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.

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!” 

Third graders Gear Up for 5th Annual School Maker Faire

Third graders at The Learning Center Charter School read a book about Vincent Van Gogh early in the school year and immediately wanted to try their hand at replicating his famous art. 

Teacher Kathleen Shook tapped into the student interest and has allowed the class to continue their exploration of famous artists.

“After we spent time making Van Gogh replicas, we journeyed into independent studies of artists that interested us,” said Shook. 

The class has spent time looking at photography as art and as a way to tell stories. They have explored different art forms including pottery, metal work, graffiti, hieroglyphics, and ultimately took an interest in installations, or whole rooms that are transformed into art projects. In fact, the class decided to incorporate science into an art project by taking their studies of outer space and transforming their classroom into an art piece that shows off the Solar System. 

The final Solar System art installation will be unveiled at the 5th Annual School Maker Faire on March 12th from 3:30-6:30.

A School Maker Faire is a place to show what you’ve made and to share what you’ve learned with others.  Schools host Maker Faires because they are a perfect combination of part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new. School Maker Faire exhibitors, or “makers,” are primarily students—either as individuals, clubs, classes or groups.  Maker Faire exhibits can be from any discipline — from science to art to gardening to engineering to craft.

“We have begun planetary research that will lead us into art, and we hope to use QR codes to make the exhibit interactive and educational,” said Shook. 

The community is invited and encouraged to be part of the 5th Annual School Maker Faire set for March 12th from 3:30-6:30 on the campus of The Learning Center Charter School located at 945 Conaheeta Street in Murphy. Visit www.naturally grownkids.org to learn more or call 835-7240 to register to be a Maker at the event.

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.