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).

6th Grade Compacted Math — Scale Drawings of School Gardens

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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.

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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.

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Compacted Math — Mullet Math!

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You know what a mullet is, right? Business in the front and a party in the back. The famous hair cut!  Students in Compacted Math spent time studying the mullet, determining what is more mullety by comparing ratios of business to party. In their quest to determine which styles are more mullety, they immediately grabbed pencil and paper to write ratios to help them figure it out. Mullet ratios!

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Even the mullet wig was written in mullet ratio form!

Special thanks to Matt Vaudrey and his Mullet Math lesson which can be found by clicking HERE.

The Learning Center! Offers Rich Program Across All Districts

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, 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.

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, “Music Friday” guest musicians program, K-4 chorus, links to a variety of instrument lessons, a highly developed drama program. New this year is the upper grade’s CREW Program that 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, Writers Club, “Girls on the Run” and “Girls on Track” provide students with the possibility 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 is proud to announce it’s 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 “Inventors 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).

20-Time Projects in Compacted Math

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Back in early April, 6th-8th grade students in Compacted Math presented this semester’s 20% Time Projects in poster presentations to their classmates.  Since January, Compacted Math students have spent one day per week studying a topic of their choice.  They chose the topic, designed their studies, and developed a poster presentation to communicate what they have learned.  The topics were hugely varied and truly represented students’ interests.

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To find out more about 20-Time in education, visit 20timeineducation.com and prior blog posts about 20% Time Projects here at TLC by typing it into the search bar found in the right hand side bar.

20-Time Projects in Compacted Math

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Everyone learns best when they are curious about a topic.  What better way to engage curiosity in students than to arrange for them to study something they are curious about??  The idea of encouraging curiosity and study was popularized by Google, who allows its employees to use 20% of their time to pursue a “pet project”.  Teachers are now bringing this idea into classrooms to support curiosity and innovation in their students.

20151218_094720Last fall, Compacted Math students spent one day per week studying a topic of their choice.  They chose the topic, designed their studies, and developed a presentation to communicate what they have learned.  The topics were hugely varied and truly represented students’ interests. At the end of the term, students gave a public presentation to all middle school students, teachers, and parents.

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To find out more about 20-Time in education, visit 20timeineducation.com.

Compacted Math – Studying Polynomials While Making Quilts

IMG_2728Students in eighth grade Compacted Math class recently made paper quilt blocks as a means for studying polynomials. As part of Algebra, they were learning how to multiply binomial terms, like (x + y) x (x + y). This can be tricky but the squares within the quilt block help because area is length times width, and the total area of the bigger quilt block is all the smaller ones put together. IMG_2730Compacted Math is strong on collaborative, hands-on project based learning and this is a prime example of this approach.  IMG_2731

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image-B01CFD66-5CDD-43ED-B62D-76DAF983CF95-origRising sixth graders with high test scores and good teacher recommendations have the option of being in an accelerated  math class at The Learning Center called Compacted Math.  By the time these sixth graders finish the eighth grade, they will have completed sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grade math.  They will have done four years of math in three years time. This program is in it’s third year at TLC under the direction of teacher Christine Crayton.

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Compacted Math – 6th Graders Explore Algebra

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Sixth compacted math students recently began their studies of algebra.  They began by using an “algebra balance” to find an unknown quantity of disks in a container.  They connected the concept of balance to equality in an equation.  Then they played a game called Balanced/Not Balanced, sorting equations into groups based on whether or not the sides of the equation would balance.

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