LMCA is a homeschool support learning center where families experience the best of homeschooling and the classroom community. Morning classses are committed to instruction in the core subjects : Language Arts or English, History and Science. Students need to come to class prepared with their weekly home assignments completed in order to participate in engaging classroom activities. LMCA Instructors do not assign grades, but do provide monthly progress reports for parents to monitor their student's success.
Each academic year focuses on a different historical time period- Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern History and American History. Using maps, timelines, primary sources, first hand accounts, biographies and stories are integral to the study of history. In class projects include skits, dioramas, lego models, essays, presentations, debates and class discussion. Historical novels and other literature is assigned to read throughout the year. Many books are available from the library to use.
Science class will teach practical skills such as fermentation, classification and dissection, as well as scientific method and models. Students will grow to love science as concepts are solidified with hands-on lab experiments that never fail to amaze. Group activities provide opportunities for collaboration in all disciplines. LMCA follows a rotation of the fields of science: Earth and Space, Life science/ Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science/Physics.
Although not exclusively taught, some writing instructors are IEW certified and utilize the IEW model in those courses. Grammar and vocabulary are taught as components of composition. High school writing is incorporated with literature selections for the year. LMCA strives to challenge students and to make learning enjoyable, while maintaining high standards and accountability.
Afternoon classes consist of elective classses that change from year to year. A sampling of electives that have been offered in the past include: World Geography, U.S. Geography, Art, Music Appreciation, Drama, Spanish Language, Logic, Civics, Health, Computer Technology. An elective class may meet once or twice a week.
Fieldtrips are a fun and important aspect of learning. Every year LMCA provides multiple fieldtrip opportunities. Some previous favorite outings have included the Loyalhanna Watershed, Carnegie Science Center, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Gettysburg National Military Park, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, The Compass Inn, Rivers of Steel Riverboat program, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, the Westmoreland County Courthouse tour and many more!
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