Students Build Square Foot Garden

Students are seen here creating a new Square Foot Garden on our campus.

Square foot gardening is a simple method of creating small, orderly, and highly productive gardens and was invented by Mel Bartholomew as a better way to grow a vegetable garden. It became a huge hit when he introduced the idea to the gardening public in 1981 in his book Square Foot Gardening.

This endeavor is teaching many things including math, science, teamwork, and an understanding of where food comes from. Students will be planting vegetables, herbs, and flowers in these garden beds.

Making & Doing

On any given day, you can walk across campus and find students making and doing all sorts of things. It’s part of or E-STEAM philosophy!

E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts & agriculture, and math.

This photos show 5th graders building something from items found in The Outdoor Learning Center. Be sure to ask a 5th grader about it the next time you see one!

1st Grade PBL – All About Bugs

First grade students recently completed a PBL project that focused on bugs!

PBL stands for Project Based Learning and is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, complex question, problem, or challenge.

In Guided Reading, students read non-fiction books about the differences of insects and bugs. To apply what they learned, they each created clay insects to show the three segmented body parts (a head, thorax, and abdomen) of an insect.

As part of their writing lessons, the students worked on comparing and contrasting insects and bugs using a Venn Diagram.

Using topics that students are naturally interested in, like bugs, provides opportunities to use that subject matter across the curriculum and Ms. Katie was sure to do that!

Art Important Component Our Curriculum

Classrooms and campus grounds of The Learning Center Charter School are filled with art projects from across grade levels and subject areas.  This is because the school embraces learning through the arts as an essential part of a holistic, E-STEAM curriculum. 

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

 “We know the arts are a crucial component of education for 21st Century students,” said Ryan Bender, head of school.  “Through our classroom arts emphasis, weekly art instruction, art electives, and extracurricular activities in the arts, we are creating the kind of learners that can excel in any field they pursue.”

Teachers at the school use the arts, both visual and dramatic, in the classroom to teach core standards in an engaging and memorable way.  On any given day, students can be found singing their multiplication tables, constructing sculptures in the garden, re-enacting famous scenes from American history, or cutting, pasting, and painting for their latest assignment.

Students Study Artist Paul Klee

The week of April 12th, students in all grades at The Learning Center Charter School learned about artist Paul Klee as part of the school’s continued emphasis on art as part of their E-STEAM curriculum.

E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art & agriculture, and math. A driving principle of the school’s educational approach is to teach students that science, math, and technology skills are essential and are deeply integrated within the activities of entrepreneurship and agriculture, as well as language, music, and visual arts.

“Our philosophy of education is built upon the idea that young learners need to be exposed to a broad array of rich learning experiences,” said Head of School, Ryan Bender.

“The arts – whether visual, written, spoken or performed, are an incredible venue to put academic lessons into practical use. We strive to bring a variety of arts experiences to our students during their time at our school. We offer opportunities to act, paint, draw, craft, write and participate in performances and competitions,” added Bender.

The school is adding a high school next year with the addition of 9th grade. Each subsequent year, an additional grade will be added to make the charter school a Kindergarten through 12th grade school in four years time. This same educational approach will be implemented in high school grades.