Construction Changes – What’s It All About? Read about E-STEAM & STEM Education at TLC!

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Exciting things are happening on campus while students and their families are on summer break.  If you were to stop by the school right now you would find this sign on the door that normally would lead you to the front office.  However, the front office is in transition.  Why?  The Learning Center! Charter School is making some big changes in order to be a 21st Century campus!

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What is a 21st Century campus?  One that is future ready!  One that is equipped to give students all they need to succeed in today’s world!  This means that over the summer the main office will be relocated to the area in front of the Dining Commons.  It means that 3rd and 4th grades will now occupy the modular formally occupied by the front office.  It also means that 5th and 6th grades will now occupy the former 3rd & 4th grade modular.  It means that the campus computer lab is being relocated and outfitted with furniture that works better for our students.  It means that when your students return in August you will soon see evidence of some BIG construction going on that will add to and remodel our current Dining Commons building.

For the past several years TLC! has been working towards a shift in curriculum that focuses on STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  But TLC! takes it a step further by focusing on E-STEAM — Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  Use the search bar in the right hand column of this blog to select “STEM”  and “STEAM” to see what teachers have been doing in this regard for the last several years.   These construction changes are just the beginning of other changes that you will soon see on campus that will more visually embrace our E-STEAM approach.

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Stayed tuned for more!

Mini Mall Fun!

The Learning Center prides itself on their long standing Middle REAL program offered to 5th through 8th graders.  Middle REAL stands for the Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning.  Additionally, TLC also has a Mini REAL program that serves kindergarten through 4th graders.  Both the Middle REAL and Mini REAL programs are a component of the North Carolina REAL program that is dedicated to helping bring entrepreneurship and small business creation to our state.

 

The Mini and Middle REAL programs work together to hold two annual Mini Malls, an event that has students writing business plans, conducting marketing surveys, and devising effective advertising in order to create a successful marketplace.

Mini Mall is a hugely popular event on campus but Middle REAL and Mini REAL achieve far more than just that at TLC!  These programs also educate in the following ways:

·         Community Problem Solving – Students focus on the basic rules of safety at home, in the community and on the Internet. Students create dramatizations of problematic situations then model effective solutions. Students compete for “best” solutions much like real-life contractors.

·         Community Environmental Design – Students are involved in the design and construction of a miniature “green” community and the design and creation of a Japanese garden.

·         The Global Community – Students learn Internet safety as they develop an awareness of the world that is accessible with the click of a mouse. Student research will support other Middle REAL classes and Friday activities.

·         Community Wellness –With a focus on overall health of humans and the good earth, students experiment with good-tasting, nutritious, “kid-friendly” snack recipes. These recipes are then be distributed to grades K-4 for classroom use.

 

Mini Mall Fun!

The Learning Center prides itself on their long standing Middle REAL program offered to 5th through 8th graders.  Middle REAL stands for the Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning.  Additionally, TLC also has a Mini REAL program that serves kindergarten through 4th graders.  Both the Middle REAL and Mini REAL programs are a component of the North Carolina REAL program that is dedicated to helping bring entrepreneurship and small business creation to our state.

 

The Mini and Middle REAL programs work together to hold two annual Mini Malls, an event that has students writing business plans, conducting marketing surveys, and devising effective advertising in order to create a successful marketplace.

 

 

Mini Mall is a hugely popular event on campus but Middle REAL and Mini REAL achieve far more than just that at TLC!  These programs also educate in the following ways:

·         Community Problem Solving – Students focus on the basic rules of safety at home, in the community and on the internet. Students create dramatizations of problematic situations then model effective solutions. Students compete for “best” solutions much like real-life contractors.

·         Community Environmental Design – Students are involved in the design and construction of a miniature “green” community and the design and creation of a Japanese garden.

·         The Global Community – Students learn Internet safety as they develop an awareness of the world that is accessible with the click of a mouse. Student research will support other Middle REAL classes and Friday activities.

·         Community Wellness –With a focus on overall health of humans and the good earth, students experiment with good-tasting, nutritious, “kid-friendly” snack recipes. These recipes are then be distributed to grades K-4 for classroom use.

 

 

 

Scenes around campus

4th grade investigations math

 

4th grade learning about rocks and minerals in science

 

5th graders running for Town Council as part of Middle REAL

 

4th & 5th grades visit Hayesville to learn about Cherokee Indian life and culture.

 

Learning about the Cherokee

 

6th graders comparing and contrasting "Physical Communities" vs. "Cyber-Communities."

Mini Mall Time Again!

One of the many businesses at Mini Mall.

The Learning Center prides itself on their long standing Middle REAL program offered to 5th through 8th graders.  Middle REAL stands for the Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning.  Additionally, TLC also has a Mini REAL program that serves kindergarten through 4th graders.  Both the Middle REAL and Mini REAL programs are a component of the North Carolina REAL program that is dedicated to helping bring entrepreneurship and small business creation to our state.

Much planning, research and market study is done before any mini mall business can open.

 

The Mini and Middle REAL programs work together to hold two annual Mini Malls, an event that has students writing business plans, conducting marketing surveys, and devising effective advertising in order to create a successful marketplace.

Mini Mall is a hugely popular event on campus but Middle REAL and Mini REAL achieve far more than just that at TLC!  These programs also educate in the following ways:

·         Community Problem Solving – Students focus on the basic rules of safety at home, in the community and on the internet. Students create dramatizations of problematic situations then model effective solutions. Students compete for “best” solutions much like real-life contractors.

·         Community Environmental Design – Students are involved in the design and construction of a miniature “green” community and the design and creation of a Japanese garden.

·         The Global Community – Students learn Internet safety as they develop an awareness of the world that is accessible with the click of a mouse. Student research will support other Middle REAL classes and Friday activities.

·         Community Wellness –With a focus on overall health of humans and the good earth, students experiment with good-tasting, nutritious, “kid-friendly” snack recipes. These recipes are then be distributed to grades K-4 for classroom use.