Essentials of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

$7.00 / week

STEM is amazing! Young learners master math standards while exploring other STEM disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math!


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Along with intentional, focused teaching and learning, young students need time to learn through play, family time, discussion at home, and special reading time with a parent. They also need less screen time and should not have to sit still for very long. Keeping these and other needs in mind, this course is intended to be the weekly boost learners need to gain essential skills. In our short time together, we will be focused and intentional, maximizing our precious time so students can experience essential STEM learning. STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, which includes: numerical value, counting sequence, addition and subtraction, place value, measurement, shapes, energy sources, sound and light, structure and function, observation skills, patterns, solar system, scientific method, and engineering design. What’s even better is that this is an ongoing class, which means students can come and go as your schedule demands.

What are classroom looks like:

Inside the classroom you can find us learning through singing, movement, exploration, and science experiments. We approach all topics with a “I do, we do, you do” mindset. We start any new concepts by the teacher modeling what the student will be learning” “I do.” Then the students engage in an activity where they get to practice the new concept under the watchful guidance of the teacher” “We do.” Finally, students show their mastery in a final activity with minimal interruption from the teacher: “You do.” Due to the nature of STEM, there will also be “open-ended” scientific experiments where children are challenged to use their deeper cognitive skills with less guidance from the teacher; this encourages problem-solving and higher order thinking that is a vital part of development. While the teacher will be present and available during these “open-ended” scientific experiments, instead of modeling an answer that could be provided, guidance in the form of discussion and questions will be given to the student to scaffold their ability to solve the problems presented.

Class format 1st and 2nd week of the month:
  • 2 minutes – Greetings/Attendance
  • 4 minutes – Numerical Sense Practice
  • 10 minutes – Math Concept/Skill is modeled and practiced
  • 5 minutes – Individual practice and application of math concepts and skill
  • 2 minutes – Share and Discuss the application of new skills
  • 2 minutes – Homework and Goodbyes
Class format 3rd week of the month:
  • 2 minutes – Greetings/Attendance
  • 4 minutes – Numerical Sense Practice
  • 15 minutes – Science Experiment
  • 2 minutes – Share and Discuss
  • 2 minutes – Homework and Goodbyes
Class Learning Focus/Themes:

As this is meant to help students meet goals and standards throughout their First Grade year, the Calendar focus starts in the summer and goes through the end of the school year. You are more than welcome to join us for the whole year, or pop in and out as you see themes and lessons that fit your needs. We hope to see you in STEM!

Theme: Ocean
Science: Floating and Density
Technology/Engineering: !Student Activity! Create a Boat that can float in water
Math: Numerical Review Numbers 1-20 and Numerical Sense

Theme: Solar System
Science: Patterns in the Sky
Technology/Engineering: Planetary Escape Fun!
Math: Adding two numbers with sums 0-10

Theme: Farms
Science: Animal Traits
Technology/Engineering: Using technology to create our own animal
Math: Numerical Review Numbers 1-20 and Numerical Sense

Theme: Autumn Leaves
Science: Ocean, Lakes, and Rivers
Technology/Engineering: Reading maps of Ocean, Lakes, and Rivers
Math: Adding two numbers with sums 0-10

Technology/Engineering: !Student Activity! Create a Boat that can float in water
Math: Place Value (Tens and Ones)


Math: Shapes 2D and 3D


Math: Counting Coins

Math: Telling Time

Math: Place Value (Hundreds, Tens, and Ones)

Math: Adding and subtracting double digits without borrowing or carrying

Math: Adding and subtracting double digits with carrying but no borrowing.

Resources and Homework:
Homework will be given in each class as another way we try to support families and equip learners. This homework is made to only take 5-10 minutes at most. Resources will be made available each week at the beginning of the week for families to use. These packets are helpful in helping students dive deeper into understanding the concepts that are being taught in class. While they are optional, students who use them tend to have a stronger foundation of the literacy skills being presented.

Classroom Management:
Students get to engage, laugh, and have fun. We protect the learning environment so that it is organized and optimized for learning! Students will remain muted during class time to make the most of our time together, to avoid distractions, and to make sure one person is speaking at a time. Students will interact and engage by raising their hands and waiting for the teacher to call on them.

Supplies Needed:

During math practice, students will need a writing tool and something to write on: paper and pencil, or whiteboard and marker.

Note: where the theme week says !Student Activity! more STEM supplies will be needed. Your teacher will remind you the week before about the needed supplies.


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The Lemons-Aid Way: Our Approach to Teaching and Learning is Explicit!

Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students try to construct meaning themselves.


Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay or read or do a geometry proof, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.

Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.

Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.

To read more about your teaching and learning methods, read Mrs. Lemons’ blog.

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