Kindergarten Cooks Around the World

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Kindergarten students at The Learning Center Charter School are cooking around the world with teachers Stephanie Wilson and Monica Gatti.

The Kindergarten classroom at the school is based around a Montessori-blend approach which extends the Montessori model from the school’s preschool into their first charter school classroom. Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play.  Cooking is an important part of the Montessori Method as it allows young students to learn everything from fine motor skills, concentration and measuring as well as an understanding of where food comes from and how it is prepared in different cultures.

This year, Kindergarten teacher, Monica Gatti, is doing a different cooking lesson each month to learn about the world. For North America, the students made popcorn and loved seeing the transformation from kernel to puffed corn. When studying South America, a parent from Brazil joined the class to make Brigadeiros, a gooey chocolate fudge-like treat. For Europe, the class made gingerbread cookies which are traditionally from Germany. Soon a parent from Finland is visiting the class to make a Finnish treat similar to a cinnamon roll called a Korvapuusti.

Gatti says, “Cooking as a class has been so fun. What has been really special is that the students get to learn about the different cultures and heritages their fellow students have. What a great way to learn about the world!”

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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