

May 19th, 2017

5/19/17 Ms K’s PE

5/19/17 Ms K’s PE: Orienteering and Biking This week we continued with our map reading skills by orienteering.  We also biked, played in the dirt, and ran in the sprinklers.  Summer has arrived early, please remember they are outside for PE if weather permitting. Next week: Fun, fun, and some more fun:)  Orienteering in Tilles Read More

May 18th, 2017

JK/KDG: Worms!

Thanks to Ms. Ginger we got to explore worms today!!

May 17th, 2017

JK: Maps and Models!

I love moments like I witnessed today…. In preparation for our zoo trip next week I casually put out some zoo maps in the block area. Two children noticed them and decided to explore the maps. Reading symbols… and talking about the things they noticed on the map. From there they decided to make a Read More

May 16th, 2017

8th Grade PA Stewardship Project

Today was the culmination of our 8th grade stewardship project.  Using materials donated by the fine TSMSOC community, a small group of eighth graders (and I) created musical instruments for decoration and performance with the kids at the Cornerstone Center.  After weeks of working to research and create the paper plate tambourines, today we were Read More