Tips to Keep Your Kids Active During the Pandemic

Mr. Sean has some tips to help keep your kids active during this time of increased dependence on technology. Plus, as the weather starts to cool, it’s easy for kids to stay inside on their screens. Use these tips to keep those kids moving, burn off excess energy, and keep an active lifestyle!

As seen in the Cherokee Scout Campus Round-Up Edition

The Learning Center Charter School, a tuition-free public charter school, continues to break ground with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. On-going facility improvements are designed for rich academic opportunities on this “future-ready” campus.

The Learning Center Charter School offers an E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts/Agriculture, and Math) learning environment.  Students are exposed across the curriculum to 3-D Printers, robotics and coding. The school’s education philosophy includes the belief that all young learners have the right to experience a broad, rich, and rigorous range of academics during the formative K-8 years. Additionally, the school offers an award-winning nutrition program, unique electives and extra-curricular opportunities. The school’s emphasis on healthy living, community involvement and high academic standards is designed to produce future-ready citizens. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) has NO district restrictions for North Carolina residents.

The school is on track to be an accredited O.W.L. (Open Way Learning) School later this summer. OWL is a framework that encourages educators to create and share best practices to help keep pace with a rapidly changing economy, society, and environment. OWL encourages educators to prioritize shared vision, distributed leadership, collaboration, freely exchanged knowledge, and innovation in creating customized solutions for learning communities. OWL serves an umbrella over the E-STEAM and PBL (Project Based Learning) foundation of the school. Additionally, fundamental principles of the school such as garden based learning, good nutrition and wellness, and a rich arts program that includes a well developed drama department fit under the OWL umbrella.

The Learning Center’s Montessori Blend Kindergarten program has proven to be a strong approach to instruction for even the youngest learners. “We’ve had consistent success with the feeder Montessori Program that is located on our school campus,” said Head of School, Ryan Bender.

More extras including Compacted Math classes for accelerated math students, daily PE for all grades, National Junior Honor Society, wrestling team, ARTrageous and artists-in-residency program, “Mini and Middle REAL” young entrepreneur program, Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program, and the after school program provide students with the opportunities to become all they can be. The school also boasts an upper grade CREW Program, in its fifth year of operation, which promotes character development, goal setting, and responsible behaviors.

Additionally, the school instituted an ECO Ed option several years ago offering a home school flex program. The ECO Ed program works with community partners to create adjustable, flexible schedules for families who want to spend more time together and still be connected with a school for instructional support. Having the ECO Ed option already in place made the sudden transition to remote learning in the spring of 2020 as a result of the global pandemic a smooth transition for both teachers and students as a whole.  Having a system already in place resulted in rich and engaging lessons during the stay-at-home orders and kept students plugged into their teachers, classmates and education.

Designated as a “USDA Healthier U.S. School” (Silver Level), The Learning Center Charter School places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. The school also has a free breakfast and lunch program available for ALL students.

The charter school serves approximately 200+ students and is open to both in and out-of-county students. There is no tuition for grades K through 8th. The school also features a Montessori private preschool, serving ages 3-5 years. After school programs are available for all ages. Summer Enrichment Programs such as Innovation Tech Camp and intervention programs are also offered.

To learn more about and to enroll your child at The Learning Center Charter School, visit www.naturallygrownkids.org or call (828)835-7240.

Sports Programs at TLC

The Learning Center is firmly committed to providing opportunities for wellness across the board for our students. We believe that in addition to stretching a students mind, they should stretch their bodies too.

Good nutrition, daily physical education and garden based learning have long served as a core value ensuring physical wellness for our students. Offering extracurricular sports programming provides further opportunities for student health, self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork and leadership building! 

Wrestling became our first official team sport in 2018 and we are hopeful that we can expand our offerings soon.  We plan to partner with Carolina Mountain Athletics to pursue volleyball and cross-country for the fall and basketball in October for our middle school students. 

Daily Walking Program in 2nd Year

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is the coordinating organization for Walk to School Day held every October and Bike to School Day held each May. These events are used to encourage families to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking and to increase local leader commitment and visibility for traffic safety and community quality of life.

However, staff at the charter school opted to take this program farther than just a one day event each semester. Instead, they instituted a daily walking program for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Head of school, Ryan Bender, said “We want to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for students, staff and parents.”  He added that starting each day with exercise is a great way to stimulate the brain and get it prepared to learn during school.  Also, by offering incentives to participate in the morning walk, the school has seen a reduction in the number of students arriving tardy to class each day.

Each morning students walk. If the weather is good, students walk a safe path on campus. If it is raining or below 35 degrees, students complete their walk in the Gymnatorium.

“The first year of our walking program was a success in the way of fitness, attendance, class attentiveness and team building and we are thrilled to be continuing the daily walking program for a second year,” said Bender.

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Annual School Round Up Feature in the Cherokee Scout

Each August, our school is featured in the special edition section of the paper from the Cherokee Scout called the Annual School Round Up.  It’s always a wonderful summary of all the great things happening on campus and the vast array of programs and services available for your students.  Take a look…

The Learning Center Charter School, a tuition-free public charter school, continues to break ground with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. On-going facility improvements are designed for rich academic opportunities on this “future-ready” campus.

