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Call Us: 865-333-0645 -or- 408-806-9467  /   EastTNFreedomSchools@gmail.com  /  2184 N Ridge Drive, Jefferson City, TN 37760

OUR PROGRAMS

 

* Literacy                           * STEM

* Art                                  * Robotics/Coding

* Music/Dance                    * Poetry

* Debate / Improv               * Financial Literacy

Field Trips

On-Site       Off-Site  

East Knoxville 

Harambee! 

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

Mechanicsville

Literacy

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.​​

Blount County

Afternoon Activities
 
  • STEM

    • Learn & Practice the Scientific Method

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

  • Robotics

    • Build and Code a robot
       

  • Debate

    • Develop & Defend Persuasive Arguments

    • Cultivate Critical Thinking

    • Read with Fluency, Pacing, Intonation, & 
      Expression
       

  • Improv

    • Develop confidence & creativity in public performance
       

  • Financial Literacy

    • Scholars get practice using money & tracking spending

  • Poetry

    • Work with Knoxville Poet Laureate to craft poems
       

  • Art

    • Create an "I Can Make A Difference..." Mural

    • Quiet time to draw and color
       

  • Music / Dance

    • Learn basics of music - reading and playing

    • Develop and perform dance routine