Kindergarten Celebrates 100 Days of School

Ten girls have ten fingers = 100 fingers!

One the 100th day of school, teachers in Kindergarten took the opportunity to do lots of fun activities with the number 100!

They made a 100 day necklace out of cereal,  stamped 10 stamps on 10 strips of paper and made a 100th day hat, counted out 10 different food items and made a 100 day snack, each child brought in 100 items to share with the class like 100 items of pirate treasure, 100 noodles, 100 brown beads, 100 paper clips, or even 100 pennies.




Always loads of things going on around TLC!

Peter Jenkins, famous author of Walk Across America, visited campus.


Students in the cooking elective show off some of their yummy handiwork.


First grade students completed "100 Days of School" projects by observing nature and sharing what they saw.



Kindergarteners wear their "100 Days of School" hats!


Building Quadrilaterals


Recently sixth graders explored how to create quadrilaterals with polystrips.  They played around with these strips of paper in attempts to learn what side lengths would create a quadrilateral.  Throughout the process, they learned that the sum of three sides needs to be larger than the fourth side that was not added in order to yield a quadrilateral.

Raise your hand if you love to see kids learning real life math by hands on discovery?!?



First Grade STEM Project #8

[Each week Ms. Darea’s first grade class has a STEM lesson that crosses the curriculum and lasts all week.  Here is what Ms. Darea had to say about Project #8.]


Whoa!  My kids are awesome!  This week was Christmas STEM!  We started off with the decorating the Christmas tree on the Mimio board according to the word problems.  They were all SO into this!  It was great to see them doing this mental math with multiple steps including addition and subtraction all mixed together.  We even did some counting in Spanish!



Then, we read the book What Makes A Magnet?  I asked them to find the connection between magnets and Christmas while I read this book and they were quick to learn that earth is a giant magnet with the North Pole at one end!  I then introduced the STEM project.  The kids had to make a Christmas tree and 15 ornaments.  The tree and ornaments were to be made into magnets and then the kids had to find something that their magnets would stick to.  Then they would make up word problems for each other to solve using their trees.  They were given a stencil of a Christmas tree to trace on cardstock and were asked to find an item that they could trace onto colored cardstock to make 15 ornaments.  The ornaments had to fit so they had to test them to make sure they would all fit on the tree but also be big enough to fit on the small magnets that I cut.  Many kids used buttons to trace, some used erasers, one thought of using dice.  Once the magnets were made, they had to find something magnetic.  Some kids noticed that the doors to the outside were magnetic, many used filing cabinets, one pair used the top to the button tin!  We broke for snack, watched some videos of magnetic people, then got back to our trees. Now, the students had to make up math problems with their partner and solve them using their Christmas trees and ornaments! 

First Grade STEM Project #7

[Each week Ms. Darea’s first grade class has a STEM lesson that crosses the curriculum and lasts all week.  Here is what Ms. Darea had to say about Project #7]

STEM was so fun and successful this week!!!!!  This week’s focus was on seasons.  One science experiment we did earlier in the week was to predict how molecules would move in both hot water and cold water.  Several kids predicted that they would move faster in the hot water because they thought that the hot water would melt it quicker!  We dropped food coloring into a container of cold water and also a container of hot water and compared how it flowed throughout.  Obviously, the food coloring moved quicker in the hot water.  We compared how this might relate to our bodies.  Students said that the food coloring could represent our blood and the containers our bodies.  I asked how our bodies might function when warm compared to cold.  They totally made the connection that things might flow better in our bodies when warm.   We continued to talk about how to keep our bodies at the right temperature during the hottest and coldest seasons and a few days later we predicted if colors could affect temperatures.  

We did another experiment with two containers of water.  One container had black paper wrapped around it, the other did not.  We took a base temperature of both and set them outside in the sun.  We took the temperatures of both containers at the end of the day and took the differences between the morning and afternoon temperatures and learned that the temperature of the container covered in paper increased more than the other.

So, with these connections,  we did one final project on Friday.  Each group was secretly assigned a season.  They had to make collages that represented their seasons by cutting pictures out of magazines.  They had to include food, activities, words, and clothing.  Once these were completed, the collages were cut into fourths.  The groups were switched up.  The new groups had a piece of each group’s collages.  These pieces were glued down on a piece of cardboard and the groups had to decide which collage piece represented which season.  They labeled the seasons and wrote down their proofs on another piece of paper.  They then shared the final product with the rest of the class.  Totally awesome!



Third grade visits Murphy Mayor

On November 17, 2011, the third grade class from TLC! visited City Hall and Mayor Bill Hughes.  The mayor discussed the daily ins and outs of running the town and how the local government works on a daily basis.  He showed the children where the city councilmen meet regularly and what they discuss during their meetings.  He also discussed the four levels of government and how they operate.  We took a tour of City Hall and the children had an opportunity to ask the mayor questions.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to educate our children Mayor Hughes!

Third grade studies cultural regions of Native Americans


Recently third graders did an in-depth study of the eight cultural regions of the Native Americans- Plateau, Northwest Coast, California, Great Basin, Great Plains, Far North, Northeast Woodlands, Southeast Woodlands, and Southwest.  To finish the unit, the children, along with art teacher Ms. Carrie  and during class-cross curricular activity time chose a Native American mask and created one of their own.  The children used balloons and paper mache to create the shape of the mask.  After it dried, they printed off their mask of choice (from research through the Internet), sketched it out and then painted the mask with acrylic paints.   

It was a very fun project and Ms. Carrie worked very hard with them!


Field Work to the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University


Sixth graders at The Learning Center! have recently been studying Ancient Egypt and had an exciting opportunity to see ancient Egyptian artifacts at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. 

The collection of Ancient Egyptian and Nubian antiquities at the Michael C. Carlos Museum covers the full spectrum of Nile Valley civilization, from the earliest Prehistoric times, to the period of Roman domination.  At the core of the collection are the artifacts acquired by Emory professor William Shelton, who traveled to Egypt in 1920, including the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Americas.  The collection experienced tremendous growth, beginning in 1999 with the purchase of Egyptian antiquities from a small, private museum in Niagara Falls, Canada.  The objects from the Niagara Falls Museum had been purchased in Egypt during the early 1860s, and include ten mummies, nine coffins, and a variety of other artifacts.  The Niagara collection consists primarily of funerary material from the 21st Dynasty (ca. 1070–946 BC) to the Roman Period (ca. 31 BC–395 AD), a time of great achievement in the funerary arts.  There is also a Greek and Roman display.

Campfire cooking with the third grade class

On November 22, 2011 third graders visited The Outdoor Learning Center to do some campfire cooking.  They had two Boy Scout leaders visit, David Williams and Paul Keller, and they did some demonstrations for the children and discussed specifics of how to cook in a fire pit/campfire cooking.  They cooked chicken, beef, potatoes, carrots, cherry cobbler, chocolate delight, hot chocolate and apple cider.  Everything was cooked in tin foil or dutch ovens in hot coals or over the fire pit.