The Learning Center Charter School offers an E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts/Agriculture, and Math) learning environment.  Students are exposed across the curriculum to 3-D Printers, robotics and coding. The school’s education philosophy includes the belief that all young learners have the right to experience a broad, rich, and rigorous range of academics during the formative K-8 years. Additionally, the school offers an award-winning nutrition program, daily P.E., unique electives and extra-curricular opportunities. The school’s emphasis on healthy living, community involvement and high academic standards is designed to produce future-ready citizens. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) has NO district restrictions and accepts students across all counties.

The Learning Center’s Montessori Blend Kindergarten program has proven to be a strong approach to instruction for even the youngest learners. “We’ve had consistent success with the feeder Montessori Program that is located on our school campus,” said school director in training, Ryan Bender.

The school’s programs include Compacted Math classes for accelerated math students, daily PE for all grades, a highly developed drama program, and frequent garden-based learning opportunities across campus and in the school’s Outdoor Learning Center. The upper grade’s CREW Program, in its fourth year of operation, promotes character development, goal setting and responsible behaviors.

More extras including National Junior Honor Society, wrestling team, ARTrageous and artists-in-residency program, “Mini and Middle REAL” young entrepreneur program and AIG After School Program provide students with the opportunities to become all they can be.  The school will field a soccer team this fall and looks to expand their sports program to include cross country as well.

Designated as a “USDA Healthier U.S. School” (Silver Level), The Learning Center Charter School places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. The school also has a free breakfast and lunch program available for ALL students.

The charter school serves approximately 200+ students and is open to both in and out-of-county students. There is no tuition for grades K through 8th. The school also features a Montessori private preschool, serving ages 3-5 years. After school programs are available for all ages. Summer Enrichment Programs such as Innovation Tech Camp and intervention programs are also offered.

Soccer Now a Competitive Team Sport at Our School

New for the 2019-2020 school year, soccer is now offered as a competitive team sport at The Learning Center Charter School.

Soccer will be open to students for U12, U10 and U8 divisions. The three school teams will compete within the Cherokee County Soccer League and each team will be co-ed.

Ms. Shelley Farmer, physical education staff member, says that practice will be immediately after school at Conahetta Park. If rain prevents outdoor practice, the teams will practice on campus in the gym.  Ms. Shelley adds that students can expect to have practice two to three times a week and games will fall on Thursday evenings and/or Saturday mornings.

“Last year we introduced wrestling as a team sport to our students and we are thrilled to expand our program to include soccer this school year,” said Ms. Shelley.

Registration is now open through August 16th. The registration fee if $60 for the first child and $55 for additional siblings. Forms can be filled out in the front office. Feel free to contact Ms. Shelley with questions at Shelley@naturallygrownkids.org.

 

Archery part of PE program at The Learning Center Charter School

Archery is a highly anticipated unit in PE each spring at The Learning Center Charter School.  So much so, that students start asking about it the first week of school each fall.

Physical education teacher, Shelley Farmer, introduced archery at the school over ten year ago.  She uses the NASP standard course study.

NASP stands for National Archery in the School Program.  The NASP is an in-school program aimed at improving educational performance by teaching students focus, self-control, discipline, and patience.

“Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participate in physical education five days a week at our school,” said Farmer. “And archery has proven to be incredibly popular over the years.”

Farmer said that during the Archery unit, students learn the history of archery, types of bows, parts to the bow and arrows, whistle commands, range layout, proper shooting technique and scoring.

“One of the main reasons that we teach archery every year is because it gives students that are not naturally athletic a chance to shine,” added Farmer.  “Archery doesn’t discriminate based on athletic skill, gender, size or academic ability.”

 

National Bike or Walk to School Day

May 8th was National Bike to School Day.  Communities across the country celebrated the day and took the time to focus on health and safety.

Our students have been participating in a year long walking program that started in conjunction with the National Center for Safe Routes to School as part of the National Walk to School Day held in October.

Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, part of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Highway Safety Research Center, helps support communities in changing their culture to support safe and active travel. The National Center’s work uses research-based evidence to highlight what works and why, and translates this research into education, professional development tools and training to provide communities the technical support they need to make community-enhancing decisions. As the coordinating organization for Walk to School Day held every October and Bike to School Day held each May, the National Center provides technical support; coordinates online registration, develops resources, and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center has served as the coordinator of Walk to School Day since the event’s U.S. inception in 1997.

In addition to their regular morning walk, TLC students celebrated by picking up trash and debris around campus. Plus, students made signs encouraging both walking and safety.

The Learning Center Bears Wrestling Club

New for the 2018-2019 school year, wrestling is now offered as an after school activity at The Learning Center Charter School.

Wrestling Club is a USA Wrestling affiliated club that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in November from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Competition will be at USA Wrestling Folk Style Wrestling events across the mountain region.  The club is under the direction of Head Coach, Mike Catuto, and Assistant Coach, Sean Bain. It will be held in the Gymnatoriam on the charter school campus in Murphy.

Catuto said, “I’m very excited to be part of this program start up.  The sport of wrestling teaches a variety of skills that will last far beyond the wrestler’s school age years.”  He added, “Wrestling is both an individual and team sport at the same time which helps build self confidence and camaraderie.”

The new club is open for both boys and girls at the school.