We use the common core standards to determine our units of study in math for grades K-6. When planning our lessons, we use a variety of sources, including Everyday Mathematics, a program developed by The University of Chicago, along with resources from the National Council of Teachers on Mathematics.
Students have many opportunities to learn through group projects, labs, manipulatives, and games. Each week there are a variety of ways that students are taught mathematics. There are whole-group and small-group lessons; movement lessons (dancing the bunny hop to learn about medians in a set of data, or pretend snowboarding to learn about 90 and 180 degree angle turns); art lessons (origami to review polygon shapes); story book lessons (reading and discussing Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Newslinger); inquiry-based problem solving lessons; and action labs (calibrating containers or playing PIG to determine the probability of winning or losing based on who goes first). Teachers continually assess to evaluate both student progress and teacher effectiveness.
Students in grades 7th and 8th are offered a choice of three math courses: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and either Algebra II or Geometry. While students enjoy hands-on labs and logic problems each quarter, note-taking is incorporated into main lessons as the students advance through each course. Learning to organize a math notebook and learning how to study for a math test is a focus that our former students say has served them well!
The science program at TLC inspires students to become enthusiastic, scientifically literate citizens of our world. Our outdoor campus and dynamic science instruction—grounded in the state standards and the Next Generation Science Standards—appeal to students’ curious nature. Students think critically as they explore, discover, reflect, and make connections that bridge classroom experiences to their lives and the larger world. They participate in multifaceted, learner-centered investigations, lessons, and projects that authentically blend scientific practices and content knowledge. Science extends across the curriculum to integrate with art, design, technology, literacy, service, and outdoor education. The curriculum is enriched through community partnerships, field studies, and continued professional development for faculty. Grades K-8 follow a three-year rotation of Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science so that the entire school is simultaneously immersed in a particular field of study.
I would like to appreciate Mitzi for her calm, sweet, peaceful, and patient way in the K/1 classroom. She is the best!
We appreciate Kiersten for helping settle the K/1 classroom into their new handwashing routine each morning; John, Dan, and Meggan for helping in the morning carline; and Daisy for her office/recycling/trash support!
-H and K
TLC is even more of a home this year than it used to be!
I feel so grateful for this school. My kids come home happy each day!