Parent Fair August 17th from 1:30-6pm

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The Learning Center! Charter School invites parents, students and the public to the annual “Parent Fair” event on Thursday, August 17 from 1:30pm – 6:00pm. The event encourages parents of currently enrolled students (as well as parents who are curious) to meet the teachers and learn more about the charter school’s offerings. Parents can inquire about the school’s substantial E-STEAM curriculum and unique electives such as aquaponics, creative writing, cooking, drama, and “Pop Culture Creations,” to name a few. In addition, parents can learn about extra-curricular offerings and excellent school nutrition program that offers free lunch and breakfast funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision.

“We hope to not only provide parents of enrolled students with all the details for the upcoming school year, but also offer parents outside The Learning Center a choice in education,” said school director, Mary Jo Dyre. “The Parent Fair is also an opportunity for the public to learn more about our many school activities and resources designed to impact the greater community of learners.”

The Parent Fair will also highlight project-based learning activities that take place in a variety of spaces, both indoor and outdoor, on campus and within the community.

The Learning Center invites parents, students,  and the public to learn more about its unique and varied offerings on Thursday, August 17, from 1:30pm – 6:00pm.

For more information call 828.835.7240 or visit naturallygrownkids.org. Visit the blog (tlcgrowzone.org/blog) and Facebook page (facebook.com/TLCGrowZonePage)

The Learning Center! is a tuition free public school. Any student eligible to attend a public school in North Carolina is eligible to attend a charter school in North Carolina.

As Seen in the Cherokee Scout: Tuition-free Public Charter School Offers Rich Program Across All Districts

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Murphy – The Learning Center, a tuition-free public charter school, continues to break ground with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. On-going facility improvements – including a newly renovated dining commons – are designed for rich academic opportunities on this “future-ready” campus.

The Learning Center! offers an E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts/Agriculture, and Math) learning environment. The school’s education philosophy includes the belief that all young learners have the right to experience a broad, rich, and rigorous range of academics during the formative K-8 years. Additionally, the school offers an award-winning nutrition program, daily P.E., unique electives and extra-curricular opportunities. The school’s emphasis on healthy living, community involvement and high academic standards is designed to produce future-ready citizens. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) has NO district restrictions and accepts students across all counties.

The Learning Center’s Montessori Blend Kindergarten program has proven to be a strong approach to instruction for even the youngest learners. “We’ve had consistent success with the feeder Montessori Program that is located on our school campus,” said school director, Mary Jo Dyre.

The school’s “Above and Beyond” programs include Compacted Math classes for gifted students, Flexible Grouping in Math, K-4 chorus and a highly developed drama program. The upper grade’s CREW Program, in its second year of operation, promotes character development, goal setting and responsible behaviors.

More extras including National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind teams, “Academics and the Arts” artists-in-residency program, “Mini and Middle REAL” young entrepreneur program and Writers Club provide students with the opportunities to become all they can be.

Designated as a “USDA Healthier U.S. School” (Silver Level), The Learning Center! places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. The school also has a free breakfast and lunch program available for ALL students.

The Learning Center! serves approximately 200+ students and is open to both in and out-of-county students. There is no tuition for grades K through 8th. The school also features a Montessori private preschool, serving ages 3-5 years. After School programs are available for all ages. Summer Enrichment Programs such as “Engineering Camp” and Intervention programs are also offered.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call 828.835.7240. Visit www.naturallygrownkids.org, their blog (tlcgrowzone.org/blog) and FaceBook page (facebook.com/TLCGrowZonePage).

Why We Encourage Collaboration Between Grades

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We are proud to offer students a truly out-of-the-box K-8 education. Our learning space goes well beyond the walls of the classroom, and we strive to develop a strong sense of curiosity in our students alongside the importance of becoming life-long learners. This also means that we find opportunities to combine classes on special projects so that students are working with peers of different ages. After all, it is rare in life that you will only be with people of your own age!

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These photos show third grade students working with kindergarten students.  Kindergarten students had been learning about penguins and taught the third graders what they learned. The third graders then helped brainstorm and develop penguin habitats according to the younger students’ ideas. Not only did this collaboration encourage team work, sharpen problem solving and compromising skills, but students also had fun!

SolarFest August 20-21, 2017 at The Learning Center! Charter School

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Why Celebrate the Eclipse?

As educators, we know that learning by doing is the best teacher. This incredible, rare event gives us the opportunity to bring our Community of Learners together to witness the awesome effects of planetary motion! How could we pass that up?

We hope SolarFest gives our students and community a memorable, educational, and safe viewing experience!

Our educational booths

3D Printed Pinhole Projectors

Cross-Cultural Constellation Projectors

Solar Selfie Photobomb Booth

  • See a 3D printer make pinhole projectors – we got the design from NASA!

  • see other examples of pinhole cameras, and learn how they use light to capture an image

  • See examples constellations and learn how other cultures name them

  • create your own constellation projector to take home with you!

  • Act out the eclipse with your friends for the best eclipse selfie in town!

  • Sweet costumes will help you make this selfie pop!

Community Resources — Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center

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In May, third grade students visited the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center. They learned about tree identification.  When they returned to school, they teamed up with Ms. Emily and began identifying trees in The Outdoor Learning Center. Students identified many varieties including Peach, Sassafras, Sycamore, Oak and Poplar trees.

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Teachers use community resources like the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center to show students real life applications of things they learn in the classroom.  Of course a student can learn about a tree from a book, but it’s not until they are in the woods learning about leaves, bark, flowers and seeds that they make the deep connections that lead to life long learning.  Community partnerships are an integral piece of your child’s education at The Learning Center!

Living History Museum

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Back in May, upper grade students “opened” a Living History Museum to the younger grades. These older students each selected a historic figure and not only presented information about that person, but dressed like them as well. They essentially became that historical figure.

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For this project, these upper grade students had to synthesize the information they learned to create an exhibit representative of their subject. In order to select pivotal events or recreate significant circumstances in an individual’s life, students had to research the person but also critically evaluate the people, places, and events surrounding them in order to develop a powerful exhibit. Deciding on a format, selecting key material for younger students to understand, and putting it all in context required active learning and encouraged creative interpretation. As they worked, students needed to understand the subject and the world in which he or she lived.  Additionally, this Living History Museum introduced younger students to subjects relevant to their history studies beyond their reading ability.

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Garden Tool Donation

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Local landscaper/gardener Tim Ryan from Brasstown makes a hearty donation of tools to help the miniature gardeners at The Learning Center. We thank Mr. Ryan for helping the next generation of stewards get hands on experience in the garden and out in the forests.

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1st & 3rd Grades Build Garden Fairy Houses Together

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Before school let out for summer, students in first and third grades collaborated to construct fairy houses in the woods. Students found once they built a house they got other inhabitants such as ants, spiders and grasshoppers!
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