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.
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!
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.
Students across The Learning Center campus celebrated Earth Day in April by taking a walking tour with Restoration Coordinator, Tony Ward, of the Hiawasee River Watershed Coalition. He taught students how our town monitors and improves water bodies in our area. Students learned about environmental issues and our local ecology along the river including the efforts being made to stop erosion along the rivers, the benefits of trees, and native and evasive plants.
Earlier this Spring, these students harvested the beets that they planted as seed in the garden. Ms. Emily took them home and cooked them for the students to eat as well. Growing vegetables is an important way to get young kids interested in where their food comes and try new foods. Way to go students!
Our school Green & Clean Crew is responsible for keeping our grounds looking beautiful. If you like getting your hands dirty, or finding an excuse to be outdoors on a beautiful day, we have a job for you! Contact the office and find out how you can become part of this “growing” group.
Compacted Math is a program at our school for eligible students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Students enter Compacted Math in 6th grade and by the time they complete 8th grade, they will have mastered 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade math concepts.
These students recently headed outside to take measurements to begin creating scale drawings of the school gardens. They are studying geometric figures in the classroom and this hands on activity make the math concepts take on practical meaning. By determining an appropriate scale, they will be able to create smaller drawings using that scale.
Back in March, Ashevile based artist, Jeff Menzer, visited The Learning Center to plan projects he and students will be implementing on campus this spring. Mr. Menzer specializes in creating “Re-Art” Sculpture, figurative sculpture, and environmental installations using found objects and industrial discards. This spring he will work with our students to turn discarded trampoline parts into art pieces that will become part of The Outdoor Learning Center.
This large scale art piece project serves to involve students in the design process, involve students in collaborative problem solving of environmental issues through the creative process, and to complete two art sculptures, one a shelter and one large bug, that will be permanently installed on campus.
Third graders have been tending the winter garden at The Learning Center. They have weeded and inspected the lettuce, chard and turnips and are please to see how well everything is doing.