The Cooper School

The Cooper School is a private, independent, non-sectarian school that values the participation of families from diverse backgrounds. The Cooper School offers an exceptional holistic education for children grades K-5.

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Timeline Photos 06/19/2021

Happy Juneteenth! 🥳

Happy Juneteenth! 🥳

Timeline Photos 06/18/2021

Summer Reading Spotlight! 📚

Along with sharing our favorite children’s books over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite titles that we have read as school administrators, teachers, and parents.

In “The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing”, author Alfie Kohn systematically examines the usual defense of homework — that it promotes higher achievement, reinforces learning, and teaches study skills and responsibility. None of these assumptions, he shows, actually pass the test of research, logic, or experience.

Summer Reading Spotlight! 📚

Along with sharing our favorite children’s books over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite titles that we have read as school administrators, teachers, and parents.

In “The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing”, author Alfie Kohn systematically examines the usual defense of homework — that it promotes higher achievement, reinforces learning, and teaches study skills and responsibility. None of these assumptions, he shows, actually pass the test of research, logic, or experience.

06/17/2021

This week, our teachers have been participating in professional development seminars and trainings for a new math program TCS will be implementing this fall!

This week, our teachers have been participating in professional development seminars and trainings for a new math program TCS will be implementing this fall!

Timeline Photos 06/16/2021

Make Your Own… Geodes!⁠

Along with our Summer Reading Spotlight posts, we’ll also be sharing some fun activities you can do at home with your children this summer. Today, we want to share how to make your own geodes!⁠

You’ll need: ⁠
- Pot to boil water⁠
- 1 3/4 cups water⁠
- 1/2 cup crystal or Epsom salt⁠
- Glass jar or large glass⁠
- Food coloring (optional)⁠
- Thick string⁠
- Pencil, butter knife, Popsicle stick, or any thin stick⁠

Instructions:⁠
1. Bring water to a boil in a pot.⁠
2. Stir in Epsom salt, adding until it no longer dissolves. The water should look almost clear with a few grains of salt swirling around.⁠
3. Safely transfer the solution to a jar.⁠
4. Add a few drops of food coloring if you want to make colored geodes.⁠
5. Tie one end of your string around the middle of your pencil and lower the other end of the string into the jar. The string should be long enough so that it almost touches the bottom of your jar.⁠
6. Balance the pencil across the top of your jar.⁠
7. Geodes should start to form on the string in one or two days.⁠

TIP: The longer you wait, the larger the geode!⁠

Make Your Own… Geodes!⁠

Along with our Summer Reading Spotlight posts, we’ll also be sharing some fun activities you can do at home with your children this summer. Today, we want to share how to make your own geodes!⁠

You’ll need: ⁠
- Pot to boil water⁠
- 1 3/4 cups water⁠
- 1/2 cup crystal or Epsom salt⁠
- Glass jar or large glass⁠
- Food coloring (optional)⁠
- Thick string⁠
- Pencil, butter knife, Popsicle stick, or any thin stick⁠

Instructions:⁠
1. Bring water to a boil in a pot.⁠
2. Stir in Epsom salt, adding until it no longer dissolves. The water should look almost clear with a few grains of salt swirling around.⁠
3. Safely transfer the solution to a jar.⁠
4. Add a few drops of food coloring if you want to make colored geodes.⁠
5. Tie one end of your string around the middle of your pencil and lower the other end of the string into the jar. The string should be long enough so that it almost touches the bottom of your jar.⁠
6. Balance the pencil across the top of your jar.⁠
7. Geodes should start to form on the string in one or two days.⁠

TIP: The longer you wait, the larger the geode!⁠

06/14/2021

Summer Reading Spotlight!

It’s summertime and we sure are ready to read! If you’re looking for book recommendations for your children (and yourself), be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram and pages for posts about titles we love and recommend.

For our first post, we wanted to share some books that have been created by New York Times best-selling authors and illustrators!

* “We are Growing!” by Laurie Keller and Mo Willems — Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But… what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!

* “Harold & Hog Pretend For Real!” by Dan Santat — Harold and Hog are best friends. But can Harold and Hog’s friendship survive a game of pretending to be Elephant & Piggie?

* “The Good for Nothing Button!” by Charise Mericle Harper and Mo Willems — Yellow Bird has a button. And it does… NOTHING! But when Red Bird and Blue Bird press the button, it does… SOMETHING!

Check out The Cooper School’s full list of summer reading recommendations here: https://bit.ly/3zsx2i4

Summer Reading Spotlight!

It’s summertime and we sure are ready to read! If you’re looking for book recommendations for your children (and yourself), be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram and pages for posts about titles we love and recommend.

For our first post, we wanted to share some books that have been created by New York Times best-selling authors and illustrators!

* “We are Growing!” by Laurie Keller and Mo Willems — Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But… what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!

* “Harold & Hog Pretend For Real!” by Dan Santat — Harold and Hog are best friends. But can Harold and Hog’s friendship survive a game of pretending to be Elephant & Piggie?

* “The Good for Nothing Button!” by Charise Mericle Harper and Mo Willems — Yellow Bird has a button. And it does… NOTHING! But when Red Bird and Blue Bird press the button, it does… SOMETHING!

Check out The Cooper School’s full list of summer reading recommendations here: https://bit.ly/3zsx2i4

Photos from The Cooper School's post 06/10/2021

In the last trimester of the school year, TCS student poetry is edited, refined, and published into a book. This special book of poetry is named “Pass It On” because the proceeds from it sales are donated to a local or national non-profit chosen by our students. We wanted to take a moment today to recognize the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston as this year’s recipient. Swipe right to read a tribute poem inspired by the powerful work @rmhccharleston does for our community.

