National Talk Like a Pirate Day is in September and Ms. Carrie celebrated with her students. Arrrrrrr!
Fourth graders flexed their design and engineering muscles recently as they made their own paper Greek columns as part of an extension of their social studies lessons about ancient Greece.
First graders recently combined art and science as they learned about how plants make food inside of their body. They made art prints with the chlorophyll contained in plant leaves.
Students at The Learning Center Charter School are either attending school in a hybrid model or fully remote, depending on student choice. However, despite this unique scheduling due to the global pandemic, all students at the school are still receiving visual arts and music education weekly.
The charter school embraces learning through the arts as an essential part of their E-STEAM curriculum. E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts & agriculture, and math. The arts component is evident on the campus grounds that showcases art projects from across the grade levels and subject areas.
Despite the challenges due to Covid-19 for teachers and students as opposed to a “normal” school year model, the school has found a way to still provide art education to all of students. Art teacher, Kelly Denton, has created both independent art and music websites that guide students through art and music lessons. The art website even acts as a showcase for student art upon submission to Denton.
“I’ve managed to map out the entire school year with both music and visual art lessons,” said Denton. Students will study things like rhythm, tempo, pitch and different music styles. Art lessons include things like shapes, positive and negative space, color theory, as well as focus on different famous artists throughout the school year.
“School has to be more than sitting at a computer clicking through options. I want our kids to have fun and learning things they can use to express themselves. What the students have been producing is phenomenal. They inspire me,” said Denton.
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!
The Learning Center Charter School, a tuition-free public charter school, continues to break ground with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. On-going facility improvements are designed for rich academic opportunities on this “future-ready” campus.
The Learning Center Charter School offers an E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts/Agriculture, and Math) learning environment. Students are exposed across the curriculum to 3-D Printers, robotics and coding. 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, 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 for North Carolina residents.
The school is on track to be an accredited O.W.L. (Open Way Learning) School later this summer. OWL is a framework that encourages educators to create and share best practices to help keep pace with a rapidly changing economy, society, and environment. OWL encourages educators to prioritize shared vision, distributed leadership, collaboration, freely exchanged knowledge, and innovation in creating customized solutions for learning communities. OWL serves an umbrella over the E-STEAM and PBL (Project Based Learning) foundation of the school. Additionally, fundamental principles of the school such as garden based learning, good nutrition and wellness, and a rich arts program that includes a well developed drama department fit under the OWL umbrella.
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 Head of School, Ryan Bender.
More extras including Compacted Math classes for accelerated math students, daily PE for all grades, National Junior Honor Society, wrestling team, ARTrageous and artists-in-residency program, “Mini and Middle REAL” young entrepreneur program, Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program, and the after school program provide students with the opportunities to become all they can be. The school also boasts an upper grade CREW Program, in its fifth year of operation, which promotes character development, goal setting, and responsible behaviors.
Additionally, the school instituted an ECO Ed option several years ago offering a home school flex program. The ECO Ed program works with community partners to create adjustable, flexible schedules for families who want to spend more time together and still be connected with a school for instructional support. Having the ECO Ed option already in place made the sudden transition to remote learning in the spring of 2020 as a result of the global pandemic a smooth transition for both teachers and students as a whole. Having a system already in place resulted in rich and engaging lessons during the stay-at-home orders and kept students plugged into their teachers, classmates and education.
Designated as a “USDA Healthier U.S. School” (Silver Level), The Learning Center Charter School 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 charter school 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 Innovation Tech Camp and intervention programs are also offered.
To learn more about and to enroll your child at The Learning Center Charter School, visit www.naturallygrownkids.org or call (828)835-7240.
During remote learning this past school year, third grade students were assigned the task of researching some famous statues across the world, like the Statue of Liberty, Christ the Redeemer, and The Motherland Calls. They were asked to create their own statues to represent the Covid-19 Crisis and Quarantine. These students totally knocked it out of the park!
As soon as stay-at-home orders switched daily school to remote education from home, Kathleen Shook, third grade teacher at The Learning Center Charter School, immediately switched gears on how to continue enriching E-STEAM and PBL projects for her remote class. As a result, students embarked on an extensive project based on lost cities of the world.
A targeted E-STEAM education approach ensures students engage in science, technology, engineering and math regularly. PBL 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.
The premise of the lost cities project came from a book the class read together about cities in history that are no longer inhabited either by means of disappearance, natural disaster, or mysterious episode. Students researched lost cities and chose ones to focus on depending on their interests. Petra, Atlantis and Great Zimbabwe were popular choices.
At the conclusion of the project, students designed and built models of their chosen lost city. Many used recycled materials while others used both technology and materials found in nature to build outside forts.
“Not being able to be in the same room with my students is challenging to be able to gauge how my students are delving into a subject,” said Shook. “However, I know from experience that PBL projects like this harness student curiosity and allow a deeper exploration and understanding of studies.”
The lost cities project included science, reading, writing and social studies components.
“What we could have learned about lost cities in one lesson on one day is nothing compared to the deeply engaged learning that we participated in during our PBL unit with lost cities as our overall theme,” said Shook.
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Art teacher, Ms. Kelly, hasn’t allowed remote learning to stop art education for her elementary aged students at TLC!
Students in kindergarten through third grade have art each Friday. As part of their class studies, students learn about color theory, values, famous artists, art styles, art mediums and techniques, and art for art’s sake. On this particular day of art, Ms. Kelly read the poem “Hope is the Thing with Feathers“ by Emily Dickinson.
Students loved the poem and had wildly different reactions to it. Some believed the poem was about God and tried to create their own image of God. Some saw the poem as being about angels. Some saw birds in their minds and created actual flying things to represent the hope that is flying. Some had much more abstract concepts in their art. Some created images of their family with wings, since their family represents hope to them. In one piece of art, it was snowing feathers over the whole world.