“Mini Mall” Showcases Entrepreneurship Across Grades

Students at The Learning Center Charter School recently held the first of two annual mini malls on campus. This popular event is made possible through a program called Middle REAL.

Offered to 5th through 8th graders, Middle REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) provides curricula, training and resources to help rural students grow through hands-on entrepreneurship education and small business creation.  The school also has a Mini REAL program that serves kindergarten through 4th graders. Both programs are a part of the North Carolina REAL program which is dedicated to helping bring entrepreneurship and small business creation to our state.

The Mini and Middle REAL programs work together to hold two annual Mini Malls, an event that has students in kindergarten through fourth grades “shopping” at the Mini Mall with “bucks” they’ve earned in their classroom throughout the school year.  Middle school students are responsible for creating all the goods and services available at the Mini Mall.  These students create their business from the ground up doing everything from business plans, market surveys, and product design. For the first time this year, students even made video commercials advertising their business.

“This Mini Mall saw everything from popcorn and juice for sale to rented time enjoying a virtual reality machine,” said school Director, Mary Jo Dyre.  “Although the day of the event was very much fun and games, the skills these students learned creating their businesses are valuable and will serve them for years to come.”

You can find out more about the REAL Entrepreneurship program at www.ncreal.org.

 

Mini Mall Encourages Young Entrepreneurs at TLC

The Learning Center prides itself on their long standing Middle REAL program offered to 5th through 8th graders.  Middle REAL stands for the Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning.  Additionally, TLC also has a Mini REAL program that serves kindergarten through 4th graders.  Both the Middle REAL and Mini REAL programs are a component of the North Carolina REAL program that is dedicated to helping bring entrepreneurship and small business creation to our state.

The Mini and Middle REAL programs work together to hold two annual Mini Malls, an event that has students writing business plans, conducting marketing surveys, and devising effective advertising in order to create a successful marketplace.

The videos above were made by students running businesses at the Mini Mall held in January of this year. These video commercials were part of their marketing plan to entice young students to visit their booth and spend their hard earned TLC bucks at their store.

Mini Mall is a hugely popular event on campus but Middle REAL and Mini REAL achieve far more than just that at TLC!  These programs also educate in the following ways:

·         Community Problem Solving – Students focus on the basic rules of safety at home, in the community and on the internet. Students create dramatizations of problematic situations then model effective solutions. Students compete for “best” solutions much like real-life contractors.

·         Community Environmental Design – Students are involved in the design and construction of a miniature “green” community and the design and creation of a Japanese garden.

·         The Global Community – Students learn Internet safety as they develop an awareness of the world that is accessible with the click of a mouse. Student research will support other Middle REAL classes and Friday activities.

·         Community Wellness –With a focus on overall health of humans and the good earth, students experiment with good-tasting, nutritious, “kid-friendly” snack recipes. These recipes are then be distributed to grades K-4 for classroom use.

Upper Grade Elective Offerings

Check out the awesome sampling of electives offered to fifth through eighth grade students this semester!

The Spring Musical: The Fearsome Pirate Frank: Auditions have taken place for what is always a spring drama success. The Cast has been announced.

Aquaponics: This elective continues to be a growing opportunity.  Only those with a desire to get their hands dirty need apply.

Pokémon Cards: Students can bring their cards on Fridays and do whatever they do with them. On nice days in the spring, they will be allowed to use their phones (if available) to go Pokémon hunting.  We will walk to the park and downtown.

Pinterest PE Projects: Most people get the power of Pinterest to inspire a project. This Pinterest inspired elective will begin with the accessories for flag football by creating belts with detachable flags. Other projects will include making hula hoops, practice jerseys, quivers for archery, a bow rack, playground repairs and upgrades, and a boot camp obstacle course. We will be working with anything from thread and needle to hammer and nails, maybe even a couple power tools.

Entrepreneurs in Training: Use your special interests to start your own business. As young entrepreneurs in training, you will learn how to be your own boss as you make many important business decisions. There are lots of different types of entrepreneurs; however, this semester we are going to learn about starting a jewelry design business: 1. Learn the basics about starting your own business and designing your own logo. 2. Use your artistic flare to design jewelry for men, women, children and pets. 3. Learn tips for pricing your handmade goods. Sell your creations at the 1st Murphy Art Walk of the 2017 Season in May!