Photos from The Cooper School's post 06/08/2021

Our teachers have been hard at work this week cleaning and organizing their classrooms and shared spaces. From moving furniture out of storage to pulling up carpet squares, everyone has lent a hand to help each other out.

06/02/2021

Third Graders escape into summer with an Escape Room Challenge!

Third Graders escape into summer with an Escape Room Challenge!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 06/01/2021

Second Graders were so excited to share their bird study slideshows with their Fourth Grade buddies!

06/01/2021

This week, Kindergartners are wrapping up an amazing year of Reading and Writing. We are so proud of all of their hard work, and love seeing the ways they will continue practicing their learning over the summer off-campus!

This week, Kindergartners are wrapping up an amazing year of Reading and Writing. We are so proud of all of their hard work, and love seeing the ways they will continue practicing their learning over the summer off-campus!

05/27/2021

Fourth Graders love Crazy Sock Day!

Fourth Graders love Crazy Sock Day!

05/26/2021

Third Graders build and model their Water Cycle necklaces!

Third Graders build and model their Water Cycle necklaces!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 05/25/2021

Kindergarteners are having a blast showing their TCS Spirit today in their favorite shirts!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 05/24/2021

It’s Spirit Week! First Graders are having fun showing off their hats for Hat Day!

Timeline Photos 05/21/2021

Fourth Graders treasure morning meetings to begin their school day. Sometimes they greet each other with silent hand greetings. Greeting each other in fun ways helps build connections!

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Fourth Graders treasure morning meetings to begin their school day. Sometimes they greet each other with silent hand greetings. Greeting each other in fun ways helps build connections!

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05/21/2021

FASHION SHOW ALERT! This year Kindergarten students studied buildings, biomes, and clothing. For this show, Kindergartners worked in groups to find out all about their biomes - the houses people live in and the clothing people need to survive. They built houses, painted murals, and provided a biome book for other TCS students to peruse after the show. Check out this video from today’s fashion show!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 05/19/2021

Imaginative play is important for all ages! Second Graders used their creativity and things they have been studying to work together on Toucan’s Taco Truck.
Alliteration- poetry study
Toucan- bird study
Money and fractions- math
Joyful learning- The Cooper School!

05/19/2021

Third Graders are "catching" the polygon buzz with cootie catchers!

Third Graders are "catching" the polygon buzz with cootie catchers!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 05/18/2021

We have one cute Head of School for the day! She has been busy making big plans for TCS, helping on the carpool line, and reviewing admissions for the 2021-22 school year!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 05/17/2021

First Graders practiced telling time to the hour and half hour by creating a human clock!

05/14/2021

Middle School students loved flying drones and learning arduino coding this week. Check out this group’s flying pattern!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 05/14/2021

Second Grade ornithologists have been learning how to use online resources to research a bird for their independent study. We learned what our bird’s wingspan is and compared it to our own (white for bird, red for student).

05/13/2021

Fourth Grade loves spending time outside during Movement with Miss Hillary!

Fourth Grade loves spending time outside during Movement with Miss Hillary!

05/12/2021

Third Graders tapped into their calm artistic sides today with beautiful drawings of koi fish!

Third Graders tapped into their calm artistic sides today with beautiful drawings of koi fish!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 05/11/2021

Last week, Kindergarteners spent time outdoors crafting for Mother’s Day. Using paint, wooden beads, and string, students created beautiful jewelry to show their appreciation for their moms!

05/10/2021

TCS students love yoga with Miss Courtney!

TCS students love yoga with Miss Courtney!

05/07/2021

5th Graders worked on coding in centers this week after they finished their return to work!

5th Graders worked on coding in centers this week after they finished their return to work!

05/06/2021

Pass It On gift bags are ready to go! We can feel the excitement building for our first ever virtual Pass It On poetry presentation which premieres May 7th at 5pm! #tcspassiton

Pass It On gift bags are ready to go! We can feel the excitement building for our first ever virtual Pass It On poetry presentation which premieres May 7th at 5pm! #tcspassiton

Photos from The Cooper School's post 05/06/2021

Fourth Graders take part in an outdoor science NASA experiment creating realistic craters using cocoa powder and flour. As part of their Sun, Moon, and Stars study, students used balls and stones to drop as “impactors” into their crater.

Photos from The Cooper School's post 05/05/2021

2nd Grade ornithologists had a fun outing at the Audubon Swamp Garden studying nature!

05/04/2021

Kindergarteners have been learning all about Persuasive Writing. Students worked together to write a shared petition encouraging others to help keep our backyard clean. We couldn’t wait to share our petition with older peers!

Kindergarteners have been learning all about Persuasive Writing. Students worked together to write a shared petition encouraging others to help keep our backyard clean. We couldn’t wait to share our petition with older peers!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 05/03/2021

First Grade students have been studying persistence and participating in activities that require them to keep trying even when things seem hard. In this activity, students are working together to complete a picture puzzle!

05/01/2021

We did it! We reached our goal! Thank you to everyone who supported the Playground Paddle Raise. We are thrilled (but not surprised) that are community of parents, grandparents, alumni, Board, faculty and friends came together to make this happen. We can’t wait for the July 7th installation! Stay-tuned - more details to come!

We did it! We reached our goal! Thank you to everyone who supported the Playground Paddle Raise. We are thrilled (but not surprised) that are community of parents, grandparents, alumni, Board, faculty and friends came together to make this happen. We can’t wait for the July 7th installation! Stay-tuned - more details to come!

04/30/2021

5th and 6th Grade students enjoy a fun outing at the Audubon Swamp Garden at Magnolia Plantation!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 04/29/2021

Hula Hoop Games are very popular during outdoor breaks in Fourth Grade!

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