More on the primitive skills elective offering

Mr. Josh and the primitive skills crew

Mr. Josh and his primitive skills crew are putting The Outdoor Learning Center to good use!


Trying to start a fire with a magnifying glass.


A travois or stretcher



Using a magnesium stick to start fire.

The Outdoor Learning Center

Teachers and Board members learning about The Outdoor Learning Center before school began.
The 2011-2012 school year boasts the introduction of The Outdoor Learning Center (TOLC) at TLC!  This outdoor learning center is located adjacent to The Learning Center! campus.

The screen house in The Outdoor Learning Center.


In addition to a fire pit and seating area, TOLC also includes garden areas, berry patches, an old spring house, walking trails, story trees and screen house.  This awesome outdoor classroom space can be used for every subject taught during the school day including math, science, language arts, social studies, music, art and free play. 

Sixth graders making use of the fire pit.
Sixth graders are acting out Greek myths from their summer reading project in The Outdoor Learning Center.

Sixth graders wasted no time figuring out how to use TOLC.  Over the summer they read about Greek Gods and Goddesses and Ms. Jamie immediately knew it would be neat to let them act them out in TOLC.  The students put together a booklet of their specific story, read it together, and then made a skit.  Above, students are acting out the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades called “The Journey to the Underworld.” 

Stay tuned here to learn more about TOLC as the year progresses.  You’ll be able to use the Category drop down menu located in the right hand side bar to select “The Outdoor Learning Center” to pull up blog posts about it anytime you want to learn more.