Gingerbread Collaboration Between 5th Grade & Kindergarten

Back in December, fifth grade students worked with Kindergarten students to design and construct gingerbread houses. The classes joined forces for this fun engineering project and the collaborative effort was enjoyed by all.

Collaborative learning has been shown to not only develop higher-level thinking skills in students, but boost their confidence and self-esteem as well.

Plus, collaborative learning has been shown to:

  1. Enhance problem solving skills
  2. Inspire critical thinking
  3. Improve social interactions
  4. Support diversity
  5. Aid in the development of self-management skills
  6. Improve and develop oral communication skills
  7. Foster the development of interpersonal relationships

Clearly the students were building gingerbread houses. . . and so much more!

Folk School Wood Carvers Visit 2nd Grade

Woodcarvers from the John C. Campbell Folk School visited Second Grade in December. They demonstrated wood carving, shared finished pieces and answered many questions. The carvers are offering a free wood carving class on Thursdays at 7pm at the Folk School for anyone interested.

2nd & 3rd Grade Art

Second and third graders recently made mixed media winterscape scenes in art class.

We embrace learning through the Arts as an essential part of a holistic, E-STEAM curriculum.

We know the Arts are a crucial component of education for 21st Century Students. Through our classroom arts emphasis, weekly art instruction in the elementary school, Art electives for the middle school, and extracurricular activities in the Arts, we are creating the kind of learners that can excel in any field they choose. 

2nd Grade E-STEAM STEM Gingerbread Houses

Before Christmas break, students in second grade participated in an E-STEAM/STEM project that had them sculpting with all sorts of confections in order to learn a variety of concepts and skills.

E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art and agriculture and math. For many years, we have worked diligently to make our curriculum and campus a true E-STEAM environment. We teach students that science, math, and technology skills are essential for becoming 21st Century citizens 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. 

The students had to design, build, troubleshoot and redesign their gingerbread houses over the course of several days. Students had fun working with each other and with the entire design/construction process. Their resulting houses added a festive touch to the classroom.

2nd Grade Art – Stepping Stones

Second grade created stepping stones for the class garden area using recycled glass in the stones. The students were partnered up to work collaboratively on designing and creating their stepping stones.

The stepping stones were put on display during ARTrageous and will be put in the second grade garden plot in  the front of the school.

2nd Grade Cross Curricular Study of Thanksgiving

Second grade completed a cross curricular Thanksgiving lapbook project where students learned all about the history of Thanksgiving through reading, writing, research and collaboration. 


As part of the project, students were partnered up and given instruction on how to work collaboratively and how to have constructive conversations.

Next the students were taught how to conduct research on laptops and how to take notes.

Lastly, the children worked closely with their partners to complete their Thanksgiving lapbook projects and presented them to the class, taking questions from classmates and giving feedback. 

Scenes from ARTrageous 2019

On November 8, 2019, our school hosted our fourth annual art celebration and fundraising event — ARTrageous 2019.

Art was celebrated in all forms from food, dancing, live music, written and spoken word, to gallery art and a live drama performance from our very own TLC GrowZone Players.

The TLC GrowZone Players always steal the show and give audiences a great preview of the spectacular performances you’ll see at our annual Spring Musical. This year’s performance was a spin on a old time radio show called The Thin Man.

Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the arts at TLC!

4th & 5th Graders Make Cards for Military Service Members

Students in 4th and 5th grades made for the Holiday Cards for Our Service Members Drive.  North Carolina Schools Superintendent, Mark Johnson, passed along this information to schools in North Carolina.  Ms. Gina presented it to her students and they were very excited to participate in the wonderful drive.  They used their writing skills to write a personal note along with some illustrations and decorations to create the holiday cards.