1st Grade Explores Dyeing Fabrics

As part of an ongoing exploration of science in first grade, students experimented with dyeing different types of fibers with both artificial and natural dyes.

They dyed wool fiber and cotton string and were very surprised by some of the results. They hypothisized that the Kool-Aid dye would result in brighter colors than it actual did. They also thought that the purple cabbage would result in a similar purple dye when, in fact, it did not.

All of their findings were on display in the classroom at our annual School Maker Faire in March.

1st & 2nd Grade Language Arts & School Maker Faire Project

First and second grade students worked collaboratively on a project that was displayed at our annual School Maker Faire in March. After reading “Charlie Needs A Cloak” by Tomie dePaola, students made sculptures from recycled objects.

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4th Grade Makes Famous People for School Maker Faire

Fourth grade students had an incredible display of the famous people in history sculptures that they made at our annual School Maker Faire in March.

Students researched famous people in history and then recreated them as seen here. The photos do not do them justice. They were incredible to see in person.

These sculptures, of course, allowed the students to experiment with a new form of art but also required them to delve into history, sharpen their research skills, practice their writing skills in a written report, and dive deep into their studies.

3rd Grade Solar System Art Installation Update

You might remember a few weeks ago reading about the third grade classes making a Solar System art installation in their classroom for display during our annual School Maker Faire.

The entire classroom was turned into the Solar System. QCodes were placed among different parts so that a visitor could scan the code and learn about that particular object found in our Solar System.

There were facts and visual representations of so many interesting things found in our Solar System. The hands on activities were also enjoyed by all who visited as well. Way to go students!

Scenes From Our 5th Annual School Maker Faire

The Learning Center Charter School celebrated making of all kinds at our 5th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday, March 12 from 3:30 – 6:30. Imagine a science fair, craft show, tech conference, and county fair, all rolled into one and you can picture a School Maker Faire.

Makers – from Learning Center students to community members – had booths featuring their own unique Maker project. There were hands-on activities, demonstrations, and delicious homemade food.

A special thank you to our wonderful community of Makers that made this event possible. The School Maker Faire proved to be an inspiring and educational evening for everyone who attended.

Environthon Team Gets Ready for Regionals

Our Environthon team is seen here at the Area 1 training day earlier this month at Tri-County Community College. Regional Competition is TODAY, March 25th in Waynesville, NC.

Environthon is an environmental education competition. It is organized by the NCF-Envirothon, a program of the National Conservation Foundation. The competition is held by the United States and Canada on a regional, state, and bi-national level.

Good luck team! 

3rd Grade – Community Read Aloud as Part of Read Across America

Third grader teacher, Ms. Kathleen Shook, has extended Read Across America Week to the entire month of March for her students. As part of the celebration, she has arranged guests to come read to the class daily. The first week included several class moms, an ICU Nurse, a local handyman, a NCDOT worker, and a public health advisor for the CDC!

8th Grade Studies Poetry

Eighth graders have been studying poetry and are seen here working in poetry stations to create their own unique poems.


One station was for “found poetry” which is using cut out words from newspapers to create a poem.

Another station was “blackout poetry” which is taking a page from a book and selecting a few words to create a poem while blacking out the rest of the page with designs.

The third station was “paint chip poetry” where the students took a paint chip sample and used the paint color names to create a whimsical poem.

The last station was a typewriter where students could create free verse poems on an old typewriter. 


The students were so enthusiastic to be able to explore the art of writing poetry through unique and creative ways. One student said “I can’t wait to go take this home so I can post a picture of it on Instagram!” 

Read Across America Week at TLC

Read Across America Week was March 2-6, 2020 and our students enjoyed all the activities teachers planned to celebrate.

Read Across America Week promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults. Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books.

Ms. Nicole taught “Green Eggs & Hamlet” to her students.

You might have heard your student talking about the daily events going on at school to celebrate. They were:

  • Mixed Up Monday: Wear your shirt inside out or backwards.
  • Truffula Tuesday: Wear a mustache (like the LORAX!)
  • Wacky Socks Wednesday: Wear a pair of WACKY socks.
  • Thing 2 Thursday: Decorate your hair in a crazy way, like Thing 1 and Thing 2.
  • Friday: Oh the Places You’ll Go! Wear a shirt for your favorite college or profession.