Making Math Approachable

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Sixth through eighth grade math teacher, Jess Stephens goes out of her way to make math approachable to her students at The Learning Center Charter School.  Inspired by the book, Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire by Rafe Esquith, Stephens comes to class everyday prepared to replace her students’ fear of math with trust, positivity and fun.

Each day of the week is a specific theme for these middle school math students at the charter school. In additional to Mindset Mondays, Workout Wednesdays, and Throwback Thursdays, Stephens wears a tutu on Tuesdays.

“I constantly tell my students that they can be anything they want to be and on Tuesdays I want to be a tutu wearing princess,” says Stephens. “My ever changing silly tutu gets kids excited for Tuesday. The silliness increases engagement during class and, in my opinion, makes me more approachable.”

To learn more about math for all ages at The Learning Center Charter School, visit www.naturallygrownkids.org or call (828)835-7240.

2nd Grade — Holiday Studies

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Second grade recently took a world tour to see how other countries and cultures celebrate their winter holidays. Students learned about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Australia, Germany, Italy, America and Mexico.

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The class visited each culture by travel through interactive Google World Maps. They learned about climate, population, took interactive tours of each country, the country’s flag and cultural lifestyle and how each celebrates a winter holiday. Along with virtual tours, interactive activities, books, and writing, the children completed crafts and even did some cooking as it related to the winter holiday celebration.

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They had so much fun traveling the world and learning so many interesting facts about holiday celebrations around our world.

A Closer Look at the GrowZone Players’ One Act Play

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The last post recapped the awesome event in November, ARTrageous, which featured art in all forms and concluded with a one-act play from our GrowZone Players. The play was St. George and the Dragon, written and adapted by school drama director, Ryan Bender.

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The GrowZone Players are our troupe of actors.  Students in 5th-8th grades have the opportunity each year to choose the drama elective and, as such, audition for roles in the annual fall one-act play and the spring musical.

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This year’s one-act play told the story of a king, a dragon and a band of royal court misfits that ultimately saved the day. It was laugh-out-loud funny, well performed and pure entertainment for all in attendance.

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The ever growing and changing list of members of our GrowZone Player troupe never cease to amaze audiences with their performances. They manage to take a script and bring it to life in a skilled and professional manner far exceeding their individual ages.

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Be sure to take every opportunity to see the GrowZone Players’ productions. They are not to be missed!

ARTrageous Recap

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On November 17, 2017, our school hosted our second annual art celebration and fundraising event. Last year it was called our Art Gala. This year the name changed to ARTrageous.

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The evening included gallery art from students, teachers and community members as well as writing performers, local musicians Elise and Micah McCool, the John C. Campbell Folk School Dancers and Band. The evening concluded with a hilarious performance by TLC’s own GrowZone Players in a one-act play titled, St. George and the Dragon.

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Special thanks to the following community partners for making this event a success:

Jackie Ward Foundation for Academics and the Arts

John C. Campbell Folk School

Roberta Rankin

Lori Coffey, Community Youth Players

David & Terry Blackshear

Checking in on First Grade Fairy Houses

First graders have been working on their fairy houses in The Outdoor Learning Center busily since school started this year. Kindergarten, First and Second grade students all have fairy houses. It’s becoming a fairy village!

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This ongoing project affords rich educational opportunities for these young students.

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Imaginative play, self-directed skill building, sharing spaces and cooperation, engineering and construction, are just some examples. Plus, Ms. Emily is always sure to include science as part of the exploration.

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These fairy house may seem like all play . . . but much is being learned in the process!

Attention TLC Families –2 HOUR DELAY Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

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Attention TLC Families.

Due to the bitter cold morning temperatures, The Learning Center Charter School will be operating on a 2 HOUR DELAY Wednesday, January 3rd, Thursday, January 4th, and Friday, January 5th. Please note, we will return to normal schedule on Monday, January 8, 2018.

All other areas schools do not return from holiday break until Monday, January 8th when we will again be following Cherokee County Schools delay decisions.

AGAIN, The Learning Center Charter School will be operating on a 2 HOUR DELAY Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, January 3rd-5th.

All Aboard the Polar Express

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Right before Christmas break, students in first through fourth grades celebrated Polar Express Day.  Their whole day revolved around the book  Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.  In the morning they read and discussed the events in the book.  In the afternoon they boarded the “Polar Express” getting their tickets punched and enjoying snacks. The students watched the movie and were paying attention to how the movie and book were similar and how they were different.   Looks to me like they had a wonderful day!!

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What is E-STEAM?

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E-STEAM is an acronym for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art AND agriculture and math.

For many years, we have worked diligently to make our curriculum and campus a true E-STEAM environment. We teach students that the science, math, and technology skills that are essential for becoming 21st Century citizens are deeply integrated within the activities of entrepreneurship and agriculture, as well as language, music, and visual arts.

Our philosophy of education is built upon the idea that young learners need to be exposed to a broad array of rich learning experiences.  As students move into high school and beyond, they will begin to specialize in more specific interests. 

However, it will be the early broad-based education that assures the well-rounded, future-ready leaders and citizens who are the foundation of a healthy, productive, creative and sustainable Community of Learners.

An incredible team of educators brings this approach to our students on a daily basis, providing these young learners with the tools they need to succeed.