Kindergarten students spend a portion of their in-class school days rotating around classroom “centers.” These “centers” have learning activities and hands-on fun things to do that keeps the students interested in learning. If you ask a kindergarten student what they think of centers, they will undoubtedly tell you the love them!
As a family member or friend of a student at our school, you may wonder how education is being delivered remotely on the days that your student is not on campus. Our teachers are using many methods including videos. This is just one example! Here, Ms. Emily does a short ten minute lesson for first graders on living things as part of science.
TLC students love to be outside! Our teachers have them outdoors for everything from physical education, reading, math, science, art and more!
You already know that The Learning Center Charter School values art in all forms as an important component education. We have always offered chorus, visual arts, and dramatic arts opportunities to our students. This year, as we operate A & B schedules as well as a fully remote option, we still have art!
Ms. Kelly is providing virtual art lessons for all Kindergarten through eighth grade students.
These photos are examples of the first lesson for the school year which taught how fun it it to use lines. Ms. Kelly asked students to create a scribble and fill it in with colored lines in any patters they liked. This introductory lesson allowed students an easy way to use lines at home with any medium they had available!
Mr. Sean has some tips to help keep your kids active during this time of increased dependence on technology. Plus, as the weather starts to cool, it’s easy for kids to stay inside on their screens. Use these tips to keep those kids moving, burn off excess energy, and keep an active lifestyle!
During the very first week of the new school year, our fourth grade scientists spent time outdoors observing similarities and differences in leaves.
Our nutrition program offers fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Plus, because garden based learning is a core component of our curriculum, our students tend to fruits, vegetables, and flowers in and among our many campus gardens. We’ve found over the years that this combination encourages our students to try new foods and eat well.
Ms. Emily offers tips for getting your kids of their screens in this time of increased technology use. She offers these tips:
Explore your backyard.
How about an ant farm or small aquarium?
Use a magnifying glass and binoculars to explore the world.
Go camping in your backyard.
Go for a hike.
Students at The Learning Center Charter School are accustomed to being outside during the school day because teachers use the outdoors as an extension of the classroom as often as possible.
“Learning outdoors is a cornerstone of our educational philosophy,” said Ryan Bender, head of school. He added that the great outdoors provides the perfect setting for all subjects. “Most people will tell you that being outside is the perfect place for teaching a science lesson. And, they are right! But, the outdoors is also hugely beneficial when teaching reading, social studies, math, and art.”
According to National Wildlife Federation, American Institutes of Research, and the Sierra Club, when children are taught in the outdoors, better test scores, higher grade point averages, decreased behavior problems, and improved health are the result.
“We have an Outdoor Learning Center at our school that is a screened classroom,” said Bender. In addition to the classroom, classes also meet around the fire pit, among the school’s many gardens, and along the trails around the school.
So much of what happens at TLC could not happen without the support of community businesses and partners. Our very own Parents Involved organization donated the above pictured school supplies valued at $1,600 that they were able to purchase from the profit of last year’s mum sale. Thank you PI!