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
Kathleen Shook tapped into the student interest and has allowed the class to
continue their exploration of famous artists.
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
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.
We hope you plan to attend. There will be Makers of all sorts on campus demonstrating and sharing what they make. Additionally, there will be spaghetti dinner for sale as a fundraiser for upper grade class trips. It will be fun, educational, and delicious! See you Thursday!
Recently, students in second grade finished a unit in science learning all about the properties of matter. They made slime to see if they could use what they had learned to determine if slime is a solid or a liquid. Interestingly, they couldn’t decide whether it was a solid or liquid because it had certain properties of each.
Third graders recently enjoyed DIY microwave popcorn grown in the TLC garden. An heirloom breed called pappys gems was grown and students microwaved it simply in a brown paper bag avoiding the chemicals often included in microwave popcorn. A science lesson with a snack was a hit for all!
Recently seventh grade students participated in a lively debate where they renegotiated the Treaty of Versailles.
The Treaty of Versailles was one of the most important peace treaties that brought World War I to an end.
After spending time studying WWI and learning of it’s historical importance, students then got a first hand education on all the important factors and country interests in securing a peace treaty. This process allowed students to better understand what factors were at play that caused the war and the difficulties in ending it.
Sixth grade students recently just finished literature circles. Literature circles like book clubs. The intent of a literature circle to allow students to practice and develop the skills and strategies of good readers.
After the books were finished, students created original board games based on the novels they read.
The Learning Center Charter School is celebrating making of
all kinds at their 5th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday,
March 12 from 3:30 – 6:30.
Maker Faire, an official brand and trademark
for this worldwide phenomenon, is a celebration of invention, creativity, and
resourcefulness. It’s 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. And Maker Faire exhibits can be from any discipline — from science to
art to gardening to engineering to craft.
within the community are invited to have booths featuring their own unique
there will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, and delicious food available
for purchase. Students in 4th-8th
grade will be selling spaghetti dinner tickets to raise funds for their respective class trips.
Bender, organizer for the School Maker Faire, said “People in our community are
inherently curious and creative. Given the space and opportunity to build and
create, they do and we invite you to come out to witness the awesome things
added that having makers from the community sharing and interacting with the
young people make the event truly special.
Learning Center is an official host of the fifth annual School Maker Faire open
to the Murphy area and is looking for Makers to join the festivities. The event
will be held at the school on Thursday, March 12th, from 3:30 – 6:30
Visit www.naturallygrownkids.org/school-maker-faire to learn more and sign up
to be part of this event.
Every semester, we present a different choice of electives to our 5th-8th grade students. Offerings can vary wildly, but our focus in electives is always to give students a place to apply the skills they are learning during the academic day in a fun way.
Offerings have included Aquaponics, Pottery, Art & Design, Web Design, Drama & Theater Arts, Knitting and Crochet, Hiking, Forest Management, Puppetry, Primative Skills, Coding, Chess, Cooking, Robotics, Choral Singing and many more.
Students at The Learning Center Charter School are no
stranger to the use of state-of-the-art technology as part of their every day
learning experiences. The school has 3D
printers in several classrooms, Smart Boards in every classroom, computers and
laser printers available to every student, and more.
The school has cultivated an E-STEAM environment where students
learn using a variety of methods, tools, and techniques. E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science,
technology, engineering, arts & agriculture, and math.
Head of school, Ryan Bender, said, “We use technology as part
of our inquiry-based learning approach and have found that students gain a
deeper understanding of a subject by means of experimentation with it.”
Bender pointed to a science class as an example of technology enhancing student learning. “By giving our students access to technology and tools, we allow our students to “do” science instead of just “learn” science.”
For example, third grade students studied conduction,
friction and heat transfer on January 20, 2020.
They conducted an experiment using infrared thermometers. Students experimented on how the properties
of different objects affect friction when rubbing with a cloth. Temperature was
taken with the infrared thermometers and measured at different times through
the course of the experiment.
Conduction, convection and radiation were all concepts that student
learned as a result.
Bender added, “Using technology not only helps young students
learn the skills required to operate the newest devices and latest software,
but also allows them to research and solve problems in a collaborative and
cooperative manner with their peers.”