Using Math to Create Beautiful Art: Create and see countless examples of gorgeous, simple, clever, and amazing art, all made from mathematical ideas. View fractions like Piet Mondrian. Experience tessellations and symmetry like M.C. Escher, fabricate with Fibonacci and see how irrational numbers can “in-spiral” you.

Pop Culture Creations: Have you ever wanted to create a piece of art from your favorite movie or show? In this elective, we will be working on projects that revolve around creating artistic pieces straight out of the movies. We will be knitting, painting, doing Pinterest projects, and student choice projects.

Book Club with Class work/Homework Support Perks: Are you one of those students that enjoys not only reading a great book but discussing the many interesting details of plot and characters with like-minded people? Does presenting a book review appeal to you? If you answered yes to one of the above questions, you are also often the sort of student who would like quiet time to work on a particular classroom or homework project. This elective is sure to appeal to the dedicated “book worm” who loves to learn!

Behind the Scenes/Make-up Elective:  Join Ms. Heidi for a behind the scenes elective where students will learn makeup, set building, prop design, and staging.  Students will split their time acting as stage hands/ crew for the drama elective and learning stage and beauty makeup. From dry brush to airbrush techniques, colors that compliment complexion, and highlighting hints, this elective is sure to be a blast!

Mini Mall Encourages Young Entrepreneurs at TLC

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Students at The Learning Center! Charter School showed their entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy during “Mini Mall,” a hugely popular event on the school’s campus made possible through a program called Middle REAL.

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Offered to 5th through 8th graders, Middle REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) provides curricula, training and resources to help rural students grow through hands-on entrepreneurship education and small business creation. Additionally, the school also has a “Mini REAL” program that serves kindergarten through fourth grades.

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Both the Middle REAL and Mini REAL programs are a component of the North Carolina REAL program, designed to prepare students to be active, self-sufficient and productive citizens to contribute to their communities’ social and economic development.

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The two programs work together to hold two annual Mini Malls, an event that has students writing business plans, conducting marketing surveys, and developing effective advertising in order to create a successful marketplace for their product or service.

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Middle school students first develop their business plans, create a name, decide if it will be a sole ownership or partnership, and describe their business, including prices. These students then visit the kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms to complete a market survey. “Business owners” bring sample products from their businesses and prices and survey the younger grades to find out the level of interest in their business. Once the market surveys are complete, they begin planning for the Mini-Mall. During the Mini Mall event, the lower grades shop and upper grades operate their own businesses.

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The Middle and Mini REAL programs teach community problem solving, community environmental design (involving the design and construction of a miniature “green” community), internet safety and community wellness with a focus on good health and nutrition.

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Businesses at this Mini Mall included pie in a teacher’s face, dance party, custom wood burned key chains, mini pizzas, cupcakes, chocolate creations, trading cards, various games and contests, art, hair design and many more. It was an impressive site to see!

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The Learning Center! Offers Rich Program Across All Districts

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The Learning Center! Charter School continues to break ground with innovations that present parents and their students with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. Ambitious facility improvements designed for rich academic opportunities continue to take place 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.

Director Mary Jo Dyre is particularly proud to announce a Kindergarten Montessori Blend Program. “We have had such consistent, strong success with the feeder Montessori Program that is located on our school campus, that we wanted to continue the Montessori Method into Kindergarten, which we believe works best for young learners.”

Learning Center’s “Above and Beyond” programs include Compacted Math Classes for gifted students, “MusicFriday” guest musicians program, K-5 chorus, links to a variety of instrument lessons, the opportunity to audition as a GrowZone Player in the school’s drama program, and upper-grades electives.

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, upper-grades electives program, Writers Club, “Girls on the Run” and “Girls on Track” provide students with the possibility to become all that they can be.

