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"Something Inside So Strong"
Cheers & Chants  




This is how we start each and every day!

Harambee! is a Swahili word that means “all pull together.”

To ensure that every child has a fair start, the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools starts the day with informal sharing when children, staff, parents, and members of the community come together to celebrate themselves and others.


Harambee! Components

•Read Aloud                               •Motivational Song 

•Cheers/Chants                           •Recognitions     

•Moment of Silence                     •Announcements 

Harambee! Reinforces Skills

•Repetition                                •Call and Response 

•Gross Motor Skills                     •Fine Motor Skills    

•Listening                                  •Sequencing  

•Visual Learners                         •Auditory Learners                                  •Kinesthetic Learners


The core of our program is the Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC). This is what informs the books our scholars read and the exercises and activities they engage in to enhance their comprehension, recall, and critical thinking.  

We think of books in two ways. Books are like mirrors that allow us to see ourselves and others that look like me. Those books tell us stories that are familiar and easy to relate to. Books are also like windows that give us a view into other people, places, lives, and experiences. These provide broadening experiences and provide an opportunity to grow in understanding and empathy.

The IRC is research-based and a select set of authors, historians, and scholars ensure that the selected books celebrate and nurture multiple racial identities and cultures and contain accurate narratives.​​

Afternoon Activities
  • STEM

    • Learn & Practice the Scientific Method

    • Experiments in microbiology, physics, chemistry, electricity, & geoscience 

    • Led by members of the "500 Women Scientists" 

  • Math Talks

    • Playing with mental math

    • Have fun talking about different ways to solve a problem

  • Self Care

    • Learn calming techniques

    • Better understand emotions & feelings

    • Receive support in using regulating strategies

  • girl talk, inc.

    • Enhance self-confidence & esteem

    • Better understand the power of choices made

    • Better understand emotions & feelings

  • Physical Fitness

    • Learn & Practice physical movements

    • Learn healthy eating practices

    • Led by East TN Children's Hospital 

  • Art

    • Create various works for finale

    • Quiet time to draw and color

  • Drumming

    • Learn basics of drumming

    • Practice & deliver Drumming performance

    • Led by "Drums Up, Guns Down"

  • Phonics 

    • Practice Letter Name/Sound

    • Practice digraphs, blends

with 500 Women Scientists 
Videos & Instructions

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Testing pH
- Video & Instructions

Ms. Denise's
Bacteria Dish ...YUCK!!
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Growing Bacteria
- Video & Instructions

Bacteria Experiment - Done July 9 - Day
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Strawberry DNA
- Video, Instructions, &         Coloring Sheet


Elephant Toothpaste
- Video & Instructions

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Eating Nails for Breakfast
- Video & Instructions

Here are more links to a wide variety of learning opportunities & places to visit.

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