Kindergarten STEM — Reading, Snacks & Art

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Recently, students in Kindergarten found a fun creative to incorporate reading, art and a yummy snack. As a class, they read the book Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann.  The funny story tells the tale of what happens in a zoo at night. The students loved both the story and the delicious treat they made as a result.

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Alphabet Exchange Brings World Closer

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Learning Center! Charter School kindergartners are learning about the alphabet via a global collaboration with students from around the world. The Alphabet Exchange program has hundreds of participating classrooms in the United States, Canada and other parts of the globe. Each participating class is assigned a group of 26 different classrooms around the country –one for each letter of the alphabet. The Learning Center kindergarten class was assigned the letter “E”. The school’s assigned group of collaborating classrooms included ones from California, Iowa, Ohio, Georgia and one from Canada, to name a few.

Each classroom is tasked to decorate 26 copies of their assigned letter.  The Learning Center kindergartners and teacher, Monica Gatti chose to make their letter, “E” look like an Elephant. The inspiration came from a book they read called, Elmer the Elephant, by David McKee, about a colorful patchwork elephant who is different from all the rest of the elephants.

“In addition to decorating the letter “E”, we wrote a letter describing our class, our town and community,” said Gatti. “We sent out all of our decorated “E” letters and written letters to the other classrooms nationwide and now we are receiving theirs.”

The goal for this Alphabet Exchange is for each participating class to have a full set of decorated letters from A to Z and for students to hear from their peers in other parts of the country and the world.

“We are really enjoying receiving the mail,” said Gatti. “We are mapping where each letter is coming from and learning about each location. This is an exciting way for students to learn the alphabet and connect with other students in a global way.”

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2nd Grade Science — Exploring More About Sound

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Students in second grade have continued their studies of sound. On this day, students explored sound traveling through different media. Thoughtful questions were asked about telephones, water, loudness, quietness and magic. Second graders proved they are true scientist!

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Arts Gala at School Raises Money for Risers

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If you enjoy supporting the arts in our community, you’ll want to save the date for an Arts Gala presented by The Learning Center! Charter School.

On November 4, the school will open to the public for their first Arts Gala with the goal of raising money to purchase risers and staging for the school’s auditorium. The auditorium space, built last year, is part of a multi-purpose space used for drama productions and other school functions.

The Arts Gala will begin at 6:00pm with hors d’oeuvres, a walk through of the school’s gallery featuring student, teacher and staff art as well as works from elective courses.

In addition, The GrowZone Players, the school’s drama group, will put on a “One Act” play called, called “The Outlaws of Candy Kitchen, or, Bonney the Kid Rides Again” and is a western-themed melodrama about the “Real Bonney the kid – which happens to be a girl in this story.

“Pre-sale tickets will be available soon for $15,” said school drama director, Ryan Bender, “and all proceeds will help us reach our goal of $25,000 for stage risers used for all productions and school functions.”

4th Grade Science — Nutrition

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Recently, students in fourth grade have been learning about nutrition. In the lab experiment seen in these photos, students were testing a variety of foods for the presence of starch. Starch is an indicator of carbohydrates and these students were fascinated to learn that many more foods contain carbohydrates than they had guessed.

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3rd Grade Science — Skeletal System

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Third graders have been learning about the skeletal system. After learning about the bones of our body, students made their own skeletons out of pasta. They also made their own movable skeleton diagrams to fully understand how joints and connective tissue allow our body to move.

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