On November 2nd, Second Grade took a trip to Hillcrest Apple Orchard in Ellijay, Ga. The children had an opportunity to learn how the orchard plants apple trees and harvests their crops. They also were able to taste fresh apple cider, milk a cow, enjoy a hayride, walk through a fairy tale trail, participate in water duck races, walk through a vortex, shuck corn, visit a petting zoo, and shuck fresh corn. They also visited the apple museum and learned all about the importance of honey bees, the life cycle of an apple tree and learned all about the life of Johnny Appleseed. Before leaving the children were allowed to shop in the orchards store to purchase fresh apple products.
The children had a wonderful time and learned many new things while visiting the orchard.
A special thank you to a parent volunteer that visited the Kindergarten class and helped them make applesauce. This fun seasonal activity included teaching the students about apples, the importance of eating local foods that are in season and how to read a recipe. Plus, the resulting applesauce was delicious!
In early March, students in kindergarten through second grade ventured out to Franklin, NC to see James and the Giant Peach at Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.
Presented by the Overlook Theatre Company, James and the Giant Peach tells the story of James, a lonely, orphaned boy living with his two horrible and nasty aunts in a ramshackle house on the top of a high hill in the south of England. His aunts make James do all the cleaning and never let him away from the house to meet other children or make friends. But James’ luck starts to change when he meets a mysterious old man who hands him a magical gift. That gift will change his life and introduce James to some of the most unusual friends a young boy could ever have, leading to the most fantastical adventure one could only imagine! Told through the magic puppetry, eye-popping special effects and filled with lots of laughs, this classic story based on the work of Roald Dahl, will delight every dreamer of every age.
You might remember that Kindergarten students are cooking their way around the world (click here to read more.)
Their social studies continued recently and the next stop was Asia. The students learned about the Philippines and how to make spring rolls with the help of an awesome parent volunteer.
In addition to cooking and eating, the kids had the chance to ask questions and found out many facts about the continent of Asia. They were especially surprised to learn that in Philippines, if someone knocks at your door, they must be invited in and given coffee or tea. In fact, if it’s meal time it is expected that they will join you.
Recently students in second grade learned about the Lunar Calendar and the celebration of Chinese New Year. The class used technology with interactive activities, crafts and literature to learn about why and where this celebration happens.
Students also had an interactive experience as they “visited” China through the use of technology. They were able to experience the culture and customs and traditions that surround the celebration.
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!”
They had so much fun traveling the world and learning so many interesting facts about holiday celebrations around our world.
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!!