Distance education in Chinese

Our incredibly effective Chinese program continues in distance-education mode.  Teacher Yulin Zhang meets with students on Zoom.  She also gives them assignments in ClassDojo, including quizzes to take on Quizlet.  Students are in 5 groups by level of advancement in instruction. Here are instructions for 2 of the 5 groups: Red Group: Last week: Students […]

Science grades 5-8: home experiments and Zoom

Our six students in the science 5-8 class meet three times a week on Zoom for far-ranging discussions… and to show their results of their home experiments growing sunflowers hydroponically.  Some of the discussions start from sections in the book we’ve used at time, How Science Works, with extensions well beyond the book from student […]

Visit by Fish & Game, and an open house

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019: The students loved this presentation and learned a lot about snakes and what they do that makes our environment a better, safer place. (They eat many of the rodents that can carry diseases, such as Lyme Disease.) Come see what else we do, at our open house, Tuesday, December 17th – […]

Learning fast and loving it

Our youngest students get topics years in advance of regular schools and they love it Reading, 1st & 2nd grades: Students did a good job of recording their reading from the week in their reading logs and bringing them on Thursday. This week students learned how to look for certain features in nonfiction texts. They did activities […]

The Kids Are Not Alright: the LCA Difference

A recent opinion piece published in the New York Times lamented the lack of “free play and childhood independence” critical for unstructured growth and overall happiness of students in most schools. “For youngsters these days, an hour of free play is like a drop of water in the desert. Of course they’re miserable… And so […]

Some details on good test results

30 April – 3 May 2018: Finding out how we’re doing as a school: We did our first standardized testing, over 2- or 3-hour slots on four days.  We chose the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, covering language and math for the kindergarteners, and additional subjects for older students, up through science, social studies, and […]