In our applied learning classes, we train students to use what they learn in school in their everyday lives.
This training helps them understand the relevance of English, math, science and social studies and develop skills that increase their performance in different environments and situations. Applied learning includes cooking and nutrition classes, garden science, shop and crafts.
Cooking and Nutrition
During the cooking and nutrition classes, students learn about nutrients, mixtures and solutions, heat transfer, energy conversions, chemical changes and other concepts as they grill and roast vegetables and meats, make salads, soups, appetizers and side dishes and bake delicious brownies, cakes and other treats for everyone to share during the school’s “birthday Friday” each month. They also learn to follow health and safety procedures, operate kitchen utensils and appliances, follow recipes and successfully interact with co-workers.
During the garden science classes, students plant and maintain fall and spring vegetable gardens. In creating and maintaining these gardens, students learn about plant structure and function, growing requirements, reproduction and life cycles. They also learn how to propagate and care for houseplants.
A favorite among students is the shop class in which they complete different projects. Some of these projects include: mixing concrete and making stepping stones, bird baths, orbs and garden plaques; creating wall hangings with stencils, plaster and wood; building bird houses, cornhole games, bird feeders, stools and benches; and making plant tags.
During craft lessons, students first observe as the teacher performs each step in making a craft and then the students repeat thestep and follow it precisely. This practice enhances their listening and performance skills, which are essential to employment later in life.