Designated as a “USDA Healthier U.S. School” (Silver Level), the school places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. Last year, the school built a new Gymnatorium and “Makers’ Space.” The 4,500 square foot building serves as a half court gym as well as useful space for assemblies, drama performances and more.

The Learning Center serves approximately 200 students and is open to both in and out-of-county students. There isno 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 “Inventors Boot 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).

“Mini Mall” Encourages Young Entrepreneurs at The Learning Center

Students at The Learning Center! Charter School showed their entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy during “Mini Mall,” a hugely popular event on the school’s campus made possible through a program called “Middle REAL.” Offered to 5th through 8th graders, Middle REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) provides curricula, training and resources to help rural students grow through hands-on entrepreneurship education and small business creation. Additionally, the school also has a “Mini REAL” program that serves kindergarten through 4th graders. Both the Middle REAL and Mini REAL programs are a component of the North Carolina REAL program, designed to prepare students to be active, self-sufficient and productive citizens to contribute to their communities’ social and economic development.
The two programs work together to hold two annual Mini Malls, an event that has students writing business plans, conducting marketing surveys, and developing effective advertising in order to create a successful marketplace for their product or service.
Middle school students first develop their business plans, create a name, decide if it will be a sole ownership or partnership, and describe their business, including prices. These students then visit the kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms to complete a market survey. “Business owners” bring sample products from their businesses and prices and survey the younger grades to find out the level of interest in their business. Once the market surveys are complete, they begin planning for the Mini-Mall. During the Mini Mall event, the lower grades shop and upper grades operate their own businesses.
The Middle and Mini REAL programs teach community problem solving, community environmental design (involving the design and construction of a minature “green” community), internet safety and community wellness with a focus on good health and nutrition.
You can find out more about the REAL Entrepreneurship program visit www.naturallygrownkids.org/middlereal.html or http://www.ncreal.org

Spring 2014 Mini Mall

school 005The Learning Center prides itself on their long standing Middle REAL program offered to 5th through 8th graders.  Middle REAL stands for the Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning.  Additionally, TLC also has a Mini REAL program that serves kindergarten through 4th graders.  Both the Middle REAL and Mini REAL programs are a component of the North Carolina REAL program that is dedicated to helping bring entrepreneurship and small business creation to our state.

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Mini Mall is a hugely popular event on campus but Middle REAL and Mini REAL achieve far more than just that at TLC!  These programs also educate in the following ways:

·         Community Problem Solving – Students focus on the basic rules of safety at home, in the community and on the internet. Students create dramatizations of problematic situations then model effective solutions. Students compete for “best” solutions much like real-life contractors.

·         Community Environmental Design – Students are involved in the design and construction of a miniature “green” community and the design and creation of a Japanese garden.

·         The Global Community – Students learn Internet safety as they develop an awareness of the world that is accessible with the click of a mouse. Student research will support other Middle REAL classes and Friday activities.

·         Community Wellness –With a focus on overall health of humans and the good earth, students experiment with good-tasting, nutritious, “kid-friendly” snack recipes. These recipes are then be distributed to grades K-4 for classroom use.

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Did you see us in the paper? TLC! Offers Rich Program for All Area Students

The Learning Center! Charter School has broken ground on the beginnings of an ambitious facility improvement plan designed to make the school “future-ready.” This summer, the school moved into it’s newly renovated administration office with plans for more expansion and improvements through a recently procured USDA loan.

The school offers a learning environment rich in academics balanced with the arts, music, an award winning nutrition program, daily P.E., and unique electives. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) has NO district restrictions and accepts students across all counties. The school’s curriculum blends healthy living, community involvement and an academic program rich in Common Core standards for well-rounded future-ready citizens.

The Learning Center! is piloting a STEM program — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics- for the new school year. The STEM program will complete what will be defined as an E-STEAM approach to education. “E” stands for entrepreneurship and the “A” is representative of a strong arts/language arts emphasis. “It is our goal,” said Mary Jo Dyre, director of The Learning Center “that all facility improvements  provide the ideal setting for students to be involved in the hands-on, problem solving approach that is characteristic of a quality E-STEAM education. We will have a stage for our drama program, OM/STEM workspace and a multi-purpose gym included in our up-coming construction plan.”

