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.

Entrepreneurship in 3rd Grade

As part of a unit of study on entrepreneurs, third grade students were tasked with building a business and creating a business plan.

They borrowed “money” from “the bank” to start up their business and had to buy materials from “the store.”

They had to figure out what their prices would be in order to make the most profit.

Their teacher, Ms. Gina, said it was amazing to see the students in action.  Most were very conscientious about their start-up costs and tried to find ways they could not spend as much money up front by thinking of what they could make that didn’t have a large up-front cost, but that would sell well for a good price.

At the end of the day, they had to see how much money they earned by subtracting start-up costs from profit.

Ms. Gina said that students really enjoyed this project and getting a feel for what it might be like to be an entrepreneur some day.

The class also studied famous entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs from our state, and local entrepreneurs.  Ms. Cindy form our school came in and talked to the class about her small business as part of the kick-off for this unit.

Innovation Tech Camp — June 10 – 13, 2019 — at TLC!

June will be here before you know it.  Consider this A W E S O M E camp for your student. Open to all whether a TLC student or not.

Call our front office at 835-7240 for more information or go to HERE  to register.

Students Study Science & Social Studies in One Project

Third grade students at The Learning Center Charter School completed a cross curricular study of the Oregon Trail and the California Gold Rush in March. Their studies included standards in both social studies and science.

Students learned about the Oregon Trail and the California Gold Rush as part of their social studies curriculum. They learned about specific land forms and water bodies as part of their science curriculum. Their teachers teamed together to create a hands-on project that blended the two together beautifully.

Gina Stafford teaches social studies to the class while Emily Willey teaches science. Working as a team, the two teachers asked the students to create 3D models that included land forms and bodies of water they studied in science with the real life route that people took on the Oregon Trail during the time of westward expansion.

Students used salt dough and cardboard to create their landforms following the guidelines for both science and social studies.

“It’s one thing to study a subject and a whole other thing to relate it to particular events in history,” said Stafford. “Students were surprised to learn about the physical obstacles people faced while traveling west in the search for gold.”

 

1st Grade STEM — Coral Reef Dioramas

First grade students made coral reef dioramas as the culmination of their coral reef unit in Science where they learned about the unique ecosystem known as the “rainforest of the sea”.  Students had corals, amenome, urchins, fish, sharks, seashells and other items to create their own mini-worlds.

1st Grade STEM — Bears!

First grade teacher, Ms. Katie Beaver, and elementary science teacher, Ms. Emily collaborated on a huge ecosystem unit that covered deciduous forests, rainforests, and coral reefs.  In addition to covering an entire wall with trees to represent deciduous trees found in each season, students also were given a STEM activity where they created bear caves for the bears to hibernate in using nothing but marshmallows and toothpicks to engineer their designs.
Each student was given 10 marshmallows and 15 toothpicks. The students were instructed to use these materials to build a bear cave (shelter). The shelter needed to fit a paper bear that was about  4 inches wide and 3 inches tall.

Additionally, students delved further into their studies by designing and constructing underground burrows by connecting small paper bags to model beneath the ground shelters of animals in the deciduous forest.

1st Grade — All About Birds

First grade students recently spent time studying birds across the curriculum. Their bird STEM project incorporated reading, math, writing and a hands-on art project.

The students studied and gathered information about six different types of birds — Penguins, Eastern Blue Birds, Birds of Paradise, Hummingbirds, Golden  Finches, and Blue Jays. They learned how to draw and label diagrams with specific bird body parts/ field marks, create graphic organizers of bird facts, use bullets to organize and record data, write detailed sentences of bird facts, and use a ruler to measure the actual height of each bird.

To gather this information, the class read non-fiction books and read online articles about each of the six birds during Guided Reading.

The students also made suet feeders out of peanut butter, seeds, and dried corn.  Student especially liked gathering sticks from The Outdoor Learning Center to serve as a perch for birds at their feeders.

5th Grade Science — Catapults to Study Force and Motion

Fifth graders have recently learned about force and motion as part of their science studies. They have learned about trebuchets, catapults, and balistas.

The students were tasked with researching each of these launching devices and then designing their own.  They then build prototypes of their designs using popsicle sticks, straws, rubber bands, hot glue, tape, cardstock, and coffee stirrers.

Some realized their original designs would not give them the momentum needed to  effectively launch their items, so these students immediately started adjusting their original design. Ms. Jay commented that watching the students go through the problem solving process of trial and error (some as many as five times) and not giving up was fantastic.