LCAS Highlights Learning Styles

July 01, 2012 | Earlene Wohlers

Dirty faces and grimy hands were a sign kindergarten and first-grade students were in learning mode at Lewis County Adventist School (LCAS) in Chehalis, Wash.

The younger students, along with their teacher Donna Meador, took part in the TransAlta Eco Challenge by starting a school garden and submitting a report on how plants keep oxygen clean, prevent soil erosion and provide food. They tucked strawberry plants into gallon containers at a local farm then enjoyed feeding grass to sheep and goats, gathering chicken eggs, and tempting horses with juicy carrots.

Each quarter, grades nine and 10 work on a group math project to approach math from a different perspective. Dan Baker, LCAS principal and teacher, arranged a studio teaching day, during which nine Lewis County math teachers and one university professor came and observed a group project then debriefed with the students.

Doylene Cook's sixth- through eighth-graders built a model of the wilderness sanctuary with community member Mark Trethewey. Students are continuing their study of the sanctuary with David Glenn, Chehalis Church pastor.

This year's study of the body gave Ray Sample, another LCAS teacher, an opportunity to take grades two through five to Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute where they observed an eye surgery in progress.

The teachers at LCAS strive to incorporate many different styles of learning. Sitting quietly and reading from a textbook does happen, but it's not the only avenue used to promote preparedness for the world and heavenly kingdom.