The school offers a rich music and drama program and will soon have a stage as part of it’s new facilities plans. The highly developed music education program offers chorus, guest musicians and instrument lessons that include bowed string, fiddle, guitar and piano.

The Learning Center! also offers Jr. Beta Club, Odyssey of the Mind teams, “Academics and the Arts” Artists-in-Residency program,  “Mini and Middle REAL”  young entrepreneur program, compacted math classes for gifted students, and pottery. “Girls on the Run” and “Girls on Track”, and “Chick Challengers Club” are among some of the rich electives and extra-curricular programs available through the charter school program. Recently, the school announced a Partnership with Western North Carolina Pacesettters that will significantly enhance the education experience for Learning Center students by supplementing P.E., STEM, and Aftercare programs with Pacesetters activities, plus offering engaging wilderness outings with qualified staff.

The Jackie Ward Foundation provides both funding and in-kind support for the school’s extra academics and arts programs. Students benefit from a rich cultural environment that complements academic offerings of the highest caliber.

Designated an “A+ Fit School” by The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, the school places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. Students eat healthy, freshly prepared food (served on real china and silverware) much of it from local sources.

The school also has a rich social media program to better communicate and interact with students, parents and faculty. Visit their new website (naturallygrownkids.org), blog (tlcgrowzone.org/blog) and FaceBook page (facebook.com/TLCGrowZonePage) to get a comprehensive overview of student opportunities.

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 and students can attend from any county.

The school also features a Montessori private preschool that is included in all the exciting development of becoming a STEM SCHOOL.  Tuition is charged and prices and hours are parallel to local childcare centers in the county. The pre-school program is eligible for subsidized funds.

The Learning Center! is located in downtown Murphy at 945 Conaheeta Street, Murphy NC 28906.
Call 828-835-7240 or email tlccs@naturallygrownkids.org for more information and to schedule a tour.

As seen in the Cherokee Scout’s School Round Up Addition

The Learning Center! Charter School

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Murphy – The Learning Center! Charter School has broken ground on the beginnings of an ambitious facility improvement plan designed to make the school “future-ready.” This summer, the school moved into it’s newly renovated administration office with plans for more expansion and improvements through a recently procured USDA loan.

The school offers a learning environment rich in academics balanced with the arts, music, an award winning nutrition program, daily P.E., and unique electives. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) blends healthy living, community involvement and an academic program rich in Common Core standards for well-rounded future-ready citizens.

The Learning Center! is piloting a STEM program — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics- for the new school year. The STEM program will complete what will be defined as an E-STEAM approach to education. “E” stands for entrepreneurship and the “A” is representative of a strong arts/language arts emphasis. “It is our goal,” said Mary Jo Dyre, director of The Learning Center “that all facility improvements  provide the ideal setting for students to be involved in the hands-on, problem solving approach that is characteristic of a quality E-STEAM education. We will have a stage for our drama program, OM/STEM workspace and a multi-purpose gym included in our up-coming construction plan.”

The school offers Jr. Beta Club, Odyssey of the Mind teams, bowed string, fiddle, guitar and piano lessons,  “Academics and the Arts” Artists-in-Residency program,  “Mini and Middle REAL”  young entrepreneur program, compacted math classes for gifted students, and pottery. “Girls on the Run” and “Girls on Track”, and “Chick Challengers Club” are among some of the rich electives and extra-curricular programs available through the charter school program.

The Jackie Ward Foundation provides both funding and in-kind support for the school’s extra academics and arts programs. Students benefit from a rich cultural environment that complements academic offerings of the highest caliber.

Designated an “A+ Fit School” by The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, the school places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. Students eat healthy, freshly prepared food (served on real china and silverware) much of it from local sources.

The school also has a rich social media program to better communicate and interact with students, parents and faculty. Visit their new website (naturallygrownkids.org), blog (tlcgrowzone.org/blog) and FaceBook page (facebook.com/TLCGrowZonePage) to get a comprehensive overview of student opportunities.