4th Grade Learns to Clog as Part of Social Studies Focus on North Carolina

Students in fourth grade across the state have a special emphasis on North Carolina history as part of their social studies curriculum. This year our Fourth Graders learned to clog as part of this emphasis.

Clogging is an American dance form that began in the Appalachian Mountains and now enjoys widespread popularity throughout the United States and around the world.

The students performed a clogging dance to the song “Cotton Eyed Joe” at the annual talent show on April 4th. They did a fantastic job too!

Annual Talent Show

On April 4th, the gymnatorium at The Learning Center Charter School was filled to capacity in anticipation of the school’s annual talent show.  Students, staff, parents and family members were treated to an afternoon of amazing talents.

Singers, dancers, Lego builders, piano players, gymnasts, and cloggers were among the impressive talents on display. The school’s middle school Odyssey of the Mind team also performed.

“It’s always fun to see what our talented students share with us,” said school director Mary Jo Dyre.

Dyre added that the school’s drama program, now in its eighth year, sees increased participation based on the opportunities provided by such events.

“We embrace learning through the arts as an essential part of a holistic, E-STEAM curriculum,” said Dyre.  “We expose students to musical, visual, culinary, performing and dramatic arts as often as possible and by the time a student is in middle school, they jump at the chance to be part of our annual spring musical.”

E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Did you know about The Learning Center Music Program?

IMAG4628-500x281We are fortunate here on The Learning Center campus to have a quality music program. Judy Coleman serves as the Director of our School Music Program and works with others to assure that music offerings are available throughout the grades.   023-500x333Our offerings include:

  • Kindergarten through fourth grade chorus
  • Small group and individual fiddle and guitar lessons available
  • Expose Yourself to Music Fridays
  • Brasstown Concert Series available at no cost to students in fifth through eighth grades
  • Annual Veteran’s Day Program
  • Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • December Holiday Concert
  • Talent Show
  • Annual Spring Concert
  • Spring Musical

100_6845-500x374The musical arts are an important part of the school’s E-STEAM Philosophy: The school’s philosophy of education is built upon the idea that young learners need to be exposed to a broad array of rich learning experiences.  As students move into high school and beyond, they will begin to specialize in more specific interests; however, it will be the early broad-based education that assures the well-rounded, future-ready leaders and citizens who are the foundation of a healthy, productive, creative and sustainable Community of Learners.unnamed-375x500 IMAG5409-500x282 IMG_20150130_170341_536